Adweek Executive Mentor Program Doubles in Size for 2020

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Over 230 of the world’s top marketing leaders join forces to share expertise with mid- to senior-level marketers and support diversity in the marketing industry

"It is an unwritten commandment in the preservation and advancement of any craft or culture: knowledge has to be shared. Mentoring, therefore, is an obligation for those who love their craft,” — Antonio Lucio, Global CMO of Facebook and Mentor

Adweek, the leading resource for the brand marketing and advertising community, announced the return of the Adweek Executive Mentor Program, supporting senior marketers on the road to executive positions. Spearheaded by the Adweek D&I Council and Steering Committee, this mentorship program is focused on ensuring a more inclusive future for the brand marketing industry through the advancement of diverse executives.

The Adweek Executive Mentor Program launched in October 2019, its first round attracting 110 mentors from among the industry’s top leaders. Of the 116 graduating executive mentees, 73 percent were female and 65 percent people of color. The 2020 program more than doubles the number of high-profile mentors to 230.

Mentors and mentees alike have been effusive in their enthusiasm for the project.

“I’ve loved being a mentor in this program,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Brand & Marketing Officer of Lowe's Companies, Inc. “I only wish it had existed when I was earlier in my own career."

"It is an unwritten commandment in the preservation and advancement of any craft or culture: knowledge has to be shared. Mentoring, therefore, is an obligation for those who love their craft,” said Antonio Lucio, Global CMO of Facebook. “To know is to love. To love is to share. To share is to transcend."

Mentee Lizette Williams, Sr., Director of Brand and Content Strategy at McDonald's had this to say about having Lucio as her mentor: “We shared passion around diversity. For me, it's personal. Not only do I represent being a woman of color, I am the first person in my family to go to college. I am the second person to graduate from high school. And what does that mean? It means that programs like this are leveling the playing field, not just providing an equal playing ground, but really allowing there to be equity in opportunity and preparation, and just giving people like me a chance.”

Starting today, potential mentees can apply to be matched with one of over 200 top marketing leaders here. A pitch competition will be held for applicants— who should be mid-senior executive marketers—to earn time with one of our executive mentors. Adweek will qualitatively evaluate every pitch and assign the strongest pitch for each mentor based on the merit of submission. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, April 30, 2020.

If chosen, the mentee earns two 30-minute phone calls with their mentor and Adweek will help prepare both the mentee and the mentor for success.

“We know there is a cliff that talented mid– to senior-level executives from diverse backgrounds have to scale to get to the C-suite,” said Nadine Dietz, chief community officer of Adweek. “Our mentor program is inclusive, with an emphasis on helping groups who are most in need of representation in leadership positions. This initiative was born from the commitment of the Adweek D&I Council as a major industry action to accelerate change.”

This year’s partners of the Adweek Executive Mentor Program are Anheuser-Busch, Facebook, and Verizon. Mentors include chief marketing officers, chief brand officers, presidents, chief executive officers, chief diversity officers and chief creative officers from Airbnb, Amazon, Anheuser-Busch, Burger King, Citi, Deloitte, Denny's, Dollar Shave Club, Droga5, Facebook, GE, General Mills, Google, GSD&M, Havas, L’Oreal, Lyft, Mastercard, McCann, Nike, NFL, NHL, P&G, PepsiCo, Pinterest, Publicis, Target, TBWA, The Ad Council, The Female Quotient, Samsung Sephora, Snap Inc., Uber, Unilever, Verizon, Viacom, Visa, Walgreens and more. See the current list here.

“Promoting diversity in our industry is not just the right thing to do — it’s a critical growth driver for all companies,” said Jeffrey Litvack, Chief Executive Officer of Adweek. “Adweek’s mentors know the value of not only opening doors for mentees, but preparing them for what’s on the other side. We are so thankful for their participation and contributions.”

The full list of executives participating in the Adweek Executive Mentor Program includes:

  • Abbey Klaassen, President, NY, 360i
  • Adam Grossman, CMO, Boston Red Sox
  • Adam Stotsky, former President, E! Entertainment, NBCUniversal
  • Adrian Parker, Global VP, Marketing - Patrón Tequila, Bacardi
  • Adrienne Hayes, VP Marketing Devices and Services, Google
  • Aimee Lapic, former CMO, Pandora
  • Aldo Quevedo, Co-Chairman of the Board, Círculo Creativo
  • Alegra O'Hare, Former CMO, Gap
  • Alex Chang, CMO, San Francisco 49ers
  • Alicin Reidy Williamson, SVP, Chief Inclusion Officer, Endeavor
  • Alison Wagonfeld, Head of Marketing, Google Cloud
  • Allyson Witherspoon, VP, Marketing Communications and Media, Nissan Motor Company
  • Alvin Bowles, VP, Global Partnerships, Facebook
  • Andrea Mallard, CMO, Pinterest
  • Andrea Perez, Global VP and General Manager, Nike, Jordan Brand (Women/Kids)
  • Andrea Sengara, SVP Consumer Planning and Innovation, Moet Hennessy USA
  • Andrea Zahumensky, CMO, KFC US
  • Andrea Zaretsky, Chief Marketing Officer, E*TRADE
  • Andreas Waldmann, CMO, Citibanamex
  • Andrew McKechnie, SVP, Chief Creative Officer, Verizon
  • Andrew Steinthal, Co-founder and Chief Partnerships Officer, The Infatuation
  • Andy Berndt, Founder, "Head Creative,” Google Creative Lab
  • Ann Lewnes, EVP, CMO, Adobe
  • Antonio Lucio, Global CMO, Facebook
  • Arancha Cordero, SVP, Chief Growth Officer, Danone Waters
  • Arielle Gross Samuels, Head of Business Strategy & Engagement, Facebook
  • Audrey Wu, VP Strategic Partnerships, Haptik
  • Barbara Leshinsky, Chief Revenue & Development Officer, Ad Council
  • Barbara Martin Coppola, Chief Digital Officer, IKEA Group
  • Barbara McHugh, SVP Marketing, Major League Baseball
  • Barbara Messing, former CMO, Walmart
  • Ben James, Head of Creative, T Brand Studio, The New York Times
  • Benjamin Lord, CMO, Mira Beauty
  • Bernard Coleman, Head of Employee Engagement, Gusto
  • Beth Gumm, CMO, Sur La Table
  • Beverly Stotz, former CMO, illy coffee
  • Brad Hiranaga, Chief Brand Officer, North America, General Mills
  • Brad Jakeman, Co-founder, Managing Partner, Rethink Food
  • Brandon Rochon, Chief Managing Creative Officer, Kastner Agency
  • Bruno Cardinali, Head of Marketing North America, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  • Carla Hassan, Global Chief Brand Officer, Citi
  • Carla Serrano, Chief Strategy Officer, and CEO Publicis NY, Publicis
  • Carolyn Everson, VP, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook
  • Casey Hurbis, CMO, Quicken Loans
  • Charisse Ford Hughes, CMO, Pandora Americas
  • Chris Bruzzo, CMO, Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Chris Stang, Co-founder and CEO, The Infatuation
  • Claudia Romo Edelman, Founder & CEO, We Are All Human Foundation
  • Cynthia Chen, General Manager/President, Consumer Health, RB
  • Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Founder and CEO, Auger-Dominguez Ventures
  • Dalana Brand, VP People Experience and Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Twitter
  • Danielle Lee, Chief Fan Officer, NBA
  • Danielle Wiley, CEO, Sway Group
  • Danny Wright, Chief Brand Officer, Adweek
  • Dara Treseder, CMO, Carbon
  • David Buckley, Head of Hardlines Advertising, Amazon
  • David Dancer, CMO, Inspire
  • David Edelman, CMO, Aetna
  • David Messinger, Chief Marketing Officer, Activision Blizzard
  • David Rubin, CMO, The New York Times
  • Debora Koyama, Global Growth Operations Officer, Unilever
  • Deborah Yeh, CMO, Sephora
  • Debra Bass, Global CMO & US President, Nuvo Group
  • Deirdre Findlay, Global CMO, Condé Nast
  • Denise Karkos, CMO, SiriusXM
  • Diana O'Brien, Global CMO, Deloitte
  • Doug Sweeny, CMO, One Medical
  • Doug Zarkin, CMO, Pearle Vision, Luxottica
  • Duff Stewart, CEO, GSD&M
  • Ed Wise, CEO Omnicom Health Group, Omnicom
  • Elisabeth Charles, former CMO, Rodan + Fields
  • Elizabeth Rutledge, CMO, American Express
  • Emily Culp, CEO, Cover FX Skincare Inc.
  • Eric Toda, former Head of Marketing, Hill City
  • Erica Fite, Creative Director and Co-founder, Fancy
  • Eugene Cha, Director Consumer Marketing Strategy & Operations, Facebook
  • Evan Greene, Partner, 3 Emerald Marketing
  • Fara Howard, CMO, GoDaddy
  • Fatima Seliu, Head of International Marketing, Facebook
  • Fernando Machado, Global CMO, Burger King
  • Fiona Carter, CBO, AT&T
  • Gabby Etrog Cohen, Chief Brand Officer, Rent the Runway
  • Gail Tifford, CBO, WW International
  • Geoff Walls, SVP Customer Experience, Verizon
  • Greg Lyons, CMO, PepsiCo Beverages North America, PepsiCo
  • Greg Revelle, CMO, Kohl's
  • Greg Welch, Sr. Partner and Practice Leader, Spencer Stuart
  • Helen Vaid, Global Chief Customer Officer, Pizza Hut
  • Ivan Heredia, VP of Marketing, Disney Radio Network
  • Jabari Hearn, VP of Brand, Lyft
  • Jamese McGowan, Director Media Investment, Facebook
  • Jason Bunge, SVP, Global Brand Management and Marketing, Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Jason Klarman, EVP, Marketing, Fox News Media
  • Jason White, CMO, Cura Solutions
  • Jeanine Liburd, Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer, BET
  • Jeff Jones, President and CEO, H&R Block
  • Jeff Litvack, CEO, Adweek
  • Jennifer Breithaupt, CMO, Global Consumer, Citi
  • Jeremy Miller, EVP Global Chief Communications Offer, McCann
  • Jerome Hiquet, former CMO, Formula E
  • Jesse Stollack, CMO, Converse
  • Jesus Malverde Gonzales, SVP Brands & Partnerships, Universal Music Group
  • Jim Stengel, President and CEO, The Jim Stengel Group
  • Jo McKinney, CEO, Burns Group
  • Jodi Ropert, Head of Marketing, Google YouTube Brand, Music & Growth
  • John Birmingham, President Central Region, Spark Foundry
  • John Dillon, Chief Brand Officer, Denny's
  • John Nitti, Chief Media Officer, Verizon
  • John Zissimos, Head of Creative, Brand, Media & Customer Programs, Google
  • Jonnie Cahill, CMO, Heineken USA
  • Josh Cole, CMO, SkyZone Franchise Group
  • Josh Dean, CMO, S'well
  • Joyce Chen, Head of Production, Facebook
  • Judy Lee, Global Head of Experiential Marketing, Pinterest
  • Judy Toland, VP, Head of Scaled Solutions, Facebook
  • Julian Duncan, CMO, NFL Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Julie Channing, VP of Marketing, allbirds
  • Karin Timpone, former Global CMO, Marriott International
  • Kate Gunning, CMO, IEX
  • Katrina Craigwell, Head of Global Employer Brand, JPMorgan Chase
  • Keith Grossman, President, TIME
  • Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, Chief Business Officer, Beautycon
  • Kenny Mitchell, CMO, Snap, Inc.
  • Kevin Thompson, CMO, Sotheby's International Realty
  • Kieran Hannon, CMO, Openpath Security Inc.
  • Kim Perell, former CEO, Amobee
  • Kimberly Evans Paige, EVP, CMO, BET
  • Kirsten Marriner, Chief People Officer, Clorox
  • Kofi Amoo-Gottfried, VP of Marketing, Door Dash
  • Kristin Harrer, Chief Marketing Officer, Dollar Shave Club
  • Kristin Patrick, CBO, Sugar23
  • Kristina Heney, Chief Marketing and Experience Officer, Cirque du Soleil
  • Kyle Wong, CEO, Pixlee
  • Lara Balazs, CMO and General Manager of Strategic Partnership Group, Intuit
  • Laura Maness, CEO, Havas
  • Lauren Gallo, Senior Director, Brand Marketing, Nike
  • Lauren Weinberg, Global Head of Marketing, Square Inc.
  • Lina Shields, Chief Media Officer - Lilly USA, Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Linda Boff, CMO, GE
  • Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman, Johnson Publishing Co
  • Lisa Granatstein, Editor, SVP of Programming, Adweek
  • Luis Miguel Messianu, Co-Chairman of the Board, Círculo Creativo
  • Lukeisha Paul, Managing Partner, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion U.S., GroupM
  • Lynne Biggar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Visa
  • Marc Pritchard, CBO, Procter & Gamble
  • Marcel Marcondes, U.S. CMO, Anheuser-Busch
  • Maria Weaver, Global CMO, Comcast Advertising, Comcast
  • Marisa Thalberg, EVP, Chief Brand and Marketing Officer, Lowe's Companies
  • Mark D'Arcy, VP, Global Business Marketing & Chief Creative Officer, Facebook
  • Marvin Chow, Head of Marketing, Google Consumer Apps
  • Mary Beech, CEO, Sarah Flint, Inc.
  • Maryam Banikarim, Head of Marketing, Next Door
  • Matt Kerbel, Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Canoo
  • Meg Goldthwaite, CMO, NPR
  • Megan Jones, SVP, Group Media Director, Digitas
  • Megan McCurry, EVP, Media, Digitas North America
  • Melissa Waters, CMO, hims and hers
  • Michael Lynch, Partner, 3 Emerald Marketing
  • Michelle Klein, VP, Global Customer Marketing, Facebook
  • Michelle Hillman, Chief Campaign Development Officer, Ad Council
  • Minjae Ormes, CMO, Visible
  • Monique Nelson, Chair and CEO, UniWorld Group
  • Musa Tariq, Global Head of Marketing, Airbnb Experiences
  • Nadine Dietz, Chief Community Officer, Adweek
  • Nick Bartle, Head of Marketing, Google Nest
  • Nick Drake, VP Global Marketing, Google
  • Nick Tran, VP, Brand and Culture Marketing, Hulu
  • Nuno Teles, President, Diageo Beer Company
  • Pam Kaufman, President, Consumer Products, ViacomCBS
  • Patricia Corsi, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Bayer
  • Peter Giorgi, CMO, Celebrity Cruise, Inc.
  • Rachel Tipograph, Founder & CEO, MikMak
  • Rachel Webber, CMO and President, Corporate Strategy, Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Rachel Weiss, VP of Strategic Growth and Innovation, L'Oreal USA
  • Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and President - Healthcare Business, Mastercard
  • Rich Lennox, CMO, Macy's
  • Rick Gomez, EVP, Chief Marketing, Digital and Strategy Officer, Target
  • Rob Lynch, President and CEO, Papa John's International
  • Rob Schwartz, CEO, TBWA\CHIAT\DAY, New York
  • Robyn Streisand, Founder and CEO, The Mixx
  • Rodney Williams, President and CEO, Belvedere Vodka
  • Ronalee Zarate-Bayani, CMO, LA Rams
  • Rosi Ajjam, VP/General Manager Aramis and Designer Fragrances (ADF) and Lab Series for North America, Estee Lauder
  • Ryan Brown, Head of Content and Creative Lead, Twitter
  • Ryan Reynolds, Global Social and Content Marketing Lead, Uber
  • Sara Tate, CEO, TBWA\London
  • Sarah Hofstetter, Board Member, Campbell's Soup Co.
  • Sarah Thompson, Global CEO, Droga5
  • Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO, GLAAD
  • Seth Farbman, former CMO, Spotify
  • Seth Freeman, CMO, Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Sheila Shekar Pollak, CMO, Athleta
  • Shelley Haus, CMO, Ulta Beauty
  • Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
  • Sheryl Adkins-Green, CMO, Mary Kay
  • Singleton Beato, Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer, McCann Worldgroup
  • Stephanie Gallo, CMO, E. & J. Gallo
  • Stephanie McMahon, CBO, WWE
  • Steven Tristan Young, Chief Marketing Officer,
  • Steven Wolfe Pereira, CEO and Co-founder, Encantos
  • Stuart Redsun, CMO, Waste Management
  • Sue DeSilva, EVP, Executive Director of Creative, Digitas Boston
  • Supriya Gujral, Head of Partner Marketing, Android, Chrome OS, Play, & Assistant, Google
  • Susan Vobejda, CMO, The Trade Desk
  • Suzanne Kounkel, U.S. CMO, Deloitte
  • Taj Alavi, Senior Director, Global Marketing, Uber
  • Tara Back, Head of Marketing, Google Events & Experiences
  • Tariq Hassan, CMO, Petco
  • Tesa Aragones, CMO, VSCO
  • Tim Ellis, EVP and CMO, NFL
  • Tina Walsh, CBO, Tongal
  • TJ Abrams, Head of Global Brand Strategy and Performance, Holiday Inn
  • Todd Ballard, CMO, GoPro
  • Todd Krugman, SVP of Marketing, The Trade Desk
  • Tracy Heller, CCO (CMO & CDO), Universal Standard
  • Tressie Lieberman, VP, Digital and Off-Premise, Chipotle
  • Ty Heath, Global Lead, B2B Institute, LinkedIn
  • Victor Lee, former CMO, RxBar
  • Victoria Russell, Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Papa John's International
  • Vimla Gupta Black, former CMO, Equinox
  • Vineet Mehra, Global CMO, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Walter Woods, CEO, Humana Foundation
  • Wanda Young, CMO, Samsung
  • Zach Enterlin, EVP, Program Marketing and Creative Services, HBO

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