Lisa Bennett, the exec VP-creative of DDB North America, is responsible for DDB San Francisco's first ever Cannes Lion -- winning the agency that accolade in 2005. Since then, she has ensured a steady stream of awards, for the shop, with work for Clorox Bleach, Kingsford and Green Works. A former Leo Burnett creative director, Ms. Bennett divulges six interesting things you probably didn't know about her, as part of an ongoing Creativity series.
1. She moves fast.
She graduated from college, moved to Chicago, started her first job and got married all in less than 4 weeks.
2. She's got some other awards under her belt.
"When I was a sophomore in college, my sorority won the Pike "kill-a-keg" contest. We killed an entire pony keg faster than any other sorority. Or fraternity," she said.
3. She has famous friends.
She has played Spin the Bottle with Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, a game of Horse with Michael Jordan, thrown a curveball to Tom Glavine and been lost in the woods with Ronald McDonald. "Come to think of it," she said, "I may have also played spin the bottle with Ronald McDonald, thrown a few curveballs at Michael Jordan, horsed around with Tom Glavine and been lost (in general) with Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears."
4. She served on a Cannes Lions film jury -- twice.
Interestingly, there were several parallels between the Golds Lion-winning work both times. In 2009, her first year on the jury, campaigns that took home prizes included films about a body of water that magically transformed everyday items, a guy with a dog-fish that goes to the beach, a crazed clown killer, Viagra and beer. In 2013, her second year serving on the jury, winning films featured a guy that magically transformed himself every day, a man with an admiring dog that owns the beach, a bunch of clowns getting killed, condoms and beer. "If you want to be assured of a Gold Lion when I'm on a jury, take note," she advised.
5. She loves college football, particularly if it involves the Texas Longhorns.
Her dad has been a season ticket holder for more than 30 years and she has been going to University of Texas football games since she was eight. The best game she ever went to was the 2006 BCS National Championship game, when "The Longhorns beat the USC Trojans 41-38 in one of the greatest games in the history of college football," she said. "It's been downhill for the Horns ever since, but fortunately that means there's nowhere to go but up. If anybody has season tickets for sale, please let me know."
6. She loves music.
Her grandfather was a banjo player, her father was an all-state trombone player and she was a clarinetist. She went to The University of Texas on a music scholarship where she played in the wind ensemble. She also bought a house in San Francisco from Mike Bordin, the drummer in Faith No More and Black Sabbath. "So, there is a small chance I may have had dinner in the same room as Ozzy Osbourne," she said.
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