Karen Kaplan joined Hill Holliday as a receptionist, hoping to save enough money for law school. Three decades later, she’s had just about every job there is to have at an agency, gaining valuable insight into how to approach each business challenge with a fresh perspective.
A key player in Hill Holliday’s significant growth as a national powerhouse, Karen is now Chairman & CEO overseeing the network of three agency brands: Hill Holliday, EP+Co, and Trilia Media. With an executive team comprised of over half women, Karen is also one of the few female agency chairmen in the country.
Honored by both Business Insider and Ad Age as one of the most influential women in advertising, she’s helped the agency develop a proven ability to help brands fight a daily share battle in the noisiest categories. The proof lies in the successes of such key clients as Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, and BMW Motorrad.
She has been a contributor to and featured in numerous publications including Ad Age, AdWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post, and Inc., and is a sought-after speaker appearing on stages, television, and radio outlets around the country. She serves on the boards of directors for the Ad Council and numerous other civic and professional organizations; is a trustee of Fidelity Investments’ Strategic Advisers Funds and a director of Michaels Stores.
Youth Poet Laureate
Producer & Director, Netflix Series: "Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker"
Former White House Social Secretary, Activist, Community Organizer
Chief Marketing Officer, John Hancock
Attorney General of Massachusetts
Journalist & Anchor, WBZ-TV
Musician, Songwriter, Composer
Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter, The Washington Post; Author, "A Very Stable Genius"
Former EPA Administrator; President and CEO, NRDC
Reporter, The Washington Post
Terrie & Bradley Bloom Artistic Director, American Repertory Theater
Gold Medal Gymnast & Advocate
Writer, Political Activist, Feminist
Co-founders and CEOs, theSkimm
The Boston Globe's Meredith Goldstein will be moderating the M.A.D. Love segment, in which three Mother-And-Daughter pairs will share the stage to talk about life, love, challenges and how they have learned to see the world from each other’s perspective.
M’Girl’s percussive based hand drum songs blend harmonies into a contemporary gospel style, reflecting both their cultural practice and their personal story of home. Led by Renae Morriseau, their music reflects their personal journeys and cultural world views held respectfully by each M’Girl living within the urban environment of the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada. M'Girl will be performing along with Sheila Maracle, the Toronto-based composer and singer for their song Eyes Wide Open.
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