STYLE + SUBSTANCE® is our mantra
STYLE attracts consumers, builds intrigue and sets a brand apart. Style evolves over time.
SUBSTANCE is understanding what your brand stands for. Substance sets your course for the road ahead.
We build brands that are
Memorable, Sustainable, Lovable, and Knowledgable.
Brands need to attract customers, but they must also leave a lasting impression. MSLK combines smart strategies, sharp storytelling, and show-stopping designs to develop memorable omni-channel experiences. Our bespoke brand work is cohesive, consistent and responsive to all media.
Often considered a buzzword, sustainability goes beyond recycled materials to identifying core company values. MSLK creates sustainable brands in every sense of the word: economic, ethical, and social. From positioning to packaging, our mission inspires transparency, accountability and, ultimately, customer loyalty.
They say love makes the world go ‘round, and MSLK couldn’t agree more. When it comes to a crowded market place, brand love can be a major differentiator. Luckily, we have the expertise needed to turn ordinary customers into obsessed fans. We can help you win their hearts — and their hard-earned dollars. Now that is something to love!
Building a brand requires passion, expertise and industry knowledge. That’s why MSLK is always researching and analyzing the trends. There’s no crystal ball — strong consumer insights keep us ahead of the curve. We turn the subjective creative process into an objective one, delivering award-winning work for clients worldwide.
SHERI L KOETTING
Founder, Brand Strategist, Creative Director
Sheri is constantly seeking ways to improve consumer experience through better design. A self-described “brand archaeologist,” Sheri seeks to uncover the fundamentals of your brand, refining key stories so they rise to the surface and become clear for consumers. A frequent speaker, Sheri has also dedicated her career to elevating industry best practices. In 2002 Sheri co-founded the non-profit organization, Spark Design Professionals. In 2012 she began Evolve Symposium with industry consultant Emily Cohen, and in 2015 joined the Luxe Pack Conference Advisory Board. View Sheri’s speaking website here. >>
Brand Strategy and Marketing Advisor
With 20-plus years leading brand strategy, marketing and product innovation for top global brands like Paul Mitchell, P&G/Sebastian, Macy’s and others, Nikola is focused on bringing actionable ideas to life for consumer brands. A multi award-winning marketer, Nikola has developed over 200 products, created the world’s largest hotel amenity partnership and driven countless brand partnerships to drive meaningful ROI and influence.
DAVID VAN VEEN
Digital Marketing Advisor
David delivers clear, actionable and comprehensive digital marketing and SEO plans that have had measurable results for clients. His proprietary on-page + off-page principles guide this work, ensuring that efforts are spent where it counts. With extensive work in the skincare and skin condition industry, David leverages industry leading information and user education to create robust e-commerce strategies.
Market Research Advisor
Peggy has been conducting qualitative and quantitative research for iconic clients in the health and beauty sectors, across the globe, for over three decades. A background in advertising, along with degrees in psychology and sociology, led Peggy to become a student of human behavior and has fueled her passion for improving the way brands connect with their consumers. She relies on the use of varied market research tools, usually customized to clients’ specific needs, to dig deep for consumer insight-based opportunities.
An industry influencer and self-proclaimed beauty addict, Emily is obsessed with products as much as brand experiences! Prior to joining MSLK, Emily designed packaging for various brands at one of the largest cosmetic and skincare manufacturers in the United States. An expert at digital experiences, Emily has created UI/UX for companies such as Disney and Nickelodeon. To dig into Emily’s personal interests, check out @wishedmakeup, her popular Instagram account where she dreams up and designs the beauty products she craves.
Ashley is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Design. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, she is inspired by her lifelong love of fine arts and illustration. She has previously served as both a marketing graphic designer and a photographer for fashion brands. With a love for building brands and a background in the luxury retail space, Ashley likes to bring a sleek and glamorous point of view to her design work.
Nova admires how design, strategy and storytelling meets to create beautiful and effective brands. A graphic designer and illustrator, Nova has worked both on the agency side as well as in-house for a lifestyle influencer. Off-duty, she also designs for her faux floral atelier and spends her Saturday making “unplanned” trips to Credo to peruse the latest in clean beauty.
With 8+ years experience working within the entertainment and beauty industry, Rory has developed a deep understanding and passion for project management and client relations. Prior to MSLK, Rory represented celebrity hairstylists and makeup artists within the beauty industry. With an artist as a father, she has been surrounded by creativity and grew up with an awareness to marketing, and how to connect and collaborate with both strategic and creative minds. With that, she truly believes beauty is everywhere.
New Business Manager
Carley Williams is a business development and project operations expert with over 14 years in the beauty and luxury industry. A creative and analytical thinker, Carley has extensive experience working with brands to fulfill their product development, manufacturing, marketing, and project management needs. The founder of a successful candle brand, Carley has a deep understanding of the challenges entrepreneur’s face bringing their vision to life.
Stephanie is an award-winning content strategist, copywriter and former fashion journalist (ELLE, WWD, Daily Candy, Man Repeller) with more than 15 years experience working directly with brand founders and high-profile celebrities such as Madonna, Meghan Markle, Manolo Blahnik, Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe. As editorial director for Piperlime (GAP Inc.) she reinvented the voice of the brand and published two fashion-humor books receiving international acclaim. She specializes in results-driven storytelling and wildly imaginative campaigns for beloved beauty brands including Benefit Cosmetics, Biossance, Saint Jane, Sephora and Tatcha.
MAUREEN O' BOYLE
Bookkeeper + Office Manager
Maureen manages day-to-day operations and finances, ensuring that all projects stay on budget and on time. Her tireless attention to detail allows the entire team to be highly responsive to our clients’ needs throughout the creative process. She has 20 years of experience in the creative space, working with both design and architecture firms.
Business Plan Advisor
Ted is an expert business consultant for startups and growth stage companies. He has co-founded, grown, and sold several businesses, and helps our clients with their growth strategy, financial projections, and investor presentations. A graduate of UPenn’s Wharton School of Business, Ted’s extensive industry experience includes tech, media & entertainment, consumer goods, and food & beverage.
Ron is a full-stack developer who has extensive experience building enterprise-level websites and applications for a range of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon, Google, Comcast, IBM and Cisco. His focus is on efficiency, performance and intuitive user experience, all while achieving business objectives.
Director of Culture
Grey is our official youth correspondent. His insights on the iGen / Gen-Z market help us understand how your future customers are learning and digesting information. Grey continually inspires us with his commitment to animal rights, social activism and his constant drive to make a difference.
Ashton is a constant source for laughter and positivity. His charming wit, unwavering optimism, and infinite curiosity make us smile every day. A self-proclaimed abstract artist, Ashton loves to create thoughtful and meaningful works. As he expresses himself, he inspires us to let our inner child influence our best work.
There’s nothing quite like a purring kitty to get the creative soul inspired. Lulu loves contributing to team meetings and may contribute an occasional “meow.” They say curiosity killed the cat, but Lulu proves the exact opposite. She constantly inspires us to think outside the box, and to chase that perfect patch of sunlight.
Our strategic process and consumer insights yield attention-getting, revenue-generating, and award-winning results for our clients.
We're in the Business of Building Beautiful Relationships. (Literally.)
In order to keep our focus on the quality, not quantity, of our work, we work with only ten clients a year. We partner with big brands, boutique brands – you name it. We customize each plan to fit your individual needs and in-house capabilities. When you need something that is outside of MSLK’s core services, we have valuable industry contacts and are happy to share them. If you can dream it, we can achieve it together!