Every year, work entered into The Webby Awards is seen and judged by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS): a 2,000+ member body of Internet experts who devote their time to reviewing and choosing the very best.
As the Internet continues to grow and change, so does IADAS: and this year we are excited to welcome a range of new judges to lend their expertise.
Meet the new Judges:
Anne Wojcicki serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of 23andMe.
Wojcicki co-founded 23andMe in 2006 in hopes of empowering consumers and researchers with access to genetic information. With Wojcicki at the helm, 23andMe has made major strides in bringing personalized medicine to the public.
Fun fact: Not only has Wojcicki joined IADAS as a Webby Judge, but you can also catch her in the guest judges chair on the upcoming season of Shark Tank!
Rick Gomez is a member of Target‘s executive leadership team where he wears multiple hats in his capacity as executive vice president, chief marketing, and digital officer.
Gomez is responsible for overseeing marketing and media strategy, creative, and corporate responsibility efforts, in addition to heading up Target’s e-commerce business and the company’s digital strategy.
Sophia Amoruso is the Founder and CEO of Girlboss, a professional social network for ambitious women.
Amoruso has been named by Forbes as “Fashion’s New Phenom” and was featured on the cover of their June 2016 “Richest Self Made Women” issue.
She’s also the best-selling author of #GIRLBOSS; which has since been adapted into a 13-episode Netflix comedy series, starring Charlize Theron, with Amoruso as Executive Producer.
We’re thrilled to welcome the ultimate #GIRLBOSS to the Academy! Keep up with Amoruso on Instagram at @sophiaamoruso.
As president and CEO of PBS, Paula Kerger heads up the largest non-commercial media organization in the country, with over 350 member stations nationwide.
Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS has witnessed huge growth to its audiences across genres and platforms. What’s more, people watch an average of 255 million videos across PBS’ web, mobile and connected device platforms every month.
Fun fact: Kerger is the longest-serving president and CEO in PBS history!
Previously, Cherry was principal and creative director at Lunch, an award-winning multidisciplinary creative studio in Atlanta. And he was included in The Root 100: an annual list of the most influential African-Americans ages 25 to 45.
Monica Lewinsky joins the Academy on the heels of her Webby win last year for #DEFYTHENAME: an anti-bullying campaign she created with BBDO NY.
If you follow Lewinsky on Twitter, you know that she has been actively working to end bullying for years. (And if you haven’t seen her TED Talk on shame, be sure to check it out.)
Watch the moment at the 23rd Annual Webby Awards when Dylan Marron (Host of Conversations with People Who Hate Me) presented a Webby Award to Lewinsky, and her excellent 5-Word Speech. And keep up with her efforts on Twitter to get more people to #clickwithcompassion!
Bill Simmons is a master of all things sports media. The host of The Bill Simmons Podcast and founder of the popular sports-and-pop-culture site The Ringer, Simmons is also working with HBO to produce a range of content from video to podcasts, features, and documentary films.
You might also know him from Grantland, HBO’s Any Given Wednesday, his best-selling books The Book of Basketball and Now I Can Die in Peace… and lots of other brilliant media spaces.
Tiffany Rolfe is the EVP and Chief Creative Officer at R/GA where she champions creative vision across the agency.
Rolfe has been named one of Ad Age’s “Women to Watch” and she serves on the board of The One Club and the Ad Council Creative Committee. Following the 2016 election, she also worked with the ACLU leading brand identity and external campaigns.
Check out our Ask a Webby Judge Q&A with Tiffany Rolfe to learn more about her and why she’s excited to judge The Webbys.
Tim Armstrong is the Founder and CEO of the dtx company, where he is focused on empowering brands and consumers to work together directly.
Armstrong was previously the CEO and Chairman of AOL and CEO of Verizon’s digital media division Oath.
We’re excited to welcome Tim Armstrong to the Academy! Keep up with him on Twitter at @tim_armstrong.
Jen Rubio is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Away, a global lifestyle brand working to transform the travel experience.
Before starting Away, Rubio built her career as a branding, creative, and social media expert. She has been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Marketing and Advertising, Inc.’s 30 under 30 list, and NRF’s People Shaping Retail’s Future list. (In other words, if there’s an awesome list, she’s probably on it.)
We’re thrilled to welcome Rubio to the Academy! Keep up with her on Instagram at the enviable handle @jennifer!