Meet this year’s judges for The Drum’s US 50 under 30

Clockwise from top left: Sandi Harari, Laura Fegley, Margaret Keene, Icaro Doria

The Drum’s first-ever 50 under 30 in the US will celebrate and honor talented women across the country who work in creativity.

Over the past few months, our readers have nominated women who they believe are deserving of this recognition. With the help of a four-person industry judging panel, The Drum has determined its final 50, which will be unveiled next month.

This year’s panel included MullenLowe Los Angeles executive creative director Margaret Keene, Colle McVoy executive creative director Laura Fegley, DDB New York chief creative officer Icaro Doria and Barker EVP-creative director Sandi Harari.

The judges helped The Drum curate the list, which will be broken down by region. We will be honoring ten women from five US regions - the South, Midwest, Northeast, Southwest and West - to shine a spotlight on the interesting and talented women working at agencies across the US.

“We’re always excited to recognize great talent here in the US — and in this case, we’re honoring talented women — and the guidance of our judging panel has been critical,” said Doug Zanger, The Drum’s Americas editor. “We’re honored that this group of outstanding industry leaders joined us in our first year here, and we can’t underscore the importance of their contributions to this award.”

Find out more about each judge below.

Margaret Keene, executive creative director at MullenLowe Los Angeles

Margaret Keene started her career in advertising as a switchboard operator 25 years ago at Chiat/Day. Since then, she has held top creative positions at agencies including TBWA\Chiat\Day and Saatchi & Saatchi LA. Throughout her career, she has created award-winning work for brands including Apple, Acura, Nissan, Patrón, Pedigree and Toyota. A native of SoCal, she’s devoted to her family and twenty year old chihuahua.

Laura Fegley, executive creative director at Colle McVoy

After spending more than 20 years in New York working at some of the city’s biggest agencies, Fegley left her role as executive creative director of BBH NY last year to take up the same position at Minneapolis agency Colle McVoy. Throughout her career, she has freelanced at a number of difference agencies and has held creative director roles at JWT and Cliff Freeman & Partners.

Icaro Doria, chief creative officer of DDB New York

Before joining DDB New York in 2015, Doria founded and served as executive creative director of Wieden + Kennedy São Paulo, helping it grow from a “kitchen table” to an office staffed with more than 100 people. Prior to joining Wieden + Kennedy, Doria held creative director positions at Saatchi & Saatchi, Y&R, and Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

Sandi Harari, EVP-creative director at Barker

Sandi Harari joined Barker in 2006, making the agency one of only 3% in the business to boast a female creative director at the time. Under her direction, the agency has garnered more than 35 international awards over the past two years alone. Prior to joining Barker, Sandi ran her own boutique firm, Sandi Harari Design, where she worked on brands including Alliance, Atlantic Records, MTV, P&G, Lions Gate Films, and GlaxoSmithKline.

Minda Smiley

Minda Smiley is a reporter at The Drum covering creativity and advertising. Based in Philadelphia, she primarily covers independent agencies and B2B marketing. She also oversees The Drum’s “Independent Influence,” a weekly series that spotlights the work, perspectives and inspirations behind independent agencies. During her time at The Drum, she has covered industry events including SXSW, ANA Masters of Marketing, 4A’s Transformation and C2 Montréal. She is a graduate of the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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