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How I Made It: Carisa Bianchi, president of ad agency TBWA\Chiat\Day
How I Made It: Carisa Bianchi, president of ad agency TBWA\Chiat\Day

The gig: Carisa Bianchi is president of TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles' largest advertising agency, which has about 520 employees and creates ads for Pepsi, Gatorade, Southwest Airlines, Adidas, Nissan, Jimmy Dean and Crate & Barrel. "Black sheep": Bianchi grew up in West Covina and graduated from West Covina High School. Her parents were educators, and her sister is a teacher. The "black sheep" of the family, Bianchi wanted to become a diplomat or a spy. "I thought I would go join the State Department, FBI or the CIA. I love political science and international relations," Bianchi said. "My dream job would be in a strategic war room with a...

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