So what is AdFed?
Allow us to explain.

The Advertising Federation of Minnesota (AdFed) is a non-profit, professional trade association that has served the Minnesota advertising community including agencies, advertisers, suppliers, and students, since 1906. AdFed is a part of The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association.

AdFed members volunteer their time and talents to plan and execute events that are overseen by a board of directors. AdFed offers networking opportunities, seminars, speaker presentations and other fun and industry focused events. It celebrates the Twin Cities’ market strength and the global impact that our community makes through leading brands, creative advertising campaigns, and sound business practices.

AdFed is made for those who make, and that. means. you.

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It’s not what you know OR who you know—it’s both.

When you attend an AdFed event, become a member or volunteer on the board, you’re signing up for direct access to some of the most knowledgeable and influential people in the advertising and marketing industry—access that’s invaluable in helping you succeed in your current role or find your next one.

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Dive in or dip a toe—whatever works for you.

Our goal at AdFed is to support, inspire and connect you as you create new and groundbreaking work. Whether that means attending one event a year, joining a committee or running for the AdFed board, we’re here to provide whatever opportunities you need.

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Create. Share. Inspire. Repeat.

AdFed’s tagline is “Made for those who make,” and we mean it. From smaller, case-study style talks to huge award events like The Show, we’re here to motivate, educate and celebrate you as you create new and exciting work that pushes the industry forward.

OK, you didn’t choose a career in math. But check out these numbers anyway.

21
events hosted by AdFed in the past year
1,137
average unique monthly visitors to AdFed's jobs webpage
5,000
AdFed event attendees per year
47
married couples who met at an AdFed event (okay fine, that's made up, but anything can happen!)

We go waaay back to 1906.

Much like a vampire in a YA novel, AdFed MN is over a century old, but still smoking hot. Check out some of the recent work at The Show.

Meet our most esteemed (and humble) Board of Directors ever.

Image of LuAnn  Yattaw, the Co-Executive Director
LuAnn
Yattaw
Co-Executive Director
Image of Shelley Fischer, the Co-Executive Director
Shelley
Fischer
Co-Executive Director
Image of Anton Friant, the President
Anton
Friant
President
Image of Hana April Chughtai, the Vice President
Hana April
Chughtai
Vice President
Image of Sarah Day, the Past President
Sarah
Day
Past President
Image of Gracie Olson, the Secretary
Gracie
Olson
Secretary
Image of Kevin Besikof, the Treasurer
Kevin
Besikof
Treasurer
Image of Courtney Thompson, the Legislative Chair
Courtney
Thompson
Legislative Chair
Image of Brian  Casey, the Membership Chair
Brian
Casey
Membership Chair
Image of Maria  Carrera, the Programs Tri-Chair
Maria
Carrera
Programs Tri-Chair
Image of Kate  Kearns, the Programs Tri-Chair
Kate
Kearns
Programs Tri-Chair
Image of Nathan Young, the DEI Chair
Nathan
Young
DEI Chair
Image of Megan Faykosh, the Program Manager
Megan
Faykosh
Program Manager
Image of Samantha  Serratore, the Marcomm Project Manager
Samantha
Serratore
Marcomm Project Manager
Image of Scott  Loftus, the Creative Director
Scott
Loftus
Creative Director
Image of Michael Collins, the Brand Chair
Michael
Collins
Brand Chair
Image of Erin Slayton, the Graphic Designer
Erin
Slayton
Graphic Designer
Image of Sophie  Bernstorf, the UX Designer
Sophie
Bernstorf
UX Designer
Image of David  Lovett, the Digital Chair
David
Lovett
Digital Chair
Image of Irene  Buettner-Salido, the Social Media Chair
Irene
Buettner-Salido
Social Media Chair
Image of Mike Voermans, the Technology Chair
Mike
Voermans
Technology Chair
Image of Michelle  Benson, the Minnies Chair
Michelle
Benson
Minnies Chair
Image of Caleb  Gilbertson, the Minnies Chair
Caleb
Gilbertson
Minnies Chair
Image of Althea Larson, the Show Tri-Chair
Althea
Larson
Show Tri-Chair
Image of This could be you!, the Show Tri-Chair - Apply at the link below!
This could
be you!
Show Tri-Chair - Apply at the link below!
Image of This could be you!, the Show Tri-Chair - Apply at the link below!
This could
be you!
Show Tri-Chair - Apply at the link below!

We love our partners!

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Ovative Group’s Website (opens in a new window)

Okay, we’re biased, but these are some objectively awesome organizations. Take a second and check them out!