about the event.


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.


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.


the story behind the design.

Technology and trends come and go, but at its root, innovation in advertising is always about “the big idea” whether we work in media, strategy, account or creative. Our clients, partners, coworkers, and colleagues realize that they all must evolve, or else—and it is incumbent upon our profession to help visualize the future of this business, in radical, exciting (and even uncomfortable) new ways.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

Exclusive Outdoor Sponsor

Silver Sponsor


Breakout Session Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor

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

Save-the-date: ADWKDC 2018 kickoffs October 15! All week long we’re celebrating the DC creative economy–and for one very special night, we salute AAF DC’s 100 years of service with a Centennial Gala.

Stay tuned as we built out programming and share updates for this year’s main conference (a 1-day event, jam-packed with keynotes, panels and interactive sessions), and the entire lineup of hosted events and networking opportunities happening throughout the week. 


Other Events

Throughout the week there will be a variety of hosted sessions, mixers and parties! New events, and the full schedule, will be added over the coming months.

Conference Photography by Tim Lundin.

Sound good? Then check back soon; we'll open 2018 registration this summer!

Let's Hear it for Last Year's Organizing Committee

The committee works under the direction of the AAF DC Board of Directors to lead programming, logistics and promotion of ADWKDC.
Scott Williams

Advertising Week DC Chair

Jodie Warren
MDB Communications

AAF DC President

Danny Allen

Hosted Event Chair

Theresa Mueller
Rubicon Project

Programming Lead

Alexandra Gonzalez
NBC Universal

Sponsorships Lead

Lindsay Matthews
Fors Marsh Group

Communications Lead

Karis Erwin

Administration and Logistics

Judy Markoe
Big Picture Marketing Consulting


Brittany Bell
Howard University


Joshua Belhumeur


Carol Montoya
Potomac Management Resources

AAF DC Executive Director

Michele Basham
Potomac Management Resources

Administration and Logistics