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Past speakers

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April 30, 2021

Eric Kallman

Co-Founder/CCO, Erich & Kallman


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April 23, 2021

Rachel Mercer

Co-Founder and CEO, Proto (XD, 2012)


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April 16, 2021

Matt Skibiak

Creative Director, Arts & Letters (CW, 2013)


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March 19, 2021

Adam Wiese

VP, Strategy Director (ST, 2010), Giant Spoon

Erin Hauswirth

Associate Creative Director, Copy, Giant Spoon


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March 12, 2021

Anya Liddiard

Brand Strategist, INNOCEAN (ST, 2011)

Erin Bohlender

Director of Brand Strategy at INNOCEAN 


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March 5, 2021

Lindsey Lake

Senior Recruiter, ROSEWOOD Creative

Kelsey Honz

Talent & Culture Manager, Butler Shine, Stern, & Partners


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Feb. 26, 2021

Khartoon Weiss

Head of Global Agency and Accounts, TikTok

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Feb. 25, 2021

Aisha Hakim

Associate Creative Director, PREACHER

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Feb. 12, 2021

Second-Year Students Present Work

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Feb. 5, 2021

Natalie Garramone

Owner & Principal Consultant, ONE EIGHTY

Benita Conde

Founder, Create Radical Love

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Nov. 19, 2020

Jarrod Higgins

Creative Director / Wieden+Kennedy Portland

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Nov. 5, 2020

Abu Ngauja

Associate Director, Talent & Culture / The Martin Agency

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Oct. 22, 2020

Margaret Johnson

Chief Creative Officer / Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Zach Canfield

Director of Talent / Goodby Silverstein & Partners

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Oct. 15, 2020

Elizabeth Paul

Chief Strategy Officer / The Martin Agency

Helena Berhane

Senior Brand Strategist / The Martin Agency

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Oct. 8, 2020

Carl Desir

Founder / The Boom List

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Oct. 1, 2020

Mira Kaddoura (AD, 2002)

Founder and Executive Creative Director / Red & Co.

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Sept. 24, 2020

Vanessa Toro

VP Creative Strategy / Digitas

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Sept. 17, 2020

Benita Conde

Founder / Create Radical Love

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Sept. 10, 2020

Tim Gordon (CW, 2008)

Chief Creative Officer / Droga5

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March 6, 2020


Katie Ramp, John Matejczyk and Henry Fernandez of MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER, joined by their client The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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Feb. 28, 2020

Jean Scofield & Kris Roggemann

Executive Creative Producer & Creative Producer/Partner  /  Mophonics

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Feb. 21, 2020

Alain Sylvain

Founder & CEO / Sylvain Labs

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Jan. 31, 2020

Mike Lear

Executive Creative Director / BrightHouse

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Jan. 24, 2020

Elizabeth Paul

Chief Strategy Officer / The Martin Agency

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Nov. 22, 2019

Barbara Soalheiro

Founder / MESA

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Nov. 15, 2019

Jonathan Rosen (AD, 1999)

Visual Artist and Creative Director

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Nov. 8, 2019

Tim Gordon (CW, 2008)

Executive Creative Director / Droga5

Nick Maschmeyer (ST, 2012)

Brand Strategy Director / Droga5


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Oct. 25, 2019

Jean Freeman

Principal + CEO / Zambezi

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Oct. 11, 2019

Brian Salzman

Founder and President / RQ

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Sept. 27, 2019

Michael Fanuele

Author of Stop Making Sense: The Art of Inspiring Anybody and Former Chief Creative Officer / General Mills

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Sept. 20, 2019

Jennifer London

EVP, Insights & Strategy, Edelman DC Digital

David Benbassett

Senior Digital Strategic Planner, Edelman DC Digital

Laura Gentles

General Manager, Brand/ Edelman DC Digital

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Sept. 13, 2019

Katherine Wintsch

Founder and CEO / The Mom Complex + Author of Slay Like a Mother

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April 5, 2019

Nikki Baker & Leslie Shaffer

Executive Creative Directors, Fallon New York

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March 29, 2019

Tom Manion & Jack Colley

Creatives at Google Experiences

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March 22, 2019

Tom Mooney

President, ADDigital Productions

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March 15, 2019

Rafi Kugler and Lionel Carreon

Director of Recruiting, barrettSF and Global Director, Creative Recruiting, R/GA

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March 1, 2019

Dominic Willsdon

Executive Director, Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

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Feb. 22, 2019

Class of 2018 Alumni Panel

Coryn Bajema (XD), Google
Evan Chiplock (CW), The Community
Whitney Downing (AD), Wieden+Kennedy Portland
Hannah Levy (CBM), The Martin Agency
Martin Madriaga (ST), Arts & Letters
Christa Prater (CW), Wieden+Kennedy Portland
Blake Smoral (ST), The Martin Agency

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Feb. 15, 2019

Val Middleton

Partner, West Venture Studio

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Feb. 1, 2019

Jason Musante & Tim Flood

Chief Creative Officer and Executive Creative Director, Huge

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Jan. 25, 2019

Howard Jordan, Jr. (CW, 1999)

TV Writer / Creative Director / Strategist

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Nov. 30, 2018

Matthew Freeman

Founder, Dialectix Consulting

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Nov. 16, 2018

Courtney Ferrell

Creative Thinking Partner. Speaker. Writer.

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Nov. 9, 2018

Eric Kallman

Co-Founder/Creative Director, Erich & Kallman

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Nov. 2, 2018

Lucas Casão and Guilherme Rácz

Creative Directors, Arnold Worldwide

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Oct. 26, 2018

Karen Costello

Chief Creative Officer, The Martin Agency

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Oct. 12, 2018

Brian Bennett

Vice President Executive Creative Director, Carhartt

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Oct. 5, 2018

Luke Rabin

Cofounder and product lead at BLDR

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Sept. 21, 2018

Elsa Perushek, Peter Petrulo & Jason Zabel

Strategist, Designer & Partner, and Creative, Zeus Jones

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April 20, 2018

Jarrod Higgins (XD, 2010)

Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy

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April 13, 2018

Justin Gignac

Co-Founder, Working Not Working

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April 6, 2018

Bob Winter

Executive Creative Director, VSA Partners

Joe Nio (ST, 2000)

Associate Partner, Strategy Discipline Lead, VSA Partners

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March 23, 2018

Allison Arden

Founder & CEO, SOUL + CO

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March 16, 2018

Class of 2017 Alumni Panel

Featuring alums from R/GA, Arts & Letters, The Martin Agency, Deutsch New York and Terri & Sandy

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March 2, 2018

Tiffany Rolfe

Partner/Chief Content Officer, Co:collective

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Feb. 23, 2018

Moses Foster

President & CEO, West Cary Group

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Feb. 16, 2018

Saneel Radia

Executive Vice President, Global Head of Consulting, R/GA

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Feb. 9, 2018

Rob Baird

Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Preacher

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Feb. 2, 2018

Kristina Jenkins

Chief Strategy Officer, Zambezi

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Jan. 26, 2018

Charles Hodges (CW, 2009)

Founder & ECD, Arts & Letters Creative Co.

Andy Grayson (ST, 2003)

Director of Strategy, Arts & Letters Creative Co.

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Jan. 19, 2018

Jason Peterson

Chairman & Chief Creative Officer, Havas Creative, U.S.

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Dec. 1, 2017

Karl Lieberman

Executive Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy

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Nov. 10, 2017

David Muhlenfeld

Vice President/Creative Director, The Martin Agency

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Oct. 27, 2017

Rick Boyko

Former Director/Professor, VCU Brandcenter

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Oct. 13, 2017

Gautam Ramdurai (ST, 2011)

Regional Product Marketing, Asia Pacific, Google


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Oct. 6, 2017

Kelli Lemon

Social Entrepreneur, On Air Personality for Radio One Richmond, and Host of Coffee with Strangers

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Sept. 29, 2017

David Baldwin

Lead Guitar / Baldwin&

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Sept. 22, 2017

Matt Donlon

Founder / UZURV

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Sept. 15, 2017

Matthew Freeman

Author / “Overcoming Bias”​ 

Co-Founder and Lead Consultant / TMI Consulting, Inc

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Sept. 8, 2017

Cecelia Parrish (CBM, 2015)

Strategic planner / The Martin Agency

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April 21, 2017

Karen Land Short

Group creative director/Droga5 New York

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April 14, 2017

Jess Greenwood

VP, content and partnerships/R/GA

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April 7, 2017

Jason Harris

President/CEO/Mekanism Inc.

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March 31, 2017

Debbi Vandeven

Chief creative officer/VML

John Cook

Global CEO /VML

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March 24, 2017

Kevin McKeon

Chief creative officer/Olson

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March 17, 2017

Fitz Maro

Senior innovation strategist/360i

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March 3, 2017

Heidi Hackemer

Founder/Wolf & Wilhelmin

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Feb. 24, 2017

Lisa Freiman

Director, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

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Feb. 17, 2017

Paul Keister

Chief Creative Officer, Carvana

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Feb. 10, 2017

Frank McCann

President & CEO, McCann Systems

Chad Hutson

President, Leviathan

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Feb. 3, 2017

Winston Binch

Chief Digital Officer, Deutsch North America

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Jan. 27, 2017

Kristen Cavallo

US Chief Growth Officer, MullenLowe

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Jan. 20, 2017

Rick Webb

Author, Consultant, & Chief Operations Officer, Timehop

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