Virtual Luncheon Q&A: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work

Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM CT (Past Event)

Join us at our AAF Memphis Virtual Luncheon Q&A: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work
GUEST SPEAKER: Kelly Riback-Small (they/them)

Kelly is an award-winning creative director, designer, writer, educator, and best-selling author of "The Conscious Creative: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work." Kelly also advocates for a more mindful, humane, and inclusive industry as founder and CCO of Intents & Purposes inc., a professor of design ethics at the George Brown College School of Design, affiliated design researcher with Emily Carr University, independent mentor, and volunteer with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and 2SLGBTQIA+ community with the RGD.


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Happy Hour at Hampline

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 5pm-7pm (Past Event)

A Toast to...You, You and ESPECIALLY You
We seem to be coming out of the pandemic fog (can we get an AMEN? 🙌) and we'd LOVE to SEE YOU IN PERSON (if you're cool with pressure)! Just a couple of ad folks, sharing a beer, talking shop (or &%$#) and having a good time.

Next Wednesday, November 10th, 5-7pm, Hampline Brewery. $5 pints. Safe, outdoor tables, networking. (Or just drinking. 😬 It's your world!) OH! Bring those business cards - we'll have a few drawings and giveaways!

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Social Media Roundtable: Connections in a Disconnected Time

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Past Event)

NEW! AAF Roundtable Series

This year, we want to provide more opportunities for members to interact and dialogue about relevant industry topics. Thus, we created the all-new AAF Roundtable Series! Our very first virtual "meet-up" will take place at the end of the month and focus on a topic very near and dear to our hearts...

Oct. 28: Social Media Roundtable:
Connections in a Disconnected Time

...Zoom. Google Meet. Microsoft Teams. Clubhouse. Instagram...

Though we're living in what some might say is a disconnected world and time, we're still connected...or trying to be...when all systems are a go.
(Psst. Hey Mark, what happened Monday?) 

We are so fortunate to have a couple of Social Media industry experts (#heavyhitters) share highs and lows during the pandemic and beyond in our first-ever AAF Roundtable! Check out the line-up below and  
register today for what should be a very engaging conversation.

Have a burning social media question?
Send it NOW to aafmemphis [at] gmail [dot] com and the team will address it during the roundtable!

Meet AAF Roundtable Master of Ceremony (or Moderator): Marcus Cox!  

Marcus Cox
Director of Community Relations, Playouse on the Square

Marcus Cox is a native of Memphis, TN. He is currently Director of Community Relations and Arts Marketing for Playhouse on the Square, a professional regional theatre company in Memphis' Overton Square. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Metro Memphis Attractions Association as Vice President. A product of the Memphis Arts community, Marcus has performed in productions at the Hattiloo Theatre, Theatre Memphis, and with Playhouse on the Square.

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A Conversation with Prep Curry

Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Past Event)

Fashion Marketing & the Use of Micro Influencers and Independent Creatives with Brands

The fashion industry and its accompanying marketing strategies have evolved throughout time, and continue to do so. From Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Versace, to Kate Spade, Rihanna, Isaac Mizrahi and Jason Wu, fashion has become more bold, diverse and readily available. Micro and Macro Influencers sharing their experiences with brands on social media is helping designers break into the fashion industry – and no one knows that better than native Memphian, fashion designer, Prep Curry!
Join us Thursday, June 24, 12pm for a virtual discussion, sponsored by Lensrentals, with Prep Curry of PREPared Fashion about his BIG break with Banana Republic and the role influencers, celebrities and other designers played in his success.
Prep Curry started PREPared Fashion in 2008 and moved to Los Angeles with only $6 to pursue his dream of becoming a world-renowned fashion designer. But he soon found out it would take more than hard work, passion and drive to make it in the cut-through fashion industry. He will discuss his path, his connections and the Banana Republic deal that changed everything!

We will also be inducting our new 2021 - 2023 board. Hope to see you then!


Meet Our Speaker, Prep Curry
Clothing Designer, Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker

Prep Curry, a self-taught fashion creative, took an interest in sewing and fashion design at the age of 24, and after receiving a sewing machine as a birthday gift from his parents, founded PREPared Fashion. His career in fashion began with bowties and pocket squares but soon grew to ties, sweaters, blazers and ascots, which she sold from his apartment in Memphis, TN.
After some success locally, Prep knew he needed a bigger stage if he was to reach a broader audience and become internationally known as a creator and designer. In 2016, he moved to Los Angeles with hopes of a better future, but within eight months, experienced homelessness, theft and other obstacles that would have made him give up. But Prep used these experiences to push him even harder to achieve his dreams.
Prep continued to work on his craft, using each milestone to fuel his persistence, as soon found the likes of Lance Bass, Elise Neal, Brandy, Ray J and Tank in PREPared Fashion. Soon his work would be featured in New York Fashion Week and in Harlem’s Fashion Row in 2019. And in 2021, Prep made history by becoming the first African-American to partner with Banana Republic on the Prep Curry x Banana Republic Collection. With his recent success, Prep looks to continue to build and blaze the trail for other aspiring fashion designers and show them that dreams can become reality.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor LensRentals!Headquarted in Memphis, LenseRentals is the largest online rental provider for photography, videography, and lighting equipment and accessories in the United States and ships gear to customers in all 50 states and also provides in-person pickups and returns to local customers.

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The Role Brands Should Play in the Local Community

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Past Event)

Communities depend on Corporate Social Responsibility programs from companies, large and small, to thrive. From volunteering to adoptions to sponsorships, giving back is not only impactful but necessary. We find that especially true during a pandemic when so many organizations are stripping away resources that our communities desperately need.

Join AAF Memphis at our next virtual luncheon, Thursday, April 23 at 12pm, when we will hear from one of the most powerful brands in the world, PepsiCo, about the “The Role Brands Should Play in the Local Community.”

Chauncey Hamlett, chief marketing officer for PepsiCo, South Division, will join us to discuss how local brands can give back in ways that have great meaning and impact. He will discuss strategies for giving back and share ways PepsiCo breaks through the noise with community-building action!

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Meet Our Speaker, Chauncey Hamlett
VP/CMO | PepsiCo, South Division

Chauncey Hamlett has been CMO of PepsiCo, South Division, since March 2019. He is responsible for leading all marketing efforts across Brand Building, Shopper Marketing, Insights and Innovation. Additionally, his group is also responsible for marketing efforts for franchise partnerships.

Chauncey has been with PepsiCo for 10+ years and prior to his current role was Head of Strategy, Innovation and Commercial for the Mountain Dew Brand, where he experienced great success, including the development of the ICE/Doritos award-winning Super Bowl commercial.

No stranger to the beverage industry, Chauncey also worked on brands such as Grey Goose, Patron, Bombay Sapphire, Double Cross Vodka, and helped create Dusse` Cognac in partnership with Jay Z.

Chauncey is a member of the PepsiCo National Mosaic Board, as well as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle. He holds an MBA from the Deluca School of business at the University of Bridgeport and a BA from Southern Connecticut State University.

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2021 Addy Awards - Dr. Addy's Horror Pocalypse

Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 6:00 - 9:00 PM (Past Event)

The work has been submitted, the judges’ tallies are in, and it’s time to celebrate your wins!

Save the Date for our VIRTUAL Event
Saturday, February 20, 2021, 6-9pm CST


We’re going VIRTUAL: With COVID numbers climbing, it's too scary for us to responsibly host our outdoor drive-in but never fear! We’ve decided to host our first ALL-VIRTUAL American Advertising Awards event you can attend from the safety of your couch, with hopes for an in-person event later this year. 

We still have some thrills and chills up our sleeve - this ain't gonna be your average Zoom!  Get ready for celebrity appearances, boos, and booze. Choose an option to add a gift card and support some of the best restaurants Memphis has to offer (Chef Kelly English, Chef Tam, and Chefs Andrew and Michael? OH MY!) and imbibe your own custom cocktail tailored just for us by mixologist Morgan McKinney, who will lead us in a virtual cocktail tutorial to add a bit of flavor to the evening. And keep an eye out for surprise special guests - you might recognize some of the award-givers.

A portion of proceeds from all tickets sold will benefit the Welcome to Memphis COVID-19 fund.


HAVE A DRINK WITH US! Download the recipe for The Jalisco Psycho, a drink made just for the show from Memphis' own Morgan McKinney of Best Shot Co.


OPTION ONE: $45 per login, sales end February 14th
Includes Zoom access to awards show for one device, cocktail class and ingredient list, and a $25 gift card to the restaurant below of your choice.

Participating Restaurants : Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Catherine & Mary’s, The Gray Canary, Chef Tam’s Underground, Restaurant Iris, and The Second Line.

OPTION TWO: $25 per login, sales end February 19th
Includes Zoom access to awards show for one device, cocktail class and ingredient list.
Please email any questions to aafmemphis [at] gmail [dot] com.

More about Welcome to Memphis:

Welcome to Memphis is a nonprofit subsidiary of Memphis Tourism.  We are dedicated to training our local hospitality workforce, the people who are the first to greet our visitors and make a lasting impression of Authentic Memphis Hospitality. Since the beginning of the first "safer at home" orders, we have been dedicated to distributing grants to hospitality workers who have been furloughed or laid off.  
Learn more at
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