Why Statement?

Passion & Partnership

We began Statement as a collaboration, recognizing that we could do so much more together by combining our individual skills and passions. Today, our agency is growing, but remains true to that foundational vision. We're proud to be part of the 1% of women-founded and led creative agencies, and we're committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through our talent and client relationships. We care deeply about our craft, our people and our partnerships – and sometimes we still can't believe how lucky we are to do this work every day.

Our Core Team

Lis Martin
Managing Partner, Head of Content

Lis Martin

Managing Partner, Head of Content

A classic oldest child, natural optimist and tireless consensus-builder, Lis is happiest working alongside our team and clients to move everyone toward their shared goals. She's a writer by trade and an entrepreneur at heart, collaborating with Jen to oversee the agency's direction and build strong, successful client partnerships. With 15 years of experience as a content strategist and creator, Lis guides Statement's content team to deliver smart, consistent communications across all print and digital formats. A high-level thinker with a penchant for fine detail, Lis loves helping clients crystallize innovative ideas into actionable branding and marketing plans.

  • Honed her interviewing skills as 
an investigative reporter
  • Paris is near and dear to her heart
  • Her lunchtime La Croix is a daily highlight
Jen Depakakibo
Managing Partner, Head of Design

Jen Depakakibo

Managing Partner, Head of Design

Jen co-leads the direction and growth of Statement, from delivering top-notch client service to shaping new business strategies. She fell in love with design at a young age, when she became the leading layout lady in charge of her high school yearbook. She’s spent two decades helping clients meet their goals by elevating brands across digital and print within sectors like Fortune 500, health care, tech, nonprofit, restaurant and hospitality. Her sharp eye for good design and visionary ideas helps guide the team toward smart, compelling client solutions. Her passion for innovation, trends and tech helps ensure client brands stay relevant and dynamic with the times.

  • Trained with Dutch design masters 
in the Netherlands
  • Married to a Chicago street artist
  • Would take a podcast over a book any day
Doreen Naor
Account Manager

Not only does Doreen keep Statement's project pipeline running smoothly, our clients also praise her for keeping them just as well-organized. A quick thinker and meticulous planner, Doreen keeps complex marketing programs and high-volume environments humming along with diligence and patience. She developed her organizational and client service skills in previous roles, creating operational structures for new teams and managing large-scale global conferences 
and events.

  • Gets unreasonably excited by spreadsheets and bulletin boards
  • Happiest when eating, dancing or taking in a good view
  • Grateful for her husband who manages to keep the plants alive
Emily Kohler Sala
Senior Marketing Strategist

Emily Kohler Sala

Senior Marketing Strategist

Emily is a high-energy leader and entrepreneur with nearly a decade of experience in marketing strategy, operations, and business management. She has successfully driven business growth as the marketing head at three separate startups in the healthcare and finance sectors. Through her work with businesses ranging from early-stage startups to established enterprises, Emily seeks to understand each client’s unique needs and develop workable solutions to reach their goals.

  • Proud pup mama of a Goldendoodle and Corgi
  • Travel fiend! 26 countries and counting…
  • Personal mantra is "always be curious"
Ellen Life
Content Director

Ellen would rather be solving a marketing or brand challenge than doing almost anything else in life. A lover of storytelling, forging emotional connections between brands and people, and using the combined forces of digital, creative and strategy to change customer behavior, Ellen brings 20 years’ experience as a Creative and Content Director to Statement.

  • Passion for delivering innovative campaigns (has the data to back it up!)
  • Cancer survivor
  • Sang onstage at Buddy Guy’s Legends
Umair Khan
Design Director

With a background in marketing and graphic design, Umair understands that strategy and design play an integral role in shaping today’s brands. As our design director, he leads the Statement team through the many stages of brand activation – from identity and visual systems to integrated campaigns. Umair’s experience spans a variety of industries, including healthcare, education, CPG, real estate and many other verticals. 

  • Appreciates a good story no matter the medium
  • Building brands that break through is what drives him
  • Loves to make stuff with his hands
Allison Rowe
Senior Content Strategist

Allison Rowe is a senior strategist and content creator with more than a decade of experience connecting brands with lifelong fans across nearly every industry − from healthcare to fintech, consumer lifestyle to real estate, and everything in between. Allison leverages her experience across verticals to serve up out-of-the-box ideas for engaging the right people, with the right messages, through the right channels, at the right time.

  • A true digital nomad
  • Has a knack for content & design interplay
  • Proud dog mom
Yolanda Shum
Associate Design Director

You can call Yolanda a creative wonder woman. She is an award winning designer with an eye for color, type and trends. Creatively, she lives by the mantra: “Design can and should make a positive change in the world.” She’s built a career working with clients in hospitality, education, real estate and financial services. She uses fresh thinking to elevate brands to the levels they deserve and is truly collaborative in her approach, both with clients and our team of talent. 

  • She loves a good grid
  • Likes to travel to stay inspired
  • Never met a puffy blouse she didn’t like
Isabel Bogarin
Senior Designer

Isabel is known for her ability to take a creative brief and run with it, coming back with fresh ideas and a perfectly built design file every time. From digital design to long-format layouts, she blends beautiful and intuitive with each project she touches. She also happens to be the queen of deadline-crushing, all while maintaining a can-do, Zen attitude that keeps the whole Statement team centered.

  • Creative chops from The School 
of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Has never met a deadline she couldn’t crush
  • Takes her Fitbit steps very seriously
Creatives Who Mean Business

We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all creative

Our core team is backed by a broad network of creatives, from HubSpot developers to fintech content creators. We custom assemble each project team so we can hit it out of the park for your brand while also hitting your timeline and budget.

Want to join our team?

We are always on the lookout for creative superstars. Drop us a note and let’s chat: hello@madebystatement.com

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