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Lesa Ukman

Lesa Ukman is the futures director of IEG and ESP Properties. With the launch of IEG Sponsorship Report in 1982, she founded a company that defined an industry now worth more than $55 billion. She continues to define new and better ways for companies to get closer to their customers through sponsorship. Follow Lesa on Twitter!

 
Why Media Companies Are Rediscovering Event Marketing
Lesa Ukman Mar 7

Why Media Companies Are Rediscovering Event Marketing

From Fast Company, GeekWire and The Next Web, to Condé Nast, Gannett and Tribune Publishing Co., countless media leaders are upping their use of events. And this number will only increase. more

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Unorthodox Sponsorship: The Vatican and World’s Fairs
Lesa Ukman Nov 23

Unorthodox Sponsorship: The Vatican and World’s Fairs

World’s Fairs give the Church the opportunity to promote its spiritual identity through its artistic masterpieces, with pavilions functioning as a mobile Vatican museum. more

 
 
Tip of the Iceberg: The Impact of Millennials on Sponsorship
Lesa Ukman Aug 21

Tip of the Iceberg: The Impact of Millennials on Sponsorship

Gen C—a term Google coined to describe people who care deeply about creation, curation, connection and community—has been out in force this summer. more

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Inspiring Stories from Doha GOALS Forum
Lesa Ukman Aug 4

Inspiring Stories from Doha GOALS Forum

We were privileged to lead a taskforce at last week’s Doha GOALS (Gathering of All Leaders in Sport), an invitation-only conference produced by Richard Attias & Associates. more

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How Prada’s New Arts Complex Builds Cred By Avoiding All References To Fashion
Lesa Ukman Jun 22

How Prada’s New Arts Complex Builds Cred By Avoiding All References To Fashion

Milan is a city where fashion brands come to life as hotels and nightclubs—Armani, Bulgari, Moschino—and restaurants—Dsquared2, Just Cavalli, Trussardi, etc. It is a city where fashion brands also build museums to themselves. Just a month ago, Giorgio Armani opened Armani Silos. The building (designed by Armani himself) is all about selling Armani’s craft, containing three floors of gallery space dedicated to the designer’s famous soft tailoring. more

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How Sponsors and Rightsholders Are Increasing Audience Engagement
Lesa Ukman Apr 10

How Sponsors and Rightsholders Are Increasing Audience Engagement

At IEG 2015, Jed Pearsall of Performance Research (@SponsorEye) and I conducted a workshop on how technologies are transforming the ways sponsors and rightsholders build deeper bonds with audiences via more meaningful, more personalized and/or more frequent engagement opportunities. more

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In Our Always-On World, Invention Is Disproportionately Rewarded
Lesa Ukman Feb 4

In Our Always-On World, Invention Is Disproportionately Rewarded

I am energized by all of the new ideas for partnerships that are bubbling up from unexpected areas. We will be featuring many of these horizon-expanding stories and the people that are bringing invention to our field at Sponsorship Makers, IEG’s annual sponsorship conference next month. more

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Shifting the Focus of Activation to Mobile
Lesa Ukman Jan 9

Shifting the Focus of Activation to Mobile

Mobile-based activation of partnerships is playing an increasingly critical role because it enables sponsors to deliver the right message at the right time and in the right place. No sponsor does it better than The Coca-Cola Co. more

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How The Canadian Olympic Committee Harnesses Content, Community And Channels To Increase The Value Of Sponsorships
Lesa Ukman Dec 23

How The Canadian Olympic Committee Harnesses Content, Community And Channels To Increase The Value Of Sponsorships

Under the direction of CEO Chris Overholt—who will be speaking at Sponsorship Makers, IEG’s 2015 annual conference—the Canadian Olympic Committee has become a worldwide leader in creating and exploiting new and emerging assets, including opportunities enabled by digital and social media. more

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