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Are we there yet? Swift CEO on paid, 16-week maternity leave
CampaignUS - September 11, 2018
The gender pay gap and leadership void (especially in the C-Suite) is not going to be solved unless employers and lawmakers address paid parental leave." - CEO Liz Valentine

SweeTARTS enlists influencers to help to promote new gummies in social campaign
The Drum - July 19, 2018
Get a taste of our latest work with SweeTARTS Candy, celebrating their 49 new candy shapes.

What's it like to be gay in adland? Industry insiders share insights
Campaign - June 15, 2018
Producer Elina Lim shares her thoughts and experience about being a part of the LGBTQ community in the ad industry.  

Liz Valentine on leadership: "My approach to change has always been about transparency" 
Oregon Business - May 4, 2018
Liz Valentine discusses the importance of transparency, accessibility, and respect as a part of Oregon Business' feature package on leadership and culture change.

The Amazing Guest Test: Mind Your Manners and Make Gen-Z Love Your Brand
Adweek - Apr 30, 2018
How to make Gen Z love your brand with Joint CCO Rick Albano.

Meet Campaign US' 2018 Digital 40 Over 40
Campaign US - Mar 28, 2018
COO Paul Wille honored among a diverse mix of marketers, creatives, technologists, PR pros and account mavens who prove that the future of digital belongs to everyone.

Swift's 'For the Women' connects mentors with ad industry hopefuls
Campaign US - Mar 27, 2018
"It’s about working on individual circumstances to make progress in a really tangible way," says Christina Melander, FTW Instigator.

Inside the Female-heavy, Business-savvy World of Swift
Eye on Design AIGA  - Mar 1, 2018
Our approach to work and how we support each other is uniquely feminine, and we think that's a good thing. 

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Under Pressure: 3 Tensions To Tame In Content Marketing
Media Post - Jan 5, 2018
President, Chief Performance Officer, Paul Wille shares 3 content tensions to tame in 2018.

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4 Things Agencies Can Learn from Game of Thrones Warrior Queens
LBB Online - Dec 7, 2017
ECD Rick Albano on how to hold off the "White Walkers and Lannisters" in the ad world.

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Swift Appoints VP of Data Science Stewart Pratt of Digitas, JWF, Razorfish Pedigree
Adforum - Nov 13, 2017
Thrilled to welcome VP of Data Science Stewart Pratt to the team.

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New Adobe Study Highlights Diversity Issues in the Advertising Industry
Adweek - Nov 2, 2017
ECD Rick Albano talks about advertising's diversity disconnect in a new study by Adobe.

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Swift Agency Makes Books that Embody their Beliefs
Scout Books - Oct 12, 2017
CCO Alicia McVey talks with Scout Books about creating Swiftology.                                             

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Women in Business Q&A: Liz Valentine, CEO, Swift
Huffington Post - Sept 2, 2017
CEO Liz Valentine shares lessons learned, notes on work-life balance and future goals. 

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Portland creative agency Swift crafts a space that reflects its values
On Office Magazine - Jun 12, 2017
We teamed up with Beebe Skidmore to create a beautiful space that inspires everyone who walks through the door.   

‘Get involved’: Exceptional Women of the World featuring Liz Valentine
The Drum - May 4, 2017
“The most important decision women can make in their careers is to truly understand their worth.” Hear insights from CEO Liz Valentine. 

D&AD Award Winner: Google Olympics News Lab
D&AD Awards - May 3, 2017
Excited to share that our collaboration with Google won a Pencil in Branding/Digital Brand Expression.                                       

Clio Award Winner: Project Harden
Clio Awards - May 3, 2017
Honored to announce that our collaboration with adidas won for Single Platform Campaign. 

Shorty Award Winner: Project Harden
Shorty Awards - Apr 6, 2017
We're proud to announce that our Project Harden work with adidas won Best Use of Instagram.

Taboo: The Future Is Feminine
Creative Mornings - Mar 28, 2017
Watch Co-Founder Liz Valentine's talk on redefining femininity.

Perspectives: Women in Advertising: Liz Valentine, Co-founder & CEO, Swift.
AdForum - Mar 24, 2017
Liz Valentine shares on the importance of transparency as a good business foundation and more.                                      

How an Agency Is Helping This College Student’s Nonprofit Talk About Periods
Adweek - Mar 7, 2017
Proud to partner with PERIOD to help change the cycle around menstrual health.                            

New Stouffer's Campaign Highlights the Diverse Shapes and Sizes of Family
Little Black Book - Feb 14, 2017
Diversity and inclusivity are at the heart of our latest work for Stouffer's.                                                     

The 30 Most Creative People in Advertising Under 30
Business Insider - Jan 27, 2017
Congratulations to Senior Writer Kelsey Wilkins. 

A Tour of Swift’s Super Cool Portland Office
OfficeLovin' - Dec 28, 2016
Take a tour and learn a few secrets about our space.                                                                    

5 Reasons Co-Workers Should Karaoke Together
Inc. - Dec 9, 2016
The team that sings together stays together with Executive Creative Director Rick Albano.               

6 Daily Habits of CEOs You'd Want to Have a Beer With
Inc. - Nov 17, 2016
Be the first on the dancefloor, wash dishes, and more ways to connect with your teams by CEO Liz Valentine.

The Top Meeting Trick That Saves Everyone Time and Money
Inc. - Oct 20, 2016
Say farewell to wasted time in the conference room from CEO Liz Valentine.

Why C-Suite Execs Should Let Millennials Be Their Mentors
Inc. - Sep 27, 2016
Embracing millennials not only improves your company culture, it can also make for a healthier bottom line.

3 Reasons Today's Teens Are Radically Different From Millennials
Inc. - Sep 9, 2016
Meredith Chase taps into what Gen Z really wants. 

I need to be able to be held accountable’: Paul Wille of Swift on the role of the chief performance officer
The Drum - Jul 1, 2016 
Measuring brand performance isn’t about the sales funnel anymore.

Hot Pockets' "Honorary Roommate" Campaign Fuels Hunger for More
Ad Age - Jan 10, 2016 
Helping guys get more out of life one Hot Pocket at a time.

Swift Hires New Creative Director
AdForum - June 21, 2018
We're excited to welcome Paul Bjork to the team.

Mothers In Advertising 2018, Maren Elliott
AdForum - May 17, 2018
Chief Talent Officer Maren Elliott on work-life balance and supporting working parents.

Design Week Portland | Buildings Full Of Women | Swift Agency | Nightwood Society | Hacienda CDC
OPB State of Wonder - Apr 21, 2018
Alicia McVey and Maren Elliott discuss what happens when women are at the table for design on the air with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Swift Moves Chief Operations Officer Maren Elliott Into New Chief Talent Officer Role
Adweek AgencySpy - Apr 2, 2018
Good things to come as Maren Elliott oversees employee development and recruiting in her new role as Chief Talent Officer.

FTW: For the Women
Design Week Portland - Mar 8, 2018
Introducing FTW: For the Women, a new initiative from female-founded Swift agency and 17 local organizations that promote and practice gender equality. 

24 Of Our Favorite Entrepreneurs Namecheck The Businesswomen You Should Follow
Refinery29 - Mar 8, 2018
Liz Valentine gets some lady love from Wildfang Co-founder, CEO, and inspiring feminist Emma McIlroy. 

Op-Ed: Brands That Score On Social With Gen Z Will Win Wall Street, Too
PSFK - Mar 1, 2018
VP of Client Strategy Meredith Chase shares what social media strategy drives a brand's bottom line and why it matters to Gen Z.

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PayPal Celebrates Holiday Gift Giving
Media Post - Dec 8, 2017
Proud to "Seize the Season" and celebrate little moments of giftspiration with PayPal.

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Keynote: The Many Faces of Privilege
3 Percent Movement Blog - Nov 13, 2017
AD, Brand Communications Christina Melander recaps Luvvie Ajayi's keynote, "The Many Faces of Privilege."

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Shorty Social Good Winner: Google Change is Made with Code
Shorty Awards - Nov 11, 2017
Excited to announce that our collaboration with Google Made with Code won gold in the Social Good Shorty Awards technology category for "Change is Made with Code."

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Union Wine Co. and Swift Agency Celebrate Big Flavours and Life’s Little Moments
Communication Arts - Sept 15, 2017
Our “Inside Every Can” campaign for Union Wine Co. carries notes of Pinkies Down & a finish of Summer Win.  

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The Future of Business Depends on These Four Traits
Forbes - Aug 31, 2017
CEO Liz Valentine shares four traits crucial to the future of business.  

37 Women Who Are Disrupting the Status Quo and Championing Gender Diversity in Advertising and Tech
Adweek - Jun 5, 2017
Celebrating top female leaders in media and marketing, including CEO Liz Valentine and CCO Alicia McVey.  

Clio Award Winner: Google Olympics News Lab
Clio Awards - May 3, 2017
Honored to announce that our collaboration with Google won for Multi-Platform Campaign.          

Shorty Award Winner: Google Olympics News Lab
Shorty Awards - Apr 19, 2017
We're excited to announce that our collaboration with Google won Multi-Platform Campaign, News & Media, and received Gold in Data Visualization.

Good Design Is Good Business 2017 - Swift Agency by Beebe Skidmore Architects
Architectural Record - Apr 1, 2017
Collaboration, transparency, and inclusion are at the heart of our office design.                               

Meet Campaign US' 2017 Digital 40 Over 40
Campaign US - Mar 27, 2017
Congratulations to CEO Liz Valentine for being named in Campaign US' Digital 40 Over 40.       

Design Spaces: Tips for Fostering Creativity in Your Agency’s Office
How - Mar 18, 2017
CCO Alicia McVey shares on how creating a place that inspires and brings people together is paramount.  

Four Ways Brands Should Approach Snapchat Spectacles
Advertising Week - Feb 14, 2017
Hear from VP Buck Wise on Snapchat Spectacle considerations for brands.        

Cool Spaces: Slabtown awning factory transformed into a creative agency's hip headquarters
Portland Business Journal - Feb 1, 2017
We're excited to be featured in Portland Business Journal's Cool Spaces.

New Rules for Creative Agencies in 2017
iMedia - Jan 4, 2017
With uncertainty as the new norm, here’s how agencies can compete from CEO Liz Valentine. 

Portland’s Office Market Moves Beyond Its Industrial Core
Wall Street Journal - Dec 27, 2016
New Swift office strikes a balance between grit and renewal in fast-changing Portland. 

See the Spot: Adidas Sets Fire to Pink and Shrink
Ad Age - Nov 30, 2016
We team up with adidas to set shrink+pink ablaze and put women’s cleats front and center. 

Swift Changes
Gray - Nov 16, 2016
See how our team's growth and industrial Portland neighborhood inspired our space, featuring Beebe Skidmore Architects. 

Borrow These 6 Tips From Barre Class to Become a Better Manager
Inc. - Oct 26, 2016
Take a tip from barre instructors and learn how to give feedback like a pro.                                     

4 Money-Saving Pro Tips for Business Travel
Inc. - Oct 12, 2016
Pro tips for the tech savvy traveler from VP of Brand and Partnerships Buck Wise. 

5 Not-So-Obvious Ways to Spoil Employees
Inc. - Sep 20, 2016
Maren Elliott shares how to boost job satisfaction to help employees thrive.

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Killing It on Instagram
Adweek - Sep 8, 2016
A textbook example of creating mad social buzz.

How Being Outnumbered at a Women-Founded Agency Made Me a Better Man
Inc. - Aug 26, 2016
ECD Rick Albano shares five things guys can learn from women at work.                       

See The Spot: SweeTARTS Digital Push Stars Influencers
Ad Age - Jun 22, 2016 
We tapped a pop star, gamer and LARPer to put the tart back in SweeTARTS.

The 30 Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising
Business Insider - Oct 20, 2015
Swift is the digital agency behind the award-winning Real PSL mobile/social work for Starbucks, to promote its Pumpkin Spice Latte.


awards

Cannes Lions - 2018
Google Made with Code for Sustainable Development Goals - Quality Education, Shortlist
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The One Show - 2017
Google Olympics News Lab for Branded Social/Real-time Response
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Clio Awards - 2017
Project Harden for Single Platform Campaign
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Shorty Awards - 2017
Google Olympics News Lab for Multi-Platform Campaign
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Shorty Awards - 2017
adidas Project Harden for Best Use of Instagram

Shorty Social Good Awards - 2017
Google Change is Made with Code for Technology, Gold
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Forrester Groundswell - 2015
Starbucks The Real PSL campaign in the Business to Consumer Social Relationship Marketing category. 

AdAge Small Agency of the Year - 2014
Swift was awarded Gold as AdAge's Small Agency of the Year in the Northwest
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W3 - 2014
Silver winner for Mobile Applications Cook With Grazia.

Cannes Lions - 2017
Google Olympics News Lab for Real-Time Response
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The One Show - 2017
Google Olympics News Lab for Branded Social Post/Branded Social Campaign
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The One Show - 2017
Google Olympics News Lab for Craft/Use of Visuals
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D&AD Awards - 2017
Google Olympics News Lab for Branding/Digital Brand Expression
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Clio Awards - 2017
Google Olympics News Lab for Multi-Platform Campaign
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Shorty Awards - 2017
Google Olympics News Lab for News & Media
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Shorty Awards - 2017
Google Olympics News Lab for Data Visualization
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Shorty Awards - 2015
Starbucks The Real PSL for Best Tumblr CampaignView

When Work Works - 2011, 2013, 2014
Recognized as an effective and flexible workplace.