As we kick off the 2016-2017 year for the American Advertising Federation of Shreveport Bossier, we on the board want you to know what you can expect and how you can be involved this year.
I'm Erin Smith, your AAFSB president. (Pant suit not included.) I'm super pumped to get things started this year. We have a board that is 16 people strong, with fabulous ideas for new endeavors and improvements to keep us at the forefront of the local ad industry. Visit our Board Member page to get acquainted with everyone on board.
Below you can find info on a few things we have planned for the year. But trust me, there's a lot more in store! We hope that you'll join us for any and all of the things that you can. If there are any ideas you have for us, let us know. We love feedback! And if you'd like to help in a big or small way with anything, we'd love to have you!
Programs - This year, we will be hosting the Ads After Dark after hours series. These relaxing, networking events will take place every other month and will feature a local vendor. Our professional lunches - now called Power Lunches - will be in the months in between the after hours. If you have any topics that you'd like us to consider finding a speaker on, please let us know! We're here to serve you and help you grow in your profession!
Education - We're also bringing back the Agency Crawl we created for students last year. After our first attempt and some great student feedback, we're making some improvements for an even better tour to help students get connected with local employers. In the spring, we're also looking to create an Education Summit for local students and teachers to learn more about the local industry. The Jim Leslie Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in the spring once again.
We also have plans for a big public service project, diversity expansion within our membership, government regulation updates and, of course, an amazing ADDY celebration!
If you ever have any questions or suggestions, I am all ears! I want to make sure that you are engaged, connected and enjoying what we are providing you. You can reach me via the firstname.lastname@example.org email address, through our Facebook page or through my work email at email@example.com.
I personally hope to see or hear from you soon!
AAFSB President, 2016-'17