2016 U.S.H. Idea Awards

OCTOBER 12, 2016








8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

The Colony Theatre

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Philip Thomas, Chief Executive of Ascential Events & CEO of Cannes Lions

Philip Thomas is CEO of Ascential Events, the parent company of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and its five associated Festivals, Money2020, and a diverse portfolio of award-winning international B2B events and trade exhibitions.

He began his career as a journalist, working on national and international magazines and newspapers, and editing Empire, the UK’s biggest-selling movie magazine, before moving into publishing and becoming Managing Director of FHM worldwide, launching the iconic men’s magazine in more than 30 countries.

He was appointed Managing Director of Emap’s Australian and South East Asian division, based in Sydney for three years, before returning to the UK, and in November 2006 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Lions Festivals. Philip began his current role when Ascential Events was established in August 2016. He remains CEO of Cannes Lions.

A presentation that outlines the importance of creativity, proves its effectiveness, and highlights the biggest trends from the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. This presentation will showcase award-winning creative work from around the planet and not just underline the importance of creativity in driving effectiveness but demonstrate its direct link with driving overall business success.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

David Slocum, Faculty Director, Executive MBA Berlin School of Creative Leadership, United States

David Slocum designs, leads, and teaches executive training programs, and is a certified executive coach, with a focus on leadership of the creative and media industries. A sociologist and historian of media, Slocum's research and teaching have focused broadly on the transformation of film, media and communication industries, the organization and leadership of creative businesses, and the education and training of creative leaders. He also speaks regularly to academic and industry audiences on these topics. His publications, including four books, have examined a range of cultural, historical, and industry issues in media and entertainment. He is currently writing a history of creative leadership. 

Slocum previously served as the director of specialized executive education programs at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C., and was Associate Dean at the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science and teaching in the Cinema Studies Department and the Art & Public Policy Program in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Slocum was educated at the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and New York University, where he earned a Ph.D. studying sociology and media.

Successful creative leaders must often surmount existing mental models and collective practices - the tyrannies of thought, expectation and action - that have a chilling effect on our exploration and realization of business goals. This presentation will identify several such key legacy habits of mind, heart and behavior and propose how we can move beyond them to forge a better, more creative future.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Carlos Bayala, Co-Founder and Creative Director at New, London

Carlos was the Global Creative Director and partner at Mother, based in London. He was also a founding partner of Madre, the Latin American office of Mother Advertising which has been recognized as Agency Of The Year, as well as one of the most recognized creative agencies in the region. Before that he was Creative Director of Nike US at Wieden + Kennedy, Portland. He was then promoted to the Executive Creative Director position at Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, where he led Nike Football globally.

What on earth do we mean by ‘Quality'. What we should mean by it and why quality is such an unsexy, dull entity. He’ll talk about Quality, often the reason behind boring PowerPoints and diabolically tedious presentations. And why he believe it’s of such an importance today and we should consider a bit more carefully.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 pm

Cocktail Reception
Rosa Mexicano South Beach
1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139


8:00 p.m. 

2016 U.S.H. Idea Awards Ceremony
The Colony Theatre

The U.S.H. Idea Awards is produced and presented by Círculo Creativo