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, for more than 110 years. 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.

TL;DR: 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.

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Miles
Marmo
President
Image of Michelle Benson, the President Emeritus
Michelle
Benson
President Emeritus
Image of Alex Denholm, the President Emeritus
Alex
Denholm
President Emeritus
Image of Jessica Birkholz, the Treasurer
Jessica
Birkholz
Treasurer
Image of Rory Wade, the Finance Chair
Rory
Wade
Finance Chair
Image of This could be you!, the Secretary - Apply at the link below!
This could
be you!
Secretary - Apply at the link below!
Image of Amy Parks, the Sponsorship Co-Chair
Amy
Parks
Sponsorship Co-Chair
Image of Joshua Kennedy, the Sponsorship Co-Chair
Joshua
Kennedy
Sponsorship Co-Chair
Image of Miranda Soukup, the The Show Tri-Chair
Miranda
Soukup
The Show Tri-Chair
Image of Amy Jongerius, the The Show Tri-Chair
Amy
Jongerius
The Show Tri-Chair
Image of Hana April Chughtai, the Programs Co-Chair
Hana April
Chughtai
Programs Co-Chair
Image of Missy Young, the Programs Co-Chair
Missy
Young
Programs Co-Chair
Image of Len Mitsch, the Membership Co-Chair
Len
Mitsch
Membership Co-Chair
Image of Anton Friant, the Brand Chair
Anton
Friant
Brand Chair
Image of Emma Dahlgren, the Creative Director
Emma
Dahlgren
Creative Director
Image of Sarah Kearin, the Mar/Comm Member at Large
Sarah
Kearin
Mar/Comm Member at Large
Image of Sarah Kemp, the Mar/Comm Tri-Chair
Sarah
Kemp
Mar/Comm Tri-Chair
Image of Elliott Payne, the Public Service Co-chair
Elliott
Payne
Public Service Co-chair
Image of Megan Faykosh, the Creative Project Manager
Megan
Faykosh
Creative Project Manager
Image of Bethany Hawthorn, the The Minnies Co-Chair
Bethany
Hawthorn
The Minnies Co-Chair
Image of Ali Broback, the The Minnies Co-Chair
Ali
Broback
The Minnies Co-Chair
Image of Courtney Thompson, the Legislative Chair
Courtney
Thompson
Legislative Chair
Image of Matt Pekarek, the Historian
Matt
Pekarek
Historian

We love our partners!

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Software For Good’s Website (opens in a new window)
Agency Squid’s Website (opens in a new window)
Better Business Bureau’s Website (opens in a new window)
Fredrikson & Byron’s Website (opens in a new window)
Lurie’s Website (opens in a new window)
Hana April Inc.’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!