Showing Competence, Aptitude, Leadership, and Professionalism

Rising Marketing Stars EntriesSince 2010, the ANA Rising Marketing Star Awards offer the next generation of top marketers recognition of their valuable contributions to their marketing organizations. The winners are nominated each year for demonstrating leadership, innovative forward thinking, and the ability to elevate their marketing teams.

During each Masters of Marketing Week, we present the Rising Marketing Star Award to the future leaders of the marketing community. The winners of the Rising Marketing Star Award act as role models for other up-and-coming marketers across the industry. It is a terrific opportunity for someone at your company, as the winners carry the recognition this award conveys throughout their careers.

We invite you to nominate the young people in your marketing organization who have shown competence, aptitude, leadership, and professionalism in the field of marketing.


The 13th Annual Rising Marketing Stars Awards is currently accepting entries. The winners will be announced at the 2022 Masters of Marketing Week hybrid event being held October 25–88, 2022.

"You have to be willing to work hard, adapt to a constantly changing media landscape, and take on whatever comes your way. I’ve also had the privilege of working with great people who invested in my growth and development."

- Previous Rising Marketing Star Winner Courtney Buckley, Marketing Manager, Allstate Insurance Co.

Rising Marketing Star Award Past Winners

  • Simmy Bhargava, dentsu good
  • Georgie Manera, Johnson & Johnson Consumer
  • Elysia Cook McDermott, Dexcom
  • Mary Myles, BlackRock
  • Bryan Doyle, Grant Thornton
  • Jessica Guffey, Design Pickle
  • Nada Khan, Deloitte Digital's Heat
  • Nick Wendel, USAA
  • Charley Costa, Johnson & Johnson, Consumer Inc.
  • Olivia Donnan, Marriott International
  • Lizzie Duffey, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • Natalie Pascaretta, Ford Motor Co.
  • Brianna Barnebee, VISIT FLORIDA
  • Liz Cramton, Miller Lite
  • Alicia Curley, Grant Thornton's Atlantic Coast
  • Joanna Henley, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Amanda Diaz, JPMorgan Chase
  • Sarah Ingle, Western Union
  • Melissa Oppenheim Lano, Facebook
  • Kellye Lopez, Mike's Hard Lemonade Co.
  • Kira Clayborne, Church's Chicken
  • Michael Reese, Western Union
  • Sara Sindelar, IBM
  • Matt Sutton, Facebook
  • Lyndsy Clark, Western Union
  • Sam Farber, National Basketball Association
  • Ashley Kornbluth, MillerCoors
  • Jessica Sheehan, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Tomas Arias, Johnson & Johnson
  • Dave Dickson, Adobe
  • Eddie Eames, The National Theatre for Children, Inc.
  • Anna Scott, Rent-A-Center
  • Alexandra Bozenhard, Novartis Consumer Health
  • Jay Sethi, Procter & Gamble
  • Emma Fryer, TOMY International
  • Coley Holnback, Visa, Inc.
  • Courtney Buckley, Allstate Insurance Company
  • Jason Hill, GE
  • Lisa Wang, State Street Global Advisors
  • Sloan White, Capital One
  • Kerry Camisa, International Speedway Corporation
  • Lauren Gulbrand, McDonald's USA
  • Trevor Lambert, Samsung Mobile
  • Dave Poeschl, Kimberly-Clark
  • Hannah Cho, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Karen Hornberger, Allstate Insurance Company
  • Courtney Kelso, American Express
  • Josh Kidd, Siemens Corporation

Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies for a Rising Marketing Star Award?
To be considered, nominees must be:

  • 30 years of age or younger by December 31, 2022
  • Currently employed by an ANA member company
  • Nominated by a senior executive in their marketing organization
  • Regarded as an emerging leader by senior members of their company

What does the ANA look for in a nominee?
Rising Marketing Star Awards nominees are the future of the marketing industry. They are highly talented marketers, innovators, disruptors, and leaders. Rising Stars have contributed materially to the overall excellence and effectiveness of the marketing organization in their companies. Their work is measurable and accountable. They are skilled in integrating marketing with other departments and are conversant in many of the issues of our industry.

When will the winners be announced?
Awards will be presented during 2022 ANA Masters of Marketing (October 25–28, 2022). Winners of the Rising Marketing Star Awards will be recognized and presented with their awards by ANA CEO Bob Liodice.

"The award itself was such a momentous moment for me, and the ANA Masters of Marketing conference and the organization have really helped shape my career. I have been so inspired by seasoned — and up-and-coming — professionals around the world and from all industries."

- Previous Rising Marketing Star Winner Lisa Wang, State Street Global Advisors

Entry Instructions


Entry Instructions


To be considered, nominees must be:

  • 30 years of age or younger by December 31, 2022 (date of birth on or after January 1, 1992)
  • Currently employed by an ANA member company
  • Nominated by a senior executive in their marketing organization
  • Regarded as an emerging leader by senior members of their company

These individuals should have:

  • Made valuable contributions to the overall excellence/effectiveness of their marketing organization
  • Demonstrated leadership, innovation, creativity, and accountability in executing their marketing responsibilities
  • Exemplified skill in integrating marketing disciplines and working with other professionals
  • Exhibited knowledge of current issues in advertising and familiarity with the tools marketers are using to reach their audiences


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Example Entry

A good entry will be rich with description of how this person has risen within your organization, explain the difficulties they have surmounted, and offer a thorough set of results that supports how they are making a positive impact on marketing. See below for a winning entry from a previous year.

  • Please describe the personal and leadership characteristics that you believe make this person deserving of the ANA Rising Marketing Star Award.
    Alicia is ahead of her years in many ways. She earned the position of Regional Marketing Leader for Grant Thornton's Atlantic Coast Region, a position held by peers with 10+ years more experience on average. After joining the firm in 2011 as a tax associate, Alicia's bright and imaginative mind quickly compelled her to transfer from the accounting and tax field into marketing where she demonstrated her talents as a marketing professional. She quickly moved up the ranks from associate, to senior associate, to manager, now to associate director leading marketing for the region, in just 6 years. The characteristics that make Alicia stand out as a rising star are her ambition and drive, creativity, leadership, project management, intellect and ability to build rapport with senior leaders. Alicia possesses the rare mix of being an idea engine, constantly pouring out ideas, with the ability to execute and successfully project manage those ideas to fruition.
  • What distinguishes this person's efforts this year from other people's efforts?
    In addition to Alicia's regional marketing leadership role, she is also positioned as the chief of staff to the Regional Managing Partner. She participates in regional leadership meetings and is viewed as a trusted advisor and contributor to the leadership team, sharing her insights and recommendations to advance the region's brand position, develop strategy and achieve growth goals. For Alicia's year-end review, the regional managing partner shared, "It's crazy that someone with Alicia's years' experience is my right hand, but I have a high level of trust in Alicia. She has great ideas – she thinks through things in a different way that the partners can't." What distinguishes Alicia the most is that she has achieved the coveted position as a marketing advisor to leadership, and has earned a seat at the table as part of the leadership team. This is a challenge for marketers with many more years' experience, and sets Alicia apart from others.
  • How specifically did this person's efforts contribute to the marketing efforts at your organization?
    • Ran a premier hospitality experience for the region's most significant relationships, resulting in an overall NPS of 97, $700K in won opportunities and $2M in open opportunities, and a return on investment of over 12 times. Alicia tested a new invitation approach that increased first round acceptances by 100%.
    • Quickly acted on the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win by developing a parade hospitality program that resulted in $400K+ in open opportunities – this speaks to Alicia's agility and opportunistic speed to market. - Led a coordinated unsolicited bid strategy responsible for a $21M pipeline (qualified & unqualified).
    • Evolved the typical request for a direct mail letter campaign into a tablet mail campaign where Alicia developed the video content, sourced the tablets, and produced the mailing, resulting in $1.3M in opportunities and $250K in wins, a ROI of over 5 times. - Leadership and coaching of two Atlantic Coast marketing colleagues, and a marketer in Bangalore.
    • Pitched an idea rooted in one of the two key tenets of Grant Thornton's brand positioning that evolved into a broader national campaign currently being developed.
    • Successfully piloted outsourced regional marketing support model in India. - Developed comprehensive SWOT analysis for the region that was instrumental in setting the strategy for growth.
    • Developed and regularly delivers marketing onboarding training for all Philadelphia new hires, educating them on the firm's growth strategy and brand positioning.
    • Part of the leadership team for one of the premier conferences in Philadelphia with over 1,000 attendees. Led the Marketing & Social Media Committee, and with her planning, increased social media engagement by 60% and conference satisfaction with a record high NPS of 89%.

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