The End Meets The Beginning

As I get ready to leave Paris, I can’t think about this Ernest Hemingway quote…

“Il n’y a que deux endroits au monde où l’on puisse vivre heureux: chez soi et à Paris.” / “There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.”

I really don’t want to head home, but for the purposes of this blog, I’m going with it.

Before I say “au revoir” to Paris, I want to reflect on how truly unique, inspiring and energizing this experience was for me.

Professionally

  • Speaking one-on-one with leaders from across the Havas Village to get their perspective on Havas, our industry, and their career path has been invaluable. Everyone has been so generous with their time. I honestly can’t thank them enough.
  • Watching teams have a better work/life balance than we do in states has been eye-opening. It’s achievable!!
  • Gaining insight on new business operations work in another market for both media and creative The structure and the players may be different, but the challenges are the same. I’ve been able to teach them a few things and I will be taking back initiatives for our US team — that’s #HavasLofts in action.
  • Working with the Havas Media International Strategy and Insights team; Helping them adopt a new case study initiative and an improved new business process.
  • Meeting Marty, the connected couch and the Technology Strategist who helped develop
  • Getting included in more projects, pulled into meetings and being asked for my opinion as the days and weeks continued was truly rewarding

Personally

  • Sharing this experiences with colleagues and other Lofters has been eye-opening, reassuring and so much fun!
  • Exploring the city every day after work and on weekends is something I will truly miss. I’ve never had the experience of feeling like a local and a tourist at the same time. The mentality of wanting to see and do as much as possible every single day has been so energizing. I really hope I can keep that outlook with me after I return to the US.
  • Finding my new favorite summer cocktail, the Spritz (it’s the little things, right?)
  • Enjoying so many amazing restaurants and unbelievable food with new friends
  • Discovering how warm and welcoming the French can be…I think they get a bad rap.
  • Taking the time for the simple pleasures and having the time to appreciate every new experience.

Overall, the people have made this experience what it is and I am so grateful to this city, my fellow Lofters the team here in Paris, Global Talent and this beautiful city.

Now the easy part is over. The challenge will be to bring back my experience, learnings and observations and truly apply them for meaningful change within the New Business Team and Havas Village Boston. Don’t worry, I have a plan :)

While I really don’t want to leave Paris (should read: please don’t make me), I leave a better, more empowered employee (and hopefully) a better person, with some really good stories!

jusqu’à ce que nous nous reverrons…

Last dessert collage. I know you’re just as upset about this as I am.
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