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Year-after-year, industry lists honor executives in prominent roles who are already in the headlines. But, what about the leaders you haven't heard about yet -- the ones still making a name for themselves? The now expanded Future Leader Awards, presented by Digiday, Glossy and Modern Retail recognize the next generation of leaders across media and marketing, fashion, beauty and retail. 

On March 11, we announced the 2021 Future Leader Awards winners. Learn more about the contributons of each leader via our guide here. Congratulations to all.

Planning ahead for next year? Submit your information below to receive reminders about deadlines and more. To access past coverage of this program, click here

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KEY DATES 

Early Deadline: November 12, 2021

$349 per entry

Regular Deadline: December 17, 2021

$449 per entry

Last Chance Deadline: January 21, 2022

$599 per entry

 All deadlines end at 11:59 p.m. PST

 

Shortlist Announcement: February 22, 2022

 

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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.

2021 Winner:

 

  • Chloe Songer, co-founder, Thousand Fell

 

2020 Winner:

 

  • Mike Jeong, PepsiCo marketing manager

AGENCY

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

2021 Winner:

 

  • Steph Loffredo, associate director, social marketing, Huge

 

2020 Winner:

 

  • Arafel Buzan, co-lead of Mindshare’s Neurolab 

PUBLISHER

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

 

2021 Winner:

 

  • Chelsea Sanders, vp, brand innovation and strategic partnerships, Refinery29's Unbothered

 

2020 Winner:

 

  • ​​​​​Gwendolyn Rahn, senior director, client services at PopSugar

TECHNOLOGY PROVIDER

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

2021 Winner:

 

  • Sabina Davis, client success manager, Knotch

 

2020 Winner:

 

  • Annie Wazer,  vp of client operations at Stylitics

 

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GLOSSY CATEGORIES

 

  

FASHION

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

2020 Winner:

 

  • David Hauser, The Arrivals’s general manager

BEAUTY

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

 

2021 Winner:

 

  • Dakota Kate Isaacs, North American market director, DECIEM

 

2020 Winner:

 

  • Emily Wasserman, manager of global digital innovation at Coty

WELLNESS

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

2020 Winner:

 

  • Daphne Jaeschke, Simris’s commercial director

 

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MODERN RETAIL CATEGORIES

 

  

Digitally-native brand

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

 

2021 Winner:

 

  • Beatrice Weindel, merchandise planner, e-commerce, IPSY

 

2020 Winner:

 

  • Hana Kajimura, Allbirds’ sustainability lead

established retailer

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

 

 

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JUDGES

 

 

 

Theo Arhio

GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE AND CONTENT

TBWA

 

Kevin Baker

HEAD OF DISPLAY MEDIA PRODUCT

WAYFAIR

 

Lisa Bull

VP, PARTNER MARKETING

VIACOMCBS

 

Jessica Burns

VP, BRAND MARKETING AND CREATIVE

GRUBHUB

 

Jennifer Carlson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, E-COMMERCE

PETER THOMAS ROTH

 

Paulo Cunha

PRESIDENT

SEATGEEK

 

Andrea Diquez

CEO

SAATCHI & SAATCHI NEW YORK

 

Devon Fox

DIRECTOR, DIGITAL PLATFORM INNOVATION

PGA TOUR

 

Mykella Gannon

Senior Director, Brand Marketing

COOLA

 

Cassy Hough

HEAD OF INDUSTRY, TECH

PANDORA

 

Lucy Kriz

CHIEF INDUSTRY OFFICER

CONDE NAST

 

Gene Lee

SVP, UX AND DESIGN

MAILCHIMP

 

Yasu Sasaki

EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

DENTSU

 

Seb Tomich

GLOBAL HEAD OF ADVERTISING, MARKETING SOLUTIONS

THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

Jenna Westerlund

VICE PRESIDENT

ULTA

 

Ben Witte

Founder + CEO

RECESS

 

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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

The judges will be looking for individuals that can demonstrate success over the past 12 months for their respective companies. The individual must have 9 years or less of experience to qualify for the award. Judges will also consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry.

The results section of the entry will be scored based on the following criteria: Creativity, Innovative Thinking.

Interested in being a judge? Submit your nomination here.

THE JUDGING PROCESS

Judges will read and pre-score all entry forms, considering any supporting materials submitted. Judges will be asked to give a score for each question within the entry form relating to Digiday's four criteria: innovation, creativity, consumer value, and results. These will be combined to give an overall score for each entry. All judges pre-scores will then be combined and the highest scoring entries will determine the shortlists.

CONFIDENTIALITY

All material will remain confidential to the judges, who are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Only the "Credits" section of an entry is subject to be made public.

 

 

FAQ

 

 

What parts of my entry are made public?

The only information that is ever publicized is the 'Credits' section of your entry, should you be named a finalist or winner. 

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

We use the included contact information for all updates regarding your entry. You should also include a secondary contact & email address in case we aren't able to connect with you.

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?

The shortlist will be announced on the Digiday website. All entrants will be notified, whether you are named a finalist or not, via the email address you included on your entry. 

When are the winners announced?

All winners are announced virtually. The exact date will be announced with the shortlist. 

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, via social media, email signatures and more. For more information on the options available, please reach out to our team at awards@digiday.com.

 

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