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Annual Student Recognition Luncheon A Major Success!

May 09, 2011 10:30 AM | Anonymous

Greater SF Ad Club's annual Student Recognition Luncheon was held on Wednesday, April 27th at Yoshi’s in Jack London Square – by John Hopper

The food alone was marvelous, and then you add the students – what a phenomenal group of advertising students the San Francisco Bay Area produces. 

These are $1,000 smiles. And the winners are: Jennifer Mi, Christopher M. Lin and Joy Chen all from UC Berkeley with Jacque Highfill, GSFAC Board Member and Scholarship Co-chairperson. GSFAC has granted more than $50,000 in student scholarships through the advertising club program to high school & college students majoring on planning on majoring in advertising and marketing fields. (Photo: John Hopper)
The three GSFAC Scholarship winners – Joy Chen, Christopher M. Lin and Jennifer Mi – all from UC Berkeley, each took home a check for $1,000. The ad club has provided more than $50,000 in scholarship to Bay Area students over the years and looks forward to continuing this tradition long into the future. 

On the stage at Yoshi’s the student team from UC Berkeley presented their entry into the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). Each year AAF selects a national sponsor for this competition in which up to 144 AAF College advertising affiliates participate. JC Penney was the client this year and challenged the students to make an ad pitch to attract women 25 to 34 to JC Penney’s women’s fashion wear. Colleges compete by AAF Districts and the district winners go to the nationals, this year in San Diego. 

IMagiCal is the Berkeley team and I challenge any ad agency to do a better business pitch. As new, innovative part of the luncheon package, major agencies and talent recruiters sent their HR Directors to meet and have one-on-one interviews with both students and young professionals. 

The HR Directors were Heather Henley from Eleven, Inc.; Abigail DeFord from Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners; Stephanie Warner and Audrey Larner from DRAFTfcb. From The Creative Group, our exclusive sponsor for the Student Recognition luncheon, Elena Doudoukalova and Neela Jain managed the HR desk for TCG. Both the HR directors and the students loved the opportunity to interact. I see a lot of intern and entry level positions being expertly filled. 

For those longtime professionals in the business that want to find their link to youthful spirit and determination, this luncheon was the answer. 

Whatever you do, don’t miss the next great GSFAC event!


GSFAC was pleased to welcome several HR representatives from top area agencies, including Stephanie Warner and Audrey Larner from Draftfcb, Heather Henley from Eleven Inc., and Abigail DeFord, from Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners. Also pictured are Neela Jain and Elena Doudoukalova from the Student Recognition Luncheon sponsor The Creative Group. Thank you all! (All photos: John Hopper)


Heather and Steve IMagiCal 2011
Heather Henley, Director of Recruitment at Eleven Inc. interviews a UC Berkeley senior, while others wait to see recruiters from Draftfcb, Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, The Creative Group and more. Diane Rames, GSFAC VP and iMagiCal (UC Berkeley team) advisor listens as presenting team gets last minute instructions from team leader. This year's client was JC Penney and the challenge was to develop an advertising and marketing plan to attract women 25-34 to JC Penney's women's fashion wear.


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