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AAF Seattle is the Western Washington chapter of the American Advertising Federation, serving Seattle's creative community through events, education and advocacy.

Push: Ending the Diversity Standstill

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Agency people may be a lot of fun but they're also professional. So are our regular events, ranging from panels of our industry’s best discussing hot topics to casual after-hours mixers where we basically goof off while we network.

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Push: Ending the Diversity Standstill

  • The Riveter 1517 12th Avenue Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)

For more than a decade, AAF Seattle diversity panels have regularly discussed why diversity-focused hiring benefits agencies and creative work, yet for all our industry’s supposed awareness, empathy, and efforts, local creative organizations are often starkly imbalanced, especially in leadership positions. Why is progress so slow?

It’s time for a different kind of diversity panel, one that will address the palpable discontent surrounding minority hiring and advancement.

Our panel will speak transparently and frankly about their organizations' diversity/inclusion efforts, their original goals, where they went wrong, what went right, and what was learned in retrospect. We'll move on to observations about the current climate around diversity and culminate with new ideas for moving forward.

Join us for the kind of fresh thinking this important cause requires.

The Moderator

Kate Kemp  - Group Creative Director,  HackerAgency

Kate Kemp - Group Creative Director, HackerAgency


The Panel

Todd Bennings  - Co-founder,  HERE Seattle

Todd Bennings - Co-founder, HERE Seattle

Donté Parks  - Vice President, Culture,  Substantial

Donté Parks - Vice President, Culture, Substantial

Brian Rauschenbach  - Head of Industry & Co-founder,  Add3

Brian Rauschenbach - Head of Industry & Co-founder, Add3

Martha Hiefield  - Global Chief Talent Officer,  POSSIBLE

Martha Hiefield - Global Chief Talent Officer, POSSIBLE

Riehel Zereyhoune  - Senior Manager, Client Services,  Wunderman Seattle

Riehel Zereyhoune - Senior Manager, Client Services, Wunderman Seattle


The Yums
*Alcohol and light food included*
Catering by Chef Myisha Mastersson

The Social
Please RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends.
Post using #PushForDiversity to be included in the event's social stream and on our event Tagboard.
Ask our panelists questions and discuss the topic in advance in our LinkedIn group.
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The Location
The Riveter is a new, women-focused co-working space set to formally open May 1. It was previously the home of Creature and the recent Real World Seattle.

The Sponsors
Vitamin T - Platinum Sponsor
DCG ONE - Platinum Sponsor
Arc Media Studios - Platinum Sponsor
School of Visual Concepts - Gold Sponsor
Hand Crank Films - Cocktails Sponsor

More to come…

Later Event: May 25
After Hours: Vitamin T