Adweek Launches New Executive Mentor Program to Empower the Next Generation of Diverse Leaders, Paving an Inclusive Future for the Industry

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More than one hundred of the world’s top marketing leaders have joined forces to support the career development of mid- to senior-level marketers via the Adweek Executive Mentor Program

"Beyond discussions and coverage, we are taking an active role alongside our brand partners in pairing the next generation of diverse, multicultural executives with today’s leaders." - Jeffrey Litvack, chief executive officer of Adweek

Adweek, the leading resource for the brand marketing and advertising community, today unveiled the launch of the Adweek Executive Mentor program focused on supporting the diverse range of senior executives who are next in line for executive positions. Spearheaded by the Brandweek Steering Committee and the Adweek D&I Council, this mentorship program is focused on paving an inclusive future for the industry through the advancement of diverse executives.

“There’s a lot of talk about there not being enough diversity in the C-suite and Adweek working with the industry is doing something about this now with the announcement of this new mentor program,” said Jeffrey Litvack, chief executive officer of Adweek. “Beyond discussions and coverage, we are taking an active role alongside our brand partners in pairing the next generation of diverse, multicultural executives with today’s leaders. We are bowled over by the level of participation and support this program has already received from today’s top brands.”

Founding partners of the Adweek Executive Mentor Program include BET, Deloitte, Google and Verizon. Mentors include chief marketing officers, chief brand officers, presidents, chief executive officers, chief diversity officers and chief creative officers from Airbnb, Anheuser-Busch, Burger King, Citi, Deloitte, Denny’s, Facebook, Gap, GE, General Mills, L’Oreal, Marriott, Mastercard, Nestlé, NFL, NHL, Pandora, Petco, Spotify, Target, Uber, Viacom, Visa, Walgreens, Walmart and more. See current list here. The full list of executives participating in the Adweek Executive Mentor Program includes:

  • Adrienne Hayes, Head of Marketing, Google Mobile and Wearable Hardware
  • Aimee Lapic, CMO of Pandora
  • Alegra O'Hare, CMO of Gap
  • Alicia Enciso, CMO of Nestle USA
  • Alicin Reidy Williamson, SVP, Chief Inclusion Officer of Endeavor
  • Alison Wagonfeld, Head of Marketing of Google Cloud
  • Andrea Zahumensky, CMO of KFC
  • Andrew McKechnie, Chief Creative Officer of Verizon
  • Andy Berndt, Head of Marketing of Google Creative Lab
  • Ann Lewnes, CMO of Adobe
  • Antonio Lucio, CMO of Facebook
  • Barbara Martin Coppola, Chief Digital Officer of IKEA
  • Bernard Coleman, Head of Inclusive Engagement of Uber
  • Brad Hiranaga, Chief Brand Officer, North America of General Mills
  • Brandon Rochon, Chief Managing Creative Officer of Kastner Agency
  • Carla Hassan, Global Chief Brand Officer of Citi
  • Carol Carpenter, Head of Marketing of Product, Google Cloud
  • Charisse Ford Hughes, CMO of Pandora Americas
  • Chris Bruzzo, CMO of Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Cynthia Chen, GM/President, Health, Relief & Wellness of RB Health
  • Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Workplace Strategist of Dalana Brand, Head of Inclusion & Diversity of Twitter
  • Danny Wright, Chief Brand Officer of Adweek
  • Danielle Lee, Global VP, Partner Solutions of Spotify
  • Dara Treseder, CMO of Carbon
  • David Rubin, CMO of The New York Times
  • David Edelman, CMO of Aetna
  • Debra Bass, Global CMO & US President of Nuvo Group
  • Deirdre Findlay, CMO of Stitch Fix
  • Denise Karkos, CMO of TD Ameritrade
  • Diana O'Brien, Global CMO of Deloitte
  • Eileen Mannion, Head of Marketing of Google U.K. & Ireland
  • Elisabeth Charles, CMO of Rodan + Fields
  • Elizabeth Rutledge, CMO of American Express
  • Emily Culp, CEO of Cover FX Skincare Inc.
  • Fernando Machado, Global CMO of Burger King
  • Geoff Walls, SVP Customer Experience of Verizon
  • Greg Welch, Practice Leader of Spencer Stuart
  • Greg Revelle, CMO of Kohl's
  • Heidi Browning Pearson, CMO of NHL
  • Janey Whiteside, Chief Customer Officer of Walmart
  • Jason White, CMO of Cura Solutions
  • Jeanine Liburd, Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer of BET
  • Jeff Jones, President and CEO of H&R Block
  • Jeff Litvack, CEO of Adweek
  • Jeffrey Whipps, Head of Marketing of Google Brand Studio
  • Jennifer Breithaupt, CMO of Citi
  • Jerome Hiquet, CMO of Formula E
  • Jim Stengel, President and CEO of The Jim Stengel Group
  • Jodi Ropert, Head of Marketing of YouTube Brand, Music & Growth
  • John Dillon, Chief Brand Officer of Denny's
  • John Nitti, Chief Media Officer of Verizon
  • John Zissimos, Head of Marketing of Creative, Brand & Media, Google Cloud
  • Judy Lee, Global Head of Industry and Experiential Marketing of Pinterest
  • Julian Duncan, CMO of NFL Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Karin Timpone, Global CMO of Marriott International
  • Katrina Craigwell, Head of Global Employer Brand of JPMorgan Chase
  • Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, Chief Business Officer of Beautycon
  • Kenny Mitchell, CMO of Snap, Inc.
  • Kevin Thompson, CMO of Sotheby's International Realty
  • Kieran Hannon, CMO of Openpath
  • Kim Perell, CEO of Amobee
  • Kirk McDonald, Chief Business Officer of Xandr
  • Lauren Levin, CMO of Lightstone / Moxy Hotels
  • Lina Shields, Chief Media Officer, Lilly USA of Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman of Johnson Publishing Co
  • Linda Boff, CMO of GE
  • Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of Ad Council
  • Lynne Biggar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Visa
  • Marcel Marcondes, U.S. CMO of Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Marcelo Pascoa, Head of Global Marketing of Burger King
  • Marisa Thalberg, former Global Chief Brand Officer of Taco Bell
  • Marvin Chow, Head of Marketing of Google Consumer Apps
  • Mary Beech, former CMO of Kate Spade
  • Maryam Banikarim, former Global CMO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Matt Lawson, Head of Marketing of Google Performance Ads
  • Meg Goldthwaite, CMO of NPR
  • Monique Nelson, Chair and CEO of UniWorld Group
  • Musa Tariq, Global Head of Marketing of Airbnb Experiences
  • Nadine Dietz, Chief Community Officer of Adweek
  • Nick Bartle, Head of Marketing of Google Nest
  • Nick Drake, Chief Innovator & EVP of T-Mobile
  • Nuno Teles, President of Diageo Beer Company
  • Pam Kaufman, President Global Consumer Products of Viacom Nickelodeon
  • Rachel Weiss, VP of Strategic Growth and Innovation of L'Oreal USA
  • Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Mastercard
  • Rich Lennox, CMO of Macy's
  • Rick Gomez, CMO of Target
  • Ronalee Zarate-Bayani, CMO of LA Rams
  • Sarah Hofstetter, Board Member of Campbell's Soup Co.
  • Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD
  • Seth Farbman, former CMO of Spotify
  • Seth Freeman, CMO of Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient
  • Singleton Beato, Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer of McCann Worldgroup
  • Steven Wolfe Pereira, Chairman and CEO of Encantos
  • Supriya Gujral, Head of Partner Marketing, Android, Chrome OS, Play, & Assistant of Google
  • Susan Vobejda, CMO of The Trade Desk
  • Suzanne Kounkel, U.S. CMO of Deloitte
  • Tara Back, Head of Marketing of Google Events & Experiences
  • Tariq Hassan, CMO of Petco
  • Torsten Schuppe, Head of Marketing, Google Brand & Reputation Marketing EMEA
  • Victoria Russell, Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion of Papa John's International
  • Vimla Gupta Black, former CMO of Equinox
  • Vineet Mehra, Global CMO of Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Walter Woods, CEO of Humana Foundation
  • Yonca Dervisoglu, Head of Marketing, Google Europe, Middle East and Africa

Mentees can apply starting today to be matched to one of these top 100 marketing leaders here. Once matched up, these pairs will meet to discuss the mentee’s professional challenges and objectives and together will build an actionable plan to advance the mentee’s career. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, October 18, 2019.

Click here to learn more about Adweek’s D&I mentor program.

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