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Year-after-year, industry lists honor executives in prominent roles who are already in the headlines. What about the leaders you haven’t heard about yet? The Future Leader Awards, presented by Digiday, Glossy, Modern Retail, and WorkLife recognize the next generation of leaders who are making a big impact in their industry.

Planning to submit this year? To access everything you'll need to join the ranks of our past winners including our entry kit, expert tips for crafting a winning entry and past coverage of this program, click here.

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KEY DATES 

Early Deadline: November 4, 2022

$379 per entry

Regular Deadline: December 16, 2022

$479 per entry

Last Chance Deadline: January 20, 2023

$599 per entry

All deadlines end at 11:59 p.m. PST

Sign up to receive reminders about deadlines, tips on entering, recommendations on categories and more.

 

Please Note

A “Future Leader” is defined as an individual with less than 10 years of professional work experience who has displayed outstanding achievements in their organization and/or industry.

 

 

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Digiday Categories

 

 

Brand

Awarding an individual at a brand who is emerging as a leader in their organization and throughout the industry.

2022 Winner:

 

  • Nikki Coleman, Head of People and Operations, We Are Rosie

 

 

Agency

Awarding an individual at an agency who is emerging as a leader in their organization and throughout the industry.

2022 Winner:

 

  • Brittany Johnson, Associate Creative Director, Art, Pace

Publisher

Awarding an individual at a publisher who is emerging as a leader in their organization and throughout the industry.

2022 Winner:

 

  • Rachel Goldstein, Head of Industry, Technology, New York Times Advertising

 

Technology Provider

Awarding an individual at a technology company who is emerging as a leader in their organization and throughout the industry.

2022 Winner:

 

  • Jessica Peterson, Brand Strategist - Customer Success, BlueOcean

 

 

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WorkLife Categories

 

 

HR

Awarding an individual at a company who is emerging as a leader focused on retaining talent through improving company culture, HR policies, employee wellness and/or spaces in their workplace.

2020 Winner:

 

  • David Hauser, The Arrivals’s general manager

Recruiting

Awarding an individual at a company who is emerging as a leader focused on attracting talent through recruitment, hiring and onboarding processes, and other recruiting initiatives in their workplace.

2021 Winner:

 

  • Dakota Kate Isaacs, North American market director, DECIEM

 

DE&I

Awarding an individual at a company who is emerging as a leader focused on increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workplace.

2020 Winner:

 

  • Daphne Jaeschke, Simris’s commercial director

 

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Glossy Categories

 

  

Fashion

Awarding an individual at a fashion company who is emerging as a leader in their organization and throughout the industry.

2022 Winner:

 

  • Olivia Landau, CEO and Co-Founder, The Clear Cut

Beauty

Awarding an individual at a beauty company who is emerging as a leader in their organization and throughout the industry.

2022 Winner:

 

  • Enrico Frezza, Founder & CEO, Peace Out Skincare

 

Wellness

Awarding an individual at a wellness company who is emerging as a leader in their organization and throughout the industry.

2022 Winner:

 

  • Priyanka Jain, Co-Founder and CEO, Evvy

 

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Modern Retail Categories

 

  

Digitally-Native

Awarding an individual at a digitally-native retailer who is emerging as a leader in their organization and throughout the industry.

2022 Winner:

 

  • Massimiliano Tirocchi, Co-Founder and CMO, Trafilea

 

Established Retailer

Awarding an individual at an established retailer who is emerging as a leader in their organization and throughout the industry.

2022 Winner:

 

  • Raja Dhir, co-founder + co-CEO of Seed Health, Seed Health

 

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PAST JUDGES

 

 

 

Porscha Scott

MARKETING DIRECTOR

WAVEMAKER

 

Rebecca Nunez

CEO

MRN AGENCY

 

Lisa Bull

VP, PARTNER MARKETING

VIACOMCBS

 

Sylvette Stein

VP, BRAND MARKETING

PARAVEL

 

Jenny Porter

MEDIA ACTIVATION DIRECTOR

ESSENCE

 

Humphrey Ho

MANAGING DIRECTOR

HYLINK DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

 

Alice Martinier

VP, DIRECTOR TRADING OPERATIONS

HAVAS

 

Samantha Bukowski

GLOBAL HEAD OF COMMERCE STRATEGY & OPERATIONS

GROUPM

 

Jason Tate

DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMATIC PARTNERSHIPS

MEDIA NEWS GROUP

 

Ed Arrandale

HEAD OF PROGRAMMATIC

WEATHERBUG

 

Michelle Horowitz

CMO

BLINK/EQUINOX

 

Brandon Seltenrich

VP, PRIVACY & DATA PROTECTION

VIACOMCBS

 

Jenny Nicholson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BRAND EXPERIENCE

MCKINNEY

 

Brad Dixon

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

SPECIAL OPERATIONS STUDIOS

 

Garrett Garcia

VICE PRESIDENT

PPK

 

Sarah Musgrove

FOUNDER

THE BENCH, LLC

 

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HOW TO ENTER

 

 

1

SELECT CATEGORY

 

Choose category or categories you'd like to enter.

 

 

2

ADD DESCRIPTION

 

Enter nominee details and answer a few short questions.

 

 

3

SUBMIT

 

Submit your entry fee payment online.

 

 

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

Judges will be looking for companies or campaigns that can clearly demonstrate success over the past 12 months. Judges are seeking companies or campaigns that have seized challenges and created opportunities and will evaluate entries based on the following criteria: Innovation, Creativity, Consumer Value, Results and Overall.

Judges will require evidence to substantiate all entries. This can include details of financial performance, specific KPIs, creative evidence in the form of a sizzle reel, campaign images, or links to the final project or related sites. The judges will also consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry.

THE JUDGING PROCESS

Judges will score each entry prompt and consider any supporting materials submitted. After each judge submits their score for the above criteria, the scores of each criteria will then be averaged and then combined to determine an overall score for each entry. The highest scoring entries will appear on the shortlist and winner lists.

CONFIDENTIALITY

All material will remain confidential to the judges. Only the 'Credits' section of an entry will be made public via the shortlist/winners announcement. If you win a particular category, our team may summarize the entry for shortlist/winner announcements and winners guides.

 

 

FAQ

 

Can I submit from outside the U.S.? 

Yes, the Future Leader Awards are open to entrants globally. 

What is the eligibility period?

The eligibility period for all submission materials spans the 12 months prior to the Early Deadline and ends on the Late Deadline at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Can I submit the same campaign or entry into multiple categories?

Yes. Entry fees are applied per category.

Can I edit my submission after the deadline?

No. Your submission must be completed in its entirety at the time of payment. There will be no re-accessing submissions after payment or the deadline.

What parts of my entry are made public?

We publicize the ‘Credits’ section and paraphrase your entry content for the winners guides, should you be named a finalist or winner.

Who's contact information should we include on the entry form?

You should include the information of the most appropriate point of contact for updates regarding your entry. Please provide a company email address. You should also include a secondary email address in case we aren't able to connect with the primary contact.

What if my company or a competitor has a judge on the jury panel?

We recuse judges from scoring any categories their company or a direct competitor submits to. 

When and how are finalists announced?

Finalists will be contacted via email regarding their entry, whether they have been selected for the shortlist or not. The shortlist will be announced virtually, after judging closes.

When and how are the winners announced?

Winners are announced virtually. The exact date will be announced when the shortlist is announced.

Can I license the use of the Future Leader Awards logo?

Yes. Our licensing program provides you with the opportunity to further the reach of your win through the use of our seal on your website, social media, email signatures and more. For more information on the options available, please reach out to our team at awards@digiday.com.

Can I sponsor a Digiday Media Awards program?

Yes. To learn more about opportunities to sponsor an awards program, please contact awards@digiday.com.

How can I nominate myself or someone else to be a juror?

To nominate yourself or another person to participate on our jury panels, please contact awards@digiday.com and/or fill out this form.

 

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