Thursday, July 30 · Noon · BYOL(unch)
Diversity is one of the greatest gifts in our society. It brings about unique perspectives, experiences, challenges; fosters iron-sharpening dialogue; and catalyzes change. But how is it that some perspectives are denied, forgotten or unknowingly excluded when it comes to certain industries and C-suites? Join AAF Memphis for this life-changing virtual panel where we will celebrate diversity, uncover the benefits of an inclusive workplace and explore how we can make our work environments more inclusive, and thereby more successful for us all.
Nicole A. Thomas, Diversity & Inclusion practitioner will moderate a panel of experts: Whitney Hardy, Belo Cipriani and Pam Johnson. Thursday, July 30, 12pm CST. This is one FREE virtual event you, your colleagues AND your leadership do NOT want to miss!
Meet Our Panelists
Dr. Belo Miguel Cipriani:
Dr. Belo Miguel Cipriani is a digital inclusion consultant whose books and articles have been recognize nationally and internationally for their contributions to the technology, diversity and disability advocacy fields. He is the CEO and founder of Oleb Media – a digital access firm – and the publishing house Oleb Books. In 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz appointed him to the state’s Council on Disability. Learn more at belocipriani.com.
Whitney Hardy founded 3RDSPACE in 2014 to strengthen the relationship between the arts, communities, and economic development/government agencies. In 2020, 3RDSPACE will launch the inaugural Memphis Art + Design Week, an event to amplify the role of Memphis’s underestimated art and culture scene to a national audience.
Whitney is an award-winning entrepreneur, cultural architect, and business strategist. As an executive she applies +10 years of start-up, business development, public accounting, and information technology experience to solve problems, find opportunities, and help businesses and cities grow.
She serves as the Director of Entrepreneurial Programs for Epicenter where she manages a portfolio of Memphis-based businesses in the sectors of community business, food-agriculture, maker products, music, film, and creative innovation.
Hardy was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is national speaker and and has written for publications such as Vice and Americans for the Arts.
Pam Crittendon Johnson is a 19-year employee of FedEx and is currently an Advisor in the Global Citizenship group. Her specific responsibilities include managing strategic programs and philanthropic relationships with national and international non-profit organizations. She is the lead for the Global Entrepreneurship giving pillar, working with organizations focused on developing and growing minority- and women-owned businesses around the world.
She also works with major institutions and non-profits focused on Diversity and Inclusion, such as National Cares Mentoring, The Trevor Foundation, and the Executive Leadership Council.
A 2005 winner of the FedEx Five Star Award (the company’s highest honor) previous roles include Manager of the FedEx video production team, and Senior Communications Specialist on the Community Relations and Issues and Crisis Management teams.
She is familiar face many throughout the Memphis, TN area because of her many years in radio and television broadcasting – 18 of those years as an award-winning anchor/reporter at the CBS affiliate, WREG-TV. Other professional experience includes radio journalist, advertising, public relations, voice-over talent, freelance writing and video production.
Pam has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations over the years including the Memphis Urban League, United Way, Girls Inc., Memphis Association of Black Journalists, March of Dimes, and Leadership Memphis. She has been involved in numerous community service activities as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Moderated by Nicole A. Thomas
Nicole A. Thomas is a Marketing & Communications Strategist and Founder of the Nicallyss Creative Group. She has led diversity and inclusion efforts, community investments, and employee engagement, as well as corporate philanthropy and volunteerism for Fortune 500 companies. She earned her certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Her focus is fostering inclusive environments, collaboration and innovation.
Special thanks to Pretty Useful Co for the creative for this luncheon!read more
Fire up that laptop and join AAF Memphis from home for a lunchtime Zoom chat with illustrator and designer Rachel Briggs and Wiseacre Brewing Co. cofounder Kellan Bartosch.
You may recognize Rachel's work every time you grab a cold Tiny Bomb, but that's just a pint of the keg that is her incredible portfolio - we're talking album art, badass murals, set designs, show posters, and so much more. In this virtual Q&A we'll tap into the story behind Rachel's iconic Wiseacre Brewing can illustrations, the creation of Wiseacre's dreamy new downtown space, and how creativity and business can make a potent and profitable brew.
We will also be inducting our 2020 - 2021 board during this luncheon as well.
Buckle up creatives, this is one lunch break you don't want to miss!
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84539022288
Rachel is a self-made illustrator, designer, photographer and motion artist. She is from Tennessee and works with the music industry, Wiseacre Brewing and SXSW among many others.
Check out Rachel's work at https://cargocollective.com/rachelbriggs
Hey, stranger. We hope you’re hangin’ in (literally, hangin’ inside). We also hope you’ll join us for an exceptionally timely and relevant topic - Effective Crisis Comms When We Need It Most. During this virtual luncheon, you’ll hear David Campbell, President and COO of Chernoff Newman, discuss crisis communications with clients and partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zoom Login: https://archermalmo.zoom.us/j/94959273395
David is the President and COO of Chernoff Newman, a full service Advertising and Public Relations Firm with offices in the Carolinas and Florida. David has worked with local, regional and national clients on a variety of marketing and communications issues, including crisis management.
Revel in all the colors of creative at the 2020 ADDY awards. This year’s ceremony is getting the royal treatment — with a celebrity Mistress of Ceremonies, the finest entertainment, open bar, delectable provisions, and lots and lots of glitter. Expressive and outrageous attire encouraged.read more
Join us for a backstage pass into the world of music industry marketing. Three notable industry pros will share insights about tour planning and promotion, marketing new artists and releases and more.
Audi Sport Club at FedExForum
191 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103
Advanced tickets available for $15/member and $25/non-member. A limited number of free tickets for students are available. Contact Nikii(aafmemphis [at] gmail [dot] com) for details.
ABOUT THE PANEL
Currently the music marketing exec at Creative Artists Agency in Nashville, Dustin has well over a decade of experience in music and entertainment marketing.
Her career began in the late 80s, promoting bands in Fort Lauderdale. Now she’s vice president of tour marketing for Red Light Management, overseeing promotion of a roster of heavyweights - including Dave Matthews Band, Chris Tapleton, Lionel Richie and many more.
After moving to New Orleans to help open the Fillmore, Liz now works for the Live Nation Amps and Arenas division and markets concerts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Memphis.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Alex is a Memphis-based musician, anthropologist and writer. He’s covered topics as diverse as Memphis hip hop, songwriters (old and new), and profiles of local legends such as Herman Green, Calvin Newborn, and Boo Mitchell. He is a resident composer with Crosstown Arts.
SILVER MEDAL WINNER
We’ll be honoring Jerry Ehrlich, president of The Brand Squad, with the Silver Medal Award. The annual Silver Medal Award stands as the highest form of individual recognition by the American Advertising Federation. Thanks to event sponsors Tamburrino and Nieman Printing and event creative sponsor Sullivan.
Yeosh Bendayan, a partner at Push Button Creative Audio, will talk about using the power of a podcast to reach the right audience. Learn tips and tricks about this growing medium that has taken over popular culture as well as become an effective platform for marketing.
Yeosh is the owner of Push Button, a firm of internationally recognized creative content developers with a special focus on audio. You can catch Yeosh at Push Button’s new studios in Orlando, speaking to advertisers/marketers around the nation about audio brands/podcasting/creative, or hiking/running/traveling.
We’ll be raffling off a $200 Lensrentals gift certificate.
Advanced tickets available for $15/member and $25/non-member. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. A limited number of free tickets for students are available. Contact Nikii(aafmemphis [at] gmail [dot] com) for details.read more