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Shining Stars 2017 | Women To Watch Awards Luncheon

11:15 AM - 1:30 PM

House of Blues
2200 N Lamar St, Dallas, TX + Google Map


AAF Dallas is excited to launch our first annual AAF Dallas Shining Stars Awards, selecting and honoring the people you need to know now in advertising in Dallas. For our inaugural Shining Stars Awards, we want to honor Dallas-based women in advertising, marketing and communications who are leading by example, embodying the talent, skills and leadership that will elevate our industry.

An extension of the AAF’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Shining Stars 2017 – Women To Watch will promote and honor those who have produced thought-provoking and innovative work, broken through barriers to create something new or forged partnerships that drive growth.

Join us as we celebrate Dallas advertising women who are doing their part to elevate Dallas as an advertising powerhouse market.

The Shining Stars award luncheon will be on June 13, 2017 at the House of Blues. Recipients and Attendees will be addressed by keynote speaker Daina Middleton, leadership coach and author of Grace Meets Grit: How to Bring Out The Remarkable, Courageous Leader Within (Bibliomotion, 2016).


Keynote Speaker

Daina Middleton

Daina Middleton is an author, and expert in marketing, and currently a leadership coach.  Her previous roles include head of business marketing at Twitter; CEO of the global performance marketing company Performics; SVP of analytics, social media and innovation at Moxie Interactive; and Hewlett-Packard where she spent 16 years in marketing. Her first book titled Marketing in the Participation Age (2012 Wiley) is about a marketing designed to inspire participation. Middleton’s most recent book, Grace Meets Grit: How to Bring Out The Remarkable, Courageous Leader Within (Bibliomotion, 2016), is designed to drive actionable behavioral change for women and men in the workplace. Middleton serves as a director on the boards of Marin Software and Healthwise. Her work has been published in Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, The Huffington PostAd Week, and she has appeared on CNBC. Middleton enjoys fly-fishing, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. She lives near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute

Gold Sponsor: Nobilis Health

Silver Sponsor: Scripps Networks Interactive

Keynote Sponsor: Captivate Networks

Bronze Sponsor: Viacom


The 2017 Class of Shining Stars:

April Steinbach, Creative Director at Organic

Becca Weigman, CEO at TM Advertising

Dacia Coffey, CEO at The Marketing Blender

Dawn Maire, President, Chief Strategy Officer at Rockfish Digital

Elba Intriago, Co-Founder, EVP at Inspire Agency

Haley Dugas, Director of Sales at Pandora

Ivonne Kinser, Director, Digital Marketing at Avocados from Mexico

Jennifer Bell, Group Creative Director at Publicis Hawkeye

Jody Venturoni, Partner at LDWW

Kala Brock-Stevens, Senior Media Specialist at NEXTMedia

Kalyn Asher, Owner at Asher Media

Kari Kowalski, Senior Media Manager at Pizza Hut

Lauren Pels, Sr. Designer at Rockfish Digital

Laurie Evans, Brand Media at The Richards Group

Linda Rutherford, Chief Communications Officer at Southwest Airlines

Lindsey Goldstein, Creative Director at  MonkeyTag

Marissa Deslatte, Strategic Marketing Manager at Nobilis Health

Shannon Phillips, Group Creative Director at Johnson & Sekin

Sherri Krekeler, Group Creative Director at TracyLocke

Trina Roffino, GVP/Chief Client Officer at The Marketing Arm

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AAF Dallas is the oldest civic organization in Dallas and for more than 100 years has been representing all facets of the advertising industry. AAF Dallas brings together the best talent in advertising, marketing, media and education.

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