May 26, 2022

In our Associate Spotlight series, we are highlighting associates across the company who are shaping our community and who embody our Life at Centric philosophy every day. This Jewish Heritage Month, we are excited to recognize Ava Scott, Assistant Designer, Socks. Ava shares with us how her Jewish heritage has impacted her professional approach and some of her favorite things about being Jewish.  

What is your role at Centric Brands and how long have you been with the company?

I am an Assistant Designer with the Socks team in the Accessories Division. I work specifically with our department store (better brands). I assist my supervisor in taking artwork from our licensors and helping to reimagine it in different styles. This is my second role at Centric Brands. Last month, I joined the Socks team, but I’ve been with Centric Brands since November 2020. I worked on the Corporate Marketing team before switching over to the product design side of the Company.  

What is your favorite project you worked on at Centric and why was it special?

I think my favorite projects involved working on the Kids Headquarters Costco ads. I loved being able to illustrate happy things like rainbows and unicorns. Working on those brought a smile to my face because they were a ray of sunshine and silliness in a very navy, corporate world.  

How has your Jewish Heritage shaped you and your career?

Growing up in the Jewish community, the people around me encouraged volunteerism, hard work and community – which are all things I value in my career. The team I work with has become a really important factor in how I feel in my role and the company I work for. 

Can you tell us about your favorite tradition or aspect of Jewish culture?

What’s beautiful about the Jewish people is that we are an ethno-religious group. There are a lot of official religious practices that are observed all over the world. Still, there are also some community practices that are similar between Jewish communities like going away to summer camp, being in a youth group, having a parent involved in a Jewish philanthropy organization or knowing selective Yiddish.  

I think my favorite aspect of Jewish culture is that it encourages questioning: what does it mean to be Jewish? What does it mean to be part of a community? What does it mean to be spiritual? There’s no one right way to be Jewish, and we celebrate that.  

Share a fun fact or something most people do not know about you!

I used to work at my college radio station. I hosted two different shows and ran all of the sound equipment for other people’s broadcasts. My roommate was my co-host! We called ourselves the Brooklyn Babes. The recordings of our show are still out there on the internet; find them if you dare.