Each season the Shorty Awards carefully curates a group of Real Time Academy members to judge the current competition. Here are the 8th Annual Shorty Impact Awards judges whose expertise expands across fields such as marketing, design, communications, strategy and more:

Gemini Babla
Director, Global Brand Marketing, Google (YouTube)

Alex Schmider
Director, Transgender Representation, GLAAD

Kat Saoyen
VP, Creative Director, McCann Worldgroup

Kathy Zucker
Zucker Productions LLC, Owner and CEO

Mike Proulx
VP, Research Director, Forrester

Dave Hohman
Group Creative Director, McKinney

Greg Swan
Chief Creative and Strategy Officer, The Social Lights

Christena Pyle
Chief Equity Officer, Americas, Dentsu

Carla Marshall
Content Marketing Manager, TubeBuddy

Lauren McCracken
Managing Director, and Head of Integrated Planning, OMD USA

Christopher O'Keeffe
Co-founder and Head of Narrative, Executive Producer, Podcation & JAR Audio

Tynesha Williams
SVP Executive Creative Director, 3AM

Morgan Thomas
Associate Creative Director, Cheil

Joshua Weaver
CEO and Chief Consultant, Josh Weaver Group

Ananela Chirinos
Creative Director, Yellow Studio Inc

Kara Hendrick
Associate Director, Employer Branding, Chewy, Inc.

Shawn Ahmed
Social Impact & Communications Specialist, The Uncultured Project (Retired), Consultant (Current)

Nick Walsh
Director, Social Media, Hulu

Hira Mohibullah Amin
Executive Creative Director, VMLY&R Kansas City

Tiffany Edwards
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Droga5

Jorge Richardson
Founder, HOPE Hydration

Stephen Leps
Global Head of Brand and Content Strategy, IBM

Hannah Strashun
Vice President, Group Campaign Director, The Advertising Council

Michael Campos
CEO, Head of Strategy, Neue Lane

Singleton Beato
Global EVP, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, McCann Worldgroup

Rebecca Armstrong
CEO, North

Cristina Gnecco
Co-Founder & Head of Partnerships, Hope Hydration

Adina Smith
Director, Marketing Strategy, Kroll

Paul Kontonis
CMO, Revry

Lola Bakare
CMO Advisor & Inclusive Marketing Strategist, [email protected]

Monique Ruff-Bell
Head of Conferences, TED

Shadille Estepan
Communications and Creative Manager, Born This Way Foundation

Amy Carvajal
Chief Creative Officer, Code & Theory

Peter Bray
Founder / ECD, Bray & Co.

Jerry Hizon
Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu Creative Philippines & Dentsu Creative Manila

Ashley Owen
SVP, Head of Strategy, Ayzenberg

Katie Bisbee
CRO/CMO, Donorschoose

Lauren Garcimonde-Fisher
Vice President, Brand and Culture, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Maz Nadjm
Global Head of Social Media Practice, Tata Consultancy Services

Maz Farrelly
Boss Lady, Maz Speaks - Absolutely Farrelly

Heather Hatlo Porter
CCO, Chegg Inc.

Chuck Rachford
Executive Creative Director, Current Global

Carys Afoko
Senior Director, Communications & External Affairs, Mozilla

Samira Rafi
Creative Director, Boomerang Communication

Madeleine Nischan
Post Production Supervisor, COLOR

Genevieve Taft-Vazquez
Global Director, Human Rights & ESG, The Coca-Cola Company

Eddy Hiraldo
Strategist, Wieden+Kennedy NY

Dmytro Lynnyk
Creative Director and Inspirer, Linnikov Agency

Tunisia Wilson
Creative Director, FX/Disney

Denise Vitola
VP Brand Integration PR, Social and Influencer, Bayer

Eduardo Longa Nose
Associate Creative Director, AKQA LA

Ahmet Hüsrev Sefer
Creative Director, Bilyoner

Marcus Benigno
Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, ACLU

Natasha Wellesley
Executive Producer, Ventureland

Jabulani Sigege
Executive Creative Director, _Machine

Katie Soo
Chief Business Officer, DICE

Erica Myers
Director of Digital Marketing, Starz

Humphrey Ho
Managing Partner, Hylink Digital

Sarah Evans
Founder & CEO, Sevans PR

Matt Bravmann
Senior Marketing Director, Awards Strategy, Paramount+

Anthony Allen Ramos
Vice President of Communications and Talent, GLAAD

Mitu Yilma
Digital Director, Born This Way Foundation

Jude Ambrosio
Strategy Director, Ayzenberg Group

Carmen San Segundo
Marketing and Communications Director for ESG and CSR, IBM

Dupe O. Ajayi
Global Marketing Lead, AirBnB

Will Cady
Global Director, Reddit's KarmaLab

Ravi Sunnek
EVP, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Porter Novelli

Mark Durney
Senior VP, Digital, Porter Novelli

João Inácio
Creative Director, DEPT

Kinal Shah
Head of Brand and Global Marketing, Bloomberg Media

Liz Levy
Executive Creative Director, Hulu

Lindsey Gamble
Associate Director of Influencer Innovation, Mavrck

Laura Mignott
Global Chief Experiential Officer, VMLY&R Commerce

Felix Lundqvist
Art Director, Critical Mass

Valerie Carlson
Critical Mass, Chief Creative Officer

Peter Minnium
President, US, Ipsos

Brian Jones
Senior Director, Brand Creative, Mint Mobile

Lauren Gallo
Senior Director, Brand Marketing Creative, Nike

Kirill Lazariev
Founder, Lazarev.agency

Meredith Goldberg-Morse
Director, Social Impact, Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios (Paramount)

Dylan Abruscato
Head of Marketing & Partnerships, Capital

Annie Heckenberger
SVP Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

Taylor Carter Erin
Creative Director, Instacart

Jason Mitchell
CEO, Movement Strategy

Lewis Williams
EVP Head of Brand Impact, Weber Shandwick

Alex Dalman
Head of Social & Innovation, VCCP

Dominic Riley
Digital Publicity & Partnerships, Netflix

Adele Mulford
CEO + Chief Creative Cultivator, The Cultivate Company

Jaime Padilla
Founder, Principal, Prado & Padilla

Scott Terry
Director of Business Affairs, Forsman & Bodenfors

Sherri Solinger
Creative Director, Revolve Agency

Yadira Harrison
Co-Founder, Verb

Alexander Rea
Co-Founder, Creative Director, General Contractor, Aux Works

Juan Pablo Valencia
Creative Director, TBWA\Central Asia & Caucasus

Amanda N. Hammar
Social Content Director- Developer Marketing, Cisco

Adam Robinson
VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Paramount

Mary Toves
Group Creative Strategy Director, Disney

Jenny Mak
Creative Partner, DDB

Bolong Li
VP, Head of Growth Marketing, Amazon - Audible

Jacquie Henderson
Director of Marketing, Midnight Oil

Gemma Craven
Founder & CEO, Bosseur

Bernice Chao
Creative Lead, R/GA

Michelle Waring
Steward for Sustainability and Everyday Good, Tom's of Maine

Dave Rosner
CMO, Audigent

Erica Henderson
Creative Director, INNOCEAN USA

Halley Knigge
Director of Co-op Communications, REI

Steve Howze
Copywriter, Forsman & Bodenfors

Alix McAlpine
VP of Creative Strategy, Giphy

Madison Cameron
Director of Strategy and Social Impact, David & Goliath

Brooke Havlik
Brooke Havlik Communications, LLC, Communications Strategist and Consultant, Climate + Human Rights

Isak Hultström
Designer, Forsman&Bodenfors

Todd Feitlin
Executive Creative Director, Wordsworth + Booth

Hital Pandya
Global Group Creative Director, Leo Burnett Chicago

Sera Holland
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Global Markets, Ketchum

Aaron Keller
Founder, Capsule

Shefik Macauley
Executive Producer and Host, "Shefik presents Invocation"

Denise Melanson
Senior Director of Social Impact, Wasserman

Tatiana Holifield
Sirius XM + Pandora, VP, Digital Content & Audience Engagement

Whit Hiler
Executive Creative Director, Cornett

Soo Young Kim
Head of Product Marketing, YouTube Ads, YouTube

Erika Bradbury
Editorial Director, PRNEWS

Victoria Taylor
Senior Community Editor, LinkedIn

Carmen Boon
VP, Public Affairs, Food Bank for New York City

Amy Smith
Chief Strategy & Impact Officer, TOMS

Brian Anthony Hernandez
Senior Celebrity News Editor, Bustle

Phillip Dietz
Creative Director, Saatchi & Saatchi

Brittany Hennessy
Head of Creator Relations, Carbon August

Dennis Williams
SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Warner Bros Discovery

Waymon Hudson
Frontier, Director of Customer Communications

Indy Selvarajah
Executive Creative Director, Ketchum, London

Hung Lang
Content Marketing & Social Media Director, Digitas

Erika Lovegreen
SVP, Marketing & Communications, ICUC

Joel Nomdarkham
Chief Impact Creator, Amplify Studios

Elizabeth Pigg
Chief Marketing Officer, That's It

Shrenik Gandhi
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, White Rivers Media

Leonardo Arcoverde
VP, Creative Director, McCann Health NY

Ash Khan
Client Management Lead, Marriott Media NetworkGlobal Brand and Marketing/Marriot Media Network,, Marriott International

Meg Riley
SVP, Head of Social Strategy, MullenLowe

Luke McDade
Creative Director, Netflix (Freelance)

Pierre Babineau
Vice President, Growth & Creative Services, Mediabrands Content Studio

Gregg Weiss
Vice President, Social Media Strategy, Scholastic

Maryam Al-Khawaja
Founder and Director, Al-Khawaja Consulting

Amina Ahmad
Senior Social Manager, Freeform

Victoria Gates-Fleming
SVP, Creative Strategy & Insights, Day One Agency

Daniela Bontorim
Celebrity Partnerships, Talent Partnership Advisors

Deidre Osei
Global Brand Manager, Barbie, Mattel

Yank Barry
Founder, Global Village Champions Foundation

Kiran C K
Director of User Interface, The Brink Agency

Christine Whitemarsh
Senior Marketing Manager, Brand & Communication, True Value Company

Anthony Yell
Chief Creative Officer, Razorfish

Win Sakdinan
Senior Director, North America Business Marketing, Snap (Snapchat)

Nic Alum
Creative Director - Narrative (Pro-Bono), Do the WeRQ

Maggie Perlich
Senior Vice President, Burns Entertainment

Jason Chung
Director, Esports and Gaming Initiative & Clinical Assistant Professor | Head, Esports, Media and Gaming Practice Group, NYU, Zuber Lawler LLP

Normurod Khasanov
CEO and Founder, ACIM Marketer, Senior Graphic Designer, ADMIRE

Andrew Caravella
Founder, AC3 Ventures

John Osborn
Director, Ad Net Zero

Karen Chong
Vice President of Audience Strategy, AARP

Nickie Thongton
Senior Art Director, McCann New York

Dan Moth
Creative Director, VMLY&R Wellington

Cary Smith
Executive Content Director, Critical Mass

Kevin Williams
Vice President, Digital Products, lanned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)

Carrie Shade
Creator & Social Media Manager, Against Suicide Movement

Leslie Hall
President & Co-Founder, Iced Media

Madison Li
Senior Marketing Manager, AT&T

Richard Haire
Digital Marketing Instructor, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Andy Cantu
Creative Director, McKinney

Stephanie Lager
Co-founder, Head of Creative & Strategy, Mango Creative Co.

Lucy Marcus
Co-Founder, CEO, Marcus Venture Consulting

Rajesh Janakiraman
Engineering Manager, Google Inc.

Melissa Chen
Senior Manager - Brand, Campaigns, & Experiential, Dell

Harun Zankel
Freelance Art Director / Creative Director, Havas NY

Naz Nazli
Creative Director, Meta

David Skerrett
Group Strategy Director, Critical Mass

Shama Rahman
Brand Director, New York Magazine

Daniel Nunez
Chief Creative Officer, Laundry Service

Keith Pape
CEO & Founder, YellowPike Gaming

Founder, Waiting In The Sky

Fahad Khawaja
Founder & CEO, Hue

Stevie Morris
VP Social & Content Marketing Strategy, Razorfish

Sarah Harnisch Amatuzio
International Creative Director, Freelance/Independent

Aaron Francois
Associate Strategy Director | Founder, Laundry Service | Black Visionaries

Eric Sandler
VP, Marketing, Pushkin Industries

Jason Perelson
Creative Director, creativeXpeople at Synergy Group

Jen Dorman
Creative Director, Critical Mass

Nicole Hockley
Co-Founder & CEO, Sandy Hook Promise

Liana Ogden
Senior Creative Strategist, Demonstrate

Alex Ruiz
Group Digital Director, Disney Yellow Shoes Creative Group, The Walt Disney Company

Chandra Guinn
Executive Director, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, McKinney

Jared Kozel
EVP/Executive Creative Director, Wunderman Thompson

René Eugster
Founder, ECD, Agentur am Flughafen

Cassandra Douglas
Digital Director, Southern Poverty Law Center

Alice Nathoo
VP Social Impact, Headspace

Chrissy Bogusz
Senior Motion Graphics Artist, Beachbody

Jordan Makow
VP, Production, Big Spaceship

Armani Barron
Senior Art Director, Advoc8

Florence Achado Brown
Chief Executive Officer, Vee69

Mariana Ramos
Client Strategy Lead, Freelance

Paul Armstrong
Founder, TBD Group

Filip Williander
VP, Head of Technology & Innovation, The Community

Carolina Valencia
Director of Partnerships and Communications, Epicenter-NYC

Jason Dailey
Director, Head of Agency, Meta

Michael Porter
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Development, Telescope Inc.

Andrew Levine
VP, International & Platform Strategy, WWE

Ranjana Choudhry
VP Advertising & Social Media, Wakefern Food Corp.

Emeka Obia
Integrated Strategy Director, Publicis West Africa

Georgii Speakman
Managing Director, OUT.LI.ER

Michael Graham
Creative Director, Media.Monks

Melinda Lee
President, Media Networks, Stage TEN

Raquelle Zuzarte
Founder & CMO, Equity Project For All

Jan Harling
CEO, Virtus Asia Consulting

John Attanasio
CEO & Co-Founder, Toonstar

Tiffany Rivers
Senior Director, Social + Influencer Marketing, Media Cause

James Gregson
Creative Director, LEGO

Josh Paialii
Head of Creative, The Many

Carol Dunn
Executive Producer, Human Worldwide

Amy Starnes
Chief Innovation Officer, Best Friends Animal Society

Tim Leake
Founder/CEO, Lightbulb

Anthony Roberts Jr.
Associate Manager, Branded Content, Media & Partnerships, KFC

Lisa Gruber
Associate Director of Communications, VMLY&R

YuJung Kim
Group Publisher, The Dodo and SB Nation

DeNora Getachew
CEO, DoSomething

Camila Romero
Managing Director, The Electric Factory

Miles Ludwig
Vice-President, Digital Media, Sesame Workshop

Burak Canpolat
Senior Art Director & UI / UX Designer, FCB Health Reaktor

Annie Granatstein
VP Content Marketing, Marriott International

Sam Reichman
Associate Creative Director, Snowday

Joy Moh
The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), Head of Communications & Marketing

Bipasha Mookherjee
Creative Director, Episode Four

Sergio Spaccavento
Executive Creative Director and Brand Leader, H48

Katherine Sharp
Senior Manager of Social Experience, All State

Dani Calogera
Vice President, Brand & Digital Marketing, SHOWTIME


The Shorty Awards recognize excellence in digital and social media.

All entries will be scored by judges on these major criteria:

Purpose/Impact: Demonstrate that the work and cause had importance and made a positive difference in society.

Impact & Engagement: Entries should demonstrate that their work had a positive impact on the cause they represent and/or successfully engaged their communities in a positive manner.

Creativity: Memorable and/or inspiring for its well-executed, “out of the box” originality and innovation.

Strategy & Execution: Clearly defined and effective communications plan that is key to a brand, agency or organization meeting their objectives.

Engagement: Positive interaction with the target audience and/or measurements of success.


The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. View this season's finalists!

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