Shama Hyder built Zen Media from a scrappy startup to an industry-leading agency.
She’s also distinguished herself as an international marketing luminary, delivered keynotes to packed houses in more than 20 countries and written a couple of bestselling books. But it’s her nose for innovation that makes her the figure CMOs seek out to build brand reputation, increase market share and deliver bottom-line results.
As the acclaimed author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing (now in its 4th edition) and Momentum: How to Propel Your Marketing and Transform Your Brand in the Digital Age, Shama is a key figure behind the growth of many recognized brands.
It’s hard to believe that I started Zen Media in 2009 as a one-person company. My belief that social media would usher in a brand new era of business and communication was unflappable. I had just completed my graduate thesis on Twitter—the “new social platform” had 2000 users. Today, it has 375 million users.
Social media has come a long way since, and so has Zen Media. Now we have employees, partners, and clients worldwide. We’ve won multiple accolades for our work, including being honored as a Top 100 company in North America by both the United Nations and The White House.
What I am most proud of though is our incredible team and the clients around the world who trust us with their brands and their voices. There is no greater gift.
I recently learned that only .1% (that’s right, POINT 1 percent) of advertising and marketing agencies are owned by women. As for agencies owned by women of color? There isn’t even enough data to pull together that stat.
As a Henry Crown Fellow, I am also committed to being more than just an effective leader. I strive every day to be the change I wish to see. I genuinely hope that as a steward of Zen Media, together we can leave the world a better place.
If you are considering working with us or for us, I hope you will join us in this mission. You will not find a more committed or caring team. I guarantee it.
Zen Media’s 65-person team of marketing and PR specialists celebrates diversity in every context of their work—with the key always being diversity of thought. At Zen, everyone thinks, creates, and innovates in their own way, and when these many diverse perspectives and thought processes merge—amazing outcomes are inevitable.
At Zen Media, we are committed to being a merit-based, equal-opportunity organization.
We embrace each individual’s unique identity, talents, and perspectives. While we all have different beliefs, backgrounds, and opinions, we come together to drive creativity and success for our clients.
We are committed to open dialogues, respectful discourse, and creative problem-solving. We embrace neurodivergent skillsets, uniquely-abled perspectives, and the experiences of all of our employees, clients, vendors, and partners.
What does it mean to be carbon neutral? It means doing our best work for our clients while reducing our emissions every single day.
While we are already a remotely distributed company, which significantly reduces our carbon footprint, we plan on achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. By accomplishing this, we will preserve the equivalent of two football fields of forest each year—natural green space that would otherwise have been removed. We will do this by continuously measuring and reducing our carbon emissions. We limit business travel, educate our employees on sustainable practices, and continuously work to improve our impact on the environment.
Zen Media is dedicated to merit-based, equal opportunity employment. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.
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