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8am - 9am

Check In + Breakfast

9:15am - 10:15am

Building Brand Systems

Tad Carpenter

Owner, Carpenter Collective

10:30am - 11:30am

Creativity Requires Diversity

Craig Brooks

Owner, Forae Factory

11:30am - 1pm


1pm - 2pm

Dr. Teal's Case Study

Elizabeth Cates

VP, Head of Sasha Studios

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Creative Booby Traps = Creative Treasure

Andy J. Pizza
Illustrator & Podcast Host

3:30pm - 5:30pm

Happy Hour Social

Presented by Fredrikson


400 Locust St
Suite 105
Des Moines, IA 50309



8am - 9am

9:15am - 10:15am

Branding Uncompromised: Connecting Community and Impact

Pernell Cezar

CEO and Co-Founder, Blk & Bold

10:30am - 11:30am

Web 2.5: Uncovering Approachable Innovation in 2024

Noor Naseer

VP of Media Innovations and Technology, Basis Technologies

11:30am - 1pm

Lunch & Keynote

Steve Pacheco

President/CEO, AAF 

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Breakout Sessions

John Pickerill
Advertising Regulations of Today

Kathleen Riessen
Sell Your Ideas Better: How to Use Human Behavior to Pitch Your Ideas and Win

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Panel Discussion: Influencer Marketing

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Agency Marketing To Drive Leads

Scott Harkey

CEO, The Harkey Group


Optional Dinner Reservations

Reservations have been made at the following locations for small groups:

  • Django

  • Malo

  • Bubba

  • RoCA

  • Centro

Learn & Be Inspired at AdConnect

AdConnect is bringing advertising professionals together from all over the central region. Attend exciting workshops, network and hear from engaging speakers like Tad Carpenter, AAF National President Steve Pacheco and many more.




Kickoff Party

Location - Coda Lounge (Hotel Lounge)

Join us for a meetup when you arrive at the hotel. Coda Lounge is located in the lobby of the hotel where the conference will be.

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