On Friday, October 24th, the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (EFLI) facilitated two workshops for Ogilvy & Mather’s “You Matter” employee appreciation event. Ogilvy, an international advertising agency, hosted “You Matter” to invest in its employees and work towards cultivating a “makers culture” within their company. Speakers and organizations, including EFLI, were invited to share their work and spark inspiration and creativity among Ogilvy employees.
Lynn Roer, Ogilvy’s Director of Event Management & Experiential Design, requested that EFLI take part in the day as a session presenter after her daughter participated in EFLI’s Sustainable Fashion ONE DAY during summer 2014. Katie Rapp (EFLI Campus Coordinator and Lead Facilitator) and Carolina Bedoya (EFLI Workshop Facilitator) teamed up to co-facilitate the workshops entitled “Sustainable Sculptures with a Statement.”
Workshop attendees worked in small groups to create sculptures that communicated a story or statement of their choice. They were invited to tap into their creativity and use recycled materials such as EILEEN FISHER fabrics, clean trash and fallen tree branches. Through the combination of background on EFLI and EILEEN FISHER with an upcycled craft, workshop attendees learned about the institute and company’s unique social missions and leadership models, thought critically about sustainability and explored group collaboration and personal creativity.
One team spoke to ethical farming practices, creating a farm out of a shoebox that featured cows and vegetables sown from EILEEN FISHER fabric. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, another group sewed and embellished a neck piece and gloves, with the message to keep warm even when facing life’s everyday challenges. EFLI workshop facilitators noticed a creative thirst for hands-on activities among working adults and were excited to witness the artistic collaboration of employees from diverse departments around a common goal. In processing the activity, employees expressed feeling surprised and delighted to engage in this project in a workplace setting and said they would bring an attitude of building off one another’s ideas back into their work at Ogilvy.
Several Ogilvy employees are interested in getting involved with EFLI programs, Green Eileen workshops and other initiatives of the developing Lifework Space, and EFLI and Ogilvy are looking forward to partnering again in the future.