2022 Inductees

Some call it a job, while for others it’s a calling. And for this particular group of individuals, it’s a calling that led to accomplishments too numerous to tally, yet still adding up to the same thing — Hall of Fame status: unlocked.

Ron & Pippa Seichrist

Ron & Pippa Seichrist

Educators Hall of Fame Inductees

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Ron Seichrist, Cofounder, M.AD SCHOOL

Ron started his career as a designer and in his mid-20s was featured in Communication Arts magazine and magazines in Germany and Japan. He shifted to art direction working in agencies in Richmond and NYC. Europe called and he left the States for creative director roles in Frankfurt, Munich and London.

Coming back to the USA, he started his own agency, then began teaching at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where he became the youngest full professor and then Dean of the Design Division. During this time he envisioned a new type of education that mirrored the industry and prototyped this idea at MCAD. His graduates were very successful even so far as being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.

Ron headed to warmer weather to make this new educational model a reality, and started Portfolio Center in Atlanta. There all the instructors were industry professionals instead of academics and he developed the first copywriting program in the world that teamed art direction and copywriting students. Ron was featured in ADWEEK magazine as “one who changed advertising in the South.” After ten years he sold his interest in the school he had founded. In 1993 he and his wife Pippa headed farther south to start Miami Ad School, where they developed more educational innovations including, in 1995, the first Strategic Planning training program. M.AD has grown from that first location in Miami to a global network of 15 schools in 10 countries. Ron was honored by the New York Art Directors’ Club Hall of Fame for his commitment to education and also received the Mosaic Award for Diversity. 

In 2020 Miami Ad School changed its moniker to M.AD SCHOOL of IDEAS to better reflect the school’s mission.


Pippa Seichrist, Cofounder, M.AD SCHOOL

Pippa started her career as an art director, then creative director, agency owner and cofounder of Miami Ad School (M.AD), a global educational network in 15 cities in 10 countries. Pippa, with her husband Ron, developed an educational model that allows students to get the training, real-world experience and industry connections needed to launch a creative career. The result is a network of schools with a nearly perfect placement rate.

Two key elements of this success are innovative programs Pippa spearheaded. One, the Creative NoM.AD Experience, allows students to intern in cities around the world. This cross-pollination of ideas is life-changing and shows in the students’ work. The second program, M.AD LAB, partners student teams of creatives and strategists to work on live client briefs. The students have worked with Fortune 500 Companies, start-ups and nonprofits. Work the students created ran on the Super Bowl, won a Cannes Lion and made the world better.

In 2016 Pippa started perhaps her most important initiative, to make the school’s enrollment reflect the diversity in the United States. After doing research on why there are so few minorities going into the creative communication fields, M.AD developed a four part program that brought the school’s minority enrollment from 19% to 53% in only four years. Pippa was invited to present the school’s forward-thinking program at Cannes. M.AD is graduating the talent the industry needs right now.

The result of the real-world training that Pippa and Ron developed is the most award-winning school in the world. Their students have been recognized by the One Club, Clios, Future Lions, D&AD and in Graphis New Talent Annuals. In 2022 and five previous years M.AD was named Cannes Future Lion School of the Year. There are over 20,000 M.AD graduates around the world. Many hold the top positions at agencies, consultancies, platforms and brands.

In 2020 Miami Ad School changed its moniker to M.AD SCHOOL of IDEAS to better reflect the school’s mission.

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Carol H. Williams

Carol H. Williams

Creative Hall of Fame Inductee

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Carol H. Williams, Founder, and CEO of Carol H. Williams Advertising (CHWA) is an industry-recognized visionary, executive, and entrepreneur. A barrier breaker, Williams has led CHWA – the longest-running, award-winning, multicultural marketing agency with over 5,000 employees and $30 million in revenue during high-performance and growth periods for over 30 years.

Beyond demographics, Williams provides rich and refined knowledge of how brands, media, and consumer behaviors evolve, leading her agency to year after-years success, producing award-winning advertising and marketing campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies.

Williams’ creative philosophy is: “It doesn’t matter what you say, the only thing that matters is what they understand. We compete for attention in a world of ever-expanding choice and distraction – we win with empathy by encoding ideas and possibilities that aren’t just based on the needs of the brands but ideas that are meaningful and powerfully relevant to what people care about”.

Williams began her career at Leo Burnett in Chicago and quickly earned a position as their first African American Female Creative Director and Vice President. After 13 years at Leo Burnett, she served two years as Senior Vice President and Creative Director at Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco.

Williams has received numerous professional honors and community awards during her career. In 2017, she was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame and was its first African American female Creative Director. In 2020, she was named an N.Y. Women in Communications (MATRIX) award recipient and a 2020 Advertising Age Vanguard Award Recipient.
Passionate about serving her community, Williams has used her talent and resources to help dozens of philanthropic endeavors, including the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, and numerous national and community organizations. Williams believes in developing solid relationships professionally and personally as a mentor to many in the industry. “For over 30 years, I have gotten to do what I love. I like to think I can understand and connect with people, meeting them where they are without sacrificing excellence, creativity, and grace that has kept me on the right path to making a mark in advertising. I continually ask myself, Who’s Eyes Are You Looking Through When You View the World?”

Clients who rely on and value her expertise include General Motors, Kraft, Gilead Sciences, HP, Kaiser Permanente, Allstate Insurance, Procter & Gamble, McNeil Consumer Healthcare (a division of Johnson & Johnson), the U.S. Army, Novartis, The Walt Disney Company, Myovant Sciences, Pfizer, U.S. 2020 Census, Fox Entertainment, and many others.

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Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

Creative Hall of Fame Inductee

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Joe is one of the world’s most respected and sought after thought leaders on branding and design. His work is regularly featured in leading marketing and design publications and is exhibited around the world. Joe founded Duffy with a vision to build a new kind of branding and creative company—partnering with clients and other firms in all communication disciplines. His first book, Brand Apart, was released in July of 2005.

In 2004, Joe received the Legacy Medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts for a lifetime of achievement in the field of visual communications. In 2006. He was recognized as one of the “fast 50” most influential people in the future of business by Fast Company. In 2007, Joe was honored with the American Institute of Graphic Arts Fellow Award for his many years of leadership in the state’s design and business community.

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Cheryl D. Miller

Cheryl D. Miller

Creative Hall of Fame Inductee

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AIGA Medalist 2021, “Expanding Access”
Cooper Hewitt National Design Awardee 2021, “Design Visionary” Honorary IBM Design Scholar 2021, “Eminent Luminary”

Dr. Cheryl D. Miller is recognized for her outsized influence within the graphic design profession to end the marginalization of BIPOC designers through her civil rights activism, industry exposé trade writing, research rigor, and archival vision. Miller is a national leader of minority rights, gender, race diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion advocacy in graphic design.

She is founder of the former Cheryl D. Miller Design, Inc., NYC, a social impact design firm; she is a designer, author, trade writer for PRINT Magazine and Communication Arts Magazine, and theologian.

Dr. Miller has an MS in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and a BFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art, completed Foundation Studies at Rhode Island School of Design, and has a Doctor of Humane Letters from: Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2020 and a Doctor of Fine Arts from MICA-The Maryland Institute College of Art 2022, The RISD-Rhode Island School of Design 2022 and a MDiv from Union Theological Seminary. In 2021 she was an AIGA Medalist “Expanding Access,” a Cooper Hewitt “Design Visionary” awardee and an Honorary IBM Design Scholar, “Eminent Luminary.”

A recipient of countless awards, she is dedicated to visual arts advancement. The Cheryl D. Miller Collection at Stanford University is her legacy professional firm’s archive, including her memoir research and manuscripts. The collection features D&I initiatives, corporate communications developed for Fortune 500 corporations, and corporate communications for national African American organizations, developed post Civil Rights Era, 1974–1994. She is further archiving, The History of Black Graphic Design In North America, collected at both Stanford University and The Herb Lubalin Center, Cooper Union.

She is an activist, decolonizing graphic design professor, lecturer, and revisionist historian. She is Professor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Communication Design, Art Center College of Design, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Design at the University of Texas–Austin, E.W. Doty Fellow 2021, and adjunct professor at Howard University. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Vermont College of Fine Arts and the President’s Global Advisory Board of Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Janet Kestin &
Nancy Vonk

Janet Kestin &
Nancy Vonk

Creative Hall of Fame Inductee

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Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk are co-founders of the Swim leadership lab. In 2012 they were inspired to leave their long-time CCO roles with an ambition to close the huge leadership skills gap for creative people. Today Swim supports the success of leaders at top agencies and creative companies around the world.

Prior to Swim, Janet and Nancy were Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy Toronto for 13 years. Their teams delivered work like Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty and “Diamond Shreddies”, garnering One Show and D&AD Pencils, the Grand Clio, the Creativity Awards Grand Prize and two Cannes Grand Prix.

Individually, Janet and Nancy have both judged The One Show, D&AD, Cannes, and many other industry award shows. In 2009, Nancy became the first-ever female to chair the then 87-year-old ADC Annual Awards, and as a passionate One Club Board Member (2009 – 2021) she helped to shape their Creative Leaders Retreats and programs that support a more diverse, sustainable industry. Not to be outdone, Janet served as foreman of D&AD’s ‘Writing for Advertising’ jury in 2014, and is among the chosen few featured in the 2018 edition of D&AD’s The Copy Book: How Some of the Best Advertising Writers in the World Write Their Advertising.

In 2012, Janet and Nancy were on Advertising Age Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Women in Advertising” list, and they were among Creativity Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Creative People” of 2008. They delivered advice to young creatives through “Ask Jancy” for 10 years on IHAVEANIDEA, and are the authors of Pick Me, a staple in advertising schools from Texas to Turkey. Their 2014 HarperCollins book, Darling, You Can’t Do Both (And Other Noise To Ignore On Your Way Up) was named a top book on leadership by Inc. Magazine. They are recipients of hall of fame awards from Canada’s Marketing Awards and the ADCC (Advertising and Design Club of Canada). Women of Influence and AWNY have honored them with women of the year awards.

Janet and Nancy speak at companies, schools and organizations who seek new ideas for advancing women’s success, like UCLA, Google and Lean In. In 2016, they helped design the creative leadership stream at Factry, the school of creativity sciences founded by Sid Lee leaders.

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John Hunt

John Hunt

Creative Hall of Fame Inductee

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In 1983, John co-founded the advertising agency Hunt Lascaris based on the mantra Life’s too short to be mediocre. Since its inception, it has won countless awards including Agency of the Century in 2000, Agency of the Decade in 2010 and Ad Age’s International Agency twice.

Proof that advertising can make the world a better place, John was intimately involved in Nelson Mandela’s election campaign in 1993. Although rather harrowing at the time, this unique moment in history ushered a battered South Africa into the warm light of democracy. Uniquely, Hunt Lascaris was then also tasked with launching and disseminating the country’s new liberal constitution.

In 1994 Hunt Lascaris became part of TBWA. In 2003 John moved to TBWA’s New York headquarters to assume the role of Worldwide Creative Director. From there he helped harness the incredible global creative talent that orbits this unique collective. John returned to his native South Africa in 2006 to continue his Worldwide role from Johannesburg. In 2017 he transitioned to Global Creative Chair.

John has been the President of the Cannes Advertising Festival. He has also found time to write a number of theatre plays and books. He was named South African Playwright of the Year for “Vid Alex”, a play that condemned censorship during the apartheid years.

In 2009, John published the Art of the Idea which has since been translated into a number of languages. John has also published three novels. “The Boy Who Could Keep a Swan in his Head” was shortlisted for the Sunday Times book of the year award.

John is married with three children and lives in Johannesburg. He does, however, enjoy spending time in Franschhoek in the Cape. Since 1996 he has played a small role in establishing Boekenhoutskloof as one of South Africa’s premier wine brands.

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Akira Kobayashi

Akira Kobayashi

TDC Medalist

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He began his career as a type designer at Sha-Ken Co., Ltd. in 1983. After working for six years at the company, he went to London in 1989 to study calligraphy and typography. On his return to Japan in 1990, he joined Jiyu-Kobo, Ltd. and engaged in designing and digitizing the Japanese fonts Hiragino Mincho and Hiragino Gothic. From 1993 to 1997 he worked for TypeBank Co., Ltd., where he designed Latin typefaces to accompany the foundry’s digital Japanese fonts. From 1997 to 2001 he worked as a freelance type designer and won numerous international awards for his typefaces.

After completing the design of the Latin alphabet to accompany Type Project Inc.’s Axis Japanese font in 2000, he moved to Germany in 2001 to assume the position of type director at Linotype GmbH (now Monotype GmbH). There he collaborated with the two legendary designers of Hermann Zapf and Adrian Frutiger to modernize their earlier type designs. His recent works include directing the development of the Japanese typefaces Tazugane Gothic (released in 2017) and Shorai Sans (2022) by the Monotype Design Studio. He has also authored books on typefaces and served as a juror for prestigious international type design competitions.

Major awards:

  • U&lc Type Design Competition, Best of Category and Best of Show: Clifford (1998)
  • Linotype Library’s 3rd International Digital Type Design Contest, 1st Prize in the Text Category: Conrad (2000)
  • Type Directors Club Type Design Competitions: ITC Woodland (1998), ITC Japanese Garden and ITC Silvermoon (1999), FF Clifford (2000), Linotype Conrad (2001), and Palatino Sans (with Hermann Zapf, 2007)

Publications (in Japanese): Obun shotai (Latin alphabet), Obun shotai 2 (Latin alphabet 2), Fonto no fushigi (The amazing world of fonts), Machi moji (Street signs and lettering), Oubun shotai no tsukurikata (Guide to designing Latin alphabet), Eibun sain no dezain (Designing wayfinding signs in English, coauthor).

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