October 24, 2016

Judges and Speakers


David Sable
Global Chief Executive Officer, Y&R

sableDavid Sable is Global Chief Executive Officer of Y&R.  Named to the post in February 2011, David has long had Y&R in his blood.  He first joined as a trainee in 1976 and credits his start here for both his passion for the business as well as his core skills.

After Y&R, David worked at Wells Rich Greene and then moved to Israel, where he co-founded an agency, Mimsar. That start-up was a pioneering entry into the high-tech arena and reinforced David’s entrepreneurial spirit. Coming back to the U.S., David found his home at the extended Y&R family, working for Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe.  In 1990, he returned to Y&R Advertising to lead the international portion of the agency’s Colgate-Palmolive account.  He then helped create Y&R’s team approach on the US Postal Service’s consolidated account, before leaving to pioneer an omni-channel startup in the U.S., Genesis Direct. In 2000, he moved to Wunderman, also part of the Y&R family, where he spent 10 years, ultimately as its Vice Chairman, before returning home to Y&R.

David is active in the industry as a Vice Chair of the Advertising Council’s Board of Directors and, for many years before, a Director-at-Large of the 4As.  He has served as Jury President at Cannes three times, as head of the Direct, Creative Effectiveness and Creative Data juries and was a member of the Titanium jury.

A prolific writer, David has a strong online presence.  He has been blogging The Weekly Ramble since 2006, is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and was invited to be a LinkedIn Influencer, where he now ranks among the most widely read global business leaders.  He is also currently serving as an Executive Producer on MTV’s highly acclaimed REBEL MUSIC series.

In 2013, Fast Company named David one of the 10 Most Generous Marketing Geniuses.  He serves on the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s National Board and was the founding chair of their NY Board.  He serves on NY’s Volunteer State Office of National and Community Service Commission and served 14 years on the NY Cultural Advisory Committee.  He sits on the Boards of UNCF and the Christopher Reeve Foundation and is deeply involved with the Special Olympics.   He also is a member of American Eagle Outfitters’ Board of Directors.

David and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters. two sons-in-law, four treasured grandchildren — Henry, Teddy and Gemma, and newborn Goldy.

Kevin Robert Shilling
Commander, United States Navy 

shillingCommander Shilling is the prospective Commanding Officer of Naval Recruiting District New England having recently completed his tour as an Operations Research Analyst in the Office of Secretary of Defense Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (OSD/CAPE).

Commissioned as an Ensign in May 1997 from the United States Naval Academy, he reported to Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL to begin nuclear submarine training.  

Upon completion of Submarine training he was assigned to the USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN-705) at Submarine Base New London, in Groton Ct. During his three year tour, the CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI completed a six month deployment to South America, a change of homeport to Portsmouth, NH and an Engineered Refueling Overhaul. While onboard LT Shilling served as the Electrical Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Damage Control Assistant.

In January 2002 LT Shilling reported to Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training Unit Ballston Spa, NY as a Nuclear Power Instructor. During his two year tour he served as a Shift Engineer on the S8G Nuclear Prototype as well as the Production Training Officer. In February 2004 he reported to COMSUBDEVRON 12 Tactical Analysis Group (TAG) where he performed duties as the torpedo and countermeasure officer. While attached to the TAG he lead numerous torpedo tactical development exercises and rewrote the Navy’s Advanced Capability Torpedo Employment Manual.

After completion of submarine officer department head school, LT Shilling reported to the USS LOUISIANA (SSBN-743 GOLD) in Bangor, WA as the Navigation and Operations Officer. While onboard USS LOUISIANA the ship completed five highly successful Nuclear Strategic Deterrent Patrols and a Follow on Commander’s Evaluation Test (FCET) Exercise that included the successful launch of two Trident II D-5 inter-continental ballistic missiles. As a result the ship was awarded the SUBRON 17 Battle Efficiency “E”, the CDR USSTRATCOM Omaha Trophy as the best Strategic Asset for 2006, and a Meritorious Unit Citation.

Following his graduation with distinction from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College, Newport, RI, LCDR Shilling served as Executive Officer onboard USS KENTUCKY (SSBN-737 GOLD) in Bangor, WA. During his tour the ship completed two extended Strategic Deterrent Patrols that included several successful high visibility operations and preparations for an Engineered Refueling Overhaul.   

In March 2012, LCDR Shilling reported to OSD/CAPE where he worked as an Operations Research Analyst on numerous Defense Department program and budget issues.

While CDR Shilling’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals, he is most proud of three Meritorious Unit Citations, a Battle Efficiency “E”, and Joint Meritorious Unit Award he earned as a member of various commands. He holds a bachelor of science degree in history, master of science degree in human resource management from New School University, and a master of arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

leeMegan Lee
Senior Copywriter
The Navy Partnership

Megan comes to the Navy Partnership from Y&R Memphis, where she helps her team craft creative concepts and tell meaningful stories for the Navy brand.

Prior to Y&R, Megan was a Copywriter at TracyLocke in Dallas, TX. There, she helped brands like the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dallas Farmers Market and T-Mobile develop lasting brand images. She also spent time working at the digital shop MePlusYou, where she created digital content for brands like Secret Deodorant, Burts Bees, Louisville Slugger and Verizon FiOS.


Jonathan Kaufman
Professor and Director, School of Journalism, Northeastern University

jonJonathan Kaufman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, editor, and author. He has held senior positions at Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. As Bloomberg’s Executive Editor for Company News, based in New York, Kaufman oversaw more than 300 reporters and editors worldwide covering business, health, science, education, and international news. Under his leadership, Kaufman’s team at Bloomberg won numerous awards including a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, several George Polk Awards, the Overseas Press Club Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, the Osborn Elliott Prize of the Asia Society, and the Education Writers Association Grand Prize. Before joining Bloomberg, Kaufman was deputy Page One editor at The Wall Street Journal and also served as The Wall Street Journal’s China Bureau Chief, based in Beijing. During his time as the Journal’s China Bureau Chief, Kaufman led coverage of the country’s emergence as a global economic superpower, the SARS outbreak, and political, environmental, and social issues. As a Page One feature writer for The Wall Street Journal, Kaufman covered race and class issues in neighborhoods and cities across America as well as in the workplace and on college campuses.Kaufman began his journalism career at The Boston Globe in the early 1980s, where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team examining racism and job discrimination in Boston. He also served as Berlin Bureau Chief of The Boston Globe. Kaufman is the author of two well-reviewed books, A Hole in the Heart of the World: Being Jewish in Eastern Europe and Broken Alliance: The Turbulent Times Between Blacks and Jews in America, which won the National Jewish Book Award. He received his BA in English from Yale University and an MA in Regional Studies–East Asia from Harvard University.

Speakers and Coaches

smallJeff Small
Creative Technologist
The Navy Partnership

Jeff Small is Creative Technologist at VML and has spent the last 25 years in advertising with a background in data solutions and creative uses of emerging technology. He has overseen the design, execution and optimization for branded digital properties and experiences and led the cross-discipline teams in Atlanta and Dallas. Before choosing a career in advertising and technology, Jeff served in the United States Navy in Whidbey Island, Washington deployed aboard the USS Nimitz and USS Kitty Hawk.


johnJohn McEvoy
Senior User Experience Architect
The Navy Partnership

John joined VML/Studiocom Atlanta in 2008 as a Senior User Experience Designer. He was promoted to User Experience Group Director in 2014. John is a key participant in defining and executing the overall interactive experience. Throughout his career, he has provided user-centered design solutions for large consumer- and business-facing projects from clients including Coca-Cola, Xerox, AOL, Kimberly-Clark, General Motors, Continental Airlines, and MasterCard.


leighaLeigha Baugham
Senior Social Strategist
The Navy Partnership

Leigha Baugham is a Senior Social Strategist and she works to develop comprehensive strategic social media roadmaps and execution plans for clients in verticals ranging from consumer product goods, to retail and B2B. Leigha has worked on clients including: Bridgestone, Ball Park, Cottonelle, Duke Energy, Hillshire Farms, Kleenex, Keurig, Kellogg’s, Krispy Kreme, Xerox, and most recently the US Navy.


latashaLatasha Sukhu
Global Chief Learning & Engagement Officer

Latasha is a Talent Development professional, currently leading the Global Learning & Engagement team at Young & Rubicam. She is passionate about coaching, mentoring and encouraging others to learn creatively. Prior to joining Y&R, she led the Learning and Development team at Hearst Magazines and has previously worked at Citibank, American Express, and Girl Scouts of the USA. She earned a B.A. from the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida.


farrarLieutenant Daniel Farrar, America’s Navy

LT Daniel Farrar graduated in 2010 from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s in science in Mathematics and commissioned into the United States Navy. He is part of the Navy Nuclear Submarine Community and he served for three years on the nuclear submarine USS Alexandria, SSN 757, while serving as Electrical Assistant, Assistant Operations Officer, Electronic Key Management System Officer, and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Officer. Currently, Daniel serves at Navy Recruiting Command and mentors/coaches applicants as they prepare for personal interviews with the top Nuclear Admiral in the Navy.


westJustin West, America’s Navy

Justin West represents the Information Dominance Warfare community for the United States Navy.  Justin has 17 years of active duty service in linguistics, cryptology, and fusion analysis and is regarded as a technical expert in his field. He has deployed onboard more than 15 Navy ships, to 13 countries and has worked at 4 separate National Security Agency (NSA) sites.  Justin is currently responsible for the vetting of Future Sailors in the Navy’s Intelligence Community, ensuring only the best and brightest are enrolled into the Nation’s most sophisticated and powerful intelligence corps.   


failLieutenant Richard Fail, America’s Navy

Lieutenant Richard Fail joined the Navy in 1989 as a Hospital Corpsman.  He was subsequently commissioned into the Medical Service Corp 20 years later. Being part of the Navy’s medical team has taken him to South America, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and several stateside locations.  He has deployed with Marine Battalions in the field, volunteered in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, and was the sole medical provider for a joint U.S. and Vietnamese recovery team in accounting for POW/MIA in northern Vietnam.   


whiteRobert White, America’s Navy

Robert White represents the Special Warfare Community and is a Special Warfare Boat Operator. Being part of the special warfare combatant-craft crewman (SWCC, pronounced Swick), Robert is part of the special operations force that operates and maintains an inventory of small craft used to support special operations missions.  Robert has gone through specialized training programs that emphasize special operations in water.  He is trained extensively in craft and weapons tactics, techniques, and procedures, focusing on clandestine infiltration and exfiltration of SEALs and other special operations forces.