March 2019 Luncheon with Sarah Thomas March 21 at Stadium Club at the Liberty Bowl

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 11:30am - 1:00pm (Past Event)

This luncheon has it all! A glass-ceiling shattering, history-making speaker. An exclusive venue overlooking the field of the newly renovated Liberty Bowl. A chance to get inspired and rejuvenated while taking a break from the rigors of the office.

Don’t pass up this rare opportunity to see Sarah Thomas, the first woman to officiate an NFL playoff game. Sarah will share her story of overcoming obstacles to achieve career goals.

Advance tickets available for $15/member and $25/non-member. Price increases to $20/member and $30/non-member after Friday, March 15th. Purchase tickets here.

This event is in partnership with the Liberty Bowl. Special thanks to inferno for providing our creative and sponsor ESPN 92.9 FM 680AM Sportsradio for making this event possible!


On April 8, 2015, Sarah Thomas was one of nine new game officials added to the NFL officiating roster for the 2015 season, becoming the first-full time female official in NFL history. She was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is a graduate of the University of Mobile after earning a full scholarship as a basketball player, and Academic All-American honors. Most importantly, she is mom to her three beautiful children, Bridley, 16, Brady, 14, and Bailey, 5.


Attendees should enter at any of the Access Points to the Fairgrounds and drive to the Silver Lot (4 or 5). You can park there and enter through Halo Entry C and walk to the Press Box Entrance. Registration will be located in the lobby and the Stadium Club can be accessed via elevator there.

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The 2019 Memphis ADDY Awards

Saturday, February 23, 2019 (Past Event)

Ready to school the competition? It’s the final countdown to show off your advertising skills! You should like, totally submit your ADDY entries today and claim your crown and sashes as Prom Queens and Kings of the Addy Academy. Be there or be square. Entries Due January 14, 2019

Mark your calendars for February 23, 2019 and submit you entries now:

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January 2019 Luncheon with Mandi Stanley and Silver Medal Winner Ceremony

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 11:30am - 1:00pm (Past Event)

Ever get the feeling that no one is reading your emails? Well, you’re right. You’re emailing important updates and attaching detailed reports, but it quickly becomes evident no one has read the email or even opened the attachment. That’s a problem—and a huge time waster. Mandi Stanley is here to help. Her presentation “Establishing Your Executive Presence in 2019” will equip you insightful takeaways that you can put to use immediately - all delivered in a fun, informal format.

$15 for members/ $25 for non-members online, $17 for members/$28 for non-members at the door. Parking is $5. Carpooling encouraged. Purchase tickets here: 

About Mandi:

With more than 22 years of experience on the seminar circuit, Certified Speaking Professional Mandi Stanley works primarily with business leaders who want to boost their professional image by becoming better speakers and writers. She has traveled throughout North America entertaining and educating more than 60,000 seminar participants, totaling more than 5,000 platform hours. Some of her repeat clients include: Campbell’s Soup, U.S. Air Force and McDonald’s.

Silver Medal Ceremony:

Join us in celebrating Mickey Woodham, the worthy recipient of the 2019 Silver Medal award! During her 40-year career in advertising, Mickey has served as president of AAF-Memphis and has also donated her time and tenacity to many causes, including the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award, Junior Achievement, American Cancer Society, The Commission on Missing and Exploited Children, and more. Oh, and she has the best. laugh. ever.

The Silver Medal is the highest individual award given by the American Advertising Federation. Each year, an exceptional industry leader is honored for a career of outstanding accomplishment and advertising contribution. The Memphis chapter has recognized remarkable lifetime achievements annually since 1960.

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November Luncheon: Moving People with Moving Images with Filmmaker Zia Anger

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11:30am - 1:00pm (Past Event)

November 1 · 11:30 am · Halloran Center

Storytelling. It’s at the heart of what we do. And Zia Anger knows a thing or two about storytelling — and how deviating from traditional storytelling can capture and inspire an audience. During this luncheon, held in partnership with Indie Memphis Film Fest, Zia will trace her career, from creating traditional narrative films, to music videos, to interactive performance art. And will weigh the role of a passive viewer versus an active viewer. Check out some of Zia’s short films here!


About Zia

Zia Anger works in moving images. Her most recent short MY LAST FILM premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival. Other screenings include: AFI Fest, Denver Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art,  and Vienna Independent Shorts. She has made music videos for various independent artists including: Mitski, Beach House, Maggie Rogers, and Jenny Hval; the latter of whom she also toured with - as a stage director and performer. Her music videos and performances have been featured in various online and print publications including: Pitchfork, the Guardian, The New York Times, and NPR.

In Partnership with Indie Memphis

Special thanks to Tactical Magic for creative.

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2018 AAF Memphis Plug-In

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5:30pm - 9:30pm (Past Event)

It's back! Your favorite Memphis ad bands will be taking the stage at Railgarten. But this year, YOU can be the rock star (and impress your colleagues with your amazing pipes ). We're mixing things up with live band karaoke featuring Public Record. Get there early to sign up for a chance to win cash prizes and tickets to Indie Memphis Film Fest. 

Doors open at 5:30. Bands start at 6. Karaoke at 8 pm. 
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 


Porch Pigs
Dredbeat w/ Solomon & Ben
The Remainders
The Revisions
Karaoke with Public Record

Special thanks to Holtermonster for the creative for this event! Make sure to check out Monster Market this month only at Crosstown Arts:

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September Luncheon - Paid Attention with Rosie & Faris Yakob

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 11:30am - 1:00pm (Past Event)

Faris and Rosie Yakob cull from communication theory, neuroscience, creativity and innovation, media history, branding and emerging technologies to speak to AAF Memphis about Paid Attention: Advertising in an ADD Economy. They are co-founders of the nomadic creative consultancy Genius/Steals.

Attention is the foundational idea of communication and advertising, the top of the mythical funnel. It's the most valuable resource in the world, powering the new giants of culture. But what is it? What do we actually know about it? Faris and Rosie Yakob will explore those questions and more and why attention matters to marketers. They’ll talk about how attention works, how it creates value in a world of creativity, and how to hack that system. They’ll explain why impressions don't always seem to leave one. And how the Internet acts like a live global attention market — and what you need to know as a marketer.


About Faris and Rosie

Faris and Rosie Yakob are co-founders of the nomadic creative consultancy Genius/Steals. Faris authored of bestselling marketing book “Paid  Attention: Innovative Advertising for a Digital World.” They help brands, agencies and people discover and identify new communication ideas, product concepts and find exciting ways of thinking, especially as they relate to technology. Both Faris - who was named one of the modern Mad Men by Fast Company - and Rosie believe advertising can and should be a positive force in the world.

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