It’s Back! B&T’s Women In Media Power List Nominees For 2018!

It’s Back! B&T’s Women In Media Power List Nominees For 2018!

The 2018 Women in Media Awards are mere months away, which means we need your help with the Power List once again! So, if you’re a powerful, trailblazing, inspirational woman, we want you!

Obviously, there are a ton of amazing women in our industry.

So to make it a little easier, we’ve searched far and wide and come up with a list of the best of the best nominees for the Power List.

We’ve got over 100 amazing women – but if you think anyone’s missing (and we’re 100 per cent sure there is, BTW), leave it in the comments section below! And if you think you’re missing make sure you let us know too.

Alternatively, if you see someone you don’t think should be on this list at all, leave it in the comments section too! Comments for everyone!

Once we have the combined list of women, we’ll throw it over to our judges to select their top picks, thus arriving at the final 30.

Last year, our winner was none other than the fabulous Nicole Sheffield.

You don’t have to be a CEO to get on this list (or top it) – our judges just have to deem you influential and powerful. So if that’s you, or someone you know! Comment away. But check this long list of amazing women first.

  1. Adriana Colaneri – managing director, The Story Lab
  2. Aimee Buchanan – chief executive, OMD Australia
  3. Aisling Finch – director of marketing, Australia and NZ, Google
  4. Aleisha McCall – founder and managing director, Ultimate Edge
  5. Alison Rice – group publisher of women’s lifestyle, Allure Media
  6. Andrea Rule – CMO, Carat Australia
  7. Angela Goodsir – chief technology and systems operations officer, Multi Channel Network
  8. Angela Henderson – Angela Henderson Consulting
  9. Angela Morris – executive planning director, J. Walter Thomson
  10. Angie Bradbury – founder and managing director, Dig+Fish
  11. Ann Nolan – co-founder and chief strategy officer, Snobal
  12. Anna Fawcett – executive producer, Filmgraphics
  13. Annie Parker – director, Code Club Australia/global head of startups, Microsoft
  14. Bec Brideson – founder and executive creative director, Venus Comm/Bec Brideson
  15. Belinda Jennings – founder and CEO, Mum Central
  16. Belinda Murray – managing director, BWM Dentsu Melbourne
  17. Bobbi Mahlab – managing director, Mahlab/co-founder, Mentor Walks
  18. Bodhi Mary Hunter – founder and managing editor, The Good Guide
  19. Cally Scivetti – marketing and strategy director, Val Morgan
  20. Carmela Soares – Clemenger Melbourne
  21. Carolyn Bollaci – head of agency, Australia, Facebook
  22. Carrie Barker – CEO and partner, the projects*
  23. Catherine Krantz – head of operational performance, Carat Melbourne / head of diversity and inclusion, Dentsu Aegis Network
  24. Cathy O’Connor – CEO, NOVA Entertainment
  25. Charlotte Valente – general manager marketing, APN Outdoor
  26. Charmaine Moldrich – chief executive, Outdoor Media Association
  27. Christina Allen – general counsel, FOX Sports Australia
  28. Christina Aventi – executive planning director, BMF
  29. Claire Butterworth – chief investment officer, Wavemaker
  30. Claire Salvetti – managing director, One Green Bean
  31. Claudia McInerney – managing director, Melbourne, WhiteGrey
  32. Corrie McLeod – CEO, Hello Espresso
  33. Deanne Weir – chairman, Ai Media
  34. Dee Madigan – executive creative director, Campaign Edge
  35. Donna Hay – founder, Donna Hay Pty Ltd
  36. Edwina McCann – editor-in-chief, Vogue Australia
  37. Elaine Herlihy – CMO, Paypal
  38. Elizabeth Fox – director, Google Marketing Solutions, AUNZ
  39. Ella Schalch – creative director, Schalch Marketing
  40. Ellie Rogers – head of agency, Facebook
  41. Emily Perrett – managing director, Clemenger BBDO
  42. Emma Bannister – CEO and founder, Presentation Studio
  43. Emma Lo Russo – CEO and co-founder, Digivizer
  44. Emma Triggs – founder and MD, The M Agency
  45. Emma-Jayne Owens – chief commercial officer, Australian Radio Network
  46. Esther Carlsen – managing director, Acxiom
  47. Esther Clerehan – Clerehan
  48. EJ Granleese – founder, History Will Be Kind
  49. Fiona Johnston – CEO, UM Australia
  50. Fiona Lang – COO, BBC Studios ANZ
  51. Fiorella Di Santo – general manager publishing – fashion, luxury, food & home, Bauer Media
  52. Gab Merrick – managing director, Carat Brisbane
  53. Gemma Fordham, head of content, Hit Network
  54. Gemma Hunter – global executive creative director, Mediacom
  55. Genevieve Clay-Smith – co-founder and creative director, Taste Creative/co-founder and CEO of Bus Stop Films
  56. Gina Lednyak – founder and managing director, L&A Social Media
  57. Helena Snowdon – managing director, Mindshare Melbourne
  58. Helen McCabe – digital content director, Nine Entertainment
  59. Helen Trinca – managing editor, The Australian
  60. Ilda Jamison – Country Manager ANZ, Oracle
  61. Imogen Hewitt – Group Managing Director, Havas
  62. Ita Buttrose – TBA
  63. Jackie Frank – Be Frank Group
  64. Jamila Rizvi – editor-at-large, Nine’s Future of Women
  65. Jane Geraghty – CEO, Landor
  66. Jane King – head of marketing, Val Morgan Outdoor
  67. Jane Huxley – managing director, Spotify Australia
  68. Jane Sullivan – managing director, Brisbane, Wavemaker
  69. Janet Cameron – Grant Broadcasters
  70. Jen Speirs – creative director, BMF
  71. Jo Clasby – Sydney sales director, Multi Channel Network
  72. Jo Scard – Fifty Acres
  73. Joan Warner – CEO, Commercial Radio Australia
  74. Joanne Gray – editor, BOSS (Australian Financial Review)
  75. Joe de Fina – The OTTO Empire
  76. Joe Pollard – group managing director of media and marketing, Telstra
  77. Jovy Gill – Essence
  78. Judy Sahay – founder and managing director, Crowd Media Group
  79. Julia Zaetta – editor, Better Homes and Gardens
  80. Justine Cullen – editor-in-chief, ELLE Australia
  81. Karen Halligan – director customer, brand and marketing advisory, KPMG
  82. Karly Leach – managing director, Wavemaker
  83. Kate de Brito – editor-in-chief,
  84. Kate McClymont – investigative journalist, Sydney Morning Herald
  85. Kate O’Ryan Roeder – managing director, Mindshare Sydney
  86. Kate Richardson – general manager, Red Engine SCC
  87. Kathryn Carter – general manager, Snap
  88. Kathryn Scott – director, Scout Management
  89. Katharine Murphy – political editor, The Guardian
  90. Katia Loisel – founder and CEO, The Love Destination
  91. Katie Rigg-Smith – CEO, Mindshare
  92. Katrina McCarter – CEO, Marketing to Mums
  93. Kellie Northwood – executive director, Sierra Delta / CEO, Australasian Catalogue Association
  94. Kerry Field – general manager, Mindshare Sydney
  95. Kieran Moore – CEO (PR and PA), WPP AUNZ
  96. Kim Portrate – CEO, Think TV
  97. Kimberlee Wells – CEO, TBWA Melbourne
  98. Kirsty Dagnall – senior account manager, McCorkell & Associates
  99. Kirsty Muddle – founding partner, Cummins&Partners
  100. Lama Tayeh – founder and CEO, Lulumpr
  101. Lara Brownlow – head of agency, LinkedIn
  102. Laura Dingwell – head of finance, Junkee Media
  103. Lee Tonitto – chief executive, AMI
  104. Leigh Sales – The ABC
  105. Leanne Cartwright-Bradford – Head of Audible Australia and New Zealand
  106. Lenore Taylor – editor, The Guardian
  107. Lesley Edwards – CEO, IKON Australia
  108. Lindy Olsen – group editor-in-chief and head of operations, Challenger Media Group
  109. Lisa Bjorksten – founder and director, The Digi Collective
  110. Lisa King – head of commercial, Adshel
  111. Lisa Omagari – managing editor, native and custom titles, Junkee Media
  112. Lisa Watts – CEO, The Conversation
  113. Lisa Wilkinson – The Project, Ten
  114. Lizzie Young – group content strategy director, Nine Entertainment Co
  115. Loren Bradley – executive producer, Sweetshop Australia
  116. Lorraine Jokovic – chief executive officer, LOUD
  117. Louise Barrett – managing director sales, News Corp
  118. Lynn Poole – managing director, The Brand Pool
  119. Mandi Gunsberger – founder and managing director, Babyology
  120. Margie Reid – managing partner, Thinkerbell Pty Ltd
  121. Maria Grivas – chief data and technology officer, UM
  122. Marlene Vivaire – founder, T-Shape Consulting
  123. Melinda Geertz – CEO Australia, Leo Burnett
  124. Melina Augoustakis – Melbourne sales director, Multi Channel Network
  125. Melissa Fein – CEO, Initiative Australia
  126. Mia Freedman – co-founder and content director, Mamamia
  127. Michelle Guthrie – CEO, ABC
  128. Michelle Holland – managing partner, Ogilvy Sydney
  129. Monique Macleod – chief marketing officer, Commonwealth Bank
  130. Monique Perry – managing director, Nielsen
  131. Naomi Gorringe – client partner, TBWA\Melbourne
  132. Nic Taylor – CEO, McCann
  133. Nicola Lewis – chief investment officer, GroupM
  134. Nicole Boyd – chief client officer, MediaCom
  135. Nicole Hope – head of PR, Superdream
  136. Nicole McInnes – CMO, OVO
  137. Nickie Scriven – CEO, Zenith Australia
  138. Nikki Briger – editor, Marie Claire
  139. Nicole Turley – chief investment officer, MediaCom
  140. Olivia Ruello – CEO, Business Chicks
  141. Olivia Wirth – group executive of brand, marketing and corporate affairs, Qantas
  142. Ophenia (Qiwan) Liang – director and co-founder, Digital Crew
  143. Penelope Holloway – general manager, Hill & Knowlton
  144. Penny Kaleta – national sales director, Fairfax ACM
  145. Rebecca Tos – CEO, Columbus
  146. Richenda Vermeulen – founder and director, Ntegrity
  147. Robi Stanton – vice president and general manager, Turner International
  148. Robin Bailey – broadcaster, MMM Brisbane Breakfast Radio / commentator, the Today show / host, The Well podcast on Mamamia
  149. Robyn Foyster – CEO, Foyster Media
  150. Rose Herceg – chief strategy officer, WPP AUNZ
  151. Sally Kissane – managing partner, Ogilvy Sydney
  152. Sara Lappage – chief marketing officer, QMS Media
  153. Sarah James – chief digital officer, Carat Australia
  154. Sarah Keith – managing director, Publicis Media Exchange
  155. Sarrah Le Marquand – editor-in-chief, Stellar magazine (NewsLife Media)/Founding editor, RendezView (NewsCorp Australia)
  156. Sasha Firth – managing director, Sydney Y&R, ANZ
  157. Sev Griffiths – chief connections design and partnerships officer, UM
  158. Siobhan McKenna – Managing Partner, Lachlan Murdoch’s Illyria
  159. Sophie Madden – CEO, Media Federation of Australia
  160. Sophie Price – head of integrated strategy, M&C Saatchi Group
  161. Stephanie (Stevie) Douglas-Neal – executive group business director, PHD
  162. Sue Squillace – founder, Spark Foundry
  163. Sunita Gloster – CMO advisory, PwC Australia
  164. Susan Searle – president, IDG Communications
  165. Susannah George – founder, The Urban List
  166. Suzanne Steele – managing director, ANZ Adobe
  167. Suzie Blinman – chief commercial and corporate development officer, Multi Channel Network
  168. Tania Jones – content and brand partnerships director, Multi Channel Network
  169. Tara Ford – ECD, DDB Sydney
  170. Tara Mckenty – creative director (APAC), Google
  171. Taryn Williams – The Right Fit
  172. Tory Shepherd – The Advertiser
  173. Tracey Fellows – chief executive, REA Group
  174. Venessa Hunt – head of digital investment, GroupM
  175. Virginia Hyland – founder and principal, Hyland
  176. Wendy Gower – managing director, m2m Sydney
  177. Wendy Moore – general manager food and home, Pacific Magazines

B&T‘s Women in Media Awards 2018 will be held on Friday 17 August 2018 at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf. Grab early bird tickets to the event here and find all other info on the website





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    1. This is a great list, but I’d also like to give my support for Fiona Lang at BBC Studios. She is an amazing leader, mentor, lawyer and strategist. And, importantly, she’s someone who always goes above and beyond to do good things for the industry and community– whether it’s mentoring a colleague, raising money for Oxfam, or doing work with the UN Women National Committee. (Even though she is monumentally busy, it’s never just a token gesture with Fiona.) Many congratulations!

    2. Thanks so much for all your suggestions – we’ve added them in and now have a final long list!

    3. There’s no one better placed to receive the B&T Women in Media award than Fiona Lang, COO of BBC Studios ANZ. Fiona is nothing short of a powerhouse. Making light work of guiding the world’s most trusted media brand through the choppy waters of digital disruption, while simultaneously serving as a Non-Exec Director for UN Women. Here is someone who wholeheartedly walks the talk.

      I’ve been fortunate enough to learn from Fiona and her unique approach to corporate strategy – a mastery of business acumen combined with lateral creative thinking, has been influential in shaping my career. Fiona leads with an infectious energy and integrity, inspiring confidence to adopt new approaches that will positively challenge the status quo. Her longstanding commitment to The Women’s College mentoring program and the personal generosity I have received as a mentee are a testament to Fiona’s genuine passion for helping advance the careers of young women in the industry. Any Women in Media Power List wouldn’t be complete without Fiona Lang!

    4. I think you’re missing Rebecca Horne – Chief Digital Officer of the NRL and Kylie Rogers, GM Commerical AFL – Two women in traditionally male dominated roles and codes. They are trail blazers for women in media.

    5. Angie Bradbury – MD and Founder of Dig&Fish. Angie is such an incredible leader not just for the agency team but for the whole industry. She is passionate about women in leadership and demonstrates this each and every day. One of the most inspiring people I’ve had the privilege of working with.

    6. Karen Madden, CMO at Nine, should definitely be on this list. Karen’s energy and drive motivates those around her to be the best they can be. She’s a natural leader who knows how to build a positive team culture focused on results, accountability and fun.

    7. I would like to nominate Karen Madden, Chief Marketing Officer of the Nine Network. Since Karen started I have seen an incredible shift in morale across every touch point of the business.
      Karen is an excellent leader and truly believes in the investment of good people, and strives to make the work environment a place you want to be.
      She works hard, gives excellent direction, is passionate and focused all the while being approachable and personable.
      Karen Madden should definitely be on this list!

    8. I’d like to nominate one of the most sophisticated thinkers and inspiring leaders I know; Kim McKay of Klick Communications.
      Very few women have contributed to global travel and lifestyle brands like the one and only Kim McKay. An independent comms agency advocate and super connector, she currently steers three dynamic international offices across Sydney, LA and Honolulu. Her greatest gift is that of embracing change and future-proofing where she is leading brands and her team. Always on the front-foot of trends, tech and talent – her humble approach to her own success is well deserving of some lime-light in 2018.

    9. Leanne Cartwright-Bradford is the Head of Audible Australia and New Zealand and should without doubt be included in this list.
      Leanne is one of Australia’s most experienced and passionate marketers, with extensive experience within the entertainment and technology industries. Having worked across some of the world’s top brands including Audible and Amazon, Twentieth Century Fox and Samsung, Leanne is an inspiring leader who steers the business and balances a huge number of responsibilities, but is never afraid to roll up her sleeves. Leanne is incredibly generous and giving with her time, and shares her impressive knowledge in order to develop her team.

    10. Thanks so much everyone for your suggestions! I’ve added everyone above to the list – keep em coming!

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