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Annalect’s Kristina Spade Dension Named ‘She Runs It’ Award Recipient

She Runs It today announced that ten promising trailblazers in media and marketing have been chosen for the annual She Runs It education loan relief program.

Each winner will receive an award of up to $10,000 to help pay back loans they may have received in pursuit of graduate or undergraduate education and to pursue continuing/advanced education.

“Our organization exists to propel more women into leadership positions at every level of marketing and media, and this program supports that mission by easing the financial burden on women who enter our industry and demonstrate great leadership potential,“ said Lynn Branigan, President & CEO of She Runs It. “She Runs It very much believes in ‘paying it forward’ to help foster growth in young professionals.”

This is the fifth year She Runs It has sponsored the education loan relief program, and marks a total of just over $500,000 donated by the company since the program’s inception. The recipients of this year’s award are:

  • Kristina Spade Denson – Global Product Marketing Manager, Annalect
  • Abigail Evans – US New Business Director, mcgarrybowen
  • Maggie Gradala – Account Supervisor, FCB Chicago
  • Carlee Jean – Director Worldwide Communications, OMD
  • Claire Pent – Account Supervisor, FCB Chicago
  • Laia Pescetto – Marketing Manager, AudienceScience
  • Candace Queen – Associate Art Director, DigitasLBi
  • Maria-Fernanda Simpson – Content Curator, BC Forward/Facebook
  • Brianna Thobald – Operations Coordinator, IAB
  • Connor Zickgraf – Project Manager-Activations, iHeartMedia

The loan relief recipients received their awards at the annual holiday events, held in New York and also in Chicago, a market into which She Runs It expanded in 2016. The annual events also featured an executive raffle, which allows She Runs It members to win one-on-one mentorship experiences with industry executives.

The 2016 raffle prize list includes several mentoring, coaching and brainstorming sessions with executives at 360i, BBDO, BMO Financial, Business Insider, DigitasLBi, Discover Financial Services, EY, Feeding America, Havas, Leo Burnett, L’Oreal, Mindshare, Mondelez, Spotify, Starcom Worldwide, Symbria, Time Inc. and Xaxis, among others.

“The generosity of our Board and executive members creates an incomparable opportunity for our members to get guidance and inspiration from leaders in our industry,” said Branigan. “We are fortunate to have such remarkable people as part of our Board and our membership who share our commitment to advance as many women as men to executive roles in marketing and media.”

About She Runs It

Founded in 1912 as Advertising Women of New York (formerly AWNY), She Runs It exists to pave the way for women to lead at every level of marketing and media. With chapters in New York and Chicago, membership stands at over 1,600 women, men and corporate alliance partners who share a commitment to propel women to the . To learn more about She Runs It, visit

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