Global Connections

Rub shoulders with Yahoo’s CEO, the CMOs of Unilever and P&G, the ECD at BBDO, or Coca-Cola’s global marketing team. At Cannes Lions you’ll meet the world’s best creatives, brand managers, and media people.

Meet leading creatives and top executives

Cannes Lions offers an amazing opportunity to meet and network with world-class professionals from more than 90 countries. Over 9000 delegates consist of top copywriters and art directors to media planners, public relations professionals and marketers.

The festival offers multiple opportunities to meet-and-greet and mix-and-mingle. Students meet professionals in the hallways and at learning events in the Palais. The Festival also offers a free happy hour each night to encourage discussion and cultural exchange. Students also meet professionals at parties and galas as well. One of our students entered the annual soccer tournament and played for the US team where she made great connections with her marketing-industry teammates.

You’ll find yourself sitting next to a well-known professional at a seminar or workshop. Many students go onstage after a seminar to shake hands with the speaker and trade business cards. The professionals generally love to meet students and often want to know where you are from and what you are studying.

One of the perks of the UGA Cannes Lions Study Abroad Program is that the faculty set up special opportunities to meet with influential delegates. These speakers include directors and creatives at leading media, technology, and communications agencies. Students often find this time one of the most valuable experiences at the Cannes Lions Festival.

Below are some of our special guest speakers.

BBDO-ATL C.E.O. Chris Hall tells students about the creative advantage.

Golin Harris’ Ellen Mardiks discusses trends in public relations.

Media Judge and UGA alum Gilad Kat talks about winning entries.

Advertising Age’s Jackie Ghedine visits with students.

Noel Cottrell, from CCD Fitzgerald+, tells about his many Cannes Lions awards.

Diageo’s Michelle Klein describes Smirnoff’s social marketing efforts.

Sung Woo, global media director for Cheil WW, meets with students.

Coca-Cola’s lead designer, David Butler, answers student questions.

Students meet with Microsoft Advertising execs in the Experience Zone.