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In the NewsDecember 31, 2017

How Do You Turn an Ad Into a Meme? Two Words: Dilly Dilly.

Brandcenter alums Alex Ledford (CW, 2012) and NJ Placentra (AD, 2012), senior creatives at Wieden + Kennedy, came up with our new favorite catchphrase for Bud Light.

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AlumniNovember 17, 2017

Brandcenter alumni team's hilarious video response for Carmax goes viral

A team of Brandcenter alumni who now work at McKinney, including creative director David Sloane (CW, 2009) who stars in the video, was behind Carmax's viral response to the guy who created a video ad for his girlfriend's '96 Honda Accord.

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AlumniNovember 14, 2017

Rachel Mercer named to Forbes' 30 Under 30

Brandcenter alum Rachel Mercer (XD, 2012), SVP, Head of Digital Strategy and Invention at Deutsch, was named to Forbes' annual list in the Marketing & Advertising category.

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AlumniNovember 14, 2017

Forbes' startup of the week: Skillshare

Brandcenter alum Michael Karnjanaprakorn (ST, 2005) founded Skillshare, an online learning community, with the mission of using technology to democratize education and learning for people globally.

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AlumniNovember 9, 2017

Alum Charles Hodges (CW, 2009) launches Arts & Letters Creative Co. with Google as its first client.

Led by founder Charles Hodges (CW, 2009), a collection of VCU Brandcenter alums and two Martin Agency vets have come together to start a new Richmond-based ad agency, with one of the world’s tech giants signed on as its initial client.

Here are the Brandcenter alums at Arts & Letters:

Albert Song (AD, 2015)

Jon Jon Hirsch (AD, 2016)

Stanley Leon Hines Jr. (XD, 2017)

Shawn Hurley (XD, 2017)

Conor McFarland (CW, 2017)

Sam Case (CW, 2017)

Geoff Castillo (AD, 2015)

Danielle Young (CBM, 2016)

Ian Fairbrother (CW, 2005)

Andy Grayson (ST, 2003). 

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AlumniOctober 25, 2017

‘Build your village’: Alum Shameka Brown-Barbosa shares advice and thoughts on the industry ahead of 3%

Excellent article/interview with Brandcenter alum and creative director Shameka Brown-Barbosa (CW, 1999) on navigating a career in advertising as a mom and a person of color - and what she is doing to help.

Shameka will be speaking at the 3 Percent Conference this week, Nov. 2-3 in New York.

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AlumniAugust 18, 2017

Three Brandcenter alums named to The Drum's 50 female creatives under 30

Danielle Walton Delph (AD, 2013), Marybeth Ledesma (AD, 2012), and Mo Lockard (AD, 2015) made the list that is celebrating women across the country who are putting themselves - and their cities - on the map via their creativity and achievements.

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AlumniAugust 3, 2017

My career in 5 executions: Red & Co's Mira Kaddoura

From Nike to Google, Red & Co's founder creates work that inspires for brands that make a difference.

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AlumniDecember 6, 2019

Selling something different: “Not going extinct”

Two Brandcenter alumni leave positions at Droga5 and Phenomenon to take on climate change and world hunger.

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AlumniDecember 18, 2019

Alumna named one of the 2019 Next Creative Leaders by The One Club and 3% Conference

Brandcenter Alum Mariana Oliveira (CW, 2012) was named one of the Next Creative Leaders by The One Club and 3% Conference. Mariana is an ACD at BBDO NY, and is one of the ten women recognized this year.

 

Of the female leaders chosen, they said, "These talented women are a beautiful reminder that real leadership doesn’t require the perfect opportunity, a big budget, or a fancy title. Real leadership just asks you to show up for yourself, your beliefs and each other. For the ideas that light up your heart. And for the future you’re excited to be a part of."

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