2016 Call for Speakers

ADWKDC is a week long networking and professional development event hosted by AAF DC exclusively for communicators in the Washington, DC region.

The event has taken many different forms since its launch more than 10 years ago and has continued to evolve to best meet the needs of those in the regional communications industry. Most recently, the cornerstone event has been a 2-day conference featuring keynotes, panel discussions and breakout sessions featuring leaders in the fields of communication, advertising, PR, technology, media and business strategy. Attendees include professionals at every level and every discipline of the communications industry who work in and around Washington.

We are thrilled to announce that this year, ADWKDC is taking place the week of October 17 with the core conference on Thursday and Friday, October 20-21.

To be the best, we need the best.

What makes ADWKDC so great is our speakers. We exclusively feature working professionals who have made notable contributions to the industry and have a unique point of view to share, especially pertaining to bleeding edge technologies and approaches. As our planning for this year’s event is well underway, the organizing committee is officially announcing a call for dynamic thought leaders to submit their ideas for topics and demonstrate to us why they belong on stage at one of the DC region’s largest marketing-related events.

In addition to speaking opportunities for the core conference, we are also seeking potential “hosted events” for Monday through Wednesday of the week. A hosted event is developed by you in partnership with the AAF DC board at a venue you provide that can accommodate various times, formats and audience sizes.

Selection to participate in ADWKDC will provide you and your organization with:

  • Increased visibility with hundreds of marketing professionals and organizations across DC,
  • Potential exposure in earned press coverage of the DC area’s largest advertising conferences,
  • Thought leadership opportunities such as editorial submissions, interviews, promotion of existing work, etc.

And you will be joining the ranks of past speakers that include top executives from Discovery, The Ad Council, Procter & Gamble, Volkswagen and the Truth Initiative along with senior editors and correspondents from the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic and the Huffington Post — just to name a few.

I’m ready…and willing.

Great! Please complete this form. Our content committee will review all submissions and choose the topics, speakers, and formats we feel will make ADWKDC the best event it can be.

First Name

Last Name

Title

Organization

Email

Phone

Twitter Handle

LinkedIn URL

Short bio (250 words or less)

If available, please include examples of your work (e.g. videos, blogs, articles quoted in on topic, list of past speaking engagements, case studies, etc.)

Your Areas of Expertise (check all that apply)

Your Topic Idea (30 words or less)

Brief Description of Topic (250 words or less)

*Please note that you may be asked to change your format, collaborate with other speakers, participate in a panel based on review of your expertise and topic choice.

Preferred Format
 Keynote - One person speaks to the audience Panel - Group of people with a moderator to guide discussion Fireside Chat - A one-on-one Q&A with limited audience participation Debate - Two or more speakers advocating different perspectives on the same issue Presentation - A case study or demonstration, typically with visual aid Workshop - Audience fully participating in a hands-on activity / series of activities Roundtable - Small group discussion with full audience participation Other

If other, please describe

Suggested length of session

Are you interested in hosting a special session on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at a venue you provide?

If yes:

Venue Name

Venue Address

Venue Zip

How many attendees could this venue comfortably hold?

We are asking our speakers to help us promote the event by creating a 500 words blog article for us around the topic they will be speaking on. Is that something you would be able to provide in the months leading up to the event?

Would you to travel to a DC-based studio or office and be filmed for a video podcast in promotion of the event at a flexible time in the months leading up to the event?