2014 Inductees

Lauren Connolly, Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director, BBDO New York

Lauren is an Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director at BBDO New York. Along with her partner Tim Bayne, she oversees the TotalWork global creative for M&M'S MARS, Mountain Dew, Lowe's Home Improvement and several pro bono accounts.

Lauren began her career as a Junior Copywriter at MARC Advertising in Pittsburgh, PA, before moving to BBDO New York in 2000. Since joining the agency, her work has been globally recognized for its creativity and effectiveness—from creating iconic M&M'S characters who would star in the most popular Super Bowl ad on YouTube, launching AT&T's game-changing "Raising the Bar" campaign, and making Mountain Dew a badge brand with millennials from Karachi to Harlem, to "improving" the communications for the world's second-largest hardware chain, Lowe’s. Additionally, she has worked on iconic brands such as Visa, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Venus, Charles Schwab and Cingular Wireless. In addition to overseeing a large team of creatives, Lauren enjoys leading multidiscipline workshops that connect the dots between business, strategy, insights and emerging technology to produce big ideas and creative platforms.

Lauren is a founding member of BBDO's Diversity Council and a member of the agency's Women's Leadership Council. She was recently an honoree at the inaugural MAKERS conference, named AdAge's "40 Under 40", AdWeek's "Young Influential 20 under 40", and one of "The 33 Most Creative Women in Advertising" by Business Insider.

She is a graduate of Penn State University, an avid Steelers fan and lives in Manhattan's West Village.

Sarah Hofstetter, CEO, 360i

Sarah Hofstetter is CEO of 360i, which was named this year's top digital agency by Advertising Age, Adweek, MediaPost and Mashable, in addition to being recognized among the industry's most innovative companies by Fast Company and Creativity. This success builds on four years of distinguished agency recognitions, including being named a “Best Place to Work” by Advertising Age and Crain’s New York Business.

Since joining 360i in 2005, Sarah has created and rapidly evolved the agency’s industry-leading brand strategy, social marketing and emerging media practices, helping brands such as Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, OREO and others connect with more than 275 million consumers every day. Brands turn to Sarah to help them transform their communications by putting digital and social behaviors at the center of their marketing strategy, creative and overall communications. Additionally, under Sarah’s watch, 360i has won numerous awards for digital innovation in the Cannes, CLIOs, New York Festivals, One Show and Shorty Awards programs.

Sarah was named to Advertising Age’s 2013 "40 Under 40," the Adweek 50 and CableFAX's “Digital Hot List,” and she has been honored as a "Social Media All-Star" by the Social Media Society. The Stevie Awards also recognized her as one of its 2012 “Female Advertising Executives of the Year.” Sarah is frequently quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age and The New York Times.

Ross Martin, Executive Vice President, Scratch, Viacom Media Networks

Ross Martin is an Executive Vice President at Viacom Media Networks and runs Scratch, a creative swat team driving innovation across the company, including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and more. Scratch partners with select brands to channel the power of Viacom's portfolio and its unparalleled connection to youth in new ways, including consumer insights, product development, design, branding and original content development, production and distribution in all media.

Prior to MTV, Ross founded Plant Film, a Los Angeles based production company partnered with Fox, VH1 and Dimension Films; was a development executive for Spike Lee's 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks; and taught poetry at Washington University, the Rhode Island School of Design and The New School. His writing appears in The Kenyon Review, The Harvard Review, McSweeney's, Denver Quarterly, BOMB Magazine, Scalpel and multiple anthologies, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His first book, "The Cop Who Rides Alone," was published in 2002.

Ross is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Viacom Marketing Council, and the advisory board of St. Jude's Children’s Hospital. He is a recipient of the first ever Digital Leadership Award, along with Lady Gaga and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In 2012, he was named one of Fast Company's “100 Most Creative People In Business” and a "Media Maven" by Advertising Age. In 2013, he was named to Fortune Magazine's "40 Under 40" list of rising business leaders.

Erika Nardini, Chief Marketing Officer, AOL Advertising

As Chief Marketing Officer, for AOL Advertising, Erika Nardini oversees all marketing operations, brand development, partner experiences and internal communication across AOL’s B2C and B2B groups. She previously served as Vice President/Head of Marketing Solutions, where she led marketing and creative strategies for AOL's advertising business.

Prior to AOL, Erika worked at Demand Media, where she served as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing and helped develop brand partnerships with marquee brands. Earlier in her career, Erika was the VP of Brand Packaging & Solutions with Yahoo! Inc., where she managed the marketing strategies and publishing capabilities across the company's leading properties and products. She also spent time with Microsoft building the global capabilities of its branded entertainment and experiences business while opening several offices for that unit across the globe.

Erika graduated from Colby College with a BA in Sociology and Philosophy. She and her husband reside in Pound Ridge, NY, with their two children, Cannon and Turin. A die-hard Patriots fan, in her downtime, Erika can be found walking her Bernese Mountain dogs, Tahaa and Zoe, and adding to her collection of LL Bean tote bags.

Elias Plishner, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Recipient of the Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award

Elias Plishner serves as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Marketing for Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution, a unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

He leads a global team responsible for Worldwide Digital Marketing, which includes: Website Production, Mobile Marketing, Social Media, Online Video, Third-Party Digital Promotions, Online Editorial Partnernships, Digital Content Launches and Buzz Monitoring.

Elias has over fifteen years of digital expertise, including ten years at Universal McCann where he was a Senior Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing. At McCann, Elias supervised all digital marketing that was planned and bought through the Los Angeles office. He worked with a diverse and prominent portfolio of clients, including Boeing, Nestle USA and The Game Show Network, as well as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Electronics. For Sony Pictures, in particular, he worked on over 200 different film marketing campaigns.

Elias previously sat on the board of directors for the Los Angeles AdClub, ThinkLA, and speaks regularly at many industry events from iMedia to Digital Hollywood. He has also taught at several Southern California Universities on the topic of digital marketing.

In the last six years, Elias has been instrumental in the digital marketing and online outreach strategy for Stand Up 2 Cancer, an organization that has raised over $260 million for cancer research.

Elias earned his B.A. from the University of California at San Diego. He also completed his MBA degree studying Advertising and Marketing at the University of Southern California at the Marshall School of Business.

Bozoma Saint John, SVP, Head of Global Marketing, Beats Music

For more than a decade and a half, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John has blazed a trail in her marketing and advertising career, propelled across various industries including consumer packaged goods, digital music/entertainment, fashion, automotive and sports.

Currently, Saint John serves as SVP, Head of Global Marketing for Beats Music where she guides strategic initiatives geared at building and nurturing consumer brand recognition, loyalty and equity. Saint John’s unique experience combining music with powerful international brands serves to further the Beats Music mission of providing fans with personalized curated content and access to their favorite artists while supporting a sustainable music business.

Prior to joining Beats Music, Saint John was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America, where she drove breakthrough, integrated & sustained consumer engagement plans for brands across the soda giant’s beverages portfolio, engaging tastemaker-consumers through music, film, TV, print, online, grassroots, events, and retail vehicles.
Previously, Saint John served as VP of Marketing for fashion brand Ashley Stewart, as well as at traditional advertising agency management at Arnold Worldwide and Spike Lee's SpikeDDB. She believes in working closely with musical artists to create special experiences, and has activated celebrity endorsements with Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Katy Perry and her idol, Michael Jackson, to name a few.

For her breakthrough work, Saint John has received several recognitions, including Billboard Magazine’s Top Women in Music and Top Executives 40 Under 40, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, Ebony Magazine’s 100 Powerful Executives, and covered AdWeek as one of the most exciting personalities in Advertising. She also contributes her expertise to various groups including serving on the Leadership Council for the United Nation’s partnership with the PVBLIC Foundation, and as a mentor for the Levo League.

A graduate of Wesleyan University with a BA in English and African American Studies, Saint John is a native of Ghana (West Africa), raised in Colorado, adopted daughter of New York City (HarlemWorld stand up!), an avid reader, hip hop music fanatic, Tupac Shakur academic, newest transplant to the City of Angels, an insatiable shoe-zealot and most importantly, Lael’s mommy!

Jennifer S. Warren, Senior Nice President and Chief Marketing Officer, RadioShack

Jennifer Warren likes to be the one running toward the fire instead of away. The long-time agency executive found her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she joined RadioShack in April 2013, as senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, she has been an integral part of the Fort Worth-based retailer’s turnaround team and its goal to truly rebuild the brand.

She is responsible for all aspects of marketing including advertising, public relations, internal communications, customer research, database marketing, social marketing, In-store signage and digital experience.

A recent bold move by Jennifer and her team was RadioShack’s “Goodbye 80s" Super Bowl ad in February 2014, featuring icons from the 1980s taking back their technology from an outdated RadioShack store. The ad, which revealed a new store design and launched their new “Do It Together” campaign, received unprecedented acclaim, ranking No. 5 in USA Today’s Ad Meter, and was proclaimed the winner of the night by CNN, Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and dozens of others. It was also named most likable ad by Nielsen, most talked about on Twitter, won a bronze Cyber Lion award, raised customer consideration and lifted RadioShack’s stock price by 7 percent.

Jennifer grew up in the ranks at GSD&M. While there, she held numerous positions focused on brand development, strategy, integrated marketing and account leadership. She found her passion for building retail business and brands leading Wal-Mart’s account for four years, where her team uncovered Wal-Mart’s brand promise to ‘Save More. Live Better” which is still being used today.

Jennifer has been recognized as an Ad Age Woman to Watch, and a CMO Club “Top CMO” Award Winner. Jennifer has a B.A. in marketing from Lamar University.