CAF Names Draftfcb's Karen Sauder 2009 Advertising Woman of the Year

The American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA)
Published: May 21, 2009

The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) has named Karen Sauder the 2009 Advertising Woman of the Year. As Managing Director of Draftfcb Chicago, Sauder is an integral part of the management team that leads the single largest concentration of ad talent in Chicago and the Midwest, and has helped to create unprecedented momentum for the agency that was formed in 2006 following the merger of Draft and Foote Cone & Belding.  More

Backlash: Women Bullying Women at Work

The New York Times
Published: May 10, 2009

It’s a taboo topic in the workplace sisterhood: Women who bully usually pick on other women.  More

Recession Makes "Authentic Value" The Price of Entry For Marketers Targeting Women

Draftfcb Expert Outlines New Rules for Marketing to Women as Recession Prompts Rebirth of Middle-Class Values
Date: April 29, 2009

CHICAGO, APRIL 29, 2009 — “This recession is transforming what women need, how they think, how they spend, what matters to them most, and what marketers must say to reach them,” according to GiGi Carroll, senior vice president and head of women’s initiatives at Draftfcb Chicago.  “Authentic value has become the new price of entry for marketers and only what is good, trusted and worthy will win the race with today’s women.”

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Tips on Marketing to the Recession Mom

By Elizabeth Harris, Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning at Rivet Chicago
Published: April 28, 2009

We hear about it everywhere. Economic news going from bad to worse, the real estate crisis, record debt levels, stock market volatility, food and energy inflation. The recession is affecting people in every part of their lives.  More

2008 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners of the FP500

Author: Laura Jenner, Rhonda Ferguson
Published: March 2009

In the 2008 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners of the FP500, Catalyst tracks the progress that corporate Canada has made in this area over time, including an account of the number of women corporate officers at the top 500 companies in Canada as ranked by the Financial Post 500 (FP500), data on top-earning women corporate officers at these companies, and data comparisons by industry.

Impetus: This report is the sixth in a biannual series that assesses the status of women in corporate leadership of the largest companies in Canada.  More

The World: Insider's view - US

By Janet Pines, New York-based Chief Insight Officer at Draftfcb
Published: December 5, 2008

Not only is the rest of the world re-evaluating what the US stands for in the wake of Election 08, it seems the US is also re-evaluating its own principles and ideals, Janet Pines comments.  More

“PurseStrings” broadcast growing for Carmichael Lynch Spong’s Maria Reitan

WebmasterRadio.FM radio program joins forces with ReachingWomenDaily Blog and M2W®…The Marketing to Women Conference
Date: December 3, 2008

“PurseStrings”, the weekly marketing-to-women radio program on WebmasterRadio.FM, was recently picked up by the marketing blog ReachingWomenDaily focused on marketing to women, and M2W®…The Marketing to Women Conference, which makes the broadcast available to thousands of its enewsletter recipients. The show’s host, Maria Reitan, is senior principal and chair of the Marketing to Women and Lifestyle Marketing groups at Carmichael Lynch Spong.

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Leader of the Pack

Marketing News
By Michael Krauss
Published: September 15, 2008

Breaking out of the pack is tough when you’re young and ambitious. Some marketers glide to the top while others struggle.

Karen Sauder, Managing Director of Draftfcb’s Chicago headquarters hasn’t glided nor has she struggled.  At age 40, Sauder has arrived at the C-level and serves as the No. 2 executive at the largest agency in the Midwest. She's responsible for 1,200 people and supervises accounts ranging from the United States Postal Service, Kellogg and Motorola to the Milk Processors Education Program and Paccar Parts.

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A Feminine Critique of Agency Life: Gotham's Sheri Baron

Advertising Age
Produced by Hoag Levins
Published: July 2, 2008

The dismantling of management training programs during the 1980s is one of the reasons so few women have achieved C-level executive status in today's ad agencies, said Sheri Baron, president of ad agency GothamMore

Interpublic Women’s Leadership Network Sponsors Live Webcast Event

Date: May 5, 2008

The Interpublic (NYSE: IPG) Women’s Leadership Network (WLN), an IPG-wide organization that promotes the advancement, retention and recruitment of women, sponsored a live webcast event on April 29th in Chicago.  The event was simulcast in 12 markets around the US and London.  Nearly 1,000 members of the IPG network turned out to enjoy the event.

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