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Illumis™ Honored as 2021 Stevie® Award Winner

Gold 2021 Stevie® Award Winner

Find out more details about The American Business Awards and the full list of 2021 Stevie Winners.

Ilumis, our proprietary marketing platform, is the recipient of a Gold Stevie® Award (Marketing/Public Relations Solution category) in The 19th Annual American Business Awards®.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.  Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be virtually presented to winners during a live event on Wednesday, June 30.

Illumis, by Valassis, a Vericast business, is the smartest integration of intelligence, media and technology in one seamless platform, allowing marketers to directly tie insights-led strategies to high-performing consumer engagement. Illumis spotlights high-impact moments and the best media to expand reach, engage consumers, and drive the best response. 

More than 3,800 nominations – a record number – from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners. Stevie Award judges include many of the world’s most respected executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business educators. 

Details about The American Business Awards and the full list of 2021 Stevie winners can be found here.

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Women’s History Month Leader Feature: Lee Ann Stevenson

Lee Ann Stevenson

Lee Ann Stevenson

March 26, 2021 · 5 min read

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Why is Women’s History Month important to you? 

“Women’s History Month is important because I love having the chance to learn about women who have contributed significantly to American history.  Right now I am reading about Frances Perkins, the first female cabinet member, who was appointed as Secretary of Labor in 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.  Why have I not learned about her until now? It is also a great chance for community building.  This is the first year since I have been with Vericast that I did not gather with other team members to celebrate International Women’s Day; I look forward to getting back to the tradition next year.”

What inspiring woman would you like to spend the day with?

“I have always been a reader, so if given the chance I would meet one of the female novelists who have portrayed women in ways that challenged, shocked and even frightened the society they lived in: Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott or my favorite, Kate Chopin.  While quieter than other forms of protest, writing has one of the most enduring effects on history.”

As a leader in the organization, what has helped shape you the most?

“I am fortunate to be surrounded by team members who I can trust completely to execute and deliver and as a result I feel a tremendous obligation to give my best to them every day as well.   I am always learning, and have had a lot of failures and very humbling experiences in my career, especially as a trial lawyer.  Those experiences taught me to listen more, and be open to the unique knowledge and experience that others have to share.”

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Women’s History Month Leader Feature: Lauren Kirkley

Lauren Kirkley

Lauren Kirkley

March 19, 2021 · 5 min read

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Why is Women’s History Month important to you? 

“As women, we tend to run at a very fast pace, and can forget to stop and recognize achievements.  I love that Women’s History Month provides an opportunity to look up and learn about some amazing women who have done remarkable things.  I also think it prompts important conversations and awareness for younger girls which will hopefully inspire them to be confident and realize there are no limits to what they can pursue.”

What inspiring woman would you like to spend the day with?

“I would love to spend a day with Kathrin Jansen, head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer.  As an Operations Executive, I can appreciate the value of motivating and leading teams through crisis situations and driving large strategic projects, but it’s hard to imagine doing this with the stakes so high as the world literally waiting for you to stop a pandemic and save lives!  I would love to learn how she lead her team through this and navigated so many of the dynamics and influences throughout the process.”

As a leader in the organization, what has helped shape you the most?

“I believe there are two things which have (and continue to) shape me as a leader and as a woman.  The first is being rooted in my purpose in this life, because that always helps me to keep perspective and focus on what is most important.  The second is learning from experiences.  Seeking new experiences, and meeting and learning from new people, always seems to shape and prepare me for what lies ahead.”

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Women’s History Month Leader Feature: Susan Lee

Susan Lee

Susan Lee

March 12, 2021 · 5 min read

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Why is Women’s History Month important to you? 
“Women’s History Month is important to me because it creates increased visibility on the progress and accomplishments of women to those who may not have otherwise have had this awareness.  This is important because while there has been great progress and many accomplishments, there is still much more work to be done.  This work will not be completed in one month – however, with increased visibility and awareness I hope others are inspired to work on this 365 days a year.  This is what I personally believe is required to maintain and accelerate progress in the most critical areas.”

 

What inspiring woman would you like to spend the day with?
“There are many inspiring women both past and present that I would like to meet.   However, if I had to only choose one, I pick Harriet Tubman.  She represents a woman wearing multiple hats (mother, military leader) during a time when doing so literally meant risking life.  She was talented, smart, innovative, and engaged in political activism that changed the course of history and saved many lives.” 

 

As a leader in the organization, what has helped shape you the most?
“In terms of leadership style, I think exposure to a wide variety of leaders over the years has helped me understand that there is no “one size fits all” type of leadership that is most effective.  I have found that most impactful leaders are those who are authentic to who they are and what they believe in.  I aspire to be my authentic self every day because of this.”
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COVID-19: One Year Later

One year ago, like so many around the country, Vericast began our journey navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. We are a stronger and bolder company coming out of 2020, thanks to the quick action and tireless work of our COVID-19 taskforce.

None of us could have predicted that one year later, we would still be in the midst of a pandemic. Vericast continues to adapt to meet the challenge every day as we all stay in it to win for our communities, our business, and each other. 

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Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Frederick Waithe

Frederick Waithe

February 23, 2021

Throughout February, we will introduce members of our team, sharing what Black History Month means to them as well as who inspires them. Frederick Waithe, Executive Director, Pricing at Vericast, sees Black History Month as a great opportunity to re-connect with family and friends and discuss not only historical events but current events in the historical context of the African-American and African-Diasporic experience. “History is full of teaching moments that remind us everything is connected,” he said.

Who would he like to spend the day with? “I’d have to go with Frederick Douglass, not just because I’m named after him but because of the multiple and incredible transformative journeys he moved through in his life. I’d like to get his personal perspectives on how he dealt with adversity.”

 

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Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Jacqueline Morrow

JACQUELINE MORROW

February 17, 2021

Throughout February, we will introduce members of our team, sharing what Black History Month means to them as well as who inspires them. For Jacqueline Morrow, a Team Leader – Order Fulfillment in High Point, N.C. at Harland Clarke, a Vericast business, Black History Month celebrates our founding fathers and civil rights activists who pioneered a better life for her and so many others. Today, there are even greater opportunities for younger generations. The month is a reminder, she said, of the “incredible things slaves did to help us be who we are today.”

Maya Angelou is the inspirational person – past or present – Jacqueline would like to spend the day with, just sitting and listening to one of the greatest American poets of all time and learning more about what inspired her. Strong-minded with words that are uplifting, Maya Angelou reminds Jacqueline of her father.

 

 

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Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Karriel Augustin

KARRIEL AUGUSTIN

February 10, 2021

Throughout February, we will introduce members of our team, sharing what Black History Month means to them as well as who inspires them. “The importance of Black History Month is to honor and celebrate the lives and achievements of African Americans who have made transformational impacts on American society in different arenas such as government, science, arts and literature, education, business, sports, entertainment and many more facets of the nation’s tapestry.” This is how Karriel Augustin, a Plant Manager for Valassis, a Vericast business, in Miami Lakes, Florida, describes the significance of Black History Month.

Karriel shared that a leader motivated him with this baseball pitcher’s quote: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” Ever since, Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige became an inspiration to him. Karriel shares that “from his wisdom, I have learned to always look ahead. If I could describe spending the day with the athlete, it would be at a baseball park to learn what inspired this quote and many others.”

 

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Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Valerie Starling

Valerie Starling

February 3, 2021

Throughout February, we will introduce members of our team, sharing what Black History Month means to them as well as who inspires them. This week, meet Valerie Starling, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager for Vericast. Valerie shared that Black History Month is important to her because it’s an opportunity to recognize the contributions by Black people that aren’t often mentioned in American history. “Personally, it’s a time to reflect on my ancestors’ resilience and ingenuity despite unimaginable challenges,” she said. “It’s a reminder for everyone to learn about historical and contemporary Black leaders, though this education should not be limited to just February.” 
 
If Valerie could spend the day with any inspirational African American – past or present – it would be Malcolm X. Ever since reading the “Autobiography of Malcolm X” as a child, she has appreciated his personal evolution to becoming such an influential yet controversial Civil Rights leader. She would love the opportunity to have a conversation with him about race relations, the state of the world and technological advances now compared to his observations before his life was taken.