Through the generosity of Granger & Jan Davis and Milton & Claudia Davis, the Davis Family Lecture Series was created to feature prominent business men and women who have made a significant impact on business. As pillars of the UCA and Conway community, the Davis Family’s gift to the UCA Centennial Campaign: New Vision, New Century inspired a lecture series open to all students, faculty, staff, and business community who wish to attend.
Co-Founder & President
War Stories and Observational Advice from an Old Ad Girl
Tuesday, February 9, 2017
X-Period (1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
College of Business Auditorium (107)
Free and open to the public
Professional Experience and Personal Bio
Millie Ward is co-founder and president of Stone Ward,
a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, with offices in Little Rock and Chicago. Millie established the firm in 1984 with Larry Stone, who today serves as chairman and executive creative director. Millie is at the center of Stone Ward’s ethos of intelligent thinking, committed service and creative drive. She infuses every client and personal encounter with her distinctive energy and insight and in 2014 became the first woman inducted outright into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.
Under her leadership, Stone Ward has established a “Building Good” philosophy in which the agency not only gives back to the communities it serves, but also commits itself to excellence and to realizing the potential of Stone Ward’s people, clients and their brands. In its 33 years, Millie and the agency have donated countless hours and resources to support the marketing efforts of both local and global non-profits dedicated to health and human services, education, community, economic development, arts and culture.
Stone Ward is widely recognized in the South and Midwest for its creativity and diverse client list, which includes the U.S. Soccer Federation, Sport Clips Haircuts, Snap-On Tools, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Baptist Health, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Central Arkansas Honda Dealers, Deltic Timber and Chenal Properties, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and numerous others.
Millie’s professional affiliations are a valuable asset to Stone Ward and include past president, treasurer and member of the executive committee of the Advertising & Marketing International Network (AMIN), an international network of independently owned advertising agencies, serving as the first female president and spokesperson during her two-year term. She is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a former director of the Arkansas Chapter, as well as past president of the International Association of Business Communicators – Arkansas.
Most recently, Millie was appointed to the Little Rock Federal Reserve Board of Directors. She is a Board Member for the Baptist Health Foundation; Bridge2Rwanda; a founding board member of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas; a member of the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business Arkansas Executive Forum; a member of the Arkansas State University Chancellor’s Cabinet; and a member of the Arkansas Women’s Forum. She is a former board member of Pulaski County United Way and charter member of the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum.
Giving back to the community is an essential part of Millie’s life. Her community and civic leadership has made a difference for many organizations including the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, where she served two terms as President and sat on the executive committee for 20 years; 25 years on the Little Rock MetroCentre Commission, also dedicated to downtown development; her decade long service to the Greater Little Rock Chamber’s Fifty for the Future and her leadership role as a Board Member for the Venture Center, dedicated to cultivating Central Arkansas’s startup ecosystem.
She is an avid fundraiser for the causes she supports. In 2017, Millie is serving as chair for the Baptist Health Foundation Bolo Bash Luncheon and as dinner chair for the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches Children’s Award Dinner. As a former board member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Millie and her husband and partner, Larry Stone served as the 2001 co-chairs of the ASO’s lead fundraiser, Opus Ball. In 2001, she and Larry served as co-chair for the Arkansas Heart Association’s Heart Ball. And in 2015, she and colleague, Del Boyette, served as co-chairs for the Arkansas Arts Center storied fundraiser, Tabriz.
She received the 2016 Rotary Club of Little Rock Sydney M. Brooks Fellow and Business and Professional Leader of the Year Award. In 2009, Millie received the Woman of the Year Award by Women & Children First. She and her partner, Larry Stone, were recently notified of their upcoming induction into the 2017 class of the Southwest Advertising Federation Hall of Fame.
Other career accolades received by Millie include: 2012 Sales and Marketing Executive International (SMEI) Arkansas’ Top Manager of the Year; Arkansas Business Publishing Group “Arkansas Power List”; Little Rock Monthly Magazine “25 Central Arkansans to Watch”; Inviting Arkansas magazine’s “20 Most Inviting Arkansans”; Arkansas Business Publishing Group “Top 100 Women in Business”; the 1994 “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Arkansas State University; 1993 “Arkansas Woman Business Owner of the Year” by the National Association of Women Business Owners; 1991 “Advertising Person of the Year Award” along with her partner, Larry Stone; and was named by Adweek Magazine in 1985 as one of the “Women to Watch in the Southwest.”