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Rachael Savage to serve as May graduation speaker

Apr 30, 2019

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By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

Rachael Savage

Rachael Savage of Condé Nast will serve as the commencement speaker for the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture’s May graduation. Commencement will take place on Friday, May 10, at 2 p.m. in Ballroom B21 (ABC) at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N 3rd St. Savage's speech is titled "Lessons in Keeping It Real." The ceremony is open to the public and no tickets are needed.

"We're very excited Rachael will be back to our School and her alma mater and looking forward to her commencement speech," said Dr. Hong Cheng, director of the Robertson School. "Her success stories in her career and her 'Lessons in Keeping it Real' will surely inspire and enlighten our graduating class and other audience."  

Savage currently serves as Head of Advertising Operations at Condé Nast, where she leads teams responsible for developing digital ad strategies and the supporting operations for 22 brands in the Condé Nast portfolio (including Vogue, GQ, Wired, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker). She joined Condé Nast in 2018 from Google, where she oversaw campaign planning and implementation across YouTube’s Google Preferred business. Prior to Google, Savage spent nine formative years at The New York Times, where she came through the ranks building digital ad capabilities, eventually overall leading sales operations, revenue analytics, and platform partnerships.

Savage started her media career in 2006, after graduating from the Robertson School (then the School of Mass Communications). She majored in mass communications, with a focus on advertising. She currently resides in Manhattan with her elderly Pug, Pearl.