International panel of judges prepare to review 2018 nominations for Ginny Valentine Award for Bravery in market research
Fiona Blades of MESH Experience and John Griffiths of Planning Above and Beyond are pleased to announce this year’s panel of distinguished judges for the 2018 Ginny Valentine Awards.
This year’s panel from around the world includes:
- Jessica Salmon, Head of Customer Value and Growth – Marketing, Telefonica UK Limited
- Maria Pocovi, CEO Emotion Research LAB, USA
- Tony Costella, Director Central CMI, Global Commerce, Heineken International B.V. Netherlands
- Fi Bendall, CEO Bendalls Group, Founder & Chair The Female Social Network, Australia
- Otávio Donnabella, Research Associate, System 1, Brazil
Named after the late Ginny Valentine who put semiotics on the marketing map the awards have been handed out annually since 2012 to celebrate bravery in the market research industry. Every year researchers from client side and agencies win a badge of courage for fighting long odds, persisting against obstacles and taking personal and professional risks. Some of the previous winners are among the most experienced in the industry. Others may have only worked in research for a few months. So far this year nominations have come in from 4 continents!
The awards will be announced at 6.30pm on 11 June in Atlanta during IIeX North America 2018.
You can still submit nominations on the www.ginnyvalentine.com website until April 30th 2018. Visit the Facebook page to see what previous winners have done to win a badge of courage: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1425874874330971/
Anyone can nominate someone for a bravery award from anywhere in the world. As long as the area is research. You can even nominate yourself! Nominators need to explain in up to 200 words why they think the nominee should receive a bravery award, and post this at www.ginnyvalentine.com
Speaking on the launch of the 2018 awards, John Griffiths commented: “We’re thrilled to have such distinguished judges from the research industry worldwide to judge this year’s nominations. These awards are unlike any other in the industry, and the winners have the satisfaction of knowing they will inspire other researchers to do better, braver work.”
Press Release by Research Liberation Front
On Tuesday, March 14th, after a fantastic day at the MRS Conference, a selection of research revolutionaries descended upon Vout-O-Reenees – a club for the ‘surrealistically distinguished’ – to celebrate 10 years of the Research Liberation Front.
The RLF is a group united by beliefs that someone needs to do something about the old, out-of-date methodologies still in use today, to push the boundaries and find creative solutions to problems. We need to Set Research Free.
With Russian Spring Punch in full flow, Fiona Blades and John Griffiths led the festivities into the evening, cutting the cake to commemorate the events of years gone by such as ‘Rock the Boat’ and to inspire the research revolutionaries of the future.
The evening also saw announcement of the Judges for the Ginny Valentine Badge of Courage Awards, taking place on the 13th of June at IIeX in Atlanta later this year. The selected Judges are as follows:
Joel Rubinson – President, Rubinson Partners Inc.
Priscila Tavares – Marketing Intelligence Coordinater LATAM Airlines
Gayle Fuguitt – Chief of Customers Insight and Innovation, Foursquare
Clark Jones – Knowledge and Insight, Coca-Cola
Annelies Verhaeghe – Managing Partner, Insites Consulting
If you know someone within the market research industry who you believe has challenged the status quo or demonstrated courage, please go ahead and nominate! Whether they are pioneering new market research methods, exploring underserved parts of the globe, placing themselves in challenging or dangerous situations, or simply pushing the boundaries of research, this is your chance to let them know that their work will not go unnoticed.
You can submit your votes here: http://www.ginnyvalentine.com.
About the Research Liberation Front
The Research Liberation Front is a dynamic organisation of research revolutionaries dedicated to setting research free, pushing boundaries and bringing about change in market research.
About Ginny Valentine
Virginia Valentine, founder of Semiotic Solutions, brought semiotics to the research industry. Ginny died in 2010. The Badge of Courage Awards are granted annually.
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