Carolyn Hadlock is ECD and principal at Young and Laramore, a full-service advertising agency in Indinapolis. She has led a gauntlet of brands, Delta Faucet’s high-end Brizo division, Stanley Steemer, Goodwill, Angie’s List, Steak ‘n Shake and many others.
Mentorless: One ECD’s journey without a map and the places it took her.
Carolyn had worked at the same agency for her entire life.
And yet (perhaps surprisingly) her story is one of transformation.
When she became ECD at Young & Laramore she was in a new position—for her, and for the agency. There had never been an “ECD” at Y&L before. Making it the first time in her career that she was truly in uncharted territory—mentorless—and without a roadmap.
So she set out to change that. By gathering wisdom from those who had been where she knew she wanted to go.
This is the chronicle of her journey over the last two years and the ever-expanding list of mentors, friends, challengers and future game-changers she has met along the way.