Each year WVF honors women whose business or professional accomplishments positively impact their industry and exemplify an entrepreneurial spirit in the workplace. The recipients of the Highest Leaf Award are role models with the characteristics we try to instill in our clients—risk takers, strategic thinkers and innovators. We are proud to present the 2015 honorees:
Audrey helped start an agency from scratch with no clients and no office, just one computer and a dream—to build an agency where great ideas, great media professionals and great clients engage to create innovative and effective communication strategies. On the heels of 9/11, advertising veterans Audrey Siegel and Steve Farella not only imagined this, but created it. That was TargetCast. The agency was named 2013 Advertising Age Agency to Watch and Mediapost’s Independent Media Agency of The Year in 2010 and 2012, before ultimately catching the eye of MDC Partners’ CEO Miles Nadal, who added TargetCast to MDC’s roster of game-changing communications companies in 2012, becoming of the core of what is now called Assembly. One of our industry’s few female entrepreneurs, Audrey Siegel, as one of Assembly’s Managing Partners, leads the growth of this modern media agency with 450 employees and over 100 clients.
A go-to advertising industry resource, Audrey is regularly quoted on the digitization of media, consumer engagement and broader advertising trends in Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, Advertising Age, Adweek and Mediapost. Audrey also regularly contributes her voice and perspective on issues facing the advertising industry at leading conferences on behalf of MIN, OMMA, MPA, AWNY, Ad:Tech, CHPA, Digital Hollywood and others. She serves on the 4 A’s Media Leadership Committee, as well as the Executive Board of the NY Ad Club, and has chaired the Ad Club’s annual Media: NOW conference for over 15 years.
Robert Half International
Dawn is a District President for Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI), the world’s first and largest staffing firm. She currently oversees the Professional Staffing Divisions Accountemps, OfficeTeam, RH Management Resources and Robert Half Finance & Accounting throughout offices in the NY Metro Area and NJ.
She joined RHI in 1996 as an Accountemps Staffing Manager in Charlotte, NC. In 1998 Dawn moved to Atlanta and held many different roles in the Southeast District including Division Director, Branch Manager and Regional Manager. In 2005 she was given the opportunity to move to NYC and take on responsibility for RHI’s largest branch operation in Midtown Manhattan. A year later Dawn was promoted to Regional Vice President and then again in 2009 to District President.
Prior to joining RHI she worked as a Financial Analyst in NYC and Washington, DC. Dawn graduated cum laude from The George Washington University with a BA in Economics.
CEO, & Chief Possiblilities Officer,
JBK Associates International, Inc.
Julie Kampf is CEO, President and Founder of JBK Associates International, Inc., an award-winning executive talent solutions firm that specializes in building senior-level leadership across many functions with a focus on introducing diverse talent to her client companies. Her industry and search experience spans more than three decades. With headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, JBK’s other geographic locations include Manhattan, West Palm Beach and Atlanta.
Under Julie’s leadership, JBK Associates International has become one of America’s fastest growing private companies, ranked in the Inc. 500|5000 three consecutive years, and has been named one of Working Mother magazine’s Best Women-Owned Companies. Julie has earned national recognition for driving diversity across a variety of industries including Consumer, Retail, Luxury, Life Science, Financial Services, Academia, and the Not-For-Profit arena. Through her work with Fortune 100 companies and as a thought leader, Julie calls on America’s employers to make diversity a priority. In recognition of her success, Julie has been honored as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business, an Enterprising Woman of The Year, A Garden State Woman of The Year, A Girl Scout Woman of Achievement and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Finalist.
Julie’s many volunteer activities reflect her commitment to women and diversity. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of Good Grief, a peer support group for grieving children. She also serves on Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications Board of Visitors, is a founding member of the Bergen County (NJ) chapter of Women United in Philanthropy, and is a past-President of the Metro chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She has served on the Advisory Boards for the Linkage Diversity Summit and Enterprising Woman Magazine and is an active member of BioNJ. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment (IACPR) and on the Girl Scout Council of Bergen County. In her spare time, she has raised money for charities including Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Table To Table, and The Women’s Health and Counseling Center.
Julie earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, where she minored in Marketing. She lives in Bergen County, New Jersey, with her family.
Angela Dea Moskow
VP, Chronic Disease Prevention & Wellness,
Angela leads the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Wellness at Sanofi where she works in partnership with others to steer the US healthcare system toward prevention and the development of innovations that lower the chronic disease burden in the country. She is responsible for building alliances with health organizations representing patients, providers, payers, governments and other constituencies that are working to improve health policy, with a view to patient outcomes.
Prior to this position, Angela held multiple marketing roles in cardiovascular and metabolism franchises at Sanofi. She began her career at Sanofi in sales management across primary care, specialty care and institutional markets. Angela graduated from University of Richmond with a BS in Marketing.
Rita E. Rodriguez
Executive Vice President,
Omnicom Group Inc
Rita Rodriguez is currently Executive Vice President at Omnicom Group where she leads the multi-agency integration for PepsiCo.
With more than twenty-five years of marketing experience, Rita has a proven track record of transforming major brands and building businesses. Having worked on both sides of the business, agency and client, Rita has a unique mix of strategic expertise; brand building and collaboration skills that can help define and lead a course of action for clients and their brands
Rita was previously CEO of Imagination, an experiential integrated communications company. Prior to Imagination, she was CEO of the US arm of WPP’s The Brand Union, a strategic branding and design firm, where she led the repositioning and rebranding of multiple businesses and served as a strategic advisor and partner for clients on brand and business issues. Before joining The Brand Union in 2004, Rita was Managing Director of Corporate Branding at Omnicom’s Interbrand.
Rita began her career in Houston at AT&T , where over the course of her 17 year career she served as Director of Business and Consumer Marketing, International Marketing Director, Director of Product Marketing and Communications Services and General Manager of HomeTown Network (HTN), working in both the US and London.
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