There are talented women doing great work. The One Club for Creativity and The 3% Movement want the industry to know about them. They have selected the winners of their joint Next Creative Leaders program for 2017 at this year’s 3% Conference in New York.
“The One Club for Creativity has a long-standing commitment to providing programming that helps solve the industry’s diversity problem as opposed to just talking about it,” stated Kevin Swanepoel, chief executive officer, The One Club.
“We created our own Inclusion & Diversity Department nearly a decade ago, and support programs like Next Creative Leaders that identify, elevate and give voice to those who are making a real difference. They are the ones who are opening the door and inspiring the next generation of women who follow in their footsteps.”
Goodby Silverstein & Partners stands out, with three Next Creative Leaders in its fold. The agency has an ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity, that is championed by its senior leadership. Co-chair, Jeff Goodby, was a driving force behind creation of The One Club’s annual Here Are All The Black People multicultural conference and career fair, and Margaret Johnson, chief creative officer, is a One Club board member and founding member of The 3% Conference.
While most of those chosen currently work in the US, six of the winners originally came from other countries.
Next Creative Leaders for 2017 are:
- Kate Baynham, copywriter, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco
- Sakshi Choudhary, creative supervisor, Ogilvy & Mather, Mumbai, India
- Kate Desmarais, associate creative director, Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago (originally from South Africa)
- Micaela Gallino, senior creative art director, Johannes Leonardo, New York (originally from Argentina)
- Kristin Graham, associate creative director, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco
- Emmie Nostitz, creative director, Droga5, New York
- Lucia Orlandi, creative director, R/GA, San Francisco (originally from Ireland)
- Alexandra Sobiecki, art director, Spotify, New York
- Jessica Toye, senior art director, J. Walter Thompson, New York (originally from Canada)
- Hanna Wittmark, art director, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco (originally from Sweden)
To make the Next Creative Leaders program as open and accessible as possible, there is no cost for nominating a candidate. Nominees were judged on four-to-six pieces of creative work, their background and information about how they, and their work, are pushing the industry forward and making a positive contribution in terms of diversity, mentoring and advocacy. Winners were selected by a jury of 29 top creatives, including past Next Creative Leaders winners. View the jury list here.
This year’s Next Creative Leaders were featured at The 3% Conference, profiled on The One Club for Creativity website and The 3% Movement blog, promoted through the two organisations’ social media channels and invited to serve as judges for next year’s program.