FOUNDED BY ALY NAUTA IN 2017, WITH A PASSION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BRANDING AT THE FOREFRONT.
Similar to our logo, there is a connection point to everything we create. What we know to be true: Without defining a brand, there is no intention and without intention, there is no strategy and without strategy, there is no brand awareness. When you lead from a place of purpose and passion, you foster organic relationships that naturally convert into sustainability and growth.
"LEAD WITH WHO YOU ARE OVER WHAT YOU DO."
ALY NAUTA, FOUNDER OF CONNECTIVE CONSULTING
After years of brand building experience, the ownership of a local publication and a background in journalism, Aly decided no one could limit her talent and passion. She left the comfort of a consistent paycheck to start this creative agency over 2 years ago. After a damaging relationship turned divorce, trading in luxury living for a 300 square foot living space, and with a checking account at a number too embarrassing to admit, she had a decision to make. Would she let her circumstances define her? OR... would Aly redefine her circumstances?
She rebuilt her mindset and said no to things that did not serve her. Aly worked through defining her personal brand and, from this, Connective Consulting was born. Within less than 2 months, Connective Consulting had over 10 monthly retained clients and within less than 2 years, impacted over 65 brands.
Specializing in lifestyle, branding, social strategy and community initiatives, Aly is an expert at activating new concepts and elevating brands through modern technology.
"EVERYTHING YOU NEED AS A CREATOR IS ALREADY WITHIN YOU."
ALICIA FIERRO, CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
Born & raised in Long Beach, California to a former “flower child”, animal-loving, artist mother and conservative Christian pottery-loving, musician father, Alicia’s interests became a melding of the two. Graphic Design was her educational focus, but her love for photography would ultimately become her career after discovering authentic joy in digital storytelling.
When her business, Aesthetiica Photography, moved to Kentucky and took off in 2009, Alicia would go on to photograph over 350 weddings, portrait sessions and events. In 2016, she made her dream move to Chicago where a year later, she would link up with influencer, Olivia Rink, and the creative trajectory would shift.
The client list would grow to Canon, Lululemon, Giuliana Rancic, Giuliana Prosecco, Sushi San, Ramen San, RPM Steak, RPM Seafood, Pizzeria Portofino, Three Dots and a Dash, Northwestern MedSpa and her ultimate proud moment: Winning Grand Prize in a social-media driven photo contest of 13,000 submissions, to become Southwest Airlines’s Storyteller & Ambassador.
Identifying as one of the newly defined “introverted extrovert’s” of the world, Alicia will always prefer to stay on the back end of the camera, but she will show up for her clients every day ready to create and bring visions to life.
"MOTIVATION GETS YOU GOING AND HABIT GETS YOU THERE."
JORDYN MIRO HUGHES, BRAND INTEGRATION STRATEGIST
Growing up in a creative household located in small town Nebraska, Jordyn was served “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” for breakfast, as The Beatles, Baby You Can Drive My Car played in the background.
With an academic background in Advertising and Public Relations, she felt as though a client facing role was something she needed to showcase her people skills.
Fast forward a few years, Jordyn moved her talents to Chicago and found her artistic self in Pharmaceutical Sales – she joined a start-up promoting under marketed products and found ways to incorporate her drive for people and sales in one spot.
The big city ignited a fire to work harder and fuel her obsession for Interior Design, yoga, cheeseburgers and the perfect spicy margarita.
Jordyn's power lies in energy + relationship selling – she is fired up for the experience to build a strong sales presence, while motivating the Connective Community to discover their passions + purpose through Personal Brand Integration.
"BUT SERIOUSLY... I'M FINE."
SAMANTHA HUGHES, EXECUTIVE ACCOUNT MANAGER
A former D1 athlete, she knows that there’s no substitute for hard work. Samantha has spent the past few years breathing new life and an undeniably southern flair into some of the trendiest brands and experiential pop-ups in Chicago.
Samantha has a natural knack of wearing many hats (both in and out of the office). In addition to moonlighting as a bartender, she recently entered into a business venture with her sisters, where they share their love of skincare and self-care through thoughtfully selected products and educational sessions. You can find her on most Friday nights testing out a new face mask!
Above all, she believes that connections are nothing without authenticity. She pours her heart and soul into projects, always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that a brand’s message resonates with its audiences every step of the way.
With extensive experience in influencer relations, social strategy, content creation, and branding, Samantha was drawn to Connective’s emphasis on creativity and the importance of forging strong relationships that live past projects and retainers. She never forgets a face, and always has a good caption if you need one.