A shortlist has been announced for the first Doyenne award to show outstanding talent shown by a woman in Irish advertising. The seven candidates are Catriona Campbell, strategic account director at The Social House; Nicola Gillen, client director, MediaVest; Estelle Gorby, international strategic director, Acorn; Leah O’Donoghue, account director, Cawley NeaTBWA; Jill Robinson, head of digital and TV investment, Mindshare; Maria Scannell, commercial manager, Mirror Media Ireland and Dena Walker, strategic planner, Irish International.
Run in association with the Sunday Business Post, the award will be made on the merits of success, ability and leadership skills to a nominee showing the potential to rise to the top levels in advertising, media and PR. The judging panel is chaired by Deirdre Waldron (above), managing director, Cawley NeaTBWA. The other judges are Gervaise Slowey, CEO. Communicorp and Ogilvy’s former managing director; Jimmy Murphy, director, Publicis; Margaret Ward, CEO, Clear Ink and Siobhán Lennon, commercial director, The Sunday Business Post.
Entrants were asked to submit a 500-word summary on how they show their leadership potential, how they fulfil their role in the work place and provide examples of their successes. The winner will be announced at a breakfast in Fallon & Byrne restaurant on March 5, which is International Women’s Day.