AAF Seattle Speaker Series: Women in Creativity speakers

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Hillary Miller

VP of Strategy, Mirren Business Development

Hillary’s role at Wunderman is to lead all aspects of ‘business concepting’ for our clients, whether it’s through business analytics, consumer insight or innovative channel strategy. Over the past twenty years, from Pizza Hut to Microsoft, Hillary has helped launch new brands and course-correct existing ones. The challenge is same – creating a dialog, not a monolog, between brand and consumer. She’s worked on a variety of clients, from helping Holland America Line attract ‘sophomore cruisers,’ to increasing ridership and revenue for Amtrak Cascades among car-addicted Boomers. She helped JanSport find new ways to increase sales among elusive and fickle young adults. And found new ways for Seagate Technology to grow among jaded and cynical developers.

Prior to joining the Wunderman network, Hillary was part of DDB Worldwide’s global team in charge of incorporating best practices from 200+ offices into the Springboard Playbooks™. The most recent was the Influence Playbook – designed to capitalize on the growing impact of social networks on brands.

Throughout her career, she’s been recognized by her clients for her commitment to their business, for example, being asked by the Regional President of Pizza Hut to be the first employee on the account at their new agency, BBDO; and being named AE of the Year at the client’s International Conference of Agencies. She’s worked on creative campaigns which have been acknowledged with CLIOs, Cannes Lions and Effies.

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Kerry Antezana

Creative Director/Content Strategist/Writer

Kerry is an award-winning copywriter and creative director with over 17 years of advertising experience. She began her career as a copywriter at DDB Seattle, where she wrote for such clients as McDonald’s, Holland America Line, JanSport and Gray Line. As a creative director at JWT INSIDE, she developed employer brand campaigns for organizations like Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Swedish Medical Center and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Most recently, she was Director of Agency Services at social/digital agency, Banyan Branch, where she led the community management and content creation teams.

Kerry is currently a creative consultant and freelance writer/content strategist. She serves on the Seattle ADDY Awards committee and has been on the Board of AAF Seattle as Brand Manager. Her work has been recognized by the ADDYs, Webbys, WebAwards, iNovas, Internet Advertising Awards, Creative Excellence Awards and the Seattle Show.

A proud local, Kerry grew up in Olympia and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Literature. When not working, she plays in the big, green city with her creative technologist husband, Luis, and Poppy, their beloved pup.

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Laurie Fritts

Writer/Creative Director bio from LinkedIn

Laurie is a skilled brand strategist, exceptional writer and inspiring creative director with over 20 years of experience in the marketing and advertising business. For eight years she worked as Executive Vice President and Creative Director for DDB Worldwide Communications in Seattle. Laurie has extensive experience creating communications for virtually all forms of media. Some of the companies she’s worked for include Nordstrom, JanSport, Holland America Line, the Packard Foundation, Save the Children, Columbia Crest wines, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Flexcar/Zipcar, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Guidant Financial, Full Circle Farm and Highgate Senior Living. For the last several years, she has operated her own marketing consulting and creative services company. She is also a wife, mother, author of two books, triathlete and not-so-very-good tennis player. Her true passion is writing.

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Mary Kuska Knight

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Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Hydrogen Advertising

Mary’s advertising career began at The Richards Group as a copywriter. After several years in Dallas working with clients like American Airlines, Pace Foods, Tabasco and GTE, she moved to the agency that is now Draftfcb Seattle and was named Executive Creative Director in 1997. There, Mary was part of the team that pitched and won Hewlett Packard Supplies, Tacoma Guitars, Noble House Hotels and Group Health in the U.S.

Mary moved to Chicago in December of 2007 to run Qwest communications and Kraft. While in Chicago, Mary also led the Motorola, and Nestlè pizza business in the U.S., and Boeing and Sharpie globally.

Last spring Mary was hired as VP/ECD at Hydrogen Advertising of Seattle.

Her work has been honored at shows including Cannes, The One Show, Clios, D&AD, ADDYs and Effies. She has been featured in Communication Arts, ARCHIVE, Print, Best Spots, Creativity Pick of the Day, 1492 Cultura Creativa, The Wall Street Journal and all of the standard industry pubs.

She served as a faculty member at the School of Visual Concepts-Seattle and chaired the judging committee for the Seattle Show. Mary has sat on juries for several awards shows including Communication Arts, the Effies, The Lotus Awards in Vancouver BC, the Eagle Awards in Mexico City and the National ADDY Awards.

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Mary Olson

Life is a required course. Might as well do your best to pass it.

Brand Director, Seattle University

Mary has worked in the field of marketing for over twenty years. After graduating from the California State University of Fullerton, she began her career in Southern California. With a passion to work in advertising and bringing brands to life, Mary brought that drive to every place she has been.

In 1998 Mary moved to Seattle to join JWT and the Microsoft team as the Creative Director. Mary was appointed Executive Creative Director for all creative centers in North America for JWT Inside. In that role Mary worked with key clients across North America. Bloomberg, Home Depot, Boeing, Microsoft, U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Starbucks and American Girl just to name a few. With a focus on producing ideas that people want to spend time with, Mary took JWT Inside to the top awarded agency in its class.

Today Mary directs the brand strategy for Seattle University. Also leading the digital content team, Mary works with many constituents on campus, to ensure there is a consistent delivery of the SU brand. And in her spare time Mary loves to hike in the cascades, cook a gourmet meal for friends, and play guitar in a local band.