August 26th, the US celebrated Women’s Equality Day, marking 100 years since white women got the right to vote under the 19th amendment. This monumental bill was the first step in carving out the (somewhat bumpy) path to women’s equality.

To celebrate the day and everything it stands for, we sat down with our four powerhouse managing directors, to learn about how Thinkingbox has continued to support gender equality in the workplace and if, in the spirit of Women’s Equality Day, they have any advice for young women looking to pave their way in the industry.

Christine Clark, Managing Director - Toronto


Christine started with Thinkingbox in July 2015, and the way she has risen through the ranks now influences how Christine chooses to mentor her team. Christine reveals how her professional growth was made possible by Thinkingbox’s commitment to gender equality and offers her advice to others looking to forge a similar path.

“My resume speaks for itself in how the company has been really open to my growth. I started as a digital producer 5 years ago and have been promoted 4 times since then. I have had the opportunity to grow my own office and manage my own team. To me it’s not about ensuring gender equality, it’s just a proper meritocracy. There’s never been a point that ever felt unfair.”

“Our hiring practices are designed to support diversity. For any role in the company, we have a very specific objective screening. This helps ensure we get less romanced by big names, and instead focus on whether or not that person is objectively qualified. ”

Christine’s tips for a successful career?

“Work your ass off, don’t give up, and invest your time in good opportunities.”

“To me it’s not about ensuring gender equality, it’s just a proper meritocracy. There’s never been a point that ever felt unfair.”

“Even when we’re powerful and driven and hungry, we still want to elevate people alongside us”

Rania Hattar, Managing Director - Los Angeles


Joining Thinkingbox in December 2018, Rania has 22 years of experience in the industry. Rania has always spotlighted and supported female talent at Thinkingbox, recognizing that often steps towards true gender equality need to be addressed in the behaviors of women too. Rania details how the unique company culture at Thinkingbox allows for staff to support each other, and how that culture starts with leadership.

“The problem we can have in our industry is women don’t help women. At Thinkingbox, all the heads are women and from the beginning, we didn’t feel threatened by each other. We had this symbiotic agreement and relationship where we would help each other out, which translated to a wider culture of helping women internally. Finally, we can ditch the old school mentality that we need to step on each other to grow.”

“At its core, Thinkingbox is a family workplace. There isn’t a dog-eat-dog mentally, which means we feel empowered enough to nurture. As women, we are naturally more nurturing, even when we’re powerful and driven and hungry, we still want to elevate people alongside us.”

Rania’s advice from one powerhouse to another?

“If you don’t know something, don’t be embarrassed. Don’t fake it till you make it, always ask questions.”

Kari Juip, Managing Director - Salt Lake City


Joining the SLC Thinkingbox family in 2015 as executive producer, Kari has been an essential part of the growth of Thinkingbox SLC. Kari speaks on the importance of self-confidence as women in the industry and how Thinkingbox allowed her to leverage her experience and knowledge above anything else.

“While the SLC office was a small team with only a few women when I joined, I never once looked at that as a hurdle in my career path. Thinkingbox organically makes everyone feel welcome and part of the team. If you work hard and want to make something happen, they’ll help you get there.”

“Having balance & diversity, especially in the creative world, is extremely important. Men & women see even the same experiences in different ways and in a different light. We strive to incorporate all angles and perspectives into our brainstorming and end products in order to deliver our best. It’s bringing humans to the forefront, a finesse that’s beyond skills and training.

Kari’s words of wisdom for how to be your own cheerleader?

“Believe in yourself, it’s about confidence and figuring out how to get to where you want. There will always be hurdles, and assholes (men and women); but it’s how you overcome them. Women, statically, tend to underestimate themselves, even in a role that they are perfectly qualified for. Just go do it and have the faith in yourself that you can get there.”

“Thinkingbox organically makes everyone feel welcome and part of the team. If you work hard, and want to make something happen, they’ll help you get there.”

“Having a disruptive, diverse story to tell, means we can really elevate the work we create for our clients.”

Sarah Scott, Managing Director - Vancouver


Sarah joined the Thinkingbox family in January 2019 as the head of the Vancouver office and now manages an incredibly talented, diverse team. Sarah reveals how important Thinkingbox’s approach to talent growth and recruitment policies have been on her own professional growth, and how diversity and representation are reflected, not only in company culture, but also in the work produced.

“One of the main reasons I joined Thinkingbox was because I saw such amazing diversity in both the current staff, as well as the recruitment approach and commitment to diversity as being such a key part of company culture. At the time of joining the company, all three offices were managed by women, incredible women at that! The company has pretty much doubled in size since then, and I’m proud to say that nearly 50% of the senior leadership is made up of women, with our four largest offices all being managed by women.”

“It’s crucial for me to have a diverse team in our company as it means that we offer unique and fascinating ways to come up with creative solutions for our clients. Having a disruptive, diverse story to tell really elevates the work we do for our clients as well as how we support them day-to-day.”

As for Sarah’s advice for the next generation of women hoping to carve out a succesful path in their chosen career?

“Understand what it means to have mentors, they can be all around you – in friends, family, and any organizations or programs you’re involved in. There are many programs out there if you want to seek out a program that connects professional mentorships. In Canada for instance, I volunteer with the Young Women in Business program which offers great opportunities to connect relevant mentors and mentees with so many backgrounds and experience levels!”

To learn more about our awesome, diverse team, contact us!