Brand Champion of the Month
JANUARY Oprah Winfrey
We all know Oprah Winfrey. From her highly-rated talk show, magazine, and her very OWN TV network, Oprah remains one of the most influential people in the world. As a successful philanthropist, producer, actress, and publisher, she continues her accomplishments this year by landing coveted interviews from Beyoncé to Lance Armstrong. She is a Brand Champion to the fullest.
She’s been quite busy this year. With 1 year of motherhood under her belt, she began 2013 performing at Obama’s 2nd inauguration. 2 weeks later, she brought down the house at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show. Beyoncé added a 17th Grammy to her collection this year when she won Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Love on Top.” To top it all off, she directed and produced her own documentary on HBO. Beyoncé is a Brand Champion simply for working her tail off!
MARCH Ben Affleck
He’s the comeback kid. It’s been a while since he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Good Will Hunting in 1997. He flopped with Gigli in 2003, costing $75 million to make and only raising $4 million. Among other box-office bombs, he really hasn’t made headlines, until now. In 2012, he directed, co-produced and acted in the film Argo, which earned him a Golden Globe for best director and the 2013 Oscar for best picture. And for that, he’s earned the March Brand Champion accolade.
APRIL Sara Blakely
As the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, Sara Blakely is a newcomer to the Forbes’ 2013 Most Powerful Women list and the creator of the shapewear giant Spanx. In April, Sara became the first female billionaire to sign the Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge, a campaign to encourage the world’s most wealthiest people to donate most of their wealth to philanthropic causes. Now that, is a natural born leader and our April Brand Champion.