James Marable is a marketing strategist with 15 years of experience in social media strategy and implementation, entrepreneurship, employer branding, media production, product development, design, project management, promotional strategy, and event planning. Hailing from Dayton Ohio, James found his way to his adopted home of Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati, from which he began his career as a marketing project manager at various advertising agencies leading the execution of numerous national campaigns/product launches. In 2010 James stepped away from the corporate world to launch Original Thought Required (2010-2016), a groundbreaking boutique, of which connected the burgeoning creative community and the revitalization of downtown Cincinnati's urban core. In 2012 James along with 5 friends founded Cincinnati's largest African American YP organization; Cincinnati Young Black Professionals 501(c)(3). Along with CYBP James has sat on the board of directors of the Over the Rhine Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, and Elementz Hip Hop Youth Center. In 2013 James was brought on board to launch the employer brand identity of the historic Macy's organization, staying on board until 2019. Currently, James is a Brand Leader at Eli Lilly & Company (splitting time between Indianapolis and Cincinnati) as well as the owner of his own social media consultancy.
Over the years James has traveled nationally to speak on topics such as social media strategy, branding, and entrepreneurship to audiences upwards of 1000 people. James is very keen on helping others reach their goals by sharing his unique story and connecting the dots for individuals throughout his network.