2017 District 7 Leadership Conference

About

Ante up! Join us as over 125 advertising and marketing leaders from five states (AL, GA, LA, MS and TN) come to sharpen their leadership skills and learn how to turn luck in their favor.

August 24-27, 2017 | Tuscaloosa, AL | Embassy Suites Downtown

Speakers include Rick Bragg, journalist, writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Sarah Patterson, retired University of Alabama gymnastics head coach, six-time national champion and history maker.

Employer Pitch

Employers want you to be at the top of your game but sometimes they need a little reminding on how you get there. Use the following sample letter to give to your boss telling them what you’ll get from this conference and what you’ll bring back to the office.  Don’t forget to fill in the blanks!

Letter Downloads: Editable PDF | Word doc

Questions

Contact Diedre Stalnaker via email form or call 205-248-5311

General Conference Schedule

View Detailed Schedule and Speaker Bios here >>

Thursday, August 24

2:00 – 6:00 pm – Registration
3:00 – 6:00 pm – EC Meeting
5:30 – 7:30 pm – Welcome Reception
6:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner on Your Own/Pub Crawl

Friday, August 25

8:00 am – Noon  Registration
6:00 – 9:00 am – Hotel Breakfast (provided for all hotel guests)
9:00 – 10:00 am – Morning Keynote: “Living your Dream & Leaving your Legacy” with Sarah Patterson, Former Head Gymnastics Coach & Associate Athletics Director, The University of Alabama
10:15 – 11:15 am – Breakout: “Redefining Leadership for the 21st Century” with Dean Mark Nelson, College of Communications and Information Sciences, The University of Alabama
10:15 – 11:15 am – Breakout: “Why you need CRM” with Clay Davis, Senior Associate Director Enrollment Management Office, The University of Alabama
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch Keynote: “The Young and the Restless: Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Millennial Talent” with Dr. Kenon Brown, Assistant Professor, Advertising & Public Relations, The University of Alabama
12:45 – 1:45 pm – Breakout: “The Rise of Branding in Higher Education” with Linda Bonnin, Vice President Division of Strategic Communications, The University of Alabama
12:45 – 1:45 pm – Breakout TBA
2:00 – 3:00 pm – Breakout: “Successful Event Planning” with Lucy Arnold-Sikes and Ray Taylor
2:00 – 3:00 pm – Breakout:“Pitch Please!” with Mark Barry, Director, Advertising Creative Specialization, The University of Alabama
3:15 – 4:15 pm – State Meetings
4:15 – 5:30 pm – Free Time
5:30 – 6:30 pm – Hotel Reception (provided for all hotel guests)
6:00 – 10:00 pm – Bryant Denny Stadium Reception and Tour – BUSES WILL START TRANSPORT TO STADIUM @6PM
10:00 – Midnight – Hospitality

Saturday, August 26

7:00 – 10:00 am – Hotel Breakfast (provided for all hotel guests)
9:00 – 10:15 am – Morning Keynote: “Advertising, Disability and the Diversity Directive” with Josh Loebner, Director of Strategy, Designsensory
10:30 am – Noon – The Club of the Future/New Officer Training with Joanne Schecter, AAF Executive Vice President Club Services
10:15 – 11:15 am – Regional Directors Meeting
11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Council of Presidents Meeting
12:15 – 1:45 pm – Lunch Keynote with Rick Bragg, journalist, writer and Pulitzer Prize winner
2:00 – 3:00 pm – AAA Workshop: “Hosting Your Most Successful Local American Advertising Awards” with Michele Massey, AAF National AAA Chair, and Karlie Figueroa, Atlanta Ad Club
2:00 – 3:00 pm – Breakout: Membership with Angie Ahumada, Atlanta Ad Club
3:15 – 4:15 pm – Breakout: “We’ve Been Robbed” with Bradley K. Fisher, Corporate Director of Marketing and Communication, DCH Health System
3:15 – 4:15 pm – Breakout: “Building Club Diversity” with Adam Miller and Mary Sood, AAF Tuscaloosa
3:15 – 4:45 pm – District Board Meeting
5:00 – 5:30 pm – President’s Reception
5:30 – 6:30 pm – Hotel Reception (provided for all hotel guests)
6:30 – 10:00 pm – Mouth of the South “Everything 80s”
10:00 – Midnight – Hospitality

*MOTS Practice – Times will be announced at conference with practice times beginning at noon on Saturday*