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 featuring New Zealand’s brightest young talent

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 11AM NZDT 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 challenging the  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 Hearts & Science, OMD, The Warehouse Group 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.”

Suzie Thompson, Group Business Director at dentsu who successfully nominated Jesse Knight for the program added: “We may be a small country but we’ve got some mighty talent on our shores. Verizon Media Academy is such a great opportunity for rising stars like Jesse to learn from international industry talent and build relationships with other emerging leaders across the world.

“Dentsu is proud to once again be involved in the program and support an initiative that aligns with our commitment to foster promising young professionals. I’m personally also looking forward to tuning into the Masterclass series and learning some invaluable lessons from such a high calibre of international talent.”

The Class of 2021 New Zealand attendees:

  • Ashlee Choi - MBM 

  • Blaine Hudson - The Warehouse Group 

  • Chris Young - PHD 

  • Claudine Gregg - PHD Media 

  • Jenny Fulton - Wavemaker 

  • Jesse Knight - Carat  

  • Lauren Kennaway - Hearts & Science NZ

  • Sam Masterton - OMD 


The Class of 2021 Australian attendees:

  • Anthony Orn - Ikon Communications

  • Bernadette Banasik - Universal McCann

  • Beth Sawyer - OMD

  • Briony Lewis - OMD

  • Brittany O'Brien-Smith - Resolution Digital

  • Claire Lu - Wavemaker

  • Claudia Lee - Lionize

  • 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

  • Joe Golden - PHD

  • Katherine Sheppard - Ikon Communications

  • 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

  • Sandy Ma - Xaxis

  • Sarah Kop - OMD

  • Seb Goh - Performics Mercerbell

  • Serena Ku - Zenith Media

  • Trishala Dayal - Resolution Digital

  • Zac Kelly - Carat