YMC Real Talks: The Business of Being Human, Vol. 3


In a captivating conclusion to the FCS Young Members Circle event series, The Business of Being Human, Volume 3 unfolded with a one-on-one conversation featuring Dara Marshall, Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. with host Chris Konowitz of FCS YMC leadership and Hearst Magazines. Dara’s extensive experience in integrated marketing and brand management set the stage for an evening rich with insights into the delicate balance of professional and personal life.

The event, held at Hearst’s NYC headquarters on Thursday, January 25, welcomed attendees, eager to glean wisdom from Dara’s illustrious career which has spanned working for renowned brands including American Express, Chubb, Coca-Cola, and more. The focus of the discussion centered on the dynamic interplay of brand vision, advertising, and marketing efforts across Corporate Impact, Corporate Responsibility, DEI, and Employer Brand on a global scale.

Dara’s journey through the worlds of advertising agencies to managing prestige brands provided a backdrop for a conversation that touched on the essence of curiosity, courage, and collaboration. Attendees were treated to anecdotes and reflections on her experiences with Fortune 500 brands, highlighting the importance of understanding the bitter to savor the sweet in both professional and personal endeavors.

One standout theme from the interview was the idea of ‘deja vu’ moments as signals you’re on the right path. Dara shared her belief that these moments signify living one’s true future, a sentiment that resonated deeply with the audience. Emphasizing the role of emotion in forging connections, she stressed the value of selling not just products but also the values that an organization contributes to the broader human experience.

As Dara delved into her first project of building purpose and reengaging people, the audience gained valuable insights into how organizations can align with societal needs. The discussion echoed the event’s underlying theme: the Business of Being Human isn’t just about transactions, it’s about creating meaningful connections and contributing positively to the world.

The event provided a platform for professional growth while also showcasing the commitment of FCS YMC to philanthropy. Whitney Shephard from Child Mind Institute presented on the organization’s mission to provide transformational care to children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need.

(Photos show guest speaker Dara Marshall with Chris Konowitz and Alex St. Cin from the YMC Leadership team.)

The FCS Young Members Circle (YMC) completes its three part event series with an after-work reception featuring a one-on-one conversation between the series host Chris Konowitz of Hearst Magazines and our special guest Dara Marshall, Managing Director, Head of Brand Management at JPMorgan Chase & Co. As with the first two events, the discussion here will focus on managing the real-life aspects of our professional and personal lives.

Dara is responsible for the brand vision, advertising and marketing efforts across the bank’s Corporate Impact, Corporate Responsibility, DEI, and Employer Brand globally.

Join us on Thursday, January 25 (5:30pm-7:30pm) at Hearst’s NYC headquarters for an inspiring event that will shine a light on the importance of achieving both personal & professional fulfillment.

FCS Young Members and our industry colleagues age 39 and younger are invited to attend this event. Beer and wine will be served.

FCS YMC has designated Child Mind Institute as the recipient of a $2,500 donation which the FCS will make on behalf of this event series. The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. They have become the leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.

  • Start January 25, 2024 05:30 PM EST
  • End January 25, 2024 07:30 PM EST
  • Location Hearst 300 West 57th Street NYC


Guest Speaker Dara Marshall

Head of Brand Management

Dara joined JPMorgan Chase as a Managing Director in 2022, leading the JPMorgan Chase & Co. corporate brand. In this role, she is responsible for the brand vision and advertising and marketing efforts across Corporate Impact, Corporate Responsibility, DEI, and Employer Brand globally. Her unique expertise as an Integrated Marketer propels her to confidently navigate […]

Interviewer Chris Konowitz

Executive Sales Director, Finance

Chris Konowitz is a member of the FCS YMC Steering Committee and currently holds the position of Executive Sales Director, Finance at Hearst Magazines in New York City. With a decade-long career centered around finance within the media realm, Chris’s career has encompassed roles at the Department of Defense, Bloomberg, NASCAR, and The Wall Street […]