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Emily Locker
VP, Business Unit Lead

Emily is a seasoned client partner with 15 years of experience at media, creative, and digital agencies. In nearly a decade with Empower, Emily has led client relationships with national brands like Ashley HomeStore, Rust-Oleum, Sunny Delight, and U.S. Bank. In her past life, she spent time at VMLY&R (formerly Rockfish), at P&G on their word-of-mouth-marketing team, and in Boulder at IMM and Fact & Fiction, boutique creative and branding agencies.  She has worked on brands such as Chili’s, Maggiano’s, Alamo Drafthouse, AAA, Mars, and Kellogg’s.

Her brand of leadership and penchant for establishing strong team infrastructures has led to tremendous success across her clientele. For the past few years, she lived in Tampa working within Ashley HomeStore’s headquarters to service this fast-moving retail client in a highly collaborative fashion.

After accomplished stays in Empower’s Cincinnati and Tampa offices, Emily is now in Chicago helping to lead this growing office.

Interview.
Emily Locker
As a leader of our Chicago office, what are your goals for Empower Chicago?
We’re so excited about our growing Chicago office. We want to be known within the Chicago advertising community as a unique and different agency. We have a special culture, we’re independent, and we work with amazing clients. The Chicago office will have a reputation as an excellent place to work and grow your career.
You worked on-site with your Ashley HomeStore clients in Tampa for a few years. What did you gain from that experience?
It was a privilege to sit next to my clients and to work with them throughout the day. We were able to solve problems in the moment together, which is especially important in the lightning-fast retail industry. I value the years I spent working there because I learned so much more about retailing and manufacturing from some of the best people in the business!
We want to be known within the Chicago advertising community as a unique and different agency.
If you weren’t working in marketing, what would you be doing?
I’d be a high school principal, a waterpark manager in Australia or a Pilates instructor in Telluride (Colorado).