Employee Spotlight: Shirley Hendrickson

POSTED BY on Sep 8, 2015

Shirley is a self-professed idea thinker-upper. While a vigilant member of the grammar police, she is also a flagrant complete-sentence-structure ignorer. Not to mention, quite the purveyor of irony. Her writing—sometimes witty, sometimes clever, sometimes direct, and yet always smart—crafts a rich story for our clients lucky enough to have her on their team.

Meet Shirley Hendrickson, Senior Copywriter at Hornall Anderson’s Seattle office.

1. Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you from? 

If by “Seattle” we mean this assemblage of earthly molecules that our own sentient-being assemblage-of-molecules, in this vast and limitless universe, have deemed “Seattle” using the human construction of language, then no, I’m not. I’m from Texas.

2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A questionnaire specialist.

3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

Very interesting kinds.

4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?


5. What is your hidden talent?


6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Having to select only one pet peeve. Also, the word “peeve.” It’s disgusting.

7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m from Texas.

8. Name 3 things on your bucket list (things you really want to do or places you want to travel to someday).

1. Tour a bucket factory.

2. Visit the location of the 2007 hit film, The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

3. Receive a sponge bath from Neil deGrasse Tyson.

9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?

“No rules, just right.” — Outback Steakhouse

10. Name a favorite line from a movie. 

“Never trust a fart.” — Jack Nicholson, The Bucket List

11. What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?

The fact that I work with funny, intelligent, kind, open-minded people who tolerate my juvenile ridiculousness when answering lovely employee-spotlight questionnaires.

As a writer at HA, I don’t just get to write words or crack dumb jokes. I get to make things. I get to help whip-smart strategists with their whip-smart pyramid thingies; I get to concept designs with brilliantly imaginative designers; I get to think up ways to make HA, as a place and an agency, better, and more HA; I get to pitch new business alongside passionate leaders and I get to pitch weird ideas alongside weird weirdos (sometimes at the same time). The breadth of projects, clients, executions, industries, products—I get to never be bored. I get to touch so many beautiful and exciting things, which is creepier than it sounds.

Did I mention that tolerance for creepiness is another thing I love about this place?

Free everything bagels every Monday, also a plus.


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