Carolyn James

Video SME
Chicago, IL USA


Creative, organized, calm, and solution oriented, all describe Carolyn. She was born in Germany and grew up in West Bloomfield MI a suburb of Detroit. She moved to Chicago, after studying psychology and fine art, at the University of Michigan. Beginning her career in advertising, she transitioned from print to broadcast production and ultimately left agency life to start her own production company.

As Executive Producer and department manager at J. Walter Thompson she honed her people skills, hiring and supervising production department personnel and interacting with high level agency and client executives. Her company, Department of Production, has given her a sharp eye for managing the budget, as well as the client. She has a knack for finding talented people who are right for each project, and a solution to every challenge.

To unwind she enjoys sailing on Lake Michigan, “Nature baths” (aka walks in the woods) and she is a mean Iron Chef, who loves to cook for family and friends.