Advertising Week announced a partnership with the newly re-branded Ampersand, the first-ever winners of their “Future Is Female” platform. The award honors rising stars of the advertising and marketing industry. Honorees were selected based on a combination of proven achievements, demonstrated the ability to affect organizational change, commitment to external impact, ability to mentor others, and professional endorsements. The panel of judges, chaired by Advertising Week’s Managing Director for Global Education & Development, Ruth Mortimer, included Gina Grillo, CEO of The Advertising Club; Quynh Mai, Founder & CEO of Moving Content & Image; Monique Nelson, Chair & CEO of UWG; and Elena Sotomayor, Executive Vice President of Cárdenas Marketing Network.

The winners were honored at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square, as part of a special kick-off concert to celebrate the first day of this year’s Advertising Week New York. Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning music legends TLC—the best-selling American female group in history with more than 65 million records sold—brought the house down as the headliners of the special event, presented in partnership with Ampersand.