In addition to being one of the only female creative directors in the world of Mad Men, at 20, Kieran Flanagan was also one of the youngest creative directors to lead a multiple award-winning advertising agency.

In an impressive career, she has led multinational accounts across myriad departments and businesses, working at McCann, Smart, Kindred, and VCD (a team she helped found and build into the Agency of the Year in her first three years in the industry).

Flanagan has also directed the strategic and creative team behind the most successful new-product launch in Australian history, won awards around the world for creativity and effectiveness, spent three years running Australia's premier creative school, AWARD, and coauthored "Shift" with her business partner, Dan Gregory.

She is currently the co-founder and chief creative officer at research, training, and innovation think tank The Impossible Institute™. She teaches and lectures at The Miami Ad School, and has spoken to audiences as diverse as the United Nations in Singapore (as part of a group working to end human trafficking), sales teams for Coca Cola, leadership forums, and education summits, all while producing work for markets as far flung as the United States, Russia, SE Asia, Europe, Oceania, and TEDx Sydney.


Flanagan is a passionate advocate for the commercial power of creativity and a return to more human engagement, cultures, and leadership.