In this five-part series, we highlight women at Bidtellect nominated by their peers for their inspiration, leadership, and success in the industry. We asked them everything from career advice to juggling teams and personal goals to the perks of being a woman.

Missy Steiner headshot at bidtellect
Missy Steiner is Bidtellect’s Vice President of Marketing. Not only does she oversee the company’s creative vision and go-to-market strategy, she also leads Bidtellect’s unique in-house creative services arm, [b]+studio. Missy’s team loves her bubbly personality and endless support and understanding. She’s the first to dive into any challenge and is always available to work through a task. And as one nominator wrote: “Missy has a passion and a fine-tuned sense of what is cool. She is always smiling and laughing no matter what stressful challenge she is in the middle of completing.”

One thing I’m working on now is the power of “No”. It’s a full sentence. I’m not there yet, but there are times I take on way more than I can do and somehow figure out a way to get it done.

Describe your role at Bidtellect. 

My title is Vice President of Marketing, but I am always changing gears throughout the day, whether it be working on client creative, helping with product marketing, social media, writing, whatever is on my checklist. I sort of think of myself as a “mamabear:” I genuinely care about everyone and want to help with anything. I get energized by the fast-paced, constantly evolving digital space

How long have you worked in the advertising industry?

20 years (OMG!). I started my career at in January 2000. Throughout my tenure, I managed’s Email Network as well as its Affiliate Network. While working during the day, I managed to take evening classes at Johns Hopkins University and received my masters in multimedia design.

While at AOL, my team produced high impact custom videos, content integration solutions, and innovative multi-channel customized presentations while shifting strategy to support two corporate rebrands.

As the Senior Director of Brand Marketing at ShareThis, I successfully managed a corporate rebrand while generating leads through creative content marketing, media buying, social media, event planning, and SEO/SEM strategies. I managed our brand, creative and communications/public relations teams.

What is a struggle or difficulty that you had to overcome in your career – as a woman or otherwise?

I’m a people pleaser. I want everyone to like the outcome of my work, even though I know very well that you will never be able to please everyone. I learned a long time ago that I am my worst critic.

One thing I’m working on now, is the power of “No”. It’s a full sentence. I’m not there yet, but there are times I take on way more than I can do and somehow figure out a way to get it done.

I! Really! Need! To! Stop! Using! Explanation! Points! In! ALL! My! Emails! 😉

What is your greatest strength?

I never miss a deadline. You give me a deadline, I will get it done.

I never miss a deadline. You give me a deadline, I will get it done.

What strengths do you think you have as a woman that are unique to women that make you successful?

I look at a lot of my male counterparts in the industry and I have to say, none of them do everything I do. My experience in creative design, writing, product management and analytics has put me in a bucket of my own. I don’t just delegate, I roll my sleeves up and do the work.

What woman or women do you look up to (in your life, at Bidtellect, your past, or the industry)?

I had this boss while at, her name is Alana Thompkins. She was starting a new custom solutions team (basically presale) and said “I want Missy Steiner on my team”. She taught me how to leverage my strengths and voice. She has an immaculate way of interacting with others, organizing her thoughts, and delegating with power and confidence. And before I became a single mother, I was learning from her the importance of work/life balance and how to simply “have it all” on your own terms.

What does being a team player mean to you?

While working as a team, I do my best to LISTEN. This is when the old saying “pick your battles wisely” comes into place. We are all passionate people, and sometimes, it’s just best to sit back and listen to others and work together rather than delegate. The most important thing is to always remember that we are ALL on the SAME TEAM and share the common goal.

Best Productivity Hack?

Tackle your hardest tasks FIRST! Instead of going about your day dreading and obsessing over that ONE THING that needs to get done, get it done first. Spend the rest of your day feeling energized and filled with a sense of accomplishment rather than dread.

Remember what I like to call “The 5 Minute Rule.” When something bothers you, give yourself five minutes: allow yourself to scream, wallow, internalize it, whatever then let it go. There are days when the tiniest thing will consume you. It will eat away at you until your head explodes.  You can’t change it. Focus on the present and the future.

What advice would you give to other women or girls starting out their careers?

You might wake up tomorrow and the shittiest thing happens to you, maybe you got let go from your job or a terrible breakup and you are struggling to find answers. You have two decisions – crawl under a rock with a pint of ice cream and a gallon of self doubt OR push through and find the end of the rainbow. Fate will only take you so far, do the work and make your magic. Things really do happen for a reason.

It’s also really important to step outside and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Recognizing that it’s not all about YOU sometimes. As I was leaving the doctors office with my son the other day, I looked over at the nurses who were disheveled, tired and worn out and said “You know, I really appreciate everything you are doing, it really means a lot.” Those simple words led to tears and hugs, they really needed to hear that. Treat everyone you meet with respect until they give you a reason not to. There has to be more uplifting and rejoicing.

The most important thing: don’t dull your shine! If there are factors in your life that are inhibiting you from the joys of sparkling and shining – get rid of them. If there are things in your life that you want to try or explore – do them without fear. I will support you!


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Charlotte Otremba is the Director of Marketing Communications at Bidtellect.

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