Women Leading in Local Leadership Team

The Women Leading In Local is comprised of both BIA/Kelsey leadership as well as an Advisory Board which together create a team of dedicated woman uniquely equipped to lead and guide Women Leading in Local. Their passion is to provide networking and professional development opportunities for women in the media, advertising and marketing industries.

Executive Director - Celine MatthiessenCeline Mathiessen

Executive Director of Women Leading in Local

Celine Matthiessen is the V.P. of Analytics and Insights at BIA/Kelsey and has over 15 years of experience in competitive intelligence with a deep background in marketing and advertising. Previously, Matthiessen was a group manager of Competitive Intelligence at SuperMedia, where she established and managed a formal competitive intelligence department that supported a 4,000-member sales force and over 500 employees in marketing, strategy, sales training, IT, business development and investor relations.

Managing Director - MacKenzie LovingsMacKenzie Lovings

Managing Director of Women Leading in Local

MacKenzie Lovings is the vice president of marketing at BIA/Kelsey and is responsible for the strategic development and tactical implementation of their corporate positioning, product marketing and public relations. She also leads a marketing and communications team and the marketing of BIA/Kelsey’s conferences, tradeshows, and sales lead generation.

Operations Director - Nanci KarasNanci Karas

Operations Director of Women Leading in Local

Nanci Karas is the Executive Director of Conference Sales and Management for BIA/Kelsey and produces top industry events for senior executives in the digital media, advertising, and marketing arena. She has more than 20 years of experience managing nearly every aspect of conference planning and production.

Women Leading In Local Advisory Board

The Women Leading In Local Advisory Board is comprised of women who work in local media and advertising. They are an active voluntary board that is committed to women in the media and marketing industries and assisting them in advancement through Women Leading In Local programs, activities professional development and mentoring programs.


Women LEADING IN LOCAL Advisory Board Members

Advisory Board - Bernadette ColemanBernadette Coleman

CEO, Advice Interactive Group

Bernadette Coleman is the founder and CEO of Advice Interactive Group, a three time award-winning Inc. 500 digital agency. She has authored multiple eBooks, the most recent two being The Complete How-To Guide for Local Citation Audit & Clean Up and An Introduction to Social Media Marketing eBook: A Guide for Small Businesses. Bernadette has been actively involved in digital marketing with an emphasis on local SEO since 2001. Within her organization, she focuses on developing enthusiastic and innovative teams to research, create and develop exciting digital marketing strategies for their clients.

Advisory Board - Faith MurphyFaith Murphy

Director, Channel Management & Reseller Network, Yahoo

Faith Murphy is the Director of Channel Management and Reseller Network at Yahoo. She’s currently leading a team of industry experts who work closely with partners selling locally driven advertiser products to small-medium businesses across the Americas. Faith has over 12 years of experience in search engine marketing, with a background in business development, client management, optimization strategies and analytics.

Advisory Board - Fran WillsFran Wills

General Manager Kudzu/Cox Interactive

Fran Wills is currently Chief Marketing Officer for The Dallas Morning News where she leads the company’s marketing strategy and brand management for their online and offline channels. Mrs. Wills is responsible for both consumer and business-to-business marketing. In her role, she is charged with engaging consumers across The News’ portfolio of products and developing solutions for clients that fulfill their marketing objectives and deliver results. Mrs. Wills has also led the vision and strategy for the interactive division, including marketing, product development and P&L management.

A Word from Our Executive Director

“As our vision grows, so does our determination to build creative and meaningful programs for women,” said Celine Matthiessen, executive director, Women LEADING IN LOCAL and VP, Analytics and Insights, BIA/Kelsey. “As such, we have formed an Advisory Board of women who represent the media landscape and who are willing to offer their experience, insights and ability to help advance the position of women through Women LEADING IN LOCAL activities. We are delighted to welcome Fran, Bernadette and Faith to the board and look forward to working with them to advance our mission.”