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Tuesday 14 August 2018
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AAF Dallas Announces the 2018 Dallas Shining Stars | 20 Women to Know in Dallas Advertising

AAF Dallas Announces the 2018 Dallas Shining Stars | 20 Women to Know in Dallas Advertising

Last year, we launched our AAF Dallas Shining Stars program to celebrate amazing women doing amazing things in Dallas advertising. Inspired after attending the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame event, we googled “top women in Dallas advertising” and the result was “The 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas” instead of finding women who are producing thought-provoking and innovative work, breaking through barriers to create something new, or forging partnerships that drive growth.

Hmm. We thought…Dallas, we can do better than that! After a successful first year, we are proud to say when you google “the top women in Dallas advertising” you will find our inaugural list of Shining Stars from 2017.

This year we continued the tradition by asking the community to nominate more fierce females in Dallas advertising and we were impressed once again with the number of amazing nominees, nearly 3 times more than last year! So, this year we honor 25 amazing women!

Why? Because we believe ambition, work ethic, creativity, and leadership are qualities to celebrate and elevate. We believe when you get 25 incredible women in a room, great things happen. We believe it’s time that the nation recognizes our city as the talented advertising market that we are…and so the AAF Dallas Shining Star program lives on.

We’re thrilled to announce the second class of AAF Dallas Shining Stars. These women are Community Leaders, C-Suite Executives, Co-Founders, Executive VPs, Strategic Masterminds, Media Mavens, and more. They are breaking glass ceilings and making the Dallas advertising community look good.

We present the 2018 Class of AAF Dallas Shining Stars:

Ajeta Sinha, Vice President at Net2Source Inc.
Amber Benson, Fractional CMO & Executive-In-Residence at Seamripper
Caroline Masullo, Vice President, Digital & e-Commerce at TGI Fridays
Carrie La Ferle, Distinguished Professor at Temerlin Advertising Institute
Christina Clarke, Senior Director, Marketing at PepsiCo
Corri Reichert, Media Director at Southwest Airlines
Crystal Anderson, Partner, Strategy Director at 3Headed Monster
Daina Middleton, CEO at Ansira
Diane Fannon, Principal at The Richards Group
Ellen Cook, President at The Integer Group in Dallas
Jesse Barnett, Account Manager at BBDO
Kathy Sparks, Account Executive at Spectrum Reach
LaDonna Miller, Brand Media Negotiator at The Richards Group
Linda White, President at Accelerate Online Marketing
Lola Lott, Principal and CEO at charlieuniformtango
Lori Thelen, SVP of Account Service at The Marketing Arm
Natalia Duarte, Account and Production Manager at WALO
Nichole Kirsch, Principal and Media Director at Firehouse
Olivia Cole, COO and Co-Founder at greenlight
Sara Madsen Miller ,COO and Executive Producer at 1820 Productions
Stephanie Murdoch, Senior Producer at BBDO
Teresa Novak, Executive Director at DREAM Fund
Tina Posey, President at Javelin
Tina Tsang, Account Executive at BBDO
Yareli Esteban, CEO and Principal at Strategar

AAF Dallas and SMU Temerlin Advertising Institute are hosting a gala to honor these women on the evening of June 21 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. We’ll also be honoring the 2018 inductees into the AAF Tenth District Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame that evening. Bring your mentors, your mentees, your friends and family to celebrate and elevate excellence in Dallas advertising.



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The Dallas chapter of the American Advertising Federation is the oldest civic organization in Dallas and celebrated its 100th year anniversary in 2008. We are the only association that represents all facets of the advertising industry. The birth of AAF Dallas can be traced back to 1908. During the past century, AAF Dallas has had a track record of making vital contributions to the local advertising community. Throughout our history, the League has worked with local advertising and city leaders to further the business of advertising and to provide personal and professional developments opportunities for our members. AAF Dallas activities has been recognized nationally- we were the Division 1 (over 500 members) Club of the Year in 2010-2011 and in 2013 have been honored for our activities in programming, government relations, public service, diversity and multicultural initiatives, and communications.