We Are Ad 2

We are Ad 2. If you have a passion for advertising and marketing and you’re 32 or under, you found the right place. Based in the Twin Cities, we’re an affiliate of the The American Advertising Federation (AAF) and are friends with the Advertising Federation of Minnesota (otherwise known as AdFed).

Whether you’re establishing your ad career, expanding your skills, scoping out industry connections, or a mix of all three, we have the events, education, and contacts to get you where you want to go. Through our events, public service opportunities, and leadership positions, you’ll come together with members that have the intelligence, creativity, and desire to evolve advertising and marketing.

Honestly? We can’t wait for you to join us. 

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Be a part of something big.

We get it. Getting established in the ad industry can feel overwhelming. But, (a) you’re not alone, (b) everyone in advertising felt the exact same way when they started out, and (c) you don’t have to go it alone. By attending or volunteering at an Ad2 event, you’ll already be ahead of the curve. You’ll receive direct access to some of the most dynamic, knowledgeable, and influential figures in local advertising and marketing. (Did we mention that they’re super friendly?) You’ll also meet up with other up and coming professionals to give your network the boost it needs. 

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Be seen in public.

Looking for some ad knowledge? Check out our regular presentations with industry experts about all kinds of topics. Want to check out an agency or three? Go to one of our open houses. Blow off steam with friends? We have trivia nights. Want to go big? Women’s Leadership Panel, 32 Under 32, and the Student Advertising Summit are all waiting for you.

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Be caught up to date.

To get a feel about the future of advertising, check out the phenomenal work we’ve done in the past. From case study chats to award extravaganzas, the creativity and heart of our members shines through them all. 

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

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Kathryn
Chlystek
President
Image of Danielle Lachermeier , the Vice President
Danielle
Lachermeier
Vice President
Image of Nicole Parrott-Wilson, the Past President
Nicole
Parrott-Wilson
Past President
Image of Thomas Tran, the Director of Finance
Thomas
Tran
Director of Finance
Image of Cece Porter, the Director of Partnerships
Cece
Porter
Director of Partnerships
Image of Alyssa Derby, the Director of Membership Retention
Alyssa
Derby
Director of Membership Retention
Image of Bryce Thompson, the Director of New Member Acquisition
Bryce
Thompson
Director of New Member Acquisition
Image of Santana Baker, the Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Santana
Baker
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Image of Meghan McDilda, the Creative Director
Meghan
McDilda
Creative Director
Image of Rachel Ball, the Marketing Communications Co-Director
Rachel
Ball
Marketing Communications Co-Director
Image of Julia Stern, the Marketing Communications Co-Director
Julia
Stern
Marketing Communications Co-Director
Image of Devon Block, the Co-Director of Events
Devon
Block
Co-Director of Events
Image of Hanna Byl, the Co-Director of Events
Hanna
Byl
Co-Director of Events
Image of Justine Heinitz, the Co-Director of Events
Justine
Heinitz
Co-Director of Events
Image of Brittany Forsberg, the Co-Director of Women's Leadership Panel
Brittany
Forsberg
Co-Director of Women's Leadership Panel
Image of Kallie Quinn, the Co-Director of Women's Leadership Panel
Kallie
Quinn
Co-Director of Women's Leadership Panel
Image of Jared Gray, the Co-Director of 32 Under 32
Jared
Gray
Co-Director of 32 Under 32
Image of Kelsey Straub, the Co-Director of 32 Under 32
Kelsey
Straub
Co-Director of 32 Under 32
Image of Chloe Lewis, the Co-Director of Student Advertising Summit
Chloe
Lewis
Co-Director of Student Advertising Summit
Image of Courtney Emmil, the Co-Director of Student Advertising Summit
Courtney
Emmil
Co-Director of Student Advertising Summit

We love our partners!

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