Meet Maurice Fider – Protege Director

Senior Account Executive, VaynerMedia

The lighting was right and someone made me laugh. But that portrait mode though!


Q: Is there a person that you look up to that inspires the career moves you’ve made so far? This can be a person you know, or a public figure (dead or alive).

A: There is no one person that comes to mind, but rather a multitude of people. I feel there have been different moments in my life, and there will continue to be, where different people and their stories inspire me to grow. Dr. Maya Angelou said it best, “Imagine, and I’ve had so many rainbows in my clouds. I had a lot of clouds, but I have had so many rainbows. And one of the things I do when I step up on a stage. When I stand up to translate. When I go to teach my classes. When I go to direct a move. I bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me…so don’t ever feel I have no help. I have rainbows in my clouds.”

Q: Is there something you learned as a child that taught you something profound that you carry with you as a young professional?

A: My parents showed me that some of the greatest leaders come from behind the scenes. And allowed me to learn that hard work will never steer you wrong.

Q: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned in your career so far?

A: No expectations, are expectations. Always ask for clarity—because you don’t know what you don’t know.


Q: If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be titled?

A: Is it still considered an autobiography if someone ghosts write it for you? Asking for a friend.

But truly I have no clue, maybe…

“Never Forget The People”

“Family Dinner – The True Success Story”

“I, Meet Me and Myself”

“Rinse, Repeat, Hang Dry”

Q: If you knew you would be forced to leave Chattanooga in 1 year from today, what would you like to accomplish here before you go?

A: To make Chattanooga the flagship for young professional transition, immersion, continued development, and growth. We establish the model, others simply copy and paste.