Name: Devon Kisgen
Company: Los Angeles magazine
Title: Director, Integrated Marketing
Instagram accounts: https://www.instagram.com/dmckeekis/
additional social media accounts: https://www.facebook.com/devonkisgen
About Me : Hello! I am one of the many east coasters who has been thriving in the LA sunshine and can't seem to leave. As a creative free spirit from the beach in New Jersey, I moved to NYC after college and had way too much fun in my 20s while working in advertising and events for prestigious global jewelry/watch brands Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. In 2008 I decided to try LA for a "couple years" and have been here ever since working at Los Angeles magazine where I create marketing programs for our advertisers and produce events. Since moving here I have been so lucky as to marry my best friend (who I actually met at Cartier in NY!) and start a family. We just had our second daughter a month ago! My husband now owns his own eyewear company, Matsuda Eyewear, that I also contribute my marketing expertise to.
What are your skills?: Marketing, PR, Advertising, Events
What is your education?: BS in Marketing from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA
Interested in: Business, Collaboration, Sponsorship, Mentorship, Mentoring, Friendship, Playdates, Starting a new company.
Why do you want to be a part of heymama?: I'm looking forward to meeting like minded business women who are doing amazing things while balancing being a mama. It is SO HARD (most of the time) and we all deserve a freaking medal! And If that can't happen at the very least a great support network, friends to lean on and to inspire us, and of course with none of the mom judgement that can be so harsh. I am already inspired just by following Hey Mama on Instagram!
Just loving life and looking to be a part of this great community of women who share the same outlook on life, love, happiness, and kicking ass!
What are your brand goals for this year?: I currently do not have my own company but for Los Angeles magazine we are always looking for new clients, event ideas, and influencers to connect with to grow business, sponsorships, and reach.
For Matsuda, which I help occasionally, we are looking to expand from eyewear stores and optical shops to fashion retail. We just launched in Barneys which is amazing so hoping we can grow that business. We are always looking to connect with influencers and stylists as well as press opportunities to grow the brand.
Words you live by/quotes you love: Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it
Best advice you’ve ever been given?: It sounds lame but Just Do It! I learned in my positions working in NY that there is no time like the present. If it is something huge you have been wanting to tackle or something as small as making a phone call just get it done...There is no reason to procrastinate or wait for tomorrow. Always think of that first step that it takes to get something done and take initiative...and the rest will just seem to follow.