NYC-based Athena Advertising Awards go global

CNET's Sharon Profis, 3% Movement's Kat Gordon, FCB's Liz Taylor, AB InBev's Jodi Harris,, VP, Marketing Culture & Learning; and NYTims' Emily Steel in Cannes

CNET’s Sharon Profis, 3% Movement’s Kat Gordon, FCB’s Liz Taylor, AB InBev’s Jodi Harris,, VP, Marketing Culture & Learning; and NYTims’ Emily Steel in Cannes

FCB’s Liz Taylor and
3% Movement’s
Kat Gordon announced
that the femme-focused
advertising competition
is now open
to women
around the world

During a presentation at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, FCB Chicago’s Chief Creative Officer Liz Taylor and 3% Movement founder Kat Gordon announced that the Athena Advertising Awards are going global this year.

The Athena Advertising Awards are a part of the larger Athena Film Festival held annually at Barnard College in New York City. The Film Festival, now in its eighth year, features a plethora of films, shorts, and narratives giving tribute to outstanding women in leadership.

In the spirit of the Athena Film Festival theme, the Advertising Awards honors strong, ambitious, and resilient women from any profession in creative advertising.



Taylor, last year’s inaugural jury chair of the Athena Advertising Awards, passed the torch on to 2018’s new jury president, FCB Ulka’s Chief Creative Officer Swati Bhattacharya. Bhattacharya, along with Gordon, will soon be announcing the 2018 jurors for this year’s Athena Awards.

Bhattacharya is known for recognizing the creative connections between human and brand truths at FCB Ulka. Before working at the advertising agency’s branch in India, she was appointed as national creative director at JWT. As well as providing a creative and strategic methodology to her work, Bhattacharya has also made quite the mark in cinema. In 2014, she won India’s highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for best screenplay for her short film “Double Shift.”

A Chicago native, Taylor has worked within the city’s network of advertising accounts such as American Express, Dove, Coca-Cola, Morton Salt, among others while at Ogilvy & Mather as Creative Director. Her focus in digital practice has evolved the role that content and social media play in brand storytelling. Additionally, Taylor’s passion for philanthropy moved projects like Zero “Minutes of Fame” and “Own the Ice” forward.

The global launch of Athena Advertising Awards paves the way for a wider audience to recognize these creative women and filmmakers within and beyond the advertising community.