Events

We love a good party! We also love helping our industry connect, engage, and develop its talent.

This section contains a wealth of resources, from upcoming training courses to national conferences, as well as highlights of past events, including videos, galleries and presentations.

Featured Events

Looking Forward For 100 Years

April 2-5, 2017: Join us — as we celebrate a century of serving the ad industry — for a look at what the next 100 years may bring.

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Celebrating Unlikely Partners

The 4A’s Partner Awards will take place during Transformation 2017. We celebrate the partnerships that challenge conventional practices.

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A Competition With Purpose

Plant a stake in the ground and make a difference in the world during this one-day think thank for young professionals at Transformation.

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All Upcoming Events

Talent Leadership Series: Getting Past Taboo – Race in the Workplace

Good leaders want ALL employees to feel empowered to bring their whole selves to the workplace and deliver their very best work. This can only occur when employees have a strong sense of belonging, or inclusion, which requires that true racial equity is evident in policies, programming and practices within an agency and throughout the industry.

Digital Acceleration Series: Maximizing Retail Impact With E-Commerce Fundamental

In this webinar, Nick New will teach you the core principles, processes and insights of e-commerce on both desktop and mobile to maximize the impact of marketing activity and drive success for a website.

2017 Chicago Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies

The Chicago 4A’s IAAS is partnering with PepsiCo & Quaker’s Cap’n Crunch brand team in 2017. The IAAS offers rising stars the opportunity to gain valuable experience to solve client problems and more. Registration deadline Friday, March 17, 2017.

The Winners’ Circle: The Psychology of Successful Leaders

Creativity is often described as instinctive. But unlocking creativity within a business environment requires a distinct set of leadership skills. Kerry Sulkowicz describes the psychological characteristics of successful leaders and explains why even the most self-aware still make decisions that run counter to their companies’ best interests.

The Relentless Mothers Series: Successful Transition Planning For Parents

A lot of what makes or breaks the success of a parental leave is how you prepare and how you return. These periods are often muddled by the parent’s focus on the actual birth, the transition of agency work, and both the company’s and parent’s need to resume business as usual.

Talent Leadership Series: Unconscious Bias – Beyond The Training

A recent study revealed that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have greater financial returns than the industry average.

2017 ReSolve in Los Angeles

ReSolve is a one-day think tank bringing together young professionals with two to six years of experience and from all disciplines—account, creative, planning, media, insights, etc—to solve a real-world problem. ReSolve will be held at our flagship Transformation in Los Angeles.

The Winners’ Circle: Talent or Luck? The Truth Behind An Iconic Campaign and Other Stories

‘The Most Interesting Man in The World’ for Dos Equis is one of the ad industry’s most recognized and awarded campaigns. But it barely made into the first client meeting. Karl Lieberman, one of the campaign’s co-creators, will describe what he’s learned about the conditions needed to make great work, and how he’s fostering those principles at Wieden + Kennedy, New York.

Magazine Media Tells and Sells

Linda Thomas Brooks, President and CEO of MPA – The Association of Magazine Media, will deliver key research and new perspectives about magazine media planning and buying across the publishing ecosystem. Joining her will be industry experts from Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) who will provide a deep dive on the magazine analyses so you know what’s “under the hood.

How Client Trends Are Changing Agency Selection: The Next 12 Months

Mirren’s latest client-side research is in: There are new industry changes for the year ahead. Join Brent Hodgins of Mirren Business Development as he discusses how clients are shifting to a greater focus on technology, data, insights and business performance.

IPA Foundation Certificate – April 24 Exam

The 4A’s is pleased to offer the award-winning IPA Foundation Certificate through a partnership with its UK-based sister organization the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising), which has just been newly adapted for the North American market. Enroll by Friday, March 17, 2017 for your chance to take the online exam on Monday, April 24, 2017.

4A’s Executive Leadership Program – Chicago

The focal point of this course is a globally acclaimed computer-based simulation that challenges participants to lead, manage and improve the performance of a marketing communications agency over time. Participants acquire actionable skills that they can immediately apply to succeed.

Social Commerce: What’s Real, What’s Hype and Why It’s About to Explode

With U.S. e-commerce sales expected to grow to more than $400 billion this year and the average person spending nearly two hours on social media every day, it’s no question that social commerce will be the next big revolution in digital marketing.

IPA Foundation Certificate – June 26 Exam

The 4A’s is pleased to offer the award-winning IPA Foundation Certificate through a partnership with its UK-based sister organization the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising), which has just been newly adapted for the North American market. Enroll by Friday, May 19, 2017 for your chance to take the online exam on Monday, June 26, 2017.