Humans of TMA is a content series in partnership with Discover_TMA that showcases the diverse, interesting, and creative people that make up The Marketing Arm.
Let’s get to know Megan…
How do you bring your full self into your work? 2020 was EXHAUSTING and 2021 is shaping up to be EXHAUSTING 2.0. Starting a new job, in the midst of a pandemic (after never entering the office), while also attending school has been overwhelming. And to be completely transparent, I have not been able to bring my full self to work. Like most of us, I am just trying to make it to the next day, through the next news cycle, and pray for a post pandemic reality sooner than later. So, I’ll go with what my answer would be pre-pandemic… I usually bring my full self to work via fashion. I believe in wearing what inspires you. You can always expect me to be overdressed in the office, because you never know who you’re going to see or who will see you. Through fashion, I am able to speak without saying a word.
What is your guilty pleasure? My not-so-guilty pleasure is re-watching The Nanny. THIS IS A NANNY FRAN STAN ACCOUNT! I mean, let’s just start and end at the many looks that were served every single episode. An icon for sure.
Where do you find inspiration? Born into a family, similar to many African American families, who clawed their way from sharecropping, to industry, to education and corporate, I find my inspiration through anecdotes shared by my family. Storytelling is a family tradition; and it is the way we’ve kept memories and names alive. Carrying on the stories, interests, and passions of myself and my peers inspires me to keep pushing forward every day.
What three words would your closest friends use to describe you? Loud, outgoing, loyal.
What’s your hobby or passion project outside of TMA? I am in school to become a licensed Esthetician. Skincare is self care.
What has been your favorite cultural moment of the last few years? The nationwide celebration of Juneteenth. I’d always known what Juneteenth was, but hadn’t celebrated it. Mostly because it wasn’t reinforced as a celebratory moment in history, I’d been conditioned to gloss over the day with a simple Instagram pic. However, last year, in the midst of COVID-19 and protests, I was able to host a Juneteenth BBQ for my quarantine bubble, celebrating with the Black-owned Tequila brand, John Basil. I saw numerous celebrations that day and it was extremely comforting to know that my community was together in one accord. We chose that day to be peaceful, feel, sing, and celebrate. It warms my heart that the U.S. is now really acknowledging the importance of the day.
What is one thing you wish more people knew about you? I am the poster child for an extroverted introvert. Yes, I attend the party and am probably dancing and cracking jokes, but when you see me checking my phone, know that I’m two minutes from calling my Uber and making a mad dash to the door before anyone can convince me that I just need another drink.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? “The Universe bears no ill to me, I bear no ill to it.” – My Aunt
What are you reading? The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
What are you listening to? Nipsey Hussle, The Marathon
What are you watching? Currently, I am re-watching Snowfall in preparation for Season 4, RIP John Singleton. BTW, can someone pass my number to Damson Idris?!
Who are you following? IVY PARK and the highly anticipated drop of ICY PARK. Bey is officially dominating the ski slopes and I am getting my coins ready.
What are you ignoring? All Anti-Black, Anti-Women, Anti-Asian, and Anti-LGBTQIA rhetoric. Period.
Megan Robinson, Senior Account Executive. Black Woman. Southside Chicago Queen. Skincare Enthusiast. Leader of the “Overdressers.”