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Fri., Sept. 13

Fall 2019 schedule coming in August!

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Fri., Sept. 13

Fall 2019 schedule coming in August!

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Past speakers

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