MBM’s Penelope Brown takes out Next’s $10k Women in Media Scholarship

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Next magazine and Bauer Media have unveiled the winner of its 2018 Next Women in Media Scholarship – she’s Penelope Brown (née Burns), client service manager at MBM Auckland.

The scholarship has a value of up to $10,000 and was open to all women who work in a media agency or department. Entries were judged by businesswoman Theresa Gattung, TBWA managing director Catherine Harris, and Next editor Rachael Russell.

The judges were united in their praise of the winner. “Penelope’s ability to articulate the issues facing women in media and her vision for how she will use the scholarship to address those concerns made this the standout entry,” said one (unnamed) judge.

“Penelope is not simply great at her job, but determined to push for a better environment for those following in her footsteps. We congratulate her on this success, and look forward to seeing what she achieves next.”

Denelle Joyce and Soong Phoon
Two additional entries that the judges said deserved special mention were from Denelle Joyce of Ogilvy Wellington and Soong Phoon from OMD Auckland. “Both women showed a true passion for their industry and a clear vision for how to succeed in today’s environment,” the judges said.

“It was encouraging to see so many applications from women who determined to grow their skills as leaders and innovators. We received entries from women with years of experience, and some who are in the early stages of their careers, but they were all united by their drive to succeed – and to do so with integrity.”

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