Emerging Leader Awards

Emerging Leader Awards

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About the Awards

The future of our workplace will be based on the strengths and talents of millennial employees; by 2025, they’ll represent 75% of our total workforce. This generation is fundamentally changing our corporate cultures and rethinking how we work. Reward and recognition are key drivers for them, and our Emerging Leader Awards celebrate their achievements.

Our 5th annual Emerging Leader Awards will be given to five rising stars, men and women 35 and under (at time of nomination), who work at Connectiv, AM&P, SIPA or SIIA member companies. Finalists are identified by a panel of SIIA executives, and the final five winners were selected by a jury of leading business executives.

All finalists will be honored, and the five winners announced at the Emerging Leader Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 12 at BIMS.

The 2019 SIIA Emerging Leader Awards are Sponsored by the Women’s Leadership and Networking Council. Winners must attend the Luncheon to win.

2018 Emerging Leaders


  • Brian DeCicco, Berkery Noyes
  • Adele Durham, Haymarket Media Inc.
  • Josh Freed, Automotive News/Crain Communications
  • Pablo Lopez, EnsembleIQ
  • Britney Ross, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Jennifer Shore, Thomas

  • David Amrani, Digiday/Custom
  • Patrick Crane, BlueConic Inc. 
  • Julian Gaviria, Thomas
  • Steve Galperin, North Coast Media
  • Lauren Harding (Burke), Haymarket Media
  • Randy Hofbauer, EsembleIQ
  • Andy Lomasky, PMMI
  • Jonathan Obar, EnsembleIQ
  • Hilary Milnes, Digiday
  • Tony Napoleone, Client Success, Omeda
  • Glenn Scheithauer, EnsembleIQ
  • Catherine Shaw, Northstar Travel Group
  • Lindsay Straub, Northstar Travel Group, LLC
  • Rachael Wolensky, ALM

2017 Emerging Leaders


  • Dennis Hecht, Farm Journal Media
  • Christina Karabetsos, QCSS, Inc. 
  • Jenny Ko, Haymarket Media, Inc.  
  • Ryan McKnight, Industry Dive
  • Egon Smullyan, Money-Media, A Financial Times Company


  • Liz Bilash, Haymarket Media, Inc. 
  • Joseph Coleman, Coleman Report 
  • Lauren Fitzgerald, Hanley Wood 
  • Patrick Lynch, ContentStream & ContactStream, CFE Technology 
  • Rachel Mastandrea, Hanley Wood 

2016 Emerging Leaders

2016 Winners

  • Rachel Bennett, Gordian 
  • Robert Dippell, Praetorian Digital 
  • Chris Napolitan, Everyday Health Professional 
  • Roland Kanichuk, Safety Now 
  • Shareen Pathak, Digiday


  • Alexandria Alati, SourceMedia
  • Caroline Celano, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Sarah Gefter, Reorg Research
  • Alexandra Schultz Hodges, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Christina Karabetsos, QCSS, Inc.
  • Bill Mulford, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Jacob Perry, Business Valuation Resources
  • Kalani Rosell, NewsRx
  • Tara Tesimu, Winsight, LLC
  • Johanna Wetmore, EvoText Inc.

Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors

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