Igniting Inspiration: Jody Harris, Cannes Lions, and SheMarketers Alliance

SheMarketers Alliance
3 min readOct 26, 2023


Ever felt that desperate need to refill your inspiration tank? I certainly did early this year, until the universe granted me the extraordinary privilege of joining the 2023 inaugural cohort of the Jody Harris Scholarship — a one-in-ten chance that changed the trajectory of my career and ignited the spark behind SheMarketers Alliance.

Cannes Lions: Catalyst for Change

Jody Harris inaugural cohort 2023 with the AB InBev team in Cannes Lions Festival 2023 in France.

My journey at Cannes Lions, graciously sponsored by AB InBev, became the highlight of my career. Beyond the professional insights gained from leaders like Marcel Marcondes and Ryan Verschoor, I had the privilege of connecting with a remarkable diverse group of marketing professionals, reviewing global award winning work, and sitting in on inspiring marketing and creativity sessions.

Inspired by Jody Harris

Nengi Akinola at Jody Harris booth in Cannes Lions Festival 2023, France

But what truly fueled my passion was witnessing the impact of Jody Harris within AB InBev and beyond. Her dedication to making a difference, leaving a legacy beyond the professional realm, stirred something in me. I returned from Cannes with a renewed sense of purpose, ready to contribute value at my current job, but also driven to leave a lasting legacy beyond my work experience.

Paying It Forward: SheMarketers Alliance

And so, SheMarketers Alliance was born. A community not just for networking or career advancement, but a vibrant ecosystem where inspiration is shared, stories are told, and women in marketing empower each other to reach new heights.

This journey is not just about personal success; it’s about creating a legacy, inspired by Jody Harris, where our shared experiences empower the next generation of marketing professionals to shine even brighter.

Our vision is to create a thriving ecosystem where aspiring, early-career, and seasoned female marketing professionals gather to:

  • Share Knowledge and Training: Immerse yourself in a continuous learning environment through webinars, workshops, and knowledge-sharing sessions led by accomplished senior marketing leaders.
  • Unlock Career Opportunities: Access exclusive job opportunities and benefit from comprehensive interview preparation, boosting your chances of success.
  • Build Meaningful Connections: Foster a supportive network of female marketing professionals for mentorship, collaboration, and camaraderie.

SheMarketers Membership Perks:

As a proud member of SheMarketers Community, you unlock a range of benefits tailored to your professional growth:

  • Access to a Rich Repository: Dive into a rich repository of marketing resources, articles, and training materials.
  • Exclusive Invitations: Be part of live webinars and workshops led by senior marketing leaders, gaining insights directly from the experts.
  • Job Alerts and Coaching: Receive job alerts for marketing positions and personalized interview coaching to ensure you shine in your career journey.
  • Mentorship Opportunities: Embark on a journey of both professional and personal development through mentorship.
  • Networking Events: Connect with like-minded professionals in virtual meetups and networking events.
  • Members-Only Forum: Engage in discussions, share industry trends, insights, and seek advice in our exclusive members-only forum.

Join the Movement

Empowerment begins with taking the first step. Join the SheMarketers Community today and embark on a transformative journey to unleash your marketing potential. Together, we break barriers, celebrate successes, and create a legacy of empowered female marketing leaders.

Visit our website at www.shemarketers.com to learn more and become a part of the community that’s changing the face of marketing.

Contact Us

For inquiries, partnership opportunities, or to join, please email us at community@shemarketers.com.

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SheMarketers Community — Unleashing Her Marketing Potential, Together.



SheMarketers Alliance

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