Global CCO at Leo Burnett and CCO at Publicis Communications North America, Liz Taylor and Energy BBDO’s SVP and ECD, Iona Filip, will represent Chicago as judges for the global Gerety Awards. The awards, now in its second year was founded by Epica Awards alumni Lucía Ongay and Joe Brooks.
Lizette Williams, head of cultural engagement and experiences, U.S. marketing at McDonald’s has also been chosen for the jury.
Coined after Frances Gerety, the copywriter responsible for the tagline, “A diamond is forever” the awards choose the best in advertising through the female lens. With 80% of all purchasing decisions made by women and award shows judged mostly by men, the Gerety Awards sets an important distinction.
Last year’s winners included “Viva La Vulva” by AMV BBDO for Libresse, LOLA MullenLowe for its #HiddenFlag stunt supporting LGBTQ rights during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, McCann New York for its adaptive controller work for Microsoft and VMLY&R Warsaw for “The Last Ever Issue,” where media and brands bought a popular Polish porn magazine with the express purpose of shutting it down.
This year’s all-female executive jury sessions will be held in New York, London, Helsinki, Berlin, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Melbourne, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Bangkok. As well as defining the overall shortlist these juries will choose agency and production company of the year from their country.
Other members of the North America grand jury, which include:
Ioana Filip, svp and ecd at Energy BBDO
Lizette Williams, head of cultural engagement and experiences, U.S. marketing at McDonald’s
Ariana Stolarz, chief global strategy officer at MRM//McCann
Wimberley Meyer, partner and svp at Summerjax
Shelley Elkins, global CCO at Jack Morton
Liz Taylor, global CCO at Leo Burnett and CCO at Publicis Communications North America
Kelly Fredrickson, President at Mullen Lowe
Robin Fitzgerald, CCO at BBDO Atlanta
The executive jury for New York includes:
Alex Shulhafer, group creative director at McKinney
Mita Mallick, head of diversity and cross-cultural marketing at Unilever
Yvonne Cheng, evp of creative solutions at Wirewax
Smita Reddy, global relationship manager for Unilever at Edelman
Bridget Flynn, partner and COO at Graysons Mathews
Kai Deveraux Lawson, associate operations director at Essence
Jacquelyn De Jesu, founder and CCO at Shhhowercap
Isabel Rafferty Zavala, CEO and founder at Canela Media
Misty Bell Stiers, creative director at Isobar
Nathalie Brown, VP and ecd at VMLY&R
Lizzie Wilson, associate creative director at McCann
Pam Kim, ecd at Havas
Susie Lee, creative director at Zulu Alpha Kilo
Lauren Croteau, associate creative director at The Via Agency
Jenn Tranbarger, associate creative director at BBDO New York
Entries for the Gerety Awards are open, with early pricing until Jan. 20.