AWNY Community Archive

from the Desk of Lynn Branigan - 08/13/2014

Please join me in congratulating AWNY board member Sheryl Goldstein who was just voted by Yahoo's North American Sales team as the Yahoo member most worthy of its first quarterly "Accelerator Solutions Award". Sheryl makes things happen for AWNY every day so to us she was a natural for the honor!

from the Desk of Kathleen Perez - 08/12/2014

Hello fellow AWNY members! I am currently looking for a roommate and thought what better place to find one than within our own community :) I have a 1 bedroom split apartment in Long Island City. It is in one the new high rises on the waterfront. It would be for a late October/Nov1 move-in. I can provide more details if you or anyone you know is interested. Thank you in advance! Have a great rest of your summer!

AWNY and Advertising Age’s Women to Watch Luncheon, 2014

08/06/2014 - Event Reporter: Lauren Freeman, Coordinator of Learning & Development at Interactive Advertising Bureau

This year’s top female executives in marketing and media were honored at Advertising Age’s 17th Annual Women to Watch Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, August 6 in a packed dining room at Cipriani Restaurant in midtown New York. Hosted by AWNY and sponsor The Ipsos Girl’s Lounge, the event featured 30 women who have a proven track record of success and are breaking barriers in marketing.

Attendees were greeted with cocktails in the entrance hall during a networking reception prior to the event. Once seated, Judann Pollack , Deputy Editor of Ad Age, opened the luncheon and welcomed guests from the podium. She reminded the audience that Women to Watch started long before Ad Age had women in the role of publisher and editor and thanked the men in the audience for showing their support. “For all the guys in the audience, thank you so much for being here,” said Pollack. “You can do so much to support and sponsor women in your organization and in our industry, and it does not go unnoticed.” She also announced that with the support of Adlatina, Ad Age’s Spanish language partner in Latin America, the next Women-to-Watch country is expected to be Argentina. The event currently has an international presence in China, Turkey, and Brazil.

Attendees were served lunch and cocktails before the main presentation.

Deputy Editor of Ad Age Judann Pollack then took the stage as host and engaged the notables in an Honoree Q&A. The 2014 class represented top marketing leaders from a diverse range of industries, some of which included cosmetics, packaged goods, publishing, network television, data and analytics, and even sports.

  • Kristi Argyilan, North America president, Magna Global
  • Kristen Cavallo, President, Mullen
  • Blair Christie, Chief Marketing Officer, Cisco
  • Patti Clifford, Chief Talent Officer, Havas Creative Group
  • Dionne Colvin, National Manager-Traditional and Emerging Media, Toyota Division Marketing
  • Marie Donoghue, Senior VP-Global Strategy, Business Development and Business Affairs, ESPN
  • Morgan Flatley, Vice President-Marketing, Gatorade
  • Danielle Gonzales, Executive Vice President-Managing Director, Starcom Mediavest Group
  • Marissa Hunter, Head of Ram Truck Brand Advertising, Chrysler Group
  • Christy Kranik, Senior Vice President-Managing Director, LatinWorks
  • Meredith Kopit Levien, Executive Vice President-Advertising, The New York Times
  • Barbara McHugh, Vice President-Marketing, MLB Advanced Media
  • Erin McPherson, Chief Content Officer, Maker Studios
  • Julia Mize, Vice President-Experiential Marketing, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Kelly Mooney, Chief Executive Officer, Resource
  • Kristin Patrick, Senior VP-Global Chief Marketing Officer, Pepsi
  • Karen Quintos, Chief Marketing Officer, Dell
  • Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer, Diageo
  • Nuria Santamaria, Head of Multicultural Strategy, Twitter
  • Lori Senecal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KBS+
  • Alexandra Shapiro, Executive Vice President–Marketing and Digital, USA Network
  • Kristian May Stewart, Vice President-Strategic Planning and Research, Commonground
  • Sheela Subramanian, Head of Global Business Development and Marketing, Jana
  • Nancy Tellem, President, Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios
  • Debbi Vandeven, Global Chief Creative Officer, VML
  • Lynn Vojvodich, Chief Marketing Officer, Salesforce
  • Evelyn Webster, Executive Vice President, Time Inc.
  • Rachel Weiss, VP-Digital Innovation, Content, New Ventures, L'oréal
  • Donna Wiederkehr, Chief Marketing Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network Americas
  • Lizette Williams, Senior Brand Manager, Kimberly-Clark

From Argyilan to Williams, the honorees spoke to how their work is reshaping the media landscape, protecting consumers in the midst of big data, and setting the precedent for new B2B opportunities. The female executives also expressed advice from a unique female perspective on issues such as how to balance work-life demands, hold prominent positions in a male-dominated business, and achieve upward mobility.

Also there to participate in the Honoree Q&A were select members of the AWNY Young Executive Council. The 30-years and below YE's asked questions pertinent to their generation, such as how millennials can effectively engage with more senior colleagues, how a female viewpoint can uniquely contribute amongst a team, and how to work within an industry that is male-dominated.

  • Betsy Bartosiak, Senior Account Executive, Twitter
  • Krystal Bradford, Sr. Account Executive, Mobile Center of Excellence, FCB Health
  • Danielle Roth, Business Development Manager, 24 Seven Inc.
  • Collette Spagnolo, Analytics Associate, MediaVest
  • Michele Weisman, Social Media and PR Manager

The event ended with well wishes and a final accolade for the class of 2014. For more event highlights and pictures, checkout #2014W2W on Twitter.

C-Suite Meet with Melissa Goidel

08/05/2014 - Event Reporter: Kit Winter, Executive Producer at Human

"Why Bad Jobs Are Good"
Melissa gave very candid and honest advice on the best mindset and approach when you aren't happy with your job. She reminded us all that even if you love your job, there will be days where you hate it.

How do you pull yourself out of the "I hate my job" slump?

#1: Her first advice was to remember that you currently getting paid to learn, so consider it a gift. Find the people that are motivated every day and take advantage of the opportunity to learn from them.

There is magic in every company, go and find the magic.

And why does this matter? "A person with perspective is a person with an informed opinion." And by being that person you become more valuable and can redefine the way you are perceived.

#2: There are companies that your company works with, become a student of those companies. If they are successful enough to have a relationship with your company, they are doing something right. Set-up a lunch with them. Network with them. Learn from them too. It could potentially lead to a job opportunity.

So you have a bad boss. What can you do in that situation?

It's all about GIVING. Remember your boss is a person too and sometimes they are oblivious to their ineffectiveness or neglect. So ask them and yourself, what can I do to help? Figure out what they aren't good at and help them in that area. This will increase your responsibility and if you are doing a good job you will get noticed.

Manage your own expectations: The less you expect the more you will get.

Your job is like golf, it is your own personal game. Focus on the things you are good at and good things will happen.

Also, remember these are work relationships, not your best friends. You are there to deliver, not make new friendships.

How do I know a good job?

Everyone is different. Just because the job is great for someone doesn't mean it's going to be great for you. Figure out what YOU want and what is a right fit for you.

Fake it until you make it

Regardless of your unhappiness, come to work with your game face on. The job should only see the person you put out until the world. And think about how to be a good boss. What makes you special as a boss and concentrate on that. And most importantly, never over promise and under deliver.

Melissa reemphasized "giving" and making your bosses job easier. Someone in the audience then suggested the book The Go Giver by Bob Burg and Jonathan David Mann.

Group Session

The last 15 minutes of the evening were spent broken out into three groups who put together their Top Ten list of the best career advice. Refinery29 will be using those to feature an article about the evening.

AWNY Education Loan Relief Awards - Call for Entries

08/01/2014 - AWNY is pleased to announce its call for entries for our second annual Education Relief Awards program.

We know many young executives enter our industry saddled with financial debt from student loans. We want to do what we can to help you retire all or a portion of that burden.

To apply, complete the online application and provide the required supplemental documents by August 1st, 2014. Available to AWNY members only. Click here for the application form.

from the Desk of Christine Stack - 08/01/2014

Christine Stack is now a Partner at Liberty Blue Worldwide, a new recruitment company focused on finding, placing, and further developing the careers of senior leaders across the communications industry.