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Embracing new technology while understanding human motivation: Q&A with Harry Steinhart & Ivan Schneiders, Leo Burnett Melbourne

Ivan and Harrison

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Ahead of next week's AdSchool Digital Strategy & Experience course, we take five minutes to chat to presenters Harry Steinhart and Ivan Schneiders of Leo Burnett Melbourne about customer centred design, the creative process and combining creativity and tech with the human experience...Read more

AWARD School QLD announces 2017 Top Students

Jackie Elliott

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Jackie Elliott has been awarded Top Student at the Queensland 2017 AWARD School graduation ceremony, which took place at The Gunshop Cafe in Brisbane on Tuesday night (19 July)...Read more

AWARD School announces international 'Super Jury' to select winner of NYC trip to meet David Droga


Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD) has today announced an international ‘Super Jury’ to select the Top Student in the National AWARD School Competition, with the winner offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet David Droga in NYC...Read more

"Be thinkers, drop the digital": Rob Hudson, Managing Director, Clemenger BBDO Brisbane

Rob Hudson

Monday, 10 July 2017

Clemenger Brisbane Managing Director and AdSchool Digital Strategy presenter Rob Hudson has worked in digital marketing for 26 years but says there is no such thing as a 'digital expert'. So, what's his advice to the next generation? Find out in this Comms Council Q&A...Read more

Mike Spirkovski appointed AWARD chair as Wilf Sweetland steps down

Mike Spirkovski

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Mike Spirkovski, national chief creative officer at Saatchi & Saatchi Australia, has been appointed chair of the Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD), taking on the role from Wilf Sweetland who steps down after seven years on the Committee with the last two as Chair...Read more

"How my career moved forward as a mother and a creative": AWARD School alumni Kirsty Gavin

Kirsty Gavin

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

AWARD School alumni and creative director at Host Sydney Kirsty Gavin says juggling motherhood and career is all about backing yourself and debunking your own doubts ...Read more

Make the leap: Aimee Buchanan, OMD Australia

Aimee Buchanan

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

IPA Business & Agency Leadership Sydney co-chair and OMD Australia CEO Aimee Buchanan discusses how she transitioned from being "a great number two" to industry and business leader ...Read more

2017 Australian Effie Awards announce 97 finalists in round one

Effie Awards 2017

Monday, 3 July 2017

Following a rigorous round of online judging by 125 industry experts, The Communications Council announces 97 finalists from 34 agencies have made it into round two of the Australian Effie Awards. Finalists now compete for effectiveness awards across 24 categories, assessed by a team of 50 senior marketers, consultants and researchers. ...Read more

"I'm a firm believer in work that works, not work that wins": AWARD School alumni Chirryl-Lee Ryan

Chirryl-Lee Ryan

Monday, 3 July 2017

AWARD School alumni Chirryl-Lee Ryan was recently appointed Head of Experience Design at Isobar in Hong Kong. She reflects on her road to success, her memories of AWARD Copy School and the one thing she wishes she knew when first starting out...Read more

WA industry announces student co-labs to tackle youth disadvantage

Award School Exhibition

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

For the past three years AWARD School Perth has hosted a three-day graduate exhibition displaying the work of the year’s graduating AWARD School students....Read more

"Dig deeper by coming up with lots of ideas": AWARD School alumni Karen Ferry

Karen Ferry

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

From landing her dream gig to judging award shows, Leo Burnett senior copywriter Karen Ferry has come a long way since graduating in the top 30 of her AWARD School class. Here, she reveals how tackling unexpected hurdles and tapping into her own emotional insight have given her the creative (and business) edge to succeed. ...Read more

My Journey: Lauren Isaak, planning assistant, Leo Burnett Melbourne

Lauren Isaak

Friday, 23 June 2017

Leo Burnett planning assistant and IPA Eff Test graduate Lauren Isaak reveals how gaining an "effectiveness vocabulary" and linking creative output to business strategy is giving her the edge at work....Read more

The Communications Council appoints new Victoria state manager

Amy Lee

Friday, 23 June 2017

Amy Lee joins in July with a wealth of agency experience in the Melbourne market....Read more

"Don't just tell people what you want them to know": AWARD School alumni Rikki Burns

Rikki Burns

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Meerkats senior creative Rikki Burns came third in AWARD School Perth in 2004. She shares the learnings that have stayed front of mind and the value of listening to industry professionals....Read more

My Journey: Nicole Sheavyn, creative, Trilogy

Nicole Sheavyn

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Nicole Sheavyn has gone from AWARD School in 2014 to creative at integrated agency Trilogy. She talks to The Communications Council about the value of upskilling and her dream of running her own agency....Read more

"It's not just about the briefs, but the core business": Marnie Darren, TBWA Sydney

Marnie Darren

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

TBWA Sydney group business director and AdSchool Account Management Core Skills presenter Marnie Darren shares how the key to being a good suit is to intimately understand a client's business in order to be a true business partner....Read more

My Journey: Smaran Jworchan, senior account director, Clemenger BBDO Sydney

Smaran Jworchan

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Meet Smaran 'Smaz' Jworchan, senior account director at Clemenger BBDO Sydney and graduate of our IPA Business & Agency Leadership 2016 course. He talks about changing his approach to leadership and the allure of the industry....Read more

My Journey: Symon van Haalen, senior business director, Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne

Symon Van Haalen

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Introducing Symon van Haalen, senior business director at Saatchi & Saatchi Melbourne and graduate of our IPA Business & Agency Leadership 2016 course. He reflects on the power of creativity and passion for his work....Read more

Make the leap: Andy Pontin, Clemenger BBDO Sydney

Andy Pontin

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

IPA Business & Agency Leadership chair and Clemenger BBDO Sydney CEO Andy Pontin discusses failure, avoiding strict career plans and being yourself....Read more

AdSchool’s top ads: Skoda, Monoprix and Aldi


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

We asked our AdSchool Strategic Planning Core Skills students in Melbourne to name their favourite campaigns and what they believe is the magic behind them....Read more

People power - the key to great customer experience

Andrew Baxter

Monday, 19 June 2017

Jan Carlzon’s 1989 book Moments of Truth contains a timeless marketing lesson: every single time a customer comes into contact with your brand it is an opportunity to either impress or disappoint them, to win them over or to lose them....Read more

My Journey: Megan Wailes, senior account manager, AJF Partnership

Megan Wailes

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Introducing Megan Wailes, senior account manager at AJF Partnership and graduate of our IPA Business & Agency Leadership 2016 course. She reveals the value of work experience over a degree, and taking a step back from the day to day to focus on the bigger picture...Read more

Make the leap: Kimberlee Wells, TBWA\Melbourne

Kimberlee Wells

Thursday, 15 June 2017

IPA Business & Agency Leadership chair and TBWA\Melbourne CEO Kimberlee Wells discusses defining leadership, needing courage over intelligence, and why Desmond Tutu is her model leader. TCC: When you started out in the industry, did you always know you wanted to be a leader?...Read more

My Journey: Elizabeth Barnett, group account director, VCCP Australia

Elizabeth Barnett

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Introducing Elizabeth Barnett, group account director at VCCP Australia and graduate of our IPA Business & Agency Leadership 2016 course. She talks to TCC about killing 'em with kindness and wearing your leadership cloak lightly...Read more

Quotas are a necessary “wrecking ball” to allow female merit to rise to the top

Linda McGregor

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Last Friday's Status Quota debate, presented by Legends and Leaders, closed with me, a female whose business is about challenging female stereotypes and enabling gender diversity. Now, I have a confession. I came into this debate pro-merit. I decided, however...Read more

New IPA Business & Agency Leadership Residential to turn managers into leaders

IPA Agency & Business leadership

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

What got you here, won’t get you there. Most people who run an agency for the first time are woefully ill-equipped to do it, because the leap from manager to leader is a huge one, requiring new skills, a new focus and a whole new mindset to land safely on the other side...Read more

Is there merit in merit in the gender equality debate?

Lorraine Jokovic

Friday, 9 June 2017

Looking around at today's 'Status Quota' debate at Vivid, it seemed I was one of, if not THE, most senior women in the room, and indeed the industry. And, as an owner of an agency that employs a wonderful balance of genders and the mother of a talented young woman who...Read more

"It was a leap of faith and failure wasn't an option": Tom McFarlane

Tom McFarlane

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The latest achievement in M&C Saatchi founding creative director Tom McFarlane's decades long career was to be inducted into the AWARD Hall of Fame. He talks to The Communications Council about the early days of M&C Saatchi, what's kept him going all these years...Read more

AWARD Awards Agency of the Year: Clemenger BBDO Melbourne

Clemenger BBDO

Thursday, 8 June 2017

To say Clemenger BBDO cleaned up at the recent AWARD Awards would be an understatement, taking home 20 gold pencils, Best in Show and Agency of the Year. Creative directors Stephen de Wolf and Evan Roberts share their reaction to the success and whether it's possible to reach 'peak Graham'...Read more

AdSchool’s top ads: Volvo, Movember and Menulog

Volvo Lifepaint

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

We asked our AdSchool Strategic Planning Core Skills students in Melbourne to name their favourite campaigns and what they believe is the magic behind them...Read more

AWARD School diaries: Kate Davies, Glue Society

Kate Davies

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

AWARD School 2017 is past the halfway mark, with that crucial home stretch and portfolio submission just around the corner. We asked current student and Glue Society creative Kate Davies to take a moment to reflect on some key learnings so far...Read more

AWARD Awards Creative of the Year: Gavin Chimes, Marcel Sydney

Gavin Chimes

Monday, 5 June 2017

Marcel Sydney's Gavin Chimes has had an epic month. He was named Creative of the Year at the AWARD Awards for being credited across the most winning campaigns, and was recently promoted to associate creative director. Perhaps his biggest learning though took place at AWARD School in 2009. Gavin shares his experiences in this Q&A...Read more

"We need great agencies, and we need great work" - TCC CEO Tony Hale

Tony Hale

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Last week, I was privileged to welcome 72andSunny founder and creative co-chair Glenn Cole to Sydney as our Creative Leadership Forum special guest and chair of the AWARD Awards jury. It is exciting to have 72andSunny aboard, not just as a member of The Communications Council, but as Australia's newest agency...Read more

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