|Lisa Ryan Howard|
Lisa Ryan Howard (ABJ '92) recently received the Henry W. Grady Award for Mid-Career Achievement, which honors a mid-career graduate with 10 to 20 years experience "who has been successful and influential during their mid-career accomplishments."
Howard, a former advertising major, was most recently the publisher of Billboard, an international weekly magazine about the music industry. Previously, she has also served many roles within Condé Nast in her career, including as the senior vice president, chief revenue officer of Fairchild Fashion Group; vice president, interactive, for Condé Nast Media Group, the company's corporate sales and marketing division; and vice president and publisher of Condé Nast's Style.com and Men.Style.com websites. In addition, Howard has also worked in accounting and other management roles in other companies such as Time Inc. In 2007, Howard was named in Advertising Age's annual "40 Under 40" list of young noteworthy individuals in the media industry.
"Lisa is a leader in the digital advertising and publishing world.This is remarkable when you consider that she graduated the year before the first Internet browser became widely available," said Dr. Karen King, the Jim Kennedy New Media Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. " It has been fun watching her career progress from the youngest advertising sales rep at People magazine to VP of digital and multimedia integration for Conde Nast and then publisher of Billboard magazine. She is a loyal Grady alum and we are very proud to call her one of ours."
"It was extremely rewarding to be recognized by Grady this year," said Howard. "The college has supported me throughout my career -- from the Ad Club trip to New York back in 1992 just prior to graduation, to fellow alumni networking introductions and all the way through career milestones. The professors continued to help and encourage me. A huge thanks to Dean Clark, Professor King and the entire alumni staff."