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Joyce King Thomas is saying no—politely but firmly. Sitting in her corner office at McCann Erickson in New York, she cocks her head, furrows her brow and listens as two young creatives read her script after script for a new MasterCard commercial for early next year, touting an internship program. After several run-throughs, she asks how many more scripts they have. “Pick your best ones [to read to me]. I lose focus,” she says.

In a black suit with sleeves long enough to partly cover her hands, a ruffled black shirt and long dangling blue bauble earrings, King Thomas nods intently, but doesn’t smile.



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