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Cannes Lions Meet Ups

What are the Cannes Lions Meet Ups?

The Cannes Lions Meet ups are curated networking sessions themed around interest areas. Whether you're a Festival first-timer, a young creative, a futurist, an optimist, a great client, 'lone wolf', or anything in-between, these sessions are your chance to connect with a global crowd focused on a common goal. Meet ups are hosted by hand-picked industry experts, who'll facilitate conversations, generate ideas, and help make lasting connections.

Meet ups will take place in the VIP area of the Terrace in Palais II during the Festival. Please note: You will need to have a Festival pass in order to attend the Meet ups - Networking passes included.

Meet ups

Meet Ups for 2017

Sunday 18th June

11:30 - 12:00
First Timers
Host:
Liz Moseley, Chief Marketing Officer, Cannes Lions
Cannes is an exhilarating rollercoaster. Meet up with fellow Festival first-timers and enjoy the ride with new friends and contacts.

14:00 - 14:30
Empathy Champions
Host:
Debra Bass, President, Global Marketing Services, Johnson & Johnson
If you believe that empathy is the golden key to insight-driven creativity, innovation and improving lives, then you’re not alone. Come meet fellow ‘empathy champions’ and join the conversation. 

15:00 - 15:30
First Timers
Host:
Rob Dembitz, Global Head of Innovation, Cannes Lions
Cannes is an exhilarating rollercoaster. Meet up with fellow Festival first-timers and enjoy the ride with new friends and contacts.

Monday 19th June

10:30 - 11:00
Production Club
Host:
Laura Gregory, CEO/Founder, Great Guns and Sheridan Thomas, Global Executive Producer, Head of Integrated Production, Great Guns
Production is a strange place. You work in comparative isolation in your respective territories and companies, and rarely have the opportunity to share thoughts, dreams and fears with fellow collaborators, artists and competitors. Here is a place to do just this and meet a few new friends. Directors, Producers, DOP's, Editors, Musicians and all sorts welcome to connect and inspire.

12:00 - 12:30
Awards Enterers
Host:
Simon Cook, Director of Awards, Cannes Lions
You know who you are. You do the planning, you do the chasing, often you mastermind the winning storytelling and yet, so often, your reward remains vicarious. This is your moment to share the experience.

13:00 - 13:30
Cannes Futurists...
Host:
David Shing, Digital Prophet, AOL
Are you spending your working days figuring out where this mad world is going next? Then come along and meet fellow travellers into the future.

14:00 - 14:30
First Timers
Host:
Liz Moseley, Chief Marketing Officer, Cannes Lions
Cannes is an exhilarating rollercoaster. Meet up with fellow Festival first-timers and enjoy the ride with new friends and contacts.

15:00 - 15:40
Women in the Creative Industries
Host:
Louise Benson, Executive Festival Director - Lions Health, Lions Entertainment and Eurobest & Executive Lead, See It Be It, Cannes Lions.
Girl power and creativity often go hand in hand. Collaboration and support are key to diversifying the industry. Come make new connections and find new allies - all genders welcome!

16:00 - 16:30
The Lone Wolves
Host:
Sasha Markova, Founder, Gangs of Kosmos
Are you brave and powerful enough to come to Cannes, but the rest of the company stayed behind? Let out a howl, and come meet new connections and extend your Festival experience in one hit.

Tuesday 20th June

10:30 - 11:00
I Want My Clients To Be Braver
Host:
Nathan Martin, Founder and CEO, Deep Local 
The evidence is overwhelming: more creative work drives higher returns. But what if your client wants to stick with the tried and tested? Meet others in your shoes to share the arguments and evidence that unblock the most resistant clients.

11:15 - 11:45
Cannes Futurists...
Host:
 David Shing, Digital Prophet, AOL
Are you spending your working days figuring out where this mad world is going next? Then come along and meet fellow travellers into the future.

12:00 - 12:30
I Want To Be A Truly Great Client
Host:
Fernando Machado, Head of Brand Marketing, Burger King, and Hope Diaz, Head of Global Innovation and Guest Understanding, Burger King. Discover the secrets for getting the best work from your agency. Swap stories and hear proven tips from your experienced host.

13:00 - 13:30
Women in the Creative Industries
Host:
Kathleen Griffiths, Founder & CEO, Grayce & Co
Girl power and creativity often go hand in hand. Collaboration and support are key to diversifying the industry. Come make new connections and find new allies – all genders welcome!

14:00 - 14:30
I Need My Boss To Understand Technology
Host:
Marc Curtis, Head of Labs, TMW Unlimited
Everyone can see the opportunities offered by new technology. But what if the blocker in your organisation is a senior person who doesn’t get it? Discuss techniques and share stories on how to make what needs to happen... happen.

15:00 - 15:30
Creators for Good 
Host:
J.C, Co-founder, The Movember Foundation
We’re all talking about it - how do we use our creativity for a greater good, to truly make a difference? The first step is sharing ideas and working together. Meet like-minded fellows and kick-start your journey together to a better world.

16:00 - 16:30
Leaders of Independent Creative Businesses
Host:
Laura Jordan Bambach, Chief Creative Officer, Mr President
Leading an independent creative business is the highest of high-wire acts. Only those who have done the job truly know what it takes. This is one of those rare occasions to meet people just like you...independent leaders only.

Wednesday 21st June

10:00 - 10:30
Creative Minds in eCommerce
Host:
Spencer Millerberg, CEO & Founder, One Click Retail
eCommerce has enormous transformative power to change how brands, agencies and creatives succeed or fail. What does the future hold, and how can you wield this power to your advantage? Come network with the most innovative minds in eCommerce to answer these questions and more.

12:00 - 12:30
Music Makers and Screen Shakers
Host:
Josh Rabinowitz, EVP/Director of Music, Townhouse/WPP
Pop culture wields immense power in the world of creativity and brand building. Come meet like-minded Festival attendees interested in the boundless opportunities the entertainment industry offers for collaboration and inspiration.

Thursday 22nd June

10:00 - 10:30
Cannes Optimists
Host:
Carla Busazi, Global Chief Content Officer, WGSN
It might seem that the current global climate is a bit grim, but we believe in silver linings. Come meet fellow optimists and discuss the positive promising trends in the industry right now, and undoubtedly leave with a smile.

12:00 - 12:30
Young Creatives
Host:
Matt Eastwood, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, J. Walter Thompson
For those under 30, come discuss the plights, promises and possibilities of being the industry’s brightest young minds.

Friday 23rd June

10:30 - 11:00
'I'm Feeling Lucky'
Host:
Alec Brownstein, Vice President of Creative and Matt Knapp, Executive Creative Director, Dollar Shave Club
Curiosity is a defining characteristic of genius. Be curious and see who else turns up.

12:00 - 12:30
Comrades in Uncertain Times
Host:
Steve Griffiths, Global Chief Digital Officer - Team McDonald's, DDB Worldwide & Strategic Services and Partnerships, DDB Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Desirée Lopez, CEO, Flamingo
The Doomsday clock is at its closest to midnight since the Cuban Missile Crisis. But how can we turn the uncertainty of world events into opportunities? Come meet fellow philosophers, thinkers and creators interested in creating certainty out of uncertainty.

14:00 - 14:30
Communications Managers
Host:
Carol Potter, President and CEO, Europe and CIS, Edelman
Communication Managers are the architects of so much of the brilliance of Cannes Lions. This is your opportunity to meet those like you who know the thrills and spills of what is one of the most artful jobs around.