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Late Deadline for 2021 American Advertising Awards is tomorrow!

The final deadline for submissions is tomorrow (1/13) at 11:59 PM. This is your chance to wipe those fingers down and get to www.SafestADDYsEver.com to submit your work by tomorrow's 11:59 PM CST deadline. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to claim advertising glory from the jaws of the mess that was 2020. 

Don't have time to enter before tomorrow? NO PROBLEM! 

In addition to deeper discounts, one of the best corporate member benefits is extended deadlines for the American Advertising Awards entries. Corporate membership supports the initiatives of AAF Dallas such as DE&I, Education Support, Professional Development, Public Service, and Government Affairs year round.

Thank you to our current corporate members including:
3 Headed Monster
Augustine Agency
Belmont Icehouse
Camelot Communications
Fortunato
Launch Agency
LERMA
Mindhandle
PMG 
Publicis Hawkeye
RBMM
Saatchi & Saatchi
Spectrum
Spire Agency
The Barber Shop
The Richards Group
The Shop
VMLY&R
White Pants Agency
To join as a corporate member, please reach out to Allison McCaslin at [email protected] to get started!
 
While this year has thrown us all a ton of curve balls we are excited to announce that our award season is still underway!

Now more than ever, it is important to recognize individuals within our profession who make us a greater version of ourselves and the industry a better place to work. AAF Dallas is excited to present the 2021 Suits Awards, selecting and honoring ambassadors of creative work who, in the past, have gone unrecognized during the Creative Awards Season. They put in the work behind the great work in the advertising industry. These unsung heroes and heroines have worked diligently behind the creative scenes. We think it's time we recognize those who support great creative.

If you know a professional who deserves to be recognized for the contributions they are making in the advertising and marketing industry in Dallas, nominate them today! Categories include:

- Agency Leader of the Year
- Mosaic Champion of the Year
- Producer of the Year
- Client of the Year
- Agency Media Specialist of the Year
- Media Sales Rep of the Year
- Agency Account Exec of the Year
- Agency Support of the Year
- Educator of the Year
- Young Professional of the Year
Click Here to Nominate
 

The Future is Fluid: 2021 Trends

Our annual advertising and marketing state of the union! Our panel will deep dive into how the advertising industry and job market is changing in the midst of a pandemic. Specifically, we'll be discussing the future of the media landscape, online streaming, Social Media, live events, diversity and inclusion, and much more.
 

Moderated by Al Reid, Director of Saatchi & Saatchi and Education Co-Chair of AAF Dallas

Panelists:
Bennett Bennett -- Founder of 600&Rising and Aerialist 
Sandie Hawkins - GM of Global Business Solutions at Tik Tok
Iris Diaz - CMO of The Dallas Mavericks
Lindsay Weeks - Client Strategy Partner at PMG Agency
Peter Day - CTO at Quantcast 
Holly Shapiro - Director, Ad Innovation Sales at PANDORA Radio 
Maria del Pilar Casal - Brand Partnerships + Digital Marketing at Univision
Chris Ebbesen - VP, Managing Director and Founder of Inspire Brands 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Quantcast is a sponsor of AAF Dallas!


 
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Safest ADDYS Ever, 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge and MORE! See what's up with AAF Dallas

 
It’s been a year.

Through it all, our resilient ad peeps have made it work, through remote shoots and endless zoom meetings, socially-distanced concepting sessions and beyond. To reward those who’ve figured out a way, no matter what, and in true advertising fashion, we’ve spared no expense to overthink ways in which we can deliver the absolute #SafestADDYSEver.


The ADDY trophies have begun their quarantine in preparation for awards season. They will be undergoing rigorous sanitizing protocols and temperature checks, and will be kept at a safe distance away from each other. All to make sure they make it safe and sound to your deserving hands.⠀ ⠀

The 2021 American Advertising Awards competition has officially begun in Dallas. Visit www.safestaddysever.com for more information about this year's season.
 
While this year has thrown us all a ton of curve balls we are excited to announce that our award season is still underway!

Now more than ever, it is important to recognize individuals within our profession who make us a greater version of ourselves and the industry a better place to work. AAF Dallas is excited to present the 2021 Suits Awards, selecting and honoring ambassadors of creative work who, in the past, have gone unrecognized during the Creative Awards Season. They put in the work behind the great work in the advertising industry. These unsung heroes and heroines have worked diligently behind the creative scenes. We think it's time we recognize those who support great creative.

If you know a professional who deserves to be recognized for the contributions they are making in the advertising and marketing industry in Dallas, nominate them today! Categories include:

- Agency Leader of the Year
- Mosaic Champion of the Year
- Producer of the Year
- Client of the Year
- Agency Media Specialist of the Year
- Media Sales Rep of the Year
- Agency Account Exec of the Year
- Agency Support of the Year
- Educator of the Year
- Young Professional of the Year
Click Here to Nominate
 
32 Under 32 Nominations are Open!

WHAT IS 32 UNDER 32? OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF RISING AD TALENT IN DALLAS.

Nominate a standout coworker, boss, or colleague who deserves to be recognized! Our 4th annual 32 Under 32 event will honor the top 32 advertising professionals under the age of 32 in the DFW area as nominated and voted by their peers.

This year, due to COVID-19, our in person event/celebrations will be postponed to the spring of 2021. However, we will still be doing nominations and announcements of winners to keep the 32 Under 32 class of 2020 in the year 2020.

DEADLINE: December 11th 
Click Here to Nominate
 
21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Launching in January 2020 has brought to light the injustices our fellow Americans endure every day just to survive in our society. We at AAF Dallas have been introspective on how we can play our part in moving forward as an industry and as a society. In June, many people promised to do the work they needed to do make our world more inclusive place.

Have you done the work you said you'd do?

If not, we'd like to invite you to join us for our 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge. In January (and each month of 2021), we will host a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge to help our members begin to do Racial Equity work that digs beyond the surface. This is an academic- and discussion- based experience in which our participants will spend 21 days learning and discussing systemic racism in our country and our industry with a small group of peers.

This is completely free and exclusive to our AAF Dallas and Ad 2 Dallas members. We have an opportunity in front of us to be a part of change and we encourage our Members to be brave, take risks, get uncomfortable, and to take this actionable step with us today.
Click Here to Sign Up
 

MEMBERSHIP
AAF loves to celebrate Dallas creative!

We recognize individuals, agencies and campaigns year round; we even award
them every year.

Something we love doing even more than that is getting to know the agencies
in our community and discovering the values between said agencies and
ourselves sometimes align to truly impact the advertising landscape.

We're happy to welcome Spire into our ranks and cannot wait to work with
them on a multitude of initiatives.

If you are interested in joining as a member, please reach out to us at [email protected]
 

EDUCATION
MENTORS NEEDED


This is a call for Mentors!

As part of our annual educational efforts at AAF this  year, we are working with Dallas College in support of  their Dallas County Promise Career Mentoring Program. 
 
Dallas College needs us to help their students on their path to their chosen careers. And mentorship can provide guidance to ensure students stay on their journey. Your knowledge and experience in marketing and advertising will help guide students in their completion of their studies, and ultimately secure employment. To get involved here is a link to the mentorship program. If you or anyone in your organization who'd like to sign up to mentor please visit: 


 https://workforce.dcccd.edu/talent/pages/mentoring.aspx.

As a way to build allyship and bring various Dallas area universities together in one setting, AAF Dallas will be hosting a virtual book club; with chats and dialog to help students with their professional development. And we need your help!! 

AAF would like to hear from you.  Please send us your ideas for Books and Moderators!!. You can email your suggestions to Angelica Ocampo at : [email protected] and Al Reid at : [email protected]

 

EVENTS & MORE
Click Here to Sign Up
 

The Future is Fluid: 2021 Trends

Our annual advertising and marketing state of the union! Our panel will deep dive into how the advertising industry and job market is changing in the midst of a pandemic. Specifically, we'll be discussing the future of the media landscape, online streaming, Social Media, live events, diversity and inclusion, and much more.
 

Moderated by Al Reid, Director of Saatchi & Saatchi and Education Co-Chair of AAF Dallas

Panelists:
Bennett Bennett -- Founder of 600&Rising, Aerialist and Allyship & Action
Sandie Hawkins - GM of Global Business Solutions at Tik Tok
Iris Diaz - CMO of The Dallas Mavericks
Lindsay Weeks - Cllient Strategy Partner at PMG Agency
Peter Day - CTO at Quantcast 
Speaker TBD - PANDORA Radio 
Maria del Pilar Casal - Brand Partnerships + Digital Marketing at Univision
Chris Ebbesen - VP, Managing Director and Founder of Inspire Brands 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Quantcast is a sponsor of AAF Dallas!


 
Click Here to Sign Up
 

AAF ROCKSTARS

Celebrating Creative 


We would like to recognize Rodrigo Maycotte for his efforts within the Marcom space this year. He and his team has worked tirelessly to develop the new look and feel for AAF, developed an amazing ADDYS campaign, created social content and more! 
 
Cheer's to the board members who have kept AAF buzzing during what has been a challenging year for all! 
 
 
CAREERS
AAF and Ad 2 Dallas would love to help in the pursuit of seeking top quality candidates within PR/Communication, Advertising, Digital Marketing, and related fields. Click the link below and we will further disseminate info about your posting!
POST YOUR JOB

AAF Dallas Launches Our First-Ever D&I Survey - Response NEEDED by August 25th

Dear AAF Dallas Members and Friends, 

The Diversity and Inclusion Survey is centered around constructs of Inclusion, such as fairness, belonging, and voice. This survey also asks important, though sensitive, questions around demographics like gender identity and race/ethnicity. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

This survey is 100% anonymous, and optional, though we strongly encourage you to participate. With a high participation rate, we can confidently take actions that focus on making AAF Dallas and all our programs more inclusive and equal for all. Please find the link to the survey HERE. The survey will be open through Tuesday, August 25th at 11:59 am CST. 

Should you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected] and we would be happy to answer them. 

Thank you!

Brandi Rand & Cesar Jasso

AAF Dallas - Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chairs

Updated Plans and Sanitized Hands - Shifting AAF Dallas

Dear members, friends, sponsors,

After much thought, AAF Dallas has decided to cancel all in-person events until Spring 2021 this includes postponing our Shining Stars event scheduled for September 3.  

AAF Dallas was founded in 1908 to be the unifying voice of advertising and to elevate the industry both locally and nationally. In the last 112 years, we’ve largely been an event-based organization and this pandemic has forced us to be introspective about our purpose, mission and responsibility towards our members and potential attendees to our events.  

We believe now more than ever in our mission of elevating and unifying the voice of advertising.

We are actively planning virtual experiences for you such as: 

  • continuing education that focuses on actionable changes our industry needs to make in recognizing the importance of diversity, multiculturalism and belonging, 
  • giving back to our community through our skills and resources, and 
  • developing the future of our industry and world through our education initiatives. 

We recognize that the industry’s needs are changing day-to-day and week-to-week, so we’ll be sending a series of surveys and polls for you to let us know what you need and expect from AAF Dallas and all its board members. Expect the first survey  next week. Please take the time to fill out these surveys.

If you have suggestions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

Thank you, 

Jorge Rosales, President of AAF Dallas