-Award presentation gala slated for June 9 in New York City-
NEW YORK – March 19, 2015 – Five professionals, age 40 or younger who are making a contribution to the advancement of marketing while demonstrating extraordinary achievements in giving back to support future leaders, are named 2015 “Rising Stars” by Marketing EDGE, a nonprofit education organization. Marketing EDGE also named Return Path as its 2015 “Corporate Commitment Award” honoree.
Individual and corporate honorees to be recognized at the June 9 gala in New York City include:
2015 Rising Stars Honorees: 
  • Louis Cohen, SVP, Digital Marketing & Head of Search, Affiliate Marketing & Lead Generation, Citi Cards 
  • Amina Dilawari, Director, Marketing Strategy & Planning, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, Chairman and CEO, Hawthorne Direct
  • Lisa Radding, Director of Research and Product Development, Ethnic Technologies
  • Andrea Steele, Manager, Omnichannel Capabilities, Unilever
2015 Corporate Commitment Honoree:  Return Path
To read more about the 2015 Rising Stars honorees, and get a glimpse into why they are this year’s honorees, visit their bios on the event page
“As you learn about the 2015 Rising Stars honorees, I bet you’ll join me in taking a deep sigh of relief knowing that the future of our field is in capable hands.  Often I fear we don’t do justice to the depth of service, success and sheer passion demonstrated by our Rising Stars honorees.  This year is no exception,” said Terri L. Bartlett, president, Marketing EDGE. 
“The same values translate to our 2015 Corporate Commitment Award winner, Return Path,” Bartlett said. “As an advocate of Return Path and its CEO Matt Blumberg, I am truly honored that Marketing EDGE is paying tribute to their corporate-wide commitment to excellence while nurturing a culture of service and growth through education, industry service and mentorship, both for their clients and their staff.  The awards celebration is not-to-be-missed.”
The awards celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 9, at 583 Park Avenue in New York City, with 400+ marketing professionals expected to attend. Marketing EDGE’s Rising Stars Awards Dinner is a featured event during Integrated Marketing Week, sponsored by Direct Marketing Association. Registration for the Marketing EDGE Rising Stars Awards Dinner is now live here.

About Return Path

Return Path is a global Data Solutions Provider that helps the world’s leading companies promote and protect their brands. Its data and insights help clients and partners build closer, safer, and smarter relationships with their customers.  Return Path analyzes the world’s largest collection of email data to show marketers how to stay connected to their audiences, strengthen their customer engagement, and protect their brands from fraud. Its solutions also help mailbox providers around the world deliver great user experiences and build trust in email by ensuring that wanted messages reach the inbox while spam and abuse do not. Consumers use Return Path technology to manage their inboxes and make email work better for them. 

About Marketing EDGE

Headquartered in New York City, Marketing EDGE works to Educate, Develop, Grow, and Employ college students in the field of marketing, thereby expanding and enriching the talent pool of market-ready professionals. In June 2013, in response to the shifts within the marketing field, the organization changed its name from Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) to Marketing EDGE. The name better reflects how it is serving the dynamic field of marketing; connecting with students, academics, career centers, corporations, and independent professionals; and streaming top talent into the industry.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax deductible contributions from individuals and corporations are the lifeblood of Marketing EDGE. Today, we are recognized as the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to students through scholarships, education, career development and job placement, empowering the next generation of marketing leaders. For additional information about Marketing EDGE, its mission and its programs, visit:
Media Contact for Marketing EDGE:
Chet Dalzell


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