Executive Leadership Support Forum: Assistant of the Week: San Francisco

Kristal Holmes
Executive Assistant to CEO

Kristal Holmes joined BBDO in 2015 to provide executive administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer, Jim Lesser at BBDO San Francisco. Working alongside the executive to coordinate strategy development and implementation, she has been very instrumental in the project management and facilitation of business client relations. Previously Kristal has had a long relationship with non-profit organizations, working on the teams responsible for placing low income families’ children into subsidies childcare. She also worked in non-profit transitional housing for children and adults and assist many in preparation for entering back into society in helping to provide tools for employment, housing and education. Kristal is a native Californian. She is a devoted wife and a mother of one daughter.

Kristal will be one of the executive assistant contributors at the Executive Leadership Support Forum: San Francisco on May 16-17, 2018.

Name one thing you hope to learn or discuss with your peers at the ELS Forum?

I hope to learn how I can be proactive in an environment where your hands are often tied-. ☺ I would love to discuss the different tools that we use to help our execs.

Looking back, what advice would you give yourself when you were first starting your career?

I would tell myself to be fearless, you have exactly what it takes and what you need to be the best version of yourself, don’t be afraid to fail- that’s apart of growth. I would rather fail a million times than say I never tried.

Are there any blogs, books, articles or online forums you recommend reading?

I watch a lot of motivational speaking on you-tube 3 people that I really enjoy- Les Brown, Lisa Nichols & Eric Thomas- I listen to them daily. I am currently reading a book called “Acres of Diamonds” by Russell H. Conwell- it has been amazing thus far!