The Top Women in Dallas Advertising | Dallas Shining Stars 2018

Last year, we launched our AAF Dallas Shining Stars program to celebrate amazing women doing amazing things in Dallas advertising.  Inspired after attending the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame event, we googled “top women in Dallas advertising” and the result was “The 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas” instead of finding women who are producing thought-provoking and innovative work, breaking through barriers to create something new, or forging partnerships that drive growth.

Hmm. We thought…Dallas, we can do better than that! After a successful first year, we are proud to say when you google “the top women in Dallas advertising” you will find our inaugural list of Shining Stars from 2017.

This year we continued the tradition by asking the community to nominate more fierce females in Dallas advertising and we were impressed once again with the number of amazing nominees, nearly 3 times more than last year!  So, this year we honor 25 amazing women!

Why? Because we believe ambition, work ethic, creativity, and leadership are qualities to celebrate and elevate. We believe when you get 25 incredible women in a room, great things happen. We believe it’s time that the nation recognizes our city as the talented advertising market that we are…and so the AAF Dallas Shining Star program lives on.

We’re thrilled to announce the second class of AAF Dallas Shining Stars. These women are Community Leaders, C-Suite Executives, Co-Founders, Executive VPs, Strategic Masterminds, Media Mavens, and more. They are breaking glass ceilings and making the Dallas advertising community look good.

We present the 2018 Class of AAF Dallas Shining Stars:

Ajeta Sinha, Vice President at Net2Source Inc.

Amber Benson, Fractional CMO & Executive-In-Residence at Seamripper

Caroline Masullo, Vice President, Digital & e-Commerce at TGI Fridays

Carrie La Ferle, Distinguished Professor at Temerlin Advertising Institute

Christina Clarke, Senior Director, Marketing at PepsiCo

Corri Reichert, Media Director at Southwest Airlines

Crystal Anderson, Partner, Strategy Director at 3Headed Monster

Daina Middleton, CEO at Ansira

Diane Fannon, Principal at The Richards Group

Ellen Cook, President at The Integer Group in Dallas

Jesse Barnett, Account Manager at BBDO

Kathy Sparks, Account Executive at Spectrum Reach

LaDonna Miller, Brand Media Negotiator at The Richards Group

Linda White, President at Accelerate Online Marketing

Lola Lott, Principal and CEO at charlieuniformtango

Lori Thelen, SVP of Account Service at The Marketing Arm

Natalia Duarte, Account and Production Manager at WALO

Nichole Kirsch, Principal and Media Director at Firehouse

Olivia Cole, COO and Co-Founder at greenlight

Sara Madsen Miller ,COO and Executive Producer at 1820 Productions

Stephanie Murdoch ,Senior Producer at BBDO

Teresa Novak, Executive Director at DREAM Fund

Tina Posey, President at Javelin

Tina Tsang, Account Executive at BBDO

Yareli Esteban, CEO and Principal at Strategar

AAF Dallas and SMU Temerlin Advertising Institute are hosting a gala to honor these women on the evening of June 21 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. We’ll also be honoring the 2018 inductees into the AAF Tenth District Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame that evening. Bring your mentors, your mentees, your friends and family to celebrate and elevate excellence in Dallas advertising.

Shining Stars and Hall of Fame Honors

Date: June 21, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Venue: Frontiers of Flight, 6911 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX

To learn more about how you can get your ticket and meet these incredible women, contact Allison Farris at [email protected].

Thank you to our title sponsor: SMU Temerlin Advertising Institute

AAF Dallas Puts Forward The 2018-2019 Board of Directors

The AAF Board of Directors has voted for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. We’ll be asking the general membership to approve the slate at the upcoming Shining Stars meeting on June 21. We’re excited to present our future board of directors:


2018-19 President: Crystal DeMott, Pandora

2017-18 Immediate Past-President: Suzanne La Forgia, Captivate

1st VP: Linda White, Accelerate Online Marketing

2nd VP: Farhan Rehmani, Varick Media

Ad 2 President: Erika Long,

Executive Director: Allison Farris, AAF Dallas


ADDYs Chair: Jodi James, StudioTribe

ADvantage Chair: Sheilena Dorsey, Rayne Street Consulting Group

BBB Advisory Co-Chairs: Jimmy Asa, BBB & Lita Wurst, BBB

Diversity Co-Chairs: Farhan Rehmani, Varick Media & Rosie Rosales, Richards Lerma

Education Chair: Sandi Edgar, Program Specialist at SMU

Foundation Chair: Michael Magnus, Professor at UT-Arlington

Fundraiser Chair: Colin Hayes, Belo Media Group

Government Affairs Chair:  Kevin Couch, CBC Creative

Interactive: Jeremy Bermender, Atomic Design & Consulting

MarCom: Tim Hudson, Belmont Ice House

Membership Co-Chairs: Linda White, Accelerate Online Marketing & Toby Adams, Consultant

Programs Co-Chairs: Arsheen Ahmad, Pandora & Melanie Zecek, CultureMap

Public Service Chair: Angelica Ocampo, Strategar

Secretary:  Lindsey Miller, The Creative Group

Social Activities Chair: Courtney Brooks, The Creative Group

Social Media & Public Relations Chair: Caitlin Murad, Neiman Marcus


Treasurer:  Open position – If you or you know someone who is well-rehearsed in QuickBooks and managing finances, please contact [email protected]

Shining Stars 2018 | Women To Watch Awards – AAF Dallas

Calling for nominations by April 27, 2018

AAF Dallas is excited to launch our 2nd annual AAF Dallas SHINING STARS, selecting and honoring the people you need to know now in advertising in Dallas. We will be honoring Dallas-based women in advertising, marketing and communications who are leading by example, embodying the talent, skills and leadership that will elevate our industry.

The evening will also honor 6 Southwest Hall of Fame Inductees

Pictured: 2017 Honorees | Shining Stars | Top Women to watch in Dallas advertising 


Domestic Violence Targeted for Next Ad 2 Dallas Campaign

Ad 2 Dallas will Collaborate with Genesis Women’s Shelter to Change the Conversation on Domestic Violence

(DALLAS, Texas) — In its 4th consecutive annual public service effort for local nonprofits, Ad 2 Dallas has selected Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support as its 2017 – 2018 pro bono client. Nationwide, 4.8 million women are victims of domestic violence and in Texas, 38% of women experience some form of family violence in their lifetime.

“After sitting down with the Genesis leadership team and discovering how dedicated they are to support the victims of domestic violence, our board voted unanimously to help develop a campaign to create awareness of the issue,” said Ad 2 Dallas President Tina Tsang. “It’s saddening to watch as domestic violence has woven itself into our community not only nationally, but here in DFW.”

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support – whose mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for women who have experienced domestic violence and to raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence and impact – is looking to create a societal shift on how people think about domestic violence.

Over the course of the year, Ad 2 Dallas will work with Genesis on creating and implementing an integrated campaign, including TV, radio, outdoor, print and digital ad placements targeted at increasing awareness and changing the way people think about domestic violence.

“Through this campaign, we want to shift the attitudes of the public towards domestic violence,” said Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support. “We will only end this epidemic when everyone comes together and accepts that it is not a private matter – it affects all of us.”

Ad 2 Dallas is looking for volunteers, media donations and access to resources to help develop and execute this campaign. If you’d like to donate, volunteer or help in any way, email [email protected].

About Ad 2 Dallas

Ad 2 Dallas, a division of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), is a volunteer-based organization for advertising professionals who are 32 or younger. Ad 2 Dallas helps up-and-coming professionals gain the skills and contacts they need to become tomorrow’s industry leaders through networking and educational events, public service opportunities and social gatherings.

For more information about Ad 2 Dallas or if you would like to become a member, visit


Chris Petrawski, Board of Directors
Ad 2 Dallas
Email: [email protected]