Karen Land Short hails from Austin,Texas, where she was raised on taco trucks before taco trucks were a thing. After graduating from the University of Virginia and the VCU Brandcenter, she migrated west to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. While there, she helped build brands like got milk?, Haagen-Dazs, Doritos, Kayak.com and HP, winning gold at Cannes, One Show, Art Director’s Club, D&AD and Effies along the way. In her more than six years at Droga5, Karen has created influential and award-winning campaigns for Prudential, Newcastle Brown Ale, Under Armour, the Clinton Foundation, Hillary for America, the YMCA, the National Women’s Law Center, Chase, and more. Most notably, her Under Armour work was honored by the United Nations, her Equal Payback Project for the National Women’s Law Center won a Cannes Gold Glass Lion and a Gold Clio, and Prudential’s Challenge Lab won a Cannes Titanium Lion and a Gold Andy.
Karen was a Cannes Young Lion, has judged the One Show, Cannes, AICP, and more, was named to Business Insider’s Most Creative Women in Advertising, and was recently listed in the Adweek Creative100 as one of the 18 Top Creative Leaders Whose Ads Are Breaking Through Into Culture.