Honors Night 2021

Every year our Honors Night gala recognizes the organizations and individuals for their accomplishments in the industry and for their support of the AEF’s mission of educating and inspiring young talent. Dinner proceeds help fulfill AEF’s educational initiatives for professors and students and contribute to building the next generation of talent.

2021 Honors Night invitation

View full event videos including tributes and remarks made by Honorees.

Anne Finucane - Honors Night 2021

Lifetime Achievement Award

Anne Finucane
Vice Chairman
Bank of America

Elizabeth Rutledge

Marketer Award

American Express
Accepted by Elizabeth Rutledge
Chief Marketing Officer

Chris Macdonald

Agency Award

McCann Worldgroup
Accepted by Chris Macdonald
Chairman and CEO, McCann

Rita Ferro

Media Award

The Walt Disney Company
Accepted by Rita Ferro
President, Advertising Sales and Partnerships

Rishad Tobaccowala - Honors Night 2021

Inspire Award

Rishad Tobaccowala
Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data


AEF will also celebrate 10 Talent Champions who work with their peers and academia to inspire top students to choose marketing and advertising as a career and advance marketing capabilities with a goal of achieving true diversity and inclusion in our organizations from the entry-level up.

AEF's 2021 Talent Champions

Important COVID-19 Information: While we are committed to holding a responsible in-person celebration, we will also include a virtual experience. The safety of our guests is our utmost consideration and proof of vaccination will be required. Honors Night will comply with the latest safety guidelines at the time of the event.

"Our future marketing and advertising leaders are not just looking for a job, they are looking for a meaningful career that will make a positive impact on society."
— Gord McLean, President and CEO at ANA Educational Foundation