Cannes Lions Meet Ups – join and connect!

Are you coming to Cannes Lions to make new powerful connections, share your ideas and get feedback from industry leaders?

Taking place three times a day across five days of the festival and exploring different interest areas, the Cannes Lions Meet Up programme offers curated networking sessions not to be missed. This is where you get a chance to mingle with festival first-timers, great clients, start-up innovators, brand strategists, retail trailblazers and other like-minded creatives.

Hosted by hand-picked industry experts, Meet Ups provide an environment in which to problem-solve, inspire, vent, reassure, and make meaningful connections that last throughout the festival and beyond.

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Festival first-timers, great clients, start-up innovators, brand strategists, retail trailblazers and all sorts of creatives coming together to network and discuss what matters most!


10.30 – 11.00 Meet Your Fellow Festival First-Timers
Host: Myriam Coupard, Director of Partnerships, Cannes Lions
Cannes is an exhilarating rollercoaster. It can seem vast and overwhelming but remember you and every other attendee are here because you’re all interested in seeing creative ideas in action. Meet up with fellow Festival first-timers and enjoy the ride with new friends and contacts.

12:30 – 13:00 YOUNG LIONS MEET UP: Girlbossing, Misschiefing, Leaning in
Host: Emily Hinks, Founder, Mischief Makers
This conversation is still on the cards, with the recent pay gap figures and leadership percentages we’ve got to hustle up and take some action. Instead of dwelling in the badness and sadness let's highlight tangible, inspiring and energizing ways we’re moving in the right direction. Where can we look for best practices, which women are acing role modelling, and which people are paving the way for change. What seeds of action can we plant or unlock within the next generation of trailblazers?  Open to all delegates, not just Young Lions!

14.30 – 15.00 Calling All Brand Strategists
Host: Andrew Geoghegan, Global Consumer Planning Director, Diageo
Are you wondering what steps you should take to create a robust brand strategy? Come and mingle with like-minded brand visionaries who know how to prove the value of strategic planning and are taking their ideas to the next, revenue-generating level!


10.30 – 11.00 I Want to Be a Truly Great Client
Host: TBC
Discover the secrets for getting the best work from your agency. Swap stories and hear proven tips from your experienced host.

12:30 – 13:00 YOUNG LIONS MEET UP: Goodvertising – Connect With the New Generation
Host: Emily Hinks, Founder, Mischief Makers
The new generation seems to be less and less incentivised and allured by financial or even acclaimed success. Connection to a deeper purpose, societal, environmental and even political responsibility are high up on their list. They were brought up in a world they didn't make decisions for - like the consumerist nature of advertising - can it last, and if not, what new practices will we see arising? How do we continue to connect and engage this new generation in this field of work.  Open to all delegates, not just Young Lions!

14.30 – 15.00 Production Club
Host: TBC
Directors, Producers, DOP’s, Editors, Musicians and all sorts welcome to connect and inspire. Share your thoughts, dreams and fears with fellow collaborators, artists and competitors. Join the Production Club at Cannes.


10.30 – 11.00 Let’s Talk About Influence
Hosts: Dan Gardner, Chief Executive Officer, Code and Theory
Jae Goodman, Chief Executive Officer, Observatory Marketing
Hands up if you know the difference between an influential talent partnership and just buying a social media audience. Make new connections by sharing your experiences and challenges in creating an influencer-driven creative strategy.

12:30 – 13:00 YOUNG LIONS MEET UP New Creative Talent
Hosts: Adrianne C. Smith, Managing Partner, Vision Corps Media Group, Emily Hinks, Founder, Mischief Makers
We're championing the need for diversifying the industry, bringing in people from different backgrounds, with different perspectives to create impactful work. Here we want to explore how new creative talent can discover, break into, and navigate the creative industry. Showcasing that there are conventional and non-conventional routes to success. Open to all delegates, not just Young Lions.

14.30 – 15.00 Brand Innovators Unite
Host: TBC
Are you a brand looking to disrupt yourself and uncover breakthrough innovation? Meet others who are too and explore the future of innovation together.


10.30 – 11.00 Women in the Creative Industries
Host: Karen Kaplan, Chairman & CEO, Hill Holliday
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!

12:30 – 13:00 YOUNG LIONS MEET UP: Creative Explorers – Recalibrate Your Creative Career!
Hosts: Lindsay Lamb, Senior Copywriter, Associate Creative Director, Freelancer, Emily Hinks, Founder, Mischief Makers
It’s become common place for people to switch between jobs and roles, at a more rapid pace than ever before, particularly among new talent. Sheryl Sandberg hit the nail on the head describing modern careers not as a ladder, but a jungle gym. How should agencies and individuals reconfigure themselves to form productive and mutually valuable relationships in this new paradigm? Open to all delegates, not just Young Lions.

14.30 – 15.00 Retail Trailblazers
Hosts: Ana Andjelic, Chief Brand Officer, Rebecca Minkoff Rachel Arthur, Chief Intelligence Officer, TheCurrent
Everyone loves a ‘wow’ moment but how can brands deliver beyond just that? Come and network with like-minded Festival goers who blaze a trail in the customer experience world.


10.30 – 11.00 Succeed as a Start-up
Host: Neil Waller, Co-Founder, Whalar
Cannes Lions is full of opportunities for you as a start-up but where do you start? Take this opportunity to meet fellow Start Ups and enjoy the ride with new friends and contacts.

12:30 – 13:00 YOUNG LIONS MEET UP The “Multidisciplinary” Creative
Hosts: Sam Saunders, CCO, Writer, Sam Saunders Creative, Inc, Emily Hinks, Founder, Mischief Makers
We’re seeing a face-off between the old saying ‘Jack of all trades master of none’ and the rise of proud ‘Multipotentialites’. With industries merging and roles fusing (and job titles becoming obsolete?) it’s more important than ever to get to grips with ‘multidisciplinary talent’. We need to understand, on both sides of the table, what we’re bringing, how to express it and where to utilise it best. Open to all delegates, not just Young Lions.