19th July, 2019

Why you should bring your whole self to work – Dan Clay

Dan Clay was worried about being dismissed as “too gay” at work, so he dialed down his personality. But then his alter ego, Carrie Dragshaw, went viral online. Here’s what happened next.

About the Speaker


By day, Dan Clay is a partner in at a brand and innovation consultancy. His more well-known persona is Carrie Dragshaw.

Why you should listen

Dan Clay is a partner in strategy and innovation for Lippincott, an NYC-based consultancy. His expertise focuses on the strategic growth spaces that emerge from changing customer needs, expectations, fears and desires. In addition to advising financial services, health care and retail clients, Clay is a leading voice in Lippincott’s intellectual capital and has authored several reports on how to build emotional bonds with the customer of the future. He graduated with an MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Northwestern University.  

Clay’s more well-known persona is Carrie Dragshaw. What started as a simple Halloween costume turned into a viral fairy tale. Clay recreates classic Sex and the City looks and accompanies them with original “couldn’t help but wonder” monologues. He’s been featured in CosmopolitanL.A. TimesUs Weekly, the New York Post, BuzzFeed, Man Repeller, Huffington Post, Out, Refinery29, InStyle and more. Carrie Dragshaw has one simple mission: to create a little corner of the internet that is only positivity and love.

Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_clay_why_you_should_bring_your_whole_self_to_work