The event is designed for professionals in the fields of marketing and communications. Attendees are from every level in branding, advertising and PR agencies, tech companies, startups, media outlets, and corporate communications units working in and around Washington, DC.


ADWKDC provides opportunities for networking along with keynotes, workshops and panels on relevant topics presented by proven industry talent. 

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 the region. Most recently, the cornerstone event has been a 2-day conference featuring three tracks of programming: strategy, creative and media.

Other events that will take place during the full week include hosted talks at various venues throughout the city, networking events and CREATE, a one-day event where teams composed of DC-area young professionals and college students work together to compete and create advertising campaigns for selected nonprofits.


Unlike conferences of similar size and scope across the country, ADWKDC takes a more unique focus on the local DC market and places a stronger emphasis on diversity of thought and the melding of various disciplines. We encourage our participants to step out of their comfort zones and gain insights in all areas of communications to become more well-rounded at what they do.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Become a Sponsor

We are expected to reach nearly 400 attendees over the course of the week, most influencers and tastemakers, directing hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their clients on media placements, technology, staffing and resources. As a sponsor to ADWKDC, you gain direct access to this engaged audience and are able to share your products or services and help support the heartbeat of the industry.

If you are interested, please contact us at: info@aafdc.org

Innov8 DC

Join us for the main event! Innov8 DC features keynotes, panels and interactive sessions focused on emerging trends and challenges to old paradigms in the marketing and communications field. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017. See session page for full agenda.

FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

Dupont Circle nearest metro


Be part of our industry’s “give back” initiative by participating in a one-day event where teams composed of DC-area young professionals and college students will work together to CREATE advertising campaigns on the spot for selected nonprofits. Teams will be mentored by seasoned advertising professionals, and present their best, actionable ideas to the clients for implementation.

Our volunteers will gather on a Saturday morning to hear about the marketing challenges faced by DC area nonprofits. They will then assemble into randomly assigned teams to spend the next 10 hours hammering out creative and effective marketing plans that the nonprofits can take back with them and put into action.

October 7, 2017

Facebook DC
1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Ste 800
Washington, DC

Federal Triangle nearest metro.

Other Events

Throughout the week there will be a variety of hosted sessions, mixers and parties. Be sure to check the Session page for more information. New events will be added over the coming months.

Conference Photography by Tim Lundin.

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Organizing Committee

The committee works under the direction of the AAF DC Board of Directors to lead programming, logistics and promotion of ADWKDC.
Jodie Warren
MDB Communications


Danny Allen


Joshua Belhumeur

Communications Lead

Theresa Mueller
Rubicon Project

Programming Lead

Scott Williams

AAF DC President

Carol Montoya
Potomac Management Resources

AAF DC Executive Director

Patrick Cavanaugh

Strategy Track Lead

Louise Salas
Wunderman DC

Creative Track Lead

Brittany Floyd

Media Track Lead

Alexandra Gonzalez
NBC Universal

Sponsorships Lead

Lindsay Matthews
Fors Marsh Group

Content Marketing Lead

Debbie Kaplan
Leadership Greater Washington

Partnerships Lead

Cara Amman
Potomac Management Resources

Administration and Logistics

Erin Shellenberger

Administration and Logistics

Judy Markoe
Big Picture Marketing Consulting