The One Show

The One Show is the world's most prestigious award show in advertising, design and digital marketing. For 50 years, the Gold Pencil has been regarded as one of the top prizes in the creative industry. The One Show has had a rich legacy of honoring some of the most groundbreaking ideas, created by some of the most remarkable minds in creativity.

One Show 2022 Pharma Jury

Debra Polkes

Managing Director / Creative, EVP


New York

I see creative leadership as more than big brands and big awards: it’s about creating big possibilities for clients, for brands, and above all for the talent I’ve been lucky enough to lead. Every day, I aim to create the conditions in which both talent and clients can feel inspired, energized, and compelled to do brave work that exceeds what they thought they would be capable of. To me, that’s where the real magic happens. My work and creative direction have been recognized by the most competitive and rigorous award shows in the industry, including Cannes Lions awards, Clio Health, Creative Floor awards, AD&D, The One Show, London International Awards, The Globals, and Cannes Lions film. These results have led to the honor of being an award juror and executive juror for many of these organizations, including Cannes Lions Health, Clio Awards, Global Awards and, in 2019, Jury President for the London International Awards.




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