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. In 2018, women from Southwest Airlines, PepsiCo, BBDO, The Richards Group, DREAM Fund, Spectrum Reach, The Marketing Arm, and many more were recognized. 

Since launching this program, we are proud to say we’ve seen a shift in AAF leadership with a board makeup of 65% women.


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We’re excited to announce the TOP 20 women in Dallas advertising – The 2021 Class of Shining Stars! These women are Community Leaders, C-Suite Executives, Co-Founders, Executive Vice Presidents, 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 to the 2021 Class of Shining Stars!
  • Allison McCaslin, Director of Major Gifts at Presbyterian Night Shelter
  • Amanda Seabaugh, Assistant VP & Cheif of Staff at AT&T
  • Amani Seay, Creative Strategy Manager at T-Mobile
  • Angelica Ocampo, Brand Designer at Strategar
  • Angie Yarbrough, Co-founder & Principal at Stratistry
  • Ashley Parker, Head of Client Services at 3Headed Monster
  • Chandler Crawley, Associate Creative Director at Hawkeye
  • Crystal Gonzales, National Sales Executive at SXMedia/Pandora
  • Elisa Silva, Partner & Managing Director at 3Headed Monster
  • Jennifer Yepez-Blundell, Inclusive Marketing Consultant & Founder at Merida Consulting
  • Kim Alexander, Director of Production at Plot Twist Creativity
  • Laura Heymann, Owner & Creative Director at Green Apple Lane Design
  • Laurel McEuen, Director of Marketing & Creative Services at RAZ Imports Inc.
  • Margie Aguilar, Company Lead & Founder at ISP Creative
  • Martina Brugnoni, Owner & CEO at Uptown Marketing
  • Megan Lucy Neil, Account Supervisor at Launch Agency
  • Nikki Moll, Senior VP of Marketing & Communications at Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Stephanie Bazan, VP & Trade & Market Development at Avocadoes from Mexico
  • Valerie Klimko, VP & Client Partner at Hawkeye
  • Jodi James, Business Development at Studio Tribe & Super Stock


  • 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, Regional Vice President, Client Experience at Goodway Group
  • 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


  • Alayna Oram, Corporate Director, Marketing at Omni Hotels & Resorts
  • Allison Burzlaff, Senior Copywriter at TracyLocke*
  • Amanda Abrams, Creative Director Team One
  • Amanda Guerra Koch, Director, Connection & Insight Strategy at Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Amy Vollet, SVP, Executive Media Director at The Integer Group
  • Audrey Berger, Principal at Quadratic*
  • Cheryl Huckabay, Managing Principal – Brand Media at The Richards Group*
  • Diane Seimetz Duncan, Principal at Launch Agency*
  • Erin Bryant, Sales Director at Pandora
  • Karie Scuiller, Account Director at Caliber Creative
  • Kathleen Colditz, EVP, Customer Engagement Strategy at The Marketing Arm
  • Kim Moss, Chief Media Officer at TM Advertising*
  • Kimberly Tyner, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Spire Agency
  • Krista McCrimmon, Creative Director at Johnson & Sekin*
  • Luann Boggs, VP of Business Development at bloomfield knoble advertising*
  • Mary Price, Brand Media, Group Head at The Richards Group*
  • Megan Ward, Director of Project and Resource Management at Firehouse
  • Paloma Fuentes, Brand Manager at Richards/Lerma*
  • Pam Watkins, SVP, Business amd Media Strategy at MCC
  • Robin Thomas, Director of Media at Chili’s
  • Sandi Edgar, Marketing Specialist at Temerlin Advertising Institute*, AAF Dallas Education Chair
  • Sarah Beddoe, Vice President, Marketing at Pizza Hut
  • Shelia Lemon, Founder, CEO & President of Citrus Advertising
  • Suzanne La Forgia, Senior Vice President of Captivate*, Past President of AAF Dallas, 2nd Lt. Governor of AAF Tenth District
  • Tracy Armstrong, Senior Manager, Brand Communications at Southwest Airlines


  • 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


  • 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, Media Planner at Next Media
  • 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