GM's Mary Barra and Cosmo's Joanna Coles to speak at Advertising Week New York

Musicians Common and The Roots to perform; Baratunde Thurston hosts inaugural D&AD Impact Awards

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver will be featured speakers at this year’s 13th annual New York Advertising Week conference, which will be held in Manhattan Sept. 26th to 30th.

Advertising Week released its final list of speakers today. Other newly-announced speakers include Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore, Google President of the Americas Margo Georgiadis and socialites Nicole Richie and Olivia Palermo, as well as musical performances by Common, The Roots, De La Soul  and DNCE. Comedian Jim Breuer will also perform.

Each of the more than 250 seminars and workshops will be streamed live, in a partnership with Major League Baseball’s digital media company, MLB Advanced Media. Live streams can be viewed at, as well as in the official Advertising Week app.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27th, Advertising Week will host its first awards show, D&AD Impact, launched in collaboration with D&AD to celebrate ad industry work that promotes diversity and equality, environmental sustainability, financial empowerment, health and wellness, and humanitarian aid. The program will be hosted by Baratunde Thurston, a producer for "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" and author of the 2012 book "How to be Black."

Previously, Advertising Week released a preliminary speakers list, including Drew Barrymore, Katie Couric, Arianna Huffington, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, businessman Mark Cuban, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, actress Padma Lakshmi, Rachael Ray, Meg Ryan and documentarian Morgan Spurlock.

Ad industry speakers include DDB’s Wendy Clark, Droga5’s David Droga, R/GA’s Bob Greenberg and Nick Law, BBDO’s Andrew Robertson and IPG’s Michael Roth.


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