Cannes, France — If you work in the ad industry, you probably know that Cannes Lions is the world’s biggest celebration of creativity in communications. For 60 years it’s been home to the biggest ideas changing how brands interact with customers. This year, it turned its attention to health. 800 people from 50 countries gathered to share, judge and celebrate the life-changing creativity of the world’s best healthcare agencies.

And, we got to be a part of it.

We wanted to share that incredible experience with all of you. So, below is our special report on all things Lions Health. It’s packed with “bite size” looks at the best talks and the most motivating creative work + first-hand perspectives from one of the judges.


First-Annual Lions Health Festival from GSW

If you’re thinking about going for the Grand Prix next year, make sure to check out this Advertising Health article from Lions judge Bruce Rooke. It’s packed with specific advice on how to rate “ouro, gōruda, or bonzer” next year.

Posted by: Leigh Householder

About the Author:

As Managing Director of Innovation for Syneos Health Communications, Leigh is responsible for shaping the company’s perspective on the next era of healthcare marketing. Through thought leadership, strategic innovation workshops and new products and capabilities, Leigh focuses on identifying marketing approaches that will fuel that new era and generate significant growth for clients. Leigh has worked with Fortune 1000 companies to craft their digital, mobile, social and CRM strategies for over 17 years. She’s worked for category-leading agencies in retail, public affairs, B2B technology, and higher education. Prior to moving to Syneos Health Communications, she had several leadership roles at one of our agencies, GSW. There, she founded an innovation practice fueled by the zeitgeist and spearheaded digital and innovation thinking across the business. Leigh has taken a special interest in complex healthcare products that can change lives in meaningful ways. She was recently a strategic lead on the 3rd largest launch in pharmaceutical history: Tecfidera. Before that she had keys roles with Eli Lilly Oncology, Abbott Nutrition, Amgen Cardiovascular, and Eli Lilly Diabetes. A critical part of Leigh’s work is trends and new ideas. Every year, she convenes a group of trend watchers from across our global network to identify the shifts most critical to healthcare marketers. Leigh is a sought-after writer and speaker. Recognized as one of the most inspiring people in the pharmaceutical industry by PharmaVoice, Leigh also was recognized as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) for her overt passion, industry thought leadership and significant contributions in new business, strategy and mentoring.