by Meghan Jeffery on June 25, 2019
Our agency is a naturally social place. Pub United was founded to channel that inherent team spirit, making it easier for Publicis employees to get involved, have fun and connect with people they don’t interact with on a daily basis.
Launched in 2017 by Pamela Albino, Account Director (only a few weeks into her job!), Pub United’s first endeavour was a hastily-formed softball team with players from accounts, finance, production and project management. The team went on to win its division and place third in the finals of the Kenya Cup, helping to raise money for education in Nairobi.
This pilot project led to a breakout year in 2018, with events that included softball, curling, cycling, soccer, hockey and a Toronto Blue Jays game. In 2019, we’re expanding the activities beyond sports to more social events that unite our agency: karaoke, movies and game nights that will bring even more people together.
“Agencies are fun, young, busy places, but sometimes we don’t get to know people outside of our own pods or accounts,” says Pam. “Pub United breaks down those invisible barriers and creates connections that continue back inside the office.”
What started with one softball team has grown into its own in-agency brand, based on friendship, collaboration and maybe just a little competitive spirit.