2017 Judges

Wayne Barringer

Director, Creative & Branding Services, The Boeing Company

As Director of Creative & Branding Services at Boeing, Wayne oversees the development of employee communications, sales videos, 3D touch-screen data visualizations and multimedia, print collateral, webcasts, mobile apps, and web designs. His team’s work is featured through environmental installations, national TV, and global aerospace trade events. Wayne is also an academic instructor and advisor, having held positions at three universities—including his current role as adjunct instructor at the University of Washington. Previously, Wayne managed communications at several major ad agencies and PR firms.

Emily Foster

Director, IHAF

As Director of IHAF, Emily is responsible to advance the premier professional membership association for internal agencies—leading the IHAF program team in the delivery of benefits and thought leadership content to over 250 member companies. Emily is dedicated to cultivating the IHAF community to enhance the influence and impact of corporate advertising and creative services organizations. Prior to her current position, Emily was Program Manager with IHAF and then Associate Director, coordinated targeting research, managing events and enabling networking on behalf of members nationally. 

Stephnee Leathers

Senior Creative Director, Robert Half International

As Senior Creative Director, Stephnee leads the in-house agency for the world’s largest staffing and recruitment firm, Robert Half International. In her role, Stephnee manages an award-winning team of 40+ creative, production and project managers in support of the global brand. Prior to Robert Half, she held various positions at external ad agencies where she developed integrated campaigns, demand generation, trade show events, branding and product launches. A two-time Ironman triathlete, Stephnee is known for taking on big, tough projects and having the strategic power and executional endurance to see them through.

Shannon McDowell

Senior Director, Client Services, [D³] Digital Design + Development, Hilton

As a leader within [D³] at Hilton, Shannon provides guidance, thought leadership, and strategic direction to ensure excellence in demand management, project delivery, communication, finance, and reporting. She also identifies opportunities to establish cost-effective digital services, delivering significant savings to Hilton and owners—one of the hallmarks of [D³]’s success. Delivering global digital growth, the award-winning in-house agency team has built an extensive portfolio of assets. Prior to Hilton, Shannon led the integration and execution of marketing strategies within the wealth management channel at First Horizon National Corporation.

Amy Spencer

Director, Corporate Marketing, Blackbaud

Amy’s career started her in the nonprofit sector as a marketing director followed by 15 years in radio and broadcast sales, and marketing management with CBS and FOX affiliates. She joined Blackbaud almost 10 years ago, spending five as a senior product marketing manager for the Arts & Cultural Division. Currently, she is the director of Blackbaud’s award-winning in-house creative agency. Amy holds a BA in Organizational Communication from Purdue University and is active in the Charleston, SC nonprofit community. She also has a passion for all things golf.