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.
View full event videos including tributes and remarks made by Honorees.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Bank of America
Accepted by Elizabeth Rutledge
Chief Marketing Officer
Accepted by Chris Macdonald
Chairman and CEO, McCann
The Walt Disney Company
Accepted by Rita Ferro
President, Advertising Sales and Partnerships
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.
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.
"Great mix of technical info and real life experience to justify it. Easily the best guest lecture I’ve had in college. So relevant and informative."— Student at Villanova University after AEF sent speaker from BBDO