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Garrett O’Reilly - Managing Director, Hearts & Science

Garrett O’Reilly - Managing Director, Hearts & Science

Q. How did you find out about the media industry and what attracted you to work in it?

I was attracted to advertising more broadly and applied to all the big ad agencies but when started to research the industry in more detail and discovered media, I knew it was what I wanted to do. As a behavioural science graduate, it was more exciting and enjoyable than being a financial trader or an accountant and more data-led and logical than working at an ad agency.

Q. What do you like about working at your agency and being part of the OMG, UK family?

Hearts is only 4-years old and we were created in the digital age, for the digital and free from legacy structures and processes. So living up to our ‘challenging conventions’ mission is an inspiring challenge. Add to this our size and every member of the team at Hearts is empowered to change the agency, our clients and the industry for the better. Critically though as we’re backed by OMG it means we can punch above our weight when it comes to scale, buying power and access to partners and infrastructure.

Q. What is your take on what is being done to drive diversity in the media industry and across OMG, UK?

I’m encouraged by what I have seen and continue to see as a leader in the OMG UK business with regard driving diversity. People rightly point out that D&I is not new and ask ‘what’s different this time?’ and my answer from an OMG perspective is that in recent months there is a greater single-minded focus on action. There is a refreshing (and sometimes tough) honesty in conversations that I’ve been a part of and rather than shy away from that, it’s creating a collective sense of determination to get it right once and for all.

Q. You are part of the OMG, UK LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, why is this important to you?

I wanted to be a part of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board as I wanted to make sure I was the best ally I could possibly be. While there is pockets of progress for LGBTQ+ rights and issues, there still is a huge amount of work to do to educate people on individual groups’ challenges and complexities. When we understand these challenges and complexities, then we’ve a change of showing more empathy and being an ally. 

Q. What would you say to your younger self if you were starting out in media knowing what you know now?

I would explain that being a good ally is an active choice that requires education and action. And not to be afraid to ask the question as my experience tells me there’s always plenty of people who are only too happy to help you out and more often than not, they’re glad you asked.

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