Jean Batthany
Jean Batthany
Vice President, Global Creative
The Walt Disney Company
Named one of Business Insider's 30 Most Creative Women in Advertising and celebrated as one of Advertising Working Mothers of the Year by AWNY and Working Mother Magazine in 2015, Jean leads creative for Disney Parks and Resorts at Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group. Prior to Disney, she was Executive Creative Director at DDB Chicago where she launched and lead LaunchPad, DDB Chicago’s creative internship program and is a big believer in the power of young diverse talent as well as the importance of mentorship and sponsorship. An advocate for changing the ratio of men to women in creative leadership roles, she proudly sat on the Better by Half Board, a gender balance initiative from DDB North America and received the 3% Conference 3 Cheers Award of 2015 and the 2016 Focus Award from Women in Film Chicago.

A native New Yorker, Jean has more than 25 years of experience building brands and growing talent at BBDO, M&C Saatchi, Merkley + Partners and Saatchi & Saatchi. Her work has been recognized by the Addy Awards, AICP Awards, Cannes, Clios, Effies, New York Festival, London International Awards, the AD Council's Gold Bell, Communication Arts and Lürzer's Archive. Jean has written for the Drum, Ad Age, Communication Arts, spoken on panels at the New York Festival, Omniwomen, the 3% Conference, judged the One Show, New York Festival, the Bernbach Diversity scholarship and is honored to sit on the Cannes Glass Lion jury this year.