Honors Night

AEF’s annual Honors Night is a very special way we acknowledge how all our industry stakeholders and partners – including those from the worlds of advertising, media and marketing – contribute to education and the development of tomorrow’s outstanding talent.

Every year our Honors Night gala recognizes one outstanding organization from each of our constituencies – marketers, agencies and media – for its accomplishments in the industry and for its support of the AEF’s mission. A Lifetime Achievement Award is also presented to an individual for exceptional contributions to the industry and society. The Alfred J. Seaman Award is presented to a student for an original essay on the role of advertising in culture and society. Dinner proceeds help fulfill AEF’s educational initiatives for professors and students and contribute to building the next generation of talent.

This year’s gala celebration was held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Pierre Hotel in NYC. Katie Couric hosted the evening.

Our honorees were:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Ellen Levine, Hearst
Advertiser Award: McDonald’s, Accepted by Jano Cabrera
Agency Award: FCB, Accepted by Carter Murray
Media Award: AMC Networks, Accepted by Josh Sapan
Sizzle Award: Jimmy Smith, Amusement Park Entertainment
Alfred J. Seaman Student Award: Dejana Peric, University of Georgia


"The new generation of talent is not hierarchical, and does not think of their job as work."
— Gord McLean, President and CEO at Advertising Educational Foundation