ABOUT ANNE

Anne spent the first 25 years of her career building and leading advertising agencies in New York City, and has been widely recognized as one of the most powerful women in advertising. She was Chairman and CEO of LLNS and TBWA/ WorldHealth after her successful roles as Chief Integration Officer at BBDO and Managing Director of their highly successful healthcare unit. She also served as CEO of Consumer Healthworks, a division of Merkley and Partner as well as President of Harrison & Star.

It is said the role of a CEO is a lonely one, and Anne found this to be true and in no small part because the relationships were transactional in nature—people connecting with an expectation of help or reciprocity, a form of forced reciprocity, which she found generally unfulfilling.

And through this all, Anne was a single mother to two daughters while battling cancer. It was through this experience that Anne was reminded of the importance and power of women-to-women connections.

From here, she transitioned from the corporate world to work that has greater social impact. She founded Parlay House, a salon-style gathering of over 1,000 Bay-area women who meet to pull each other forward through a combination of shared experiences, meaningful content, and peer-to-peer connections.

She was the Executive Director of The Return, an Emmy-nominated documentary about the experience of people returning to society post-prison. She and her husband were also the lead sponsors of California’s Proposition 36, which restored fairness in sentencing to the State’s excessive Three Strikes Law.

Anne serves as Chairman of the Board of Marchex, a public company, and is proud to be one of very few women serving in that capacity. She is also a Board Member and mentor to the Founders of Lantern, a San Francisco-based start-up that brings mental wellness programs to people through mobile technology. She is a mentor and leader with the She-CAN Foundation (Supporting Her Education Changes a Nation). In her early years, she helped found the iHUG Foundation, a not-for-profit school in Uganda supporting some of that nation’s most needy children.

Additionally, Anne has been part of the Stanford University community, serving as the executive director of the Healthy Body Image Programs. She is a prior Board Member of National Home Health Care Corporation, Braven (a non-profit start-up in the education space) and a consultant to Renew Medical. She is a 2003 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a Wellesley College graduate.

What is unusual and unique about Anne is that she has had a tremendous impact not just in one arena, but across topics of women’s empowerment, business, philanthropy, healthcare, and social justice—and across various industries, sectors, and groups.

ABOUT ANNE

Anne spent the first 25 years of her career building and leading advertising agencies in New York City, and has been widely recognized as one of the most powerful women in advertising. She was Chairman and CEO of LLNS and TBWA/ WorldHealth after her successful roles as Chief Integration Officer at BBDO and Managing Director of their highly successful healthcare unit. She also served as CEO of Consumer Healthworks, a division of Merkley and Partner as well as President of Harrison & Star.

It is said the role of a CEO is a lonely one, and Anne found this to be true and in no small part because the relationships were transactional in nature—people connecting with an expectation of help or reciprocity, a form of forced reciprocity, which she found generally unfulfilling.

And through this all, Anne was a single mother to two daughters while battling cancer. It was through this experience that Anne was reminded of the importance and power of women-to-women connections.

From here, she transitioned from the corporate world to work that has greater social impact. She founded Parlay House, a salon-style gathering of over 1,000 Bay-area women who meet to pull each other forward through a combination of shared experiences, meaningful content, and peer-to-peer connections.

She was the Executive Director of The Return, an Emmy-nominated documentary about the experience of people returning to society post-prison. She and her husband were also the lead sponsors of California’s Proposition 36, which restored fairness in sentencing to the State’s excessive Three Strikes Law.

Anne serves as Chairman of the Board of Marchex, a public company, and is proud to be one of very few women serving in that capacity. She is also a Board Member and mentor to the Founders of Lantern, a San Francisco-based start-up that brings mental wellness programs to people through mobile technology. She is a mentor and leader with the She-CAN Foundation (Supporting Her Education Changes a Nation). In her early years, she helped found the iHUG Foundation, a not-for-profit school in Uganda supporting some of that nation’s most needy children.

Additionally, Anne has been part of the Stanford University community, serving as the executive director of the Healthy Body Image Programs. She is a prior Board Member of National Home Health Care Corporation, Braven (a non-profit start-up in the education space) and a consultant to Renew Medical. She is a 2003 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a Wellesley College graduate.

What is unusual and unique about Anne is that she has had a tremendous impact not just in one arena, but across topics of women’s empowerment, business, philanthropy, healthcare, and social justice—and across various industries, sectors, and groups.

CONTACT ANNE

Anne Devereux-Mills is a rare jewel. She spoke at my POWER Retreat, an executive leadership conference dedicated to empowering women leaders. Through her natural passion, compassion, wisdom and strength, both from her personal journey and in her vast leadership experience, she offers a deep level of inspiration, igniting women to step into their own authentic power. Anne is a true beacon of strength and an exemplary role model for women’s advancement everywhere.

ROBERTA RIGA, LEADERSHIP COACH,
FOUNDER OF POWER (POWER OF WOMEN EXECUTIVES REALIZED)

Anne Devereux-Mills is a rare jewel. She spoke at my POWER Retreat, an executive leadership conference dedicated to empowering women leaders. Through her natural passion, compassion, wisdom and strength, both from her personal journey and in her vast leadership experience, she offers a deep level of inspiration, igniting women to step into their own authentic power. Anne is a true beacon of strength and an exemplary role model for women’s advancement everywhere.

ROBERTA RIGA, LEADERSHIP COACH,
FOUNDER OF POWER (POWER OF WOMEN EXECUTIVES REALIZED)