Women Take Center Stage at #AWNewYork


2017 was a significant year for gender equality. Popularised movements like #MeToo and Times Up signalled a renewed desire for society to stand up as a collective to sexual harassment. It made important conversations impossible to ignore. And brought conversations around gender equality front and center in multiple workplaces across unrelated fields, the results of which continue to be seen globally.

Fast forward to 2018’s International Women’s day (March 8th) and there was no escaping both its pertinence, and relevance. We took the opportunity to name some of the great female speakers who’ll be gracing the stage at Advertising Week New York’s 15th anniversary, October 1-4. Speakers include:

Colleen DeCourcy Chief Creative Officer, Wieden+Kennedy
Carolyn Everson Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook
Claudia Gonzalez Edelman Special Adviser, Global Chief Public Advocacy, UNICEF
Kat Gordon Founder & CEO of The 3% Movement
Kathleen Hall Corporate VP of Brand, Advertising & Research, Microsoft
Arianna Huffington Founder & CEO, THRIVE
Bozoma Saint John Chief Brand Officer, UBER
Sophie Kelly Senior Vice President North America, Whiskeys Portfolio, Diageo
Allie Kline CMO, OATH
Meredith Kopit Levien EVP, Chief Operating Officer, The New York Times
Tara Walpert Levy Vice President, Agency & Marketing, Google
Tamika Mallory Civil Rights Activist, Co-Founder Women's March
Monique Nelson CEO, UniWorld Group
Rosemarie Ryan Co-Founder and Co-CEO, CO:
Cary Tilds SVP, Digital Strategy, FordDirect
Alicia Tillman CMO, SAP
Melissa Waters Vice President, Marketing, Lyft 
Shelley Zalis CEO, The Female Quotient

Matt Scheckner, Global Chief Executive said that “Advertising Week has always been a reflective mirror of popular culture”. Gender equality on all stages is incredibly important to us. Which is why we are committing where possible to a 50-50 male, female split across panels in New York this October.

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