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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 ones still making a name for themselves and making big impact behind the scenes? The Future Leader Awards, presented by Digiday, Glossy, Modern Retail, and Worklife recognize the next generation of leaders across media and marketing, fashion, beauty, and retail.

Planning to submit this winter? 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. Sign up below or click "Remind Me" for deadline reminders where you'll be the first notified once submissions open up again.

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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

 

 

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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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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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

 

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

 

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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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 and Results. 

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. These scores will be combined to give an overall score for each entry. All scores will then be averaged and the highest scoring entries will appear on the shortlist. Note: At least three judges will score each entry.

CONFIDENTIALITY

All material will remain confidential to the judges. Only the 'Credits' section of an entry will be made public via the shortlist. If you win a particular category, our team may summarize the entry for posts on Digiday.com. Specific results are never shared. 

 

 

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. 

Am I or the person I'm nominating eligible? 

The individual must have no more than 9 years of experience in their current field. Experience outside of their current industry does not count towards the 9 years. 

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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