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Lunch w/Leaders


Launched by the Ad/PR Program in 2010, this thought leadership lecture series is co-sponsored by CCNY’s American Advertising Federation (AAF) Club and provides a platform for industry to speak on campus about timely issues in communications. Benefitting from our location in the media communications capital of the world, LwL has featured such illustrious guest speakers as George Lois, Keith Reinhold, Rob Norman, Michael Roth, Jackie Leo, James Othmer, and Faris Yakob.

Our series debuted in February during a raging snow storm, yet attracted a standing-room only crowd to see Faris Yakob deliver the inaugural “Lunch w/Leaders” lecture entitled, “Stuff that Doesn’t Work Yet – How Technology is Changing the Nature of Advertising.” The former Executive Vice President/Chief Technology Strategist of McCann Erickson, New York, and self-described digital ninja took the audience through a rousing presentation on how digital technology is creating a seismic shift in communication. Afterward, Faris mingled with the crowd, passed around his business cards as he encouraged everyone to continue the conversation and “have a nice day.”


Michael Roth, CEO/Chairman of IPG


George Lois with Professor Ed Keller

Jackie Leo

Jackie Leo, Editor-in-Chief, The Fiscal Times

Keith Reinhard

Keith Reinhard, Chairman Emeritus of DDB

Louis Jones

Louis Jones, CEO of Maxus North America


Wenda Harris Millard, President/COO of MediaLink and Kirk McDonald, President of PubMatic

Rob Norman

Rob Norman, Chief Technology Officer of GroupM

James Othmer

James Othmer, Author of AdLand

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Katerina Zacharia, VP Industry Development of PromaxBDA


Lunch w/Leaders Audience of "Why Bernbach Matters" by Keith Reinhard


Roy Eaton, Advertising Hall of Famer, CCNY '50

Gallery of LwL Posters

   RoyEaton LunchwLeadersR1      Faris  poster Lunch with leaders  

Barri Rafferty poster      George Lois LwL 

Jackie Leo LwL      Kat Zacharia LunchwLeaders  

Keith Reinhard LwL      Louis Jones LwL 

McDonald & Millard LwLR1       Michael Roth LwL 10-11 

Othmer poster      Renella Ad-PR lecture poster Lunch with leaders 

Rob Norman LunchwLeadersR1