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


CREATIVITY
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.

POV
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.

LEADERSHIP
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.


Nominate yourself


We're all about women and non-binary individuals putting themselves forward, so we've designed this award to make that possible.


You can easily apply for Next Creative Leaders without:

1.  A PR team. You're your own best advocate. Go ahead, talk yourself up!

2.  Your ECD's blessing. This is your work, your words, your competition.

3.  An expense account. We've killed the application fee (and your excuses).

4.  Second guessing. The world needs more creative leaders like you.



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 2022 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
  • One complimentary pass to The 3% Conference in 2021 with a possible opportunity to speak on the annual Next Creative Leaders panel
  • Special feature on the InVisible Creatives website and Instagram account
  • Mentorship opportunities










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