Vann Graves, Executive Director of the VCU Brandcenter, discusses storytelling and creative leadership with our president, Steve Gilman
Vann didn’t plan on his career journey coming full circle. After taking advice to leave his hometown of Richmond and gain more life experience, he spent some time in D.C. and New York working in the advertising space before finding his way back to VCU’s Brandcenter. Now he serves as the Executive Director, helping to inspire the next generation of creative leaders.
In this episode of Brand Story, you’ll hear from Vann about the lessons he’s learned from the advertising world, and why storytelling plays such an important role in the creative process. He shares how his time in the military helped shape his views on leadership, and the need to be both fearless and a little bit kooky to be successful in the industry.
About the Guest
Executive Director of the VCU Brandcenter
Vann is the Executive Director of the VCU Brandcenter, a master’s program focused on developing the next generation of creative leadership. A former Creative Director, Vann has an extensive background working for advertising agencies including BBDO, McCann, and J. Walter Thompson, and is also a decorated combat veteran.