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Empower Earns Its Second Ad Age Agency A-List Standout Award
The Un-Holding Company℠ is the First and Only Cincinnati-Based Agency to Receive the National Honor

CINCINNATI (June 7, 2021) – Empower: The Un-Holding Company held it down in 2020. Seven new clients, zero layoffs and 15% growth are just a few of the ways Empower stood out among the top 25 advertising agencies in the nation – earning its second title as an Ad Age Agency A-List Standout. Empower is the first and only Cincinnati-based agency to receive this honor, having first been recognized in 2019. Read more about the agency’s standout year in Ad Age.

As noted by Ad Age, the shops on this list have shown they have the skills to carry clients well into the future—whatever that may bring.

In 2020, Empower added 30 new hires, doubled its Chicago office presence and launched four new products. It kept a clear focus of planning for the future, not once shortsighted by quarterly financials. Empower also sponsored the most successful “shop local” initiative to date raising $650,000; an execution that was adopted in other cities.

“Don’t judge an agency by how it performs on its best day, but rather how the organization performs on their most challenging… or in our case… 2020… the year of a global pandemic, social unrest and pivoting on a dime,” says Rob FitzGerald, president and chief operating officer at Empower. “We doubled down on taking care of our people and, in turn, they leaned into clients serving as their greatest ally when they needed us most. We’re proud of our business success, but equally committed to strengthening our culture by having each other’s back and making strides with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board,” said FitzGerald.

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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