December 4, 2009

Announcing CATFOA 2010

UPDATED with final roster!

The insights will be deep and useful. The subject-matter diverse and relevant. The conversation inspiring and pragmatic. Here's the initial line-up for the 2010 Conversations About The Future Of Advertising speaker series. (We'll ultimately have four dates in all.)

Each sessions will occur, once again, on Monday evenings (doors at 5:00 p.m., events start at 6:00 p.m.) at the Fine Line Music Cafe on First Avenue North in Minneapolis.

And, as in years past, all events are FREE and open to the public due to gracious support from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association. We thank these organizations for their continued generosity and enthusiasm!

:: CATFOA 2010 Speaker Series ::

Monday, February 8, 2010
Chief Creative Officer/Chief Social Media Officer, MULLEN

Edward is one of Mullen’s four original partners. Over the last 26 years he has helped define the agency’s creative standards, established its public relations group, integrated digital design and production into all of the agency’s operations, and most recently launched its growing social media practice. Edward also acts as chief advocate for and speaks frequently on the merits of crowdsourcing.

Monday, March 8, 2010
EVP Chief Technology Strategist, McCann Erickson NY

As Chief Technology Strategist, Faris is tasked with helping to work out how brands, people and technology can play better together. Before his current position, he spent 5 years being the Digital Ninja at communication strategy agency Naked Communications. As a strategist Faris has worked on brands such as Sony, Google, Yahoo!, Nestle and Virgin Mobile, in Sydney, London and New York. Faris regularly writes about brands, media, communications and technology for Fast Company, Contagious Magazine and Forbes.

Monday, April 19, 2010
Director of Digital Strategy, Droga5

At Droga5, Hashem works with brands to shape their digital marketing and helps to keep the agency and its creative work ahead by tapping into the latest innovations in technology, media and the web. Before joining D5, Hashem was Digital Strategy Director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. In 2007, Hashem was the youngest person to be named in AdAge’s “40 Under 40 to Watch”.

Monday, May 10, 2010
Colleen DeCourcy (@decourcy)
Chief Digital Officer, TBWA Worldwide

As Chief Digital Officer for TBWA Worldwide, Colleen is responsible for developing and implementing a global digital strategy throughout the TBWA network. Her areas of expertise range from digital postproduction and motion-graphics design to creative campaign development across digital platforms. Prior to joining TBWA, DeCourcy served as Chief Experience Officer at JWT, and as the Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Organic. Colleen was the Cyber Lions Jury President at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in 2008.

(Click here for the MIMA event listing for Colleen DeCourcy.)

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