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June 20 Lunch & Learn: Javacia Harris Bowser

June 20 Lunch & Learn: Javacia Harris Bowser | AAF-Montgomery


Thursday, June 20 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

People Not Pageviews: Boost Your Brand by Building Community through Blogging

Come hear Javacia Bowser, founder of See Jane Write, discuss blogging best practices that apply to all forms of content marketing and demonstrate how to take content marketing to the next level by using it to build community and thus boost brand loyalty.

ABOUT JAVACIA BOWSER

Javacia is a freelance writer for multiple local and national media outlets such as USA Todayand Birminghammagazine. She is also the founder and editor of See Jane Write, a website and community for female writers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. Through See Jane Write, she hosts in-person and virtual workshops and social events, maintains a blog and produce e-courses. She also develops and delivers exclusive content for members each week. See Jane Write has given her opportunities such as being named as Birmingham’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal in 2015 and being selected as one of 30 “Women Who Shape the State” by Alabama Media Group.

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May 16 Lunch & Learn: Mark Barry

May 16 Lunch & Learn: Mark Barry | AAF-Montgomery


Thursday, May 16 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

You’ve got a lot of competition. Some of that competition has a bunch of great ideas, just like you. But having ideas is one thing and compelling others to believe in them is something very different. Once the dust settles, you want to be the one still standing. Let’s talk about strategies and tips that can help improve your odds.

ABOUT MARK BARRY

Mark Barry started his career in the advertising industry as an Art Director at J. Walter Thompson. Later, he chased the money as part of UnitedHealth Group’s in-house creative team until he opened his own agency where he ran himself ragged for over 6 years. He is now an Assistant Professor of Advertising at the University of Alabama. He is the Director of Minerva, UA’s creative advertising specialization where he teaches classes in concepting, portfolio development, and pitching. He continues to provide creative consulting services during the teaching offseason.

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March 21 Lunch & Learn: Victoria Ekwenuke

March 21 Lunch & Learn: Victoria Ekwenuke | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, March 21 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

How to #BlackGirlMagic and Manage Brands

Victoria is currently the Global Brand Manager at eBay working in Silicon Valley. She’s not a techie, but loves the magic of technology and its ability to connect people to ideas across cultures and borders. With more than 10 + years of traditional CPG and entrepreneurial know how, Victoria brings an unconventional outlook on the magic between brands, people and experiences. With a Howard University MBA, her career in brand management spans across manufacturing companies such as Colgate Palmolive in New York, Wrigley in Chicago and Unilever in Toronto.

Come learn about the challenges Victoria has faced as a brand manager and the key lessons she has learned along the way.

ABOUT VICTORIA

Born in Canada, Victoria’s family is originally from Nigeria. She initially moved to the US on a soccer scholarship in 2002 and has traveled, worked and lived all over the globe. She gives back to the community by speaking at various events, blogging using her alias @AnalogBlackGirl and contributes to the diaspora movement via her pet project @SpeakNowAfrica. Above all, she believes that she has a duty to positively influence the generation after her.

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February 12 PRCA + AAF Lunch & Learn: Seth Maggard

February 12 PRCA + AAF Lunch & Learn: Seth Maggard | AAF-Montgomery

Tuesday, February 12 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

PR in VR with Seth Maggard

Booz Allen Hamilton has developed Culture and Language Virtual Reality (CLVR) to train and connect leaders around the world.

During this program, Seth Maggard, Strategic Communications Coordinator with Booz Allen Hamilton at the Air Force Culture & Language Center, will present this immersive technology and share how virtual experience is shaping messaging and strategic communications planning.

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January 17 Lunch & Learn: Carolyn Sewell

January 17 Lunch & Learn: Carolyn Sewell | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, January 17 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St

$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Illustration & Handlettering with Carolyn Sewell

A potty-mouthed lover of all things typographic and unicorny, Carolyn Sewell is a letterer and illustrator living in Raleigh, NC.
She creates work that is lovely, irreverent, and shiny. Her year-long project of daily-drawn “Postcards To My Parents” pivoted her career from graphic design to hand-lettering. Since then, her work has been published in 5 consecutive Type Annuals for Communication Arts as well as PRINT, Grafik, HOW, CMYK, and The Washington Post. Some of her clients include Starbucks, Dairy Queen, Rite Aid, Southern Poverty Law Center and the Hillary Clinton Campaign.

At this lunch and learn, hear about Carolyn’s creative journey and her biggest lesson learned: draw something every day and be nice to your folks.

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November 15 Lunch & Learn: Alex Center

November 15 Lunch & Learn: Alex Center | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, November 15 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St

$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Center of Attention

Brooklyn based designer and former Coca-Cola Design Director Alex Center is known for one thing, building brands that people love. He is most well known for his work building the beverage brands vitaminwater and smartwater, which he lead the design for both before and after their acquisition by The Coca-Cola Company. (4.1 Billion dollars, nbd) Having built brands with cult followings and relevance throughout his career, Alex knows the power of design to drive culture and business. Today he runs his own branding studio CENTER, which partners with entrepreneurs to build startups with design at their center. (pun intended) Alex will share his story and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

About Alex Center

Alex Center is a Brooklyn-based designer and founder of the design and branding company CENTER. Prior to opening his own studio he worked for over a decade for The Coca-Cola Company where he led the strategy and design vision for the billion dollar beverage brands vitaminwater, smartwater and POWERADE. Over the years, Alex has designed packaging that has been in hands across the globe, created breakthrough marketing campaigns and launched innovative new products. In 2011, Alex was named one of the 200 Best Packaging Designers by Luerzers Archive. In 2013, he began telling his story around the world with speaking engagements with The Dieline, AIGA, HOW Design Live, and as a guest on Debbie Millman’s famous Design Matters podcast. In 2014, Alex was named a Person To Watch by GDUSA Magazine. In 2015, he became a columnist for HOW Magazine, writing about the expanding landscape of In-House design. In 2018 he left Coca-Cola to open his own company CENTER, which partners with entrepreneurs to build startups with design at their center. In his personal time he enjoys rooting for New York sports teams that wear orange & blue, eating and instagramming delicious food and spending time with his wife Jacquelyn De Jesu and their zero kids and zero pets.

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October 18 Lunch & Learn: Sarah Beatty Buller

October 18 Lunch & Learn: Sarah Beatty Buller | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, October 18 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Advertising in a Transforming World

In today’s fast transforming world, what constant’s, if any, remain for advertisers and marketers? Sarah Beatty Buller, entrepreneur and former marketing executive at USA Network and MTV: Music Television will explore this question.

About Sarah Beatty Buller

Sarah Beatty Buller is an accidental entrepreneur and mission driven builder. She is the co-founder of Montgomery Builds (est. 2013), an effort to revitalize Dexter Avenue in downtown Montgomery, AL. Kress on Dexter is the symbolic “first” historic landmark building to be completed in the Montgomery Builds plan.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Sarah worked for 16 years in media as the Vice President of Marketing & Global branding at MTV: Music Television and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Off-Air Creative for USA Network.

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August 16 Lunch and Learn: Helen Hays

August 16 Lunch and Learn: Helen Hays | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, August 16 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Whether you’re an agency, in a corporate office, or non-profit, your PR and Marketing efforts need to be a part of a plan, and measurement needs to be an integral component.

Helen Hays, APR will walk you through how to write a plan that incorporates measurable objectives which will impress anyone in the c-suite. Don’t just say your work is valuable – prove it!

About Helen Hays
Helen is the Chief Communications Officer for the YWCA of Central Alabama. She has worked in the private sector for companies such as HealthSouth, Southern Living, and Regions; and in the public sector for UAB the Metropolitan Development Board, and now the YWCA. In between she owned her own PR consulting firm. She’s been named the PRCA Practitioner of the Year for the state and designated a Senior Practitioner from the Southern Public Relations Federation.

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June 21 Lunch & Learn: Ashleigh Axios

June 21 Lunch & Learn: Ashleigh Axios | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, June 21st // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St $18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

It’s our LAST Lunch and Learn for the 2017-2018 club year! We will also be awarding this year’s Member of the Year Award at this lunch.

Designing and Building Connection Join Ashleigh Axios for some tips on how communication design and community building were built up in-house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during the Obama administration.

Ashleigh will show-and-tell: • How her small design team transformed daunting challenges into successful digital campaigns; • Her team’s tactics for tackling limited resources; • Overcoming impossibly quick timelines; • And experimenting while in the public spotlight.

>> President Obama’s Creative Director Discusses the White House Aesthetic

About Ashleigh Axios As Creative Director, Ashleigh led and managed design for the White House and WhiteHouse.gov from within the Office of Digital Strategy. She was also a key part of the White House product team, pushing the White House web platforms to the next level.

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May 17 Lunch & Learn: LaConya Murray

May 17 Lunch & Learn: LaConya Murray | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, May 17th // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

In today’s fast-paced world, content and creation is key.

But before you rush to share images, create a new brand identity or write your next blog post, consider this: content marketing can have many serious legal consequences. If done improperly, marketers can violate copyright law and expose themselves, their employers, and their clients to substantial legal risk, money damages and embarrassment.

Join us as Attorney LaConya Murray covers trademark and copyright basics that advertisers and marketers need to know to avoid these legal pitfalls.

About LaConya Murray
LaConya “Connie” Murray is the creator and owner of Off the Mark IP Solutions, a legal and business consulting firm based in Alabama. She represents business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the United States in the fields of trademarks, copyrights and business development.

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April 19 Lunch & Learn: Andy J. Miller

April 19 Lunch & Learn: Andy J. Miller | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, April 19th // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Kick off spring right with a Creative Pep Talk from illustrator, speaker, and podcast host Andy J. Miller. Andy will be talking about The Creative Career Path and embracing the creative career journey, refusing to take shortcuts and believing it’s a path that is leading you somewhere special.

About Andy J. Miller
Andy J. Miller is the founder of the Creative Pep Talk podcast. Creative Pep Talk, has been featured by Apple, BuzzFeed and Threadless. Additionally, Creative Pep Talk the book was published by Chronicle Books in the Spring of 2017. His explosive color drenched illustrations have brought hope and smiles to clients like Nickelodeon, Google, The Boston Globe, Converse and Oreo. While studying in the UK, Miller received a BA in Graphic Design at the University of Huddersfield. Miller uses exclamation points liberally(!!!!) has been known to TYPE IN ALL CAPS for no reason at all and sometimes uses emojis in business emails. The Pizza family happily live in the great city of Columbus, OH.

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March 15 Lunch & Learn: Thinkshout

March 15 Lunch & Learn: Thinkshout | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday, March 15th // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Designing the user experience for any organization is a complex process that involves hours of analysis, design and repeated evaluation. When it comes to nonprofits, the same user experience processes are essential to focusing on that organizations mission and connecting with the constituents they serve.

ThinkShout has been designing user experiences for nonprofits for over 7 years, including organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Ocean Outcomes, and Facing History and Ourselves.

In this talk, learn from two of ThinkShout’s veteran user experience designers and project managers and how they move nonprofits through the user experience journey.

About ThinkShout
ThinkShout, Inc. is a full-service digital agency based in Portland, Oregon made up of 29 developers, strategists, designers, and project managers. They provide strategic consulting and website implementations to social good organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Ocean Outcomes, and Facing History and Ourselves. ThinkShout leverages cutting-edge tools to serve mission-driven organizations and tell the stories of good people making lasting change.

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February 13 PRCA Joint Lunch & Learn: Paul Copcutt

February 13 PRCA Joint Lunch & Learn: Paul Copcutt | AAF-Montgomery

Tues, February 13th // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

No longer your job seekers static resume board, Linkedin is fast becoming THE go-to destination for savvy marketers and social sellers.

But what does it take to find success on this platform?

In this lunch, you will understand the very latest do’s and dont’s for effective communication, strong relationship building, and increased professional presence that gets results.

About Paul Copcutt
A regular media resource for the $100k plus executive, Paul Copcutt’s perspectives and client actions have been featured in Elle, Money, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The Globe & Mail. Paul’s personal brand expertise has also been cited in several career books including the best sellers Career Distinction, The Female Brand and The Twitter Job Search Guide.

This is a joint Lunch and Learn with PRCA! RSVP today to reserve your seat.

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January 19 Lunch & Learn: Josh Loebner

January 19 Lunch & Learn: Josh Loebner | AAF-Montgomery

Friday January 19th // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Advertising, Disability and the Diversity Directive

A half-century after the Civil Rights Act and over two decades since the Americans with Disabilities Act, companies, and their advertising agencies still struggle to create messaging that accurately reflects a diverse make-up.

Josh will:

1. Educate in an easy-to-follow yet engaging style on the size, scope and buying power of minorities and in more detail, that of people with disabilities, the largest minority group in America.

2. Bring powerful stories and examples of the transformation of portrayal and inclusion of people with disabilities in advertising.

3. Elevate the presentation with ideas on how attendees can increase connections with diversity and inclusion in their work and how inclusion is beneficial to club membership growth, program ideas, and community engagement.

About Josh
Josh Loebner is the Director of Strategy for Knoxville-based advertising agency, Designsensory. He is the author of the blog, advertisinganddisability.com and is a noted speaker and resource for journalists and industry leaders, most recently featured as an industry expert in New Mobility magazine’s cover story on advertising and disability.

He is partially blind and visually impaired, which gives him a unique perspective and he always clearly sees the best in everyone.

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November 16 Lunch & Learn: VML

November 16 Lunch & Learn: VML | AAF-Montgomery

Thurs, November 16th // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Capital City Club, 201 Monroe St
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Almost every brand wants to be a cool teen and culturally relevant on social, but not every brand can master it … and definitely not overnight.It takes a strong strategy, a steady brand voice and a consistent presence over time to win hearts on the interwebs.

Come see how the team behind the most retweeted tweet of all time (#NuggsForCarter) helped Wendy’s become a cool brand in social media, and nine time Cannes Lion winner in three easy steps.

About VML
VML is a contemporary marketing agency that moves brands forward by inspiring a human connection. VML’s clients include Bridgestone, Colgate-Palmolive, Dell, Ford, the Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark, Motorola, PepsiCo, Sprint, and Wendy’s.


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Public Service Project: Toys for Tots

This month, AAF Montgomery service project is Toys for Tots.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in Montgomery and surrounding areas.

What to donate
Toys for Tots will accept new and unwrapped toys.

Where to bring
We will be collecting items at the November Lunch and Learn, November 16th, and thoughout the month of November.

If you have any questions, please contact our Public Service Chair Venessa Funches.

October 19 Lunch & Learn: Ad Council

October 19 Lunch & Learn: Ad Council | AAF-Montgomery

Thursday October 19 // 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members // $30 guests // $15 students // $20 active military

Creating Social Change Through Communications: Love Has No Labels Case Study

For 75 years, the Ad Council has been the leading producer of public service advertising in the United States, raising awareness and inspiring action on a diversity of issues, from texting and driving to autism awareness. Our icons and slogans are woven into the fabric of American culture – from Smokey Bear, to “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” to “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.”

Learn how the Ad Council uses communications for social change through a look at Love Has No Labels, a campaign taking a unique approach to one of today’s most pressing issues, bias, and discrimination.

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September 21 Lunch & Learn: Darlene Rotch

September 21 Lunch & Learn: Darlene Rotch | AAF-Montgomery

Thurs, Sept 21, 11:45am-1:00pm // Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street
$18 members, $30 non-members, $15 students, $20 active military


As a retailer for the first 15 years of her professional life, Darlene Rotch sold top-shelf luxury goods to consumers. She was intrigued at how the right message applied through targeted marketing accelerated sales: audience perceptions created tangible results.

And with that idea in mind, Darlene created Panorama Public Relations and has had success working with companies such as Belk, Pandora jewelry, and Publix.

In this talk, learn how Darlene works with clients to define success in ways that are strategic and measurable and integrate traditional PR tactics with creative grassroots campaigns.

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