03.15.2021
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Verizon Media Academy Masterclasses return with Cindy Gallop to kick off 2021 webinar series

Verizon Media Academy Masterclasses returns for 2021

Full Masterclass schedule announced with the reveal of Verizon Media Academy’s Class of 2021

The Verizon Media Academy Masterclass Series is returning for 2021, providing free career training for everyone in the media and marketing industry from luminaries including provocateur Cindy Gallop and exec coach and former Gruen panelist Claire Salvetti.

The virtual Masterclass series will kick off on Thursday March 25th at 9AM AEDT with a live workshop from world-renowned brand innovator Cindy Gallop, titled ‘​Blow it up: ​Re-making the industry for the better’.​ ​The TED speaker and tech entrepreneur, known for her no-nonsense approach to tackling industry issues, will delve into ways to challenge the status quo and integrate equality, diversity and inclusion into your everyday working processes.

Other inspirational speakers on the fortnightly program through April and May include former One Green Bean CEO turned Executive Coach Claire Salvetti, Verizon Media’s Global Chief Business Officer Ivan Markman, Executive Media Coach Catriona Dixon and Head of Brand and RYOT Studio ANZ Zoe Cocker.

Topics covered include overcoming imposter syndrome, empathetic leadership skills, harnessing creativity and tech to reach new heights, and communicating like a pro.

Commenting on her involvement in the series, Cindy Gallop said: “​I’m very excited to be opening this series and leading a thought-provoking but above all actionable masterclass. After such a whirlwind of a year there’s so much opportunity right now to ​reinvent our industry for the better. ​Join me in ​identifying and changing ​behaviours and traditionalism that have plagued our industry for far too long.”

Managing Director at Verizon Media ANZ Paul Sigaloff added: “​Last year when we opened our Masterclass series to the public in the spirit of inclusivity we received overwhelming demand. Being able to use the global reach of the Verizon Media brand to bring these talented speakers to local audiences has been an incredibly rewarding experience. We’re very excited to be back again this year with even more incredible speakers like Cindy Gallop and continuing our commitment to building up industry education in an inclusive way.”

Register to attend the Verizon Media Academy Masterclass series ​here​.

In addition to the Masterclass schedule, Verizon Media also revealed today the 44 future leaders who have been selected into this year’s Verizon Media Academy Class of 2021.

The class features young talent from across the Australian and New Zealand media landscape including Kaimera, OMD, Thinkerbell and Wavemaker. In addition to the Masterclass series, this year’s delegates will receive exclusive training, mentoring and networking opportunities aimed at building their personal brand and accelerating their careers.

Sigaloff welcomed the new cohort and applauded their industry recognition: ​“Congratulations to the Class of 2021 on your selection. We had an impressive response with over 170 nominations from senior leaders across Australia and New Zealand. It’s great to see that the ​industry is just as passionate about our future leaders as we are.​”

Penny Shell, National Head of Planning at OMD who successfully nominated Briony Lewis for the program added: ​“OMD are thrilled to once again be involved in this year’s Verizon Media Academy. Supporting the development of young talent is something we believe to be integral to the future of our industry.

“The Verizon Media Academy gives us the chance to put the spotlight on the next generation of leaders and not only reward them for their hard work, but also nurture them and encourage the development of their careers. We’re a business that is committed to supporting and investing in our talent and this program is a great way to do that.”

The Class of 2021:

  • Anthony Orn - Ikon Communications
  • Ashlee Choi - MBM
  • Bernadette Banasik - Universal McCann
  • Beth Sawyer - OMD
  • Blaine Hudson - The Warehouse Group
  • Briony Lewis - OMD
  • Brittany O'Brien-Smith - Resolution Digital
  • Chris Young - PHD
  • Claire Lu - Wavemaker
  • Claudia Lee - Lionize
  • Claudine Gregg - PHD Media
  • Douglas Bromfield - inc Digital Media
  • Dylan Tolua - Mediacom
  • Elizabeth Fuhr - Ikon Communications
  • Elli McDougall - OMD
  • Emily Wilson - Atomic212
  • Gabrielle Silverstone - Spark Foundry
  • Grace De Cruz - Orange Line
  • James Rowland - PHD Media
  • Jennifer Ly - Compare Club
  • Jenny Fulton - Wavemaker
  • Jesse Knight - Carat
  • Joe Golden - PHD
  • Katherine Sheppard - Ikon Communications
  • Lauren Kennaway - Hearts & Science NZ
  • Louise Marks - MediaCom
  • Madeleine McConnachie - Thinkerbell
  • Matt Leahy - PHD
  • Matthew Bryan - Mindshare
  • Matthew Callaghan - JCDecaux Australia & New Zealand
  • Mitchell Hexter Starcom
  • Monika Calamos - Involved Media
  • Natalie Tobin - iProspect
  • Nathan Grigg - Carat
  • Nikita Sharma - Wavemaker
  • Olivia Scott - Kaimera
  • Richard Williams - Wavemaker
  • Sam Masterton - OMD
  • Sandy Ma - Xaxis
  • Sarah Kop - OMD
  • Seb Goh - Performics Mercerbell
  • Serena Ku - Zenith Media
  • Trishala Dayal - Resolution Digital
  • Zac Kelly - Carat