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Past speakers

Headshot of Eric Kallman / Spring 2023

April 21, 2023

Eric Kallman

Founder and CCO / Erich & Kallman

Headshot of Alain Sylvain, Founder & CEO / SYLVAIN

April 14, 2023

Alain Sylvain

Founder & CEO / SYLVAIN

Headshot of Noah Brier

April 7, 2023

Noah Brier

Founder / BRXND.AI

Headshot of Phil Williams

March 31, 2023

Phil Williams

Director of Culture / Arts & Letters Creative Co.

Headshot of Graham Douglas & Spencer LaVallee / GUS

March 24, 2023

Graham Douglas & Spencer LaVallee

Co-Founders & Creative Directors / Gus

Headshot of Jayson Atienza

March 17, 2023

Jayson Atienza

Artist and Creative Director

Headshot of Rick Plautz + Andrew LeVasseur

Feb. 24, 2023

Andrew LeVasseur & Rick Plautz (AD, 2014)

Experience Design Concentration Chair & Motion Designer / Capital One; Adjunct Professor


Headshot of Jordan Muse

Feb. 17, 2023

Jordan Muse

EVP, Executive Partner, Account Leadership / The Martin Agency

Headshot of Lauren Stewart & Christie Thompson

Dec. 9, 2022

Lauren Stewart & Christie Thompson

Co-Founder & Creative Director; Partner & Brand Strategist / Campfire & Co.

Headshot of Danielle Flagg

Nov. 18, 2022

Danielle Flagg

Executive Creative Director / Arts & Letters Creative Co.


Headshot of MJ Deery

Nov. 11, 2022

MJ Deery

Creative Director, Story / Matter Unlimited


Headshot of Amy Davis

Nov. 4, 2022

Amy Davis

Vice President, Global Brand Marketing / Headspace

Headshot of Bianca Guimaraes and Kevin Mulroy

Oct. 28, 2022

Bianca Guimaraes + Kevin Mulroy

Executive Creative Directors + Partners / Mischief


Headshot of Frank Cartagena

Oct. 14, 2022

Frank Cartagena

CCO / the community

Headshot of Jay Kamath

Oct. 5, 2022

Jay Kamath (AD, 2007)

Founder & Chief Creative Officer / HAYMAKER

Headshot of Van Gould and Chris Sheldon

April 15, 2022

Van Gould (AD, 2012) & Chris Sheldon (CW, 2012)

Creative Directors / Maximum Effort

Headshot of Eric Cruz

April 1, 2022

Eric Cruz

Executive Creative Director  / DDB San Francisco 

Headshot of Ben Purcell

March 25, 2022

Ben Purcell

Chief Creative Officer / David & Goliath

Headshot of Karl Lieberman

Feb. 25, 2022

Karl Lieberman

Global Chief Creative Officer / Wieden+Kennedy

Headshot of Tara DeVeaux

Feb. 18, 2022

Tara DeVeaux

Chief Marketing Officer / Wild Card

Headshot of Stephanie Garcia

Feb. 11, 2022

Stephanie Garcia

Content Strategist / D1.ticker

Headshot of Rick Plautz

Feb. 4, 2022

Rick Plautz (AD, 2014)

Adjunct Professor / Brandcenter

Headshot of Allie Carr and Jason Goldberg

Dec. 3, 2021

Allie Carr (CW, 2018)

Associate Creative Director / Erich & Kallman

Jason Goldberg (AD, 2017)

Associate Creative Director / Erich & Kallmann

Headshot of Jeanine Celeste Pang and Elizabeth Paul

Nov. 19, 2021

Jeanine Celeste Pang 

Sr Creative Director, Voice / Old Navy

Elizabeth Paul

Chief Strategy Officer / The Martin Agency

Headshot of Casey Rand

Nov. 12, 2021

Casey Rand (CW, 2008)

Chief Creative Officer / Potential Energy Coalition

Headshot of Iyana Sarrafieh

Nov. 5, 2021

Iyana Sarrafieh

Director, Brand Strategy  / The SpringHill Company

Headshot of Terri Meyer and Sandy Greenberg

Oct. 29, 2021

Terri Meyer

Co-Founder / CEO, Terri & Sandy

Sandy Greenberg

Co-Founder / CEO, Terri & Sandy

Headshot of Ashley Sommardahl

Oct. 15, 2021

Ashley Sommardahl (ST, 1998)

Associate Director / Brandcenter

Headshot of Mike May

Oct. 8, 2021

Mike May

GVP Strategy / HUGE

Headshot of Eric Kallman

April 30, 2021

Eric Kallman

Co-Founder/CCO, Erich & Kallman


Headshot of Rachel Mercer

April 23, 2021

Rachel Mercer

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


Headshot of Matt Skibiak

April 16, 2021

Matt Skibiak

Creative Director, Arts & Letters (CW, 2013)


Headshot of Adam Wiese and Erin Hauswirth

March 19, 2021

Adam Wiese

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

Erin Hauswirth

Associate Creative Director, Copy, Giant Spoon


Headshot of Anya Liddiard Erin Bohlender

March 12, 2021

Anya Liddiard

Brand Strategist, INNOCEAN (ST, 2011)

Erin Bohlender

Director of Brand Strategy at INNOCEAN 


Headshot of Lindsey Lake and Kelsey Honz

March 5, 2021

Lindsey Lake

Senior Recruiter, ROSEWOOD Creative

Kelsey Honz

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


Headshot of Khartoon Weiss

Feb. 26, 2021

Khartoon Weiss

Head of Global Agency and Accounts, TikTok

Headshot of Aisha Hakim

Feb. 25, 2021

Aisha Hakim

Associate Creative Director, PREACHER

Headshot of Second Year Students Present Work

Feb. 12, 2021

Second-Year Students Present Work

Headshot of Natalie Garramone and Benita Conde

Feb. 5, 2021

Natalie Garramone

Owner & Principal Consultant, ONE EIGHTY

Benita Conde

Founder, Create Radical Love

Headshot of Jarrod Higgins

Nov. 19, 2020

Jarrod Higgins

Creative Director / Wieden+Kennedy Portland

Headshot of Abu Ngauja

Nov. 5, 2020

Abu Ngauja

Associate Director, Talent & Culture / The Martin Agency

Headshot of Margaret Johnson Zach Canfield

Oct. 22, 2020

Margaret Johnson

Chief Creative Officer / Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Zach Canfield

Director of Talent / Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Headshot of Elizabeth Paul Helena Berhane

Oct. 15, 2020

Elizabeth Paul

Chief Strategy Officer / The Martin Agency

Helena Berhane

Senior Brand Strategist / The Martin Agency

Headshot of Carl Desir

Oct. 8, 2020

Carl Desir

Founder / The Boom List

Headshot of Mira Kaddoura

Oct. 1, 2020

Mira Kaddoura (AD, 2002)

Founder and Executive Creative Director / Red & Co.

Headshot of Vanessa Toro

Sept. 24, 2020

Vanessa Toro

VP Creative Strategy / Digitas

Headshot of Benita Conde

Sept. 17, 2020

Benita Conde

Founder / Create Radical Love

Headshot of Tim Gordon

Sept. 10, 2020

Tim Gordon (CW, 2008)

Chief Creative Officer / Droga5


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.

Headshot of Jean Scofield

Feb. 28, 2020

Jean Scofield & Kris Roggemann

Executive Creative Producer & Creative Producer/Partner  /  Mophonics

Headshot of Alain Sylvain / 2020

Feb. 21, 2020

Alain Sylvain

Founder & CEO / Sylvain Labs

Headshot of Mike Lear

Jan. 31, 2020

Mike Lear

Executive Creative Director / BrightHouse

Headshot of Elizabeth Paul

Jan. 24, 2020

Elizabeth Paul

Chief Strategy Officer / The Martin Agency

Headshot of Barbara Soalheiro

Nov. 22, 2019

Barbara Soalheiro

Founder / MESA

Headshot of Jonathan Rosen AD 1999

Nov. 15, 2019

Jonathan Rosen (AD, 1999)

Visual Artist and Creative Director

Headshot of Tim Gordon CW 2008 and Nick Maschmeyer ST 2012

Nov. 8, 2019

Tim Gordon (CW, 2008)

Executive Creative Director / Droga5

Nick Maschmeyer (ST, 2012)

Brand Strategy Director / Droga5


Headshot of Jean Freeman

Oct. 25, 2019

Jean Freeman

Principal + CEO / Zambezi

Headshot of Brian Salzman

Oct. 11, 2019

Brian Salzman

Founder and President / RQ

Headshot of Michael Fanuele

Sept. 27, 2019

Michael Fanuele

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

Headshot of Jennifer London, David Benbassett, Laura Gentles

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

Headshot of Katherine Wintsch

Sept. 13, 2019

Katherine Wintsch

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

Headshot of Nikki Baker and Leslie Shaffer

April 5, 2019

Nikki Baker & Leslie Shaffer

Executive Creative Directors, Fallon New York

Headshot of Tom Manion and Jack Colley

March 29, 2019

Tom Manion & Jack Colley

Creatives at Google Experiences

Headshot of Tom Mooney

March 22, 2019

Tom Mooney

President, ADDigital Productions

Headshot of Rafi Kugler and Lionel Carreon

March 15, 2019

Rafi Kugler and Lionel Carreon

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

Headshot of Dominic Willsdon

March 1, 2019

Dominic Willsdon

Executive Director, Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

Headshot of Class of 2018 Alumni Panel

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

Headshot of Val Middleton

Feb. 15, 2019

Val Middleton

Partner, West Venture Studio

Headshot of Jason Musante and Tim Flood

Feb. 1, 2019

Jason Musante & Tim Flood

Chief Creative Officer and Executive Creative Director, Huge

Headshot of Howard Jordan Jr

Jan. 25, 2019

Howard Jordan, Jr. (CW, 1999)

TV Writer / Creative Director / Strategist

Headshot of Matthew Freeman

Nov. 30, 2018

Matthew Freeman

Founder, Dialectix Consulting

Headshot of Courtney Ferrell

Nov. 16, 2018

Courtney Ferrell

Creative Thinking Partner. Speaker. Writer.

Headshot of Eric Kallman

Nov. 9, 2018

Eric Kallman

Co-Founder/Creative Director, Erich & Kallman

Headshot of  Lucas Casao and  Guilherme Racz

Nov. 2, 2018

Lucas Casão and Guilherme Rácz

Creative Directors, Arnold Worldwide

Headshot of Karen Costello

Oct. 26, 2018

Karen Costello

Chief Creative Officer, The Martin Agency

Headshot of Brian Bennett

Oct. 12, 2018

Brian Bennett

Vice President Executive Creative Director, Carhartt

Headshot of Luke Rabin

Oct. 5, 2018

Luke Rabin

Cofounder and product lead at BLDR

Headshot of Elsa Perushek, Peter Petrulo and Jason Zabel

Sept. 21, 2018

Elsa Perushek, Peter Petrulo & Jason Zabel

Strategist, Designer & Partner, and Creative, Zeus Jones

Headshot of Jarrod Higgins

April 20, 2018

Jarrod Higgins (XD, 2010)

Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy

Headshot of Justin Gignac

April 13, 2018

Justin Gignac

Co-Founder, Working Not Working

Headshot of Bob Winter and Joe Nio

April 6, 2018

Bob Winter

Executive Creative Director, VSA Partners

Joe Nio (ST, 2000)

Associate Partner, Strategy Discipline Lead, VSA Partners

Headshot of Allison Arden

March 23, 2018

Allison Arden

Founder & CEO, SOUL + CO

Headshot of Class of 2017 Alumni Panel

March 16, 2018

Class of 2017 Alumni Panel

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

Headshot of Tiffany Rolfe

March 2, 2018

Tiffany Rolfe

Partner/Chief Content Officer, Co:collective

Headshot of Moses Foster

Feb. 23, 2018

Moses Foster

President & CEO, West Cary Group

Headshot of Saneel Radia

Feb. 16, 2018

Saneel Radia

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

Headshot of Rob Baird

Feb. 9, 2018

Rob Baird

Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Preacher

Headshot of Kristina Jenkins

Feb. 2, 2018

Kristina Jenkins

Chief Strategy Officer, Zambezi

Headshot of Charles Hodges and Andy Grayson

Jan. 26, 2018

Charles Hodges (CW, 2009)

Founder & ECD, Arts & Letters Creative Co.

Andy Grayson (ST, 2003)

Director of Strategy, Arts & Letters Creative Co.

Headshot of Jason Peterson

Jan. 19, 2018

Jason Peterson

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

Headshot of Karl Lieberman

Dec. 1, 2017

Karl Lieberman

Executive Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy

Headshot of David Muhlenfeld

Nov. 10, 2017

David Muhlenfeld

Vice President/Creative Director, The Martin Agency

Headshot of Rick Boyko

Oct. 27, 2017

Rick Boyko

Former Director/Professor, VCU Brandcenter

Headshot of Gautam Ramdurai

Oct. 13, 2017

Gautam Ramdurai (ST, 2011)

Regional Product Marketing, Asia Pacific, Google


Headshot of Kelli Lemon

Oct. 6, 2017

Kelli Lemon

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

Headshot of David Baldwin

Sept. 29, 2017

David Baldwin

Lead Guitar / Baldwin&

Headshot of Matt Donlon

Sept. 22, 2017

Matt Donlon

Founder / UZURV

Headshot of Matthew Freeman 2017

Sept. 15, 2017

Matthew Freeman

Author / “Overcoming Bias”​ 

Co-Founder and Lead Consultant / TMI Consulting, Inc

Headshot of Cecelia Parrish

Sept. 8, 2017

Cecelia Parrish (CBM, 2015)

Strategic planner / The Martin Agency

Headshot of Karen Land Short

April 21, 2017

Karen Land Short

Group creative director/Droga5 New York

Headshot of Jess Greenwood

April 14, 2017

Jess Greenwood

VP, content and partnerships/R/GA

Headshot of Jason Harris

April 7, 2017

Jason Harris

President/CEO/Mekanism Inc.

Headshot of Debbi Vandeven and John Cook

March 31, 2017

Debbi Vandeven

Chief creative officer/VML

John Cook

Global CEO /VML

Headshot of Kevin McKeon

March 24, 2017

Kevin McKeon

Chief creative officer/Olson

Headshot of Fitz Maro

March 17, 2017

Fitz Maro

Senior innovation strategist/360i

Headshot of Heidi Hackemer

March 3, 2017

Heidi Hackemer

Founder/Wolf & Wilhelmin

Headshot of Lisa Freiman

Feb. 24, 2017

Lisa Freiman

Director, VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

Headshot of Paul Keister

Feb. 17, 2017

Paul Keister

Chief Creative Officer, Carvana

Headshot of Frank McCann and Chad Hutson

Feb. 10, 2017

Frank McCann

President & CEO, McCann Systems

Chad Hutson

President, Leviathan

Headshot of Winston Binch

Feb. 3, 2017

Winston Binch

Chief Digital Officer, Deutsch North America

Headshot of Kristen Cavallo

Jan. 27, 2017

Kristen Cavallo

US Chief Growth Officer, MullenLowe

Headshot of Rick Webb

Jan. 20, 2017

Rick Webb

Author, Consultant, & Chief Operations Officer, Timehop