Creative leaders retreat

Location TBA | February 2019

Nancy Vonk
Co-founder/Partner, Swim

Session: Listen like your career depends on it.

Half of persuasion is the part where you don't talk. Sell your best work, keep your best people when you stop sucking at listening--- the most critical (and hardest to master) skill of the creative leader.


Nancy Vonk is co-founder of Swim, a leadership skills lab for creative companies around the globe who want to develop fearless leaders.

Nancy was Co-Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy Toronto with Swim partner Janet Kestin for 13 years. Their teams delivered work like Dove's Campaign For Real Beauty, and garnered recognition including One Club gold pencils and two Cannes Grand Prix. Nancy has judged The One Show, D&AD, Cannes and others, and was the first female chair of the ADC, in '09.

In '12 Nancy and Janet were included in Advertising Age Magazine's 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising list, and they were among Creativity magazine's Top 50 Most Creative People of '08. They're authors of Pick Me, a staple in advertising schools from Texas to Turkey. Their HarperCollins release, Darling, You Can't Do Both (And Other Noise To Ignore On Your Way Up) is a guide to breaking the invisible rules of business that trip women up. Since its '14 launch they've been speaking at companies, schools and organizations around the world that seek new ideas for advancing women's success. In '16 Nancy co-designed the leadership stream at Factry, the 'science of creativity' school founded by Sid Lee leaders.