First Advertising Agency Head to Lead Top Women's Business Organization for 2014

The Committee of 200 elects Gay Gaddis as Chair. Gaddis plans to spread the voice of C200 with marketing expertise.

Jan 27, 2014, 12:30 ET from The Committee of 200

CHICAGO, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Committee of 200 (C200), a leading invitation-only organization of the world's most successful female executives and entrepreneurs, welcomes its first Chair from the advertising industry. Gay Gaddis, Founder and CEO of T3, officially stepped into the leadership role with her first board meeting on January 27 in Houston, Texas.  

Gaddis will guide C200's efforts from January 2014 until the end of 2015 to mentor the next generation of women business leaders. 

Gaddis brings 25 years of experience in brand development to the challenge.  Leveraging that knowledge, she is committed to helping C200 take quantum steps toward fostering more open conversations surrounding issues facing women and business.  

Gaddis and her fellow C200 members feel strongly that now is the time to share the C200 mission.

"We are here not only to support each other, but also to help enable women to take a more active voice in the business community, " she observed. "Our members have been trailblazers in a diverse set of industries. Their vision and influence make them role models for women worldwide."

The Committee of 200's membership represents more than 100 industries in North America and throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Companies with C200 members as current executives or board members include Ernst & Young, Intel, VF Corp, GE, Wal-Mart, Exxon, Campbell's Soup, UPS, Frontier Communications and DuPont.

About The Committee of 200

The C200 was founded in 1982 by a dynamic group of top women executives, including Katharine Graham and Christie Hefner, with the mission to foster, celebrate and advance women's leadership in business.  Today, the organization has grown to 450 members internationally, with 65% of its entrepreneurial members being founders or co-founders of their own companies.  C200 member companies generate more than $1.4 trillion in annual revenues.  C200 has also established The C200 Foundation, which has provided more than $1.5 million in Scholar Awards to talented young women.

About Gay Gaddis

Gay Gaddis is T3's CEO and founder. Equally engaging and inspiring, Gay cashed in her IRA in 1989 with the dream of starting an ad agency. Today, T3 stands as the nation's largest advertising agency wholly owned by a woman. Gay is closely involved with T3 clients, providing high-level strategic advice and constant forward motion to client-agency dynamics. Gay is an active industry spokesperson. She writes regularly and speaks at conferences and special events across the globe.

About T3

T3 (The Think Tank) is a technology-fueled creative agency specializing in innovative marketing campaigns that cut across all media channels. Founded by CEO Gay Gaddis in 1989, T3 is one of the largest independent agencies in the United States. In addition to its Austin, Texas headquarters, T3 has offices in New York City and San Francisco. T3 ranks among Adweek's Top 100 Agencies and Advertising Age's Top 100 U.S. Marketing Services Agencies lists. For more information, visit


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