The Top 20 Women in Dallas Advertising - 2020 Shining Stars Class Announced

Update 8/4 - After much thought, AAF Dallas has decided to postpone our Shining Stars Reception until Spring 2021. We originally rescheduled this event in March when the pandemic was new and seemed it would have an expiration date. We see now that we are in the next, new normal and will likely be in this normal at least through 2020. Celebrating talent is important to us at the AAF, and we still want to honor them both virtually (on 9/3) and in person at a later date; so our hope is that we will be able to combine our 2020 and 2021 classes at the same reception sometime in May or June of 2021. We hope you understand our decision to postpone this event for now. 

The wait is over. We're sorry for the delay! AAF Dallas is excited to announce who the top 20 women in Dallas advertising are!

AAF Dallas is celebrating the 4th annual Shining Stars awards program which honors top women in Dallas advertising. In 2017, 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. 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. See last year's group here

Dress code is semi-formal. Table reservations are on hold at this time This event will have very limited capacity this year and has consistently sold out in years past. Therefore are no individual ticket sales at this time. We are currently only booking tables for our honorees and their companies at this time!  Please register for our mailing list if you would like to be notified if individual tickets go on sale. In the mean time, one way to show support for your favorite Shining Star is to takeout an ad in this year's book. For information about tables reservations reach out to Allison McCaslin at [email protected]

We’re thrilled to announce the fourth 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 elevating the Dallas advertising community to heights we have never seen before! Congratulations!


Aimee Bové, Director of Media at The Loomis Agency

Alexa Pérez, Project Manager at Launch Agency

Alisa McCarthy, Brand Management Director at The Infinite Agency

Amanda Breaux, Integrated Account Director at Saatchi & Saatchi*

Amanda West, Senior Manager of Advertising at Pizza Hut

Andrea "Dre" Wilson, Group Media Director at Moroch*

Ashlynn Rehmani, Local Media Strategist at Univision

Brandi Rand, Associate Director of Social Media at Burrell Communications

Caitlin Mitchell, Socia Strategy Director at The Richards Group*

Claudia Schaefer, Chief Experience Officer at Caliber Collision

Diana Schroeder, Vice President of Video Production at The Marketing Arm

Dina Light-McNeely, Senior VP Strategy Group Director at Spark Foundry a Publicis Media Agency*

Elizabeth Clayton, Principal at Richards Partners*

Hayley Dawson-Owens, Director of Consumer Insights & Innovative Strategy at Wingstop

Kat Kornegay, Account Director at Johnson & Sekin*

Kristina Blake, Partner & Creative Director at 31,000 FT

Lysbet Zimmerman, Principal at Quadratic*

Molly McLaren, VP, Group Creative Director at The Integer Group*

Salma Gottfried, Principal/Brand Management at LERMA/*

Tracy Henderson, Founder at Center Reach Communications

*denotes corporate members of AAF Dallas

Thank you to this year's sponsors! 

Program Sponsor: Blanks

blanks proud printing sponsor of aaf dallas shining stars

Shining Stars Sponsor:Johnson & Sekin

johnson and sekin shining stars sponsor

Shining Stars Underwriter: Launch Agency

launch agency is a shining stars sponsor

Shining Stars Underwriter: Wingstop

Wingstop Shining Stars Sponsor

Nebula Underwriter: The Infinite Agency

infinite agency nebular sponsor

SIlver Sponsor: SMU Advertising

Temerlin Advertising Institute, A proud sponsor of AAF Dallas

AAF Dallas Stands Against Racism

Dear members and friends,

AAF Dallas stands against the racist acts and policies that have destroyed the lives of countless African-Americans. It has infected our country for too long.

We stand for and will continue to promote the equitable, just, and fair treatment of African-Americans and other peoples of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ communities.

We pledge to uphold our mission of being the “Unifying Voice for Advertising” by continuing to create programming that supports, recognizes, and develops multicultural communities.

Since its inception in 1908, AAF Dallas has served as “The Unifying Voice For Advertising,” working to bring all aspects of the advertising, marketing, and media industries together. Now, more than ever, our top priority MUST continue to be a focus on creating diversity, inclusion and equity within these industries. To achieve this, we will help the industry to:

  • Recruit to Develop an Inclusive Industry
  • Provide Greater Access to Development and Leadership Opportunities
  • Implement Fair Business Practices
  • Recognize the Diversity of Talent Within the Industry
  • Encourage the Industry to Portray Multifaceted Images of Multicultural Communities

To get actionable practices to accomplish these goals, visit the AAF’s Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism at There you will find our Mosaic Principles as well as information on several initiatives designed to increase diversity and inclusion in our industries.

#DoTheWork #RepresentationMatters #InclusionMatters #BlackLivesMatter

Let’s get to work,

AAF Dallas

AAF Dallas is the Division I Large Club of the Year

club of the year

AAF Dallas has been named Division I Large Club of the Year by The American Advertising Federation, and its current president, Farhan Rehmani, has been named President of the Year!

The AAF's Club Achievement Competition recognizes local advertising clubs for their initiatives in advertising education, communications, club operations, diversity and multicultural initiatives, government relations, membership, programs and public service. The competition was established to honor the significant contributions of the AAF network of professional advertising clubs and to encourage excellence in areas of club operations that contribute to the strength of the AAF's member clubs.

In addition to being named Club of the Year, AAF Dallas also won top national awards in all five categories within the Club Achievement program.

FIRST PLACE - Cornerstone Initiatives & Events 
Designed with the intention of promoting diversity & multiculturalism, advertising education, awareness and activism with regard to government relations and championing creative excellence through the American Advertising Awards.

FIRST PLACE - Membership Development & Communications
Activities designed to enhance a local advertising club or federation and its membership recruitment, retention and involvement and the communication collateral materials and/or websites produced and distributed for these purposes.

FIRST PLACE - Programs 
Quality programming that fosters actively interested membership, well-attended meetings and membership growth.

FIRST PLACE - Public Service
Projects that effectively use advertising techniques to support local, regional and/or national programs on behalf of public interests and/or for community betterment.

SECOND PLACE - Club Operations
Policies, procedures and leadership development that contribute to the operations of a club or federation.

The American Advertising Federation protects and promotes the well-being of advertising.  We accomplish this through a unique, nationally coordinated grassroots network of advertisers, agencies, media companies, local advertising clubs, and university chapters.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Advertising Federation is the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.”  The AAF has more than 200 local clubs across the country representing nearly 40,000 advertising professionals, and clients. 

For more information, please reach out to Allison McCaslin at [email protected]

Deadline for Nominating 2020 Shining Stars is TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is the deadline for nominating your 2020 Shining Stars! AAF Dallas has had a commitment to elevating the advertising industry here in Dallas. The Shining Stars is one of our newest programs that celebrates and recognizes the top WOMEN in Dallas advertising who are leading the industry. 

Nominate FOR FREE here:

We plan to announce this year's recipients in the first two weeks of May, then recognizing them formally at our Shining Stars Reception on September 3 at The House of Blues. If we are unable to meet and gather at that time, we will still find the best way to be sure we give the 2020 Shining Stars the recognition we deserve. 

For more information about this award and to see the full list of 2019 Shining Stars:
See the 2018 Winners here: