Open call for individuals, organizations and academic institutions to be honored for education, professional development, and leadership in marketing

New York, NY, September 17, 2019 – A call for nominations is now open for the 2020 EDGE Awards. Established as Marketing EDGE’s signature national event, the EDGE Awards is an exclusive marketing industry gathering that pays tribute to industry leaders— known legends and rising stars alike.  The awards will be presented during The EDGE Awards on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Recognized for honoring the “best of the best” in the marketing profession, the search is on for the next round of EDGE Awards honorees among corporations, agencies and executives who lead from the edge… those creating state-of-the-art business models that disrupt the status quo, while also giving back to support future generations of marketing talent.

Nominations can be submitted at nominations.EDGEawards.orgDeadline for nominations: October 21, 2019

Honorees will be chosen in six distinct categories:

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to an honoree who has influenced countless lives, campaigns and businesses, opening doors for generations of men and women in their pursuit of career excellence and performance through intelligent, evocative, creative and accountable marketing. Selection also is based upon an individual’s personal support over time for marketing education programs. Previous honorees include Charles MorganHarold M. (Hal) Brierley and Lester Wunderman.
  • The Corporate Heritage Award recognizes corporations that have pioneered evolution that inspired and sustained excellence and leadership in marketing over the decades.  Each honoree is a recognized trailblazer in the field of marketing that has, during its history, recruited, trained and inspired generations of business leaders, touching every area of the industry today. Previous honorees include NBCuMerkle and IBM.
  • The Corporate Disruptor Award pays tribute to a leading corporation that is paving a new frontier in marketing while demonstrating a corporate and industry-wide commitment to support the future of the field through education, mentorship and service. Previous honorees include: LiveIntentFluentSprinklr and MediaMath.
  • The Education Award honors an institution for creating a new approach to marketing education that bridges the gap between academic theory and the practical knowledge and skills required in the workplace. Previous honorees include: NYU SternSpiegel Research Center at Northwestern University and the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative.
  • The Financial Innovator Award honors an individual who brings a combination of capital markets expertise and strategic vision and oversight to significantly impact businesses in the marketing arena. The honoree is renowned as a leader in strategic investments in the marketing industry and has a demonstrated commitment to supporting the future of the field through education, mentorship and service. Previous honorees include: Michael LoebCharles Stryker (posthumous) and John Civantos.


  • The 13th Annual Rising Stars Award pays tribute to the most talented professionals 40 years of age and under working in the field of performance-driven marketing. Rising Stars demonstrate superior leadership abilities, outstanding results and a stellar reputation for giving back through marketing education and mentorship and will join a preeminent group of executives. To see the complete list of Rising Stars through the years, click here.

Online nomination information and forms are available at [After users create an account, they will be routed through the nomination system.]

About the EDGE Awards:

Now in its fifth year, Marketing EDGE’s premier annual fundraising event, the EDGE Awards, pays tribute to the vibrancy and evolution that are moving today’s dynamic marketing field forward. Central to the EDGE Awards is its incredible line-up of honorees. Becoming known as the “Academy Awards” of marketing, more than 500 marketing leaders and students will be in attendance on Monday, June 1, 2020 to pay tribute to the true super stars in the field. Each honoree exemplifies outstanding leadership, innovation, creativity and a commitment to giving back by supporting future generations of talent.

Exclusive sponsorship opportunities for the EDGE Awards are available. Companies wishing to serve as underwriters or sponsors, or to gain visibility in the award program, may contact Amy Sigona: | 212.790.1481. Current sponsors include Acxiom and LiveIntent.


About Marketing EDGE
Headquartered in New York City, Marketing EDGE is a 501(c)(3) that is shaping the future of marketing by connecting students, academics and professionals to the resources and relationships they need to see, move and stay ahead. Empowering skill-ready, responsive and responsible marketing leaders for more than 50 years, Marketing EDGE expands access to leading research, resources and events, fosters deep personal connections and diverse ideas, and provides real-time insights for real-world impact. For more information, visit