Our Creative Future is Inclusive

Who We're Looking For

Talented women and non-binary creatives who are stepping into leadership roles: Copywriters, Art Directors, Designers, ACDs, newly-promoted Creative Directors and Design Directors (read: less than a year with that title) and creative teams who are doing game changing work and helping change our industry for the better.

A Few Rules

No Boys Allowed

Our industry has plenty of talented male leaders, but this award is for underrepresented creatives who are actively challenging the status quo.

No Executives

Creatives with the “Big E” before their CD titles have already proven themselves as leaders. They probably have shining reports to send us, though!

No Double-Dipping

Previous winners are asked to leave this round—and the glory—to a new generation of kick-ass creatives.

No School Work

Next Creative Leaders are on the seasoned side. Know a talented woman or non-binary creative who still has spec work in their book? We welcome their application…in a few years.

What We Want to See


4-6 pieces of badass creative work that you helped shape or lead. Work you’re proud of. Work that’s changing the game and maybe the world.


Did you push for diverse casting? Raise money to produce a pro bono spot? Add notes to highlight ways your POV shaped your work and contributions.


From mentoring and advocacy to pro-bono or diversity work, include a bio that calls out what you are doing to leave a positive mark on our industry.

Applying as a creative team?

Great! We’d love to get more all-woman/non-binary teams applying. Just remember that you must have both worked on all the pieces of work you’re submitting, and - when discussing the work - be sure to account for both of your POVs.

What It Costs

Nothing. We believe so fiercely in the importance of gender diversity, that we’re working hard to break down any and all barriers to talented women and non-binary folks seeing the spotlight. And that means waiving the application fee for this competition.

What You Win

  • Dedicated press article and winning work showcase on The One Club website
  • Promotion on both The 3% Movement and The One Club social channels
  • Invitation to be a part of the 2023 Next Creative Leaders Jury
  • One complimentary ticket to a One Club professional development event
  • One year complimentary individual membership with The One Club with opportunities to participate in future One Club awards juries, panels, and mentorship events
  • A possible opportunity to speak on the annual Next Creative Leaders panel
  • Mentorship opportunities

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