October 18th, 2016
Episode 3588 of 5042 episodes
This week's guest judge is Debbi Vandeven, global chief creative officer, VML, based in Kansas City, Missouri.VML is a leading global marketing agency recently named to the 2016 Ad Age Agency A-List. Throughout her career at VML, Debbi has continually fostered a collaborative creative environment that delivers smart and innovative solutions to clients around the world.Debbi's creative philosophy is to focus on the idea, rather than a specific channel, and she encourages teams to approach any project from this perspective. It's this approach that's at the heart of VML's mission to move brands forward by inspiring a human connection.Since joining VML in 2000, she has led creative engagements for global brands such as Colgate-Palmolive, Dell, Ford, Gatorade, Kellogg, MasterCard, PepsiCo, QuikTrip, Sprint and Wendy's.Her creative leadership has enabled VML to become one of the top global agencies, with 28 offices on six continents and 2,500 employees worldwide.Debbi has served on international award show juries, including ANDY Awards, Art Directors Club, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, CLIO Awards, IAB MIXX Awards, Loeries, New York Festivals and One Show Interactive. VML's creative teams have earned recognition from top international shows, including 11 Lions and 25 shortlist recognitions across 12 categories at this year's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, as well as ANDY Awards, Art Directors Club, CLIO Awards, Effie Awards, Facebook Awards, London International Awards, New York Festivals, One Show, Spikes Asia, Tomorrow Awards and Webby Awards.Her achievements include being recognized in Advertising Age's Women to Watch 2014. Debbi is a strong supporter of initiatives advancing women in creative leadership and mentoring talent to help women develop the interpersonal skills it takes to succeed in today's industry.