Independent creative agency Zambezi has been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2018 list of 100 Largest Women-Owned Businesses in Los Angeles County.  Zambezi ranked at number 32 according to revenues of $22.4 million in 2016 and $26 million 2017, with a total headcount of 81 employees. It is the fourth year in a row that the agency has been named to the list, moving up from last year’s standing at number 35.

“Our overarching goal for this year is growth - personally and collectively. So I’m energized to see that we’re recognized again on the prestigious list of the largest female-owned agencies in Los Angeles,” said Jean Freeman, Principal and CEO of Zambezi. “We are here to help our clients ‘take bigger bites’ and win in the modern marketplace. So we see our placement on the LABJ list as emblematic of the future of the creative industry.”

Zambezi’s revenue growth has been robust for a mid-size agency (from $12MM in 2015 to $26MM in 2017) while building a diverse staff that is 60% female and 25% people of color. Freeman has growth plans in place for Zambezi to be the largest woman-owned agency in the advertising industry with $50 million in revenues by 2020. Zambezi’s CEO was named to Adweek’s 2017 Disruptors List and named one of the 4As 100 People Who Make Advertising Great. Most recently Freeman was named a Working Mothers of the Year by She Runs It (formerly Advertising Women of New York), joining 23 other industry honorees who have served as strong role models and demonstrate a positive influence at work, at home, and within their communities.  

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About Zambezi
The most creatively-awarded female-owned advertising agency in America. Zambezi has been recognized in the past year at Cannes, ONE Show, Webbys, and Clios. The shop has been named to Inc. Magazine's list of 500/500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and recognized as an Advertising Age Small Agency of the Year in 2011 and 2016. Zambezi also has been recognized as one of the Largest Woman-Owned Business in Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2015 and 2016. The agency works with Fortune 500 brands including Cox Automotive, The TaylorMade Golf Company, The Coca-Cola Company, PayPal and Venmo. To learn more about Zambezi, visit