EPISODE 49: Lisa Rothstein, From Madison Avenue to New Yorker Cartoonist & Brand Storyteller

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When Facebook showed me that Lisa Rothstein and I have been friends on that platform for 10 years, I knew it was high time I had her on the show. She is a pretty amazing woman doing A LOT crazy cool stuff!

Lisa’s professional career has taken her coast to coast and around the world doing some of the most interesting and creative work you can imagine.

For example, while in college at Brown University (did I mention she’s super smart?!), Lisa Rothstein didn’t have just any ordinary summer job. She decided to become a street performer and made thousands of dollars each summer wearing clown make-up and playing a wooden flute, calling herself a “Human Jukebox.” For her first “real job,” she started in New York City on Madison Avenue as a copywriter and worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, like Dr. Pepper and IBM, and even was on the creative team that came up with the “Wait Til we Get Our Hanes On You” slogan and campaign in the 1990s.

She’s lived and worked in Paris, France as a corporate trainer, as has written five award-winning screenplays. For that area of her life, she’s represented by a Hollywood manager.

In the past year or so, Lisa Rothstein has also become a cartoonist for the New Yorker Magazine, here standing with her first published New Yorker cartoon, which by any measure went viral and was shared by media personalities and outlets around the world. Companies hire her to create cartoon drawings of the speakers at their events while they present as a way to share the content in an interesting, creative, and engaging way long after the talk has ended. She is also hired by companies for:

  • Ideation & Innovative Thinking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Branding and Message Development
  • Corporate Culture & Change Management
  • New Product, UX and CX Development
  • Graphic facilitation & visual notes at seminars and retreats

As you can see, Lisa Rothstein is a multi-talented, brilliant woman. I haven’t even mentioned her singing (professionally at Disneyland Paris) or her painting. She is a true renaissance woman, by every definition. In fact, we initially “met” on Twitter in 2008ish where she is @DavinciDiva and she is working on a book called The DaVinci Dilemma™ – How Multi-Talented People Can Get Focused, Get More Done and Get More Joy Out of Life . I am proud to call her my friend!

If you’re a person with many talents and you’re trying to figure out how to do it all, have it all, and be successful at it all… today’s episode is for YOU!