2019 Ad Woman of the Year

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Tina Manikas! It was a magical evening as we heard from a number of peers and family members who all agreed Tina is the personification of PASSION. Those who took the stage included Dave Cleary of Microsoft, Kristian May Stewart of Ten35, Michael Fassnacht of FCB, Teddy Brown or FCB, Casey Nelson of Brown-Forman, Tina's daughter, Pari Manikas, Arnett Morris with the Off The Street Club, Yvonne Furth, CAF's 2005 Advertising Woman of the Year, and Joan Vivaldelli of Leo Burnett. 

Thank you to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot who proclaimed November 7, 2019, Tina Manikas Day! Congratulations, Tina. View the night's pictures and tag yourselves on our Facebook page.



Over the course of her career of 30+ years, Tina Manikas significantly helped raise, advance and set new standards for the advertising community. She was one of the first to pioneer integrated platform solutions and build shopper marketing as a capability, creating a practice in Chicago in 2000. Manikas then grew the practice into a new retail and commerce agency, FCB/RED. Under her leadership, FCB/RED has grown to become one of the most globally recognized and awarded agencies, earning accolades such as Cannes Lions, Effies, ANA REGGIES, ECHO Awards, WARC 100 and “Store of the Year” honors. A practice that started right here in America’s heartland, today has a presence in 10 select North American cities and a global reach extending to 120 offices in 80 countries.

“When we think of women of excellence in the advertising industry and leaders in innovation, we think of Tina Manikas. CAF is delighted to honor Tina as our 2019 Chicago Advertising Federation Ad Woman of the Year. She is the quintessential leader and is not only a fantastic businesswoman and leader in the industry, but also a kind, admired and highly regarded boss and coworker,” said Kim Theiss, President, Chicago Advertising Federation.

Manikas has always had an eye to the future of innovation and industry concepts. She was one of the original signers of the Time’s Up Advertising petition. At FCB/RED, she is leading the charge to create an equitable and safe workplace for all employees. Realizing the brand activation industry was not adequately represented at Cannes Lions, she led the charge to advocate for – and create – brand activation as a category at the Festival, and also served as one of its first jury presidents (and the first female jury chair) for this awards sector. 

Outside the office, Manikas is a 10-year active board member and host/agency chair of Chicago’s oldest boys’ and girls’ organization, called Off The Street Club. She has also been an active board member of the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) for the last three years and was one of the leaders behind the Male Champions of Change. She currently serves as CFW’s chairwoman of the communications committee. Manikas is a successful wife and mom. She and her husband, John, have three children, including a daughter who is now in advertising. She also boasts of 10 godchildren and an extended, big fat Greek family. 




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