Nancy Hill to Give Commencement Address
March 27, 2014
ALLIANCE, Ohio — Nancy Hill ’79, president and CEO of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) and a member of the University of Mount Union’s Board of Trustees, will give the Mount Union’s 168th Commencement address at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 on the south lawn of Chapman Hall (rain location is Peterson Field House).
Hill will discuss, “How do you want your eggs? – Empowerment vs. entitlement.”
At Mount Union, Hill was a sociology major who was very involved on campus. She is a sister of Alpha Chi Omega. She also served on the Judicial Board and was a member of the swim team all four years. During her senior year she was able to serve as assistant coach to Larry Kehres. Hill also had the opportunity to intern with the Ohio Youth Commission at a halfway house for young girls.
“These young girls had either run away from home, had drug problems or were otherwise deemed ‘at risk.’ It was eye-opening, to say the least,” Hill said.
Hill’s advertising career began in 1983 at Doner/Baltimore, where she worked for 10 years. She was then employed by TBWA\Chiat\Day in both St. Louis and Los Angeles. After that, Hill moved to San Francisco to work for Goldberg Moser O’Neill (which became Hill Holiday in 2001). Next, Hill worked at BBDO as the executive vice president and managing director before being hired as the CEO of Lowe New York. She joined the 4A’s as president and CEO in 2008.
Hill has led the organization’s efforts on diversity through talent development, recruitment and media buying guidelines. Under her command, the 4A’s provides leadership, advocacy and guidance to the advertising community.
Hill has earned many awards and recognitions. She received the “Changing the Game Award” from the Advertising Women of New York. Advertising Age honored her as one of the “Women to Watch” and one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Advertising History.” Both the Arthritis Foundation and the Girl Scouts have named her a “Woman of Distinction.”
Still very involved in the community, Hill is a member of the Board of Directors of The Partnership at drugfree.org, The Ad Council, The National Advertising Review Council, TORCH, AdColor, The Digital Advertising Alliance and The Marcus Graham Project. In addition, Hill volunteers with the organization People Helping People, which is focused on providing education to the residents of Andean villages in northern Ecuador. She has helped the organization build several schools and provide scholarships for more than 800 high school and university students.