Op-ed from Marla Kaplowitz, President and CEO, 4A’s. Original published on AdAge.com
From the inner workings of the brain to outer space, a lot of ground was covered at this year’s StratFest conference, which took place from October 9 to 11 in New York City. Marking the 50th anniversary of the planning discipline’s first introduction into the advertising industry, StratFest brought together influential leaders and industry strategists and planners to look at the next 50 years of planning and the evolving connection between brands and consumers.
The winners of 2018 Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence were announced at the 4A’s StratFest conference in New York City. The Grand Prix, which is selected from the Gold award winners, was awarded to McCann Worldgroup India for its “5 Words That Make Toilets India’s New Status Symbol.” The agency won a total of five awards at this year’s presentation, including the Agency of the Year, a new award in 2018.
The 4A’s is innovating its approach to conferences, focusing on events that address urgent issues with tangible actions, drilling-down on industry challenges to better meet the realities and needs of its members in real time. To mark the shift towards action-oriented events, the 4A’s will forgo hosting its industry-wide spring conference in 2019, and will instead host an inaugural Decisions 20/20 forum, on March 25-26, 2019 in Washington D.C. In addition, due to its popularity, the 4A’s will expand its annual Management Practitioners’ Forum (MPF) to become a standalone event, taking place on April 29-30, 2019 at the W Downtown in Chicago.
The 4A’s will host the biennial Agency Communications Summit on October 30 at Convene at 32 Old Slip in New York City. This year’s conference will offer communications and public relations professionals the opportunity to meet leading journalists covering the advertising, marketing and media industries, as well as connect with industry leaders to discuss the critical topics influencing how agencies tell their stories.
The 4A’s will host its 23rd annual strategy festival, StratFest, on October 9-11 at Convene at 32 Old Slip in New York City. This year’s conference will mark the 50th anniversary since the planning discipline was first introduced to the advertising industry.
Discover:NewGen The NewGen Stage returns to Advertising Week 2018 and features highly curated sessions focusing on the professional and personal development of the motivated and the curious. Enhance your digital marketing skills, learn to think differently in the workplace, and get inspired to be the best leader you can be. Learn more about the NewGen […]
We’re proud to help celebrate 15 years of Advertising Week. Since we co-founded the event in 2004 with Ron Berger, Ken Kaess, and former 4A’s President & CEO O. Burtch Drake, the event has only grown in size, scope and importance. Now a global event, Advertising Week is focused on thought leadership and professional development […]
The 4A’s is proud to partner with Today, I’m Brave for the 100Roofs Project, a joint humanitarian effort with HEART 9/11 focused on aiding Puerto Ricans still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
On August 6-10, 2018, the 4A’s hosted its eighth annual The Face of Talent, recognizing and celebrating a diverse group of aspiring advertising hopefuls from across the 4A’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, along with educators and agency leaders who advocate and champion diversity across the marketing communications industry. It marked the first time the weeklong series of events took place under the banner of the 4A’s Foundation, which recently brought together programs including the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) and its alumni association, the 4A’s scholarship & grant program, and its high school initiatives, including two New York City–based public high schools: the High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media (IAM) and the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA).
Next month, the 4A’s will host its eighth annual The Face of Talent, a weeklong series of events celebrating and showcasing a vibrant and diverse pool of aspiring advertising hopefuls, bringing them together with agency leaders and their clients who advocate and champion diversity across the advertising and marketing communications industries.
The 4A’s announces that Courtney Cotrupe, president of Partners + Napier, has been named chair of the NY State Council. She succeeds Bill Murtha, recently retired CEO of Roberts Communications, which was acquired by Partners + Napier in October 2017.