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Empower Names SVP Emily Locker as Head of Chicago Office
With Chicago’s explosive growth, Empower has promoted Emily Locker to SVP, head of Chicago. Adding to the agency’s bench strength, comes the hire of SVP, Greg Clausen working with clients like Wendy’s, Tempur-Sealy and Bush Beans.

CINCINNATI – July 9, 2021 – After more than doubling in size since its Chicago grand opening in 2019, Empower has named Emily Locker its Senior Vice President of Chicago. Locker seamlessly balances her leadership of the office and business unit comprised of clients Rust-Oleum, Ashley HomeStore, American Standard, MadeGood and Lexmark Ventures. Most recently, she led American Standard’s highly awarded #Flush2020 campaign that earned two national Gold Addy Awards and was recognized by The One Show and ANA REGGIE Awards.

In her decade at the agency, Locker has officially planted the flag as Ms. Empower Everywhere. She’s the first to have served in three of the agency’s locations. She did a wonderful job running the Ashley HomeStore business while embedded in the client’s office in Tampa. Last summer, Locker moved to Chicago to take over leadership of the office and support its explosive growth. She’s done so with flying colors and grace under pressure.

“Emily Locker embodies Empower’s relentless drive and culture making her the perfect person suited to lead Chicago and its business unit,” said Rob FitzGerald, president and chief operations officer at Empower. “Having worked in all three areas, she infuses Empower’scompany values everywhere she goes,” he said.

Joining the elite team of SVPs at Empower is Greg Clausen. Clausen joins the client leadership team as an SVP by way of Spark Foundry where he oversaw accounts like Dairy Queen, H&R Block, Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s, Nature’s Way Vitamins, Great Wolf Resorts, Gilead Pharmaceuticals, and more. He will be working on clients like Tempur-Sealy, Wendy’s, Jack Link’s, Tri-Health, and Bush Beans.

“I was drawn to Empower’s positioning as the Un-Holding Company, but I’ve been aware of the agency since its founding,” Clausen said. “It’s an agency that media vendors always speak highly of and I believe it’s because the company truly lives its values. I love the fact Empower encompasses the best of both worlds with Media and Creative and while its size is substantial every client still gets senior-level talent on their business,” he said.

About Empower Media 

America’s largest woman-owned media agency

Our advantage is simple: Clients first – not shareholders.

From the day we opened our doors in 1985, Empower has always challenged the media status quo.

Empower is a highly awarded and respected media agency. We are a multi-year recipient of “Agency of the Year” from MediaPost and Campaign US with honors from Ad Age and Adweek.

Our senior and experienced integrated team of Communications Strategy, Media Innovation, Media Planning and Buying, Creative, Marketing Scientists, Influencer Marketing and Data-Analytics work in collaboration on our client’s business daily.

Empower’s client tenure rate is unmatched–3X the industry average. Our clients include Tempur Sealy, Wendy’s, Brooks Running, Fifth Third Bank, Gorilla Glue, O'Keeffe's, E.W. Scripps, Jack Link’s, VTech, Bush Brothers, Zaxby’s, GNC, Famous Footwear, Ashley, LIXIL, O-Cedar, Rust-Oleum and RoC Skincare.

Empower Media is woman-run (67% female) and woman-owned – making it the largest woman-owned media agency in America.

Our offices are in Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, New York, Houston and Palm Beach.

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