Colleen DeCourcy, co-President and chief creative officer for Wieden+Kennedy will serve as the 2020 Jury Chair of The International ANDY Awards. The announcement was made today by The ADVERTISING Club of New York, the producing organization for the Awards.
Under DeCourcy’s leadership, Wieden+Kennedy has created some of the world’s most provocative creative campaigns of the last decade. She is an outspoken advocate for diversity and gender equity, and in 2018 was instrumental in founding the advertising arm for the TIME’S UP movement. DeCourcy’s ongoing support, insight & leadership have played an instrumental role in the path forward for the 55-year-old ANDY organization, underscoring the power of a creative idea and bringing the notion of bravery to the forefront of the organization’s mission.
“The AD Club and ANDY Awards align with the values Colleen has built a career on - creativity, inclusion, innovation, share of voice, and giving back,” said Gina Grillo, president and CEO of The AD Club. “Through the Club’s Foundation, we support the talent pipeline that attracts, trains, retains and promotes those in our industry reflective of the world we live in. There is no other leader better poised to help us further our mission.”
Over the past few years, chair predecessors Pete Favat, Chief Creative Officer, Deutsch North America and Nick Law, now Vice President of MarCom Integration, Apple were also invaluable in bringing the ANDY Awards’ mission of transparency and education to the next level.
DeCourcy will lead an integrated jury of industry leaders, innovative marketers and rising stars who will review all submitted work across disciplines and mediums. The ANDY Awards is the only advertising awards program with just one integrated Jury, allowing for rich, holistic dialogue around ideas, craft, innovation, and bravery for each submission. The same integrated jury reviews all of the student work, giving students the unprecedented opportunity to have their work reviewed by the industry’s top creative leaders.
“I value the ANDY Awards for the high level of conversation around the work and the AD Club’s unflagging support of new and diverse voices in the industry,” said DeCourcy. “If access is everything, then nothing compares to The ANDYs.”
The ANDY Awards are leading the charge for greater transparency and education among the community by creating an accessible judging experience held via Facebook Live. This commitment gives entrants and viewers the ability to interact with the Jury and ask questions during the process.
The ANDY Awards and The ADVERTISING Club of New York are both not-for-profit organizations that lead the industry with a common guiding principle of giving back to support the full breadth of talent while creating an environment to support future talent and ensuring a diverse workforce. The ADVERTISING Club of New York’s Foundation has been developing programs and initiatives that invest in the success and sustainability of an exceptional talent pipeline since 1986, by providing scholarships, internships, fellowships.
To date, The Foundation has funded more than $11 million dollars to student, young professionals and mid-level professionals. In addition to student scholarships, the Foundation, through the ANDYs, has given back over $500,000 through awards, scholarships, and charitable donations with social, environmental and health-based missions.
About The International ANDY Awards
The International ANDY Awards, the first show of the year, celebrate the ideas, craft, innovation and brave thinking that pushes our industry forward. As one of the most sought-after awards for creative excellence in advertising for over 50 years, The ANDYs are a predictor and barometer of the industry's best. Work created by agencies, production firms, brands, publishers, content studios, PR firms, individuals and students are currently being accepted. For more information visit: www.andyawards.com
About The ADVERTISING Club
The ADVERTISING Club of New York is a leading trade organization serving the advertising, media and marketing industries in the media capital of the world. We offer access, thought leadership and programming that intends to educate, empower and celebrate our constituencies. The Club produces the International ANDY Awards to raise the bar on creativity and elevate the craft. The ADVERTISING Club’s Foundation is dedicated to building a stronger talent pipeline representative of our diverse community. Watch organization overview here.
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