Esther (E.T) Franklin

Chief Strategy | Cultural Fluency Officer

Spark Foundry


Lurie Children's Hopsital
Chicago Urban League
The Family Institute @ Northwestern University



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sther *ET* Franklin is an experienced Capability Builder & Integratorwho brings a Whole-View-Perspective to corporations and boards. As a Capability Builderher 20+ years of leadership & experience has driven significant impact in a variety of ways.In 2022 Esther was elevated to Chief Strategy | Cultural Fluency Officer at Spark Foundry; the largest Publicis Media brand; a division of Publicis Groupe.In this role *ET* is an Integratorholding accountability & responsibility for the organization’s strategic vision, way of working and overseeing the largest practice within the organization; 400+ Media & Communications Strategists across 80+ client teams.Ms. Franklin, an industry icon, has held numerous leadership positions inside Advertising & Media agencies.Experience amassed yields a Whole-View-Perspective; Global Strategy & Cultural Fluency, Product Excellence -Cannes Festival of Creativity & Global Festival of Media Juries, Jay Chiat Strategy Awards Jury Chair.Esther’s leadership has been recognized for many years; named Advertising Woman of the Year Chicago; by Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) & Advertising Legendby AdColor.Her current civic involvement includes board service with; The Chicago Urban League (Secretary) and The Family Institute @ Northwestern University (Vice Chair), WTTW.Additionally, she serves on the Multicultural Advisory Committee for Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL.Esther’s advisory roles are shaped & informed by her desire to stay current…ahead of board considerations, via participation in the by invitation, Kellogg Corporate Governance Conference; Northwestern University, over numerous years.