Sunday 12 July 2020
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AAF Dallas Announces Dallas Shining Stars 2020 | Gala Set for September 3rd

AAF Dallas Announces Dallas Shining Stars 2020 | Gala Set for September 3rd

The wait is over. We’re sorry for the delay! AAF Dallas is excited to announce who the top 20 women in Dallas advertising are!

AAF Dallas is celebrating the 4th annual Shining Stars awards program which honors top women in Dallas advertising. In 2017, 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. 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. See last year’s group here.

Your health and safety is important to us, we are currently postponing the Shining Stars event to Thursday, September 3. We have been working closely with the venue to ensure our guests safety is a top priorty. Currently (6/15/20) there is a limited number of tables of SIX(6 attendees) only with SIX(6) feet apart from each table. We WILL be requiring masks for all attendees (with medical exceptions) for this event. The venue has also increased sanitation and have committed to single use serving dishes. We will be serving plated dinners this year in lieu of action stations. Gloves and masks will be worn by all staff, but also available to guests if requested. Additionally, we will have a medical professional at the door checking temperatures. This event will only go if it is safe to do so. In the event that it is postponed again, we will let our Shining Stars and attendees know.

Dress code is semi-formal. Table reservations will begin on June 15, 2020. This event will have very limited capacity this year and has consistently sold out in years past. Therefore are no individual ticket sales at this time. We are currently only booking tables for our honorees and their companies at this time! Please register for our mailing list if you would like to be notified if individual tickets go on sale. In the mean time, one way to show support for your favorite Shining Star is to takeout an ad in this year’s book. For information about tables reservations reach out to Allison McCaslin at

We’re thrilled to announce the fourth 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 elevating the Dallas advertising community to heights we have never seen before! Congratulations!

Aimee Bové, Director of Media at The Loomis Agency
Alexa Pérez, Project Manager at Launch Agency
Alisa McCarthy, Brand Management Director at The Infinite Agency
Amanda Breaux, Integrated Account Director at Saatchi & Saatchi*
Amanda West, Senior Manager of Advertising at Pizza Hut
Andrea “Dre” Wilson, Group Media Director at Moroch*
Ashlynn Rehmani, Local Media Strategist at Univision
Brandi Rand, Associate Director of Social Media at Burrell Communications
Caitlin Mitchell, Social Strategy Director at The Richards Group*
Claudia Schaefer, Chief Experience Officer at Caliber Collision
Diana Schroeder, Vice President of Video Production at The Marketing Arm
Dina Light-McNeely, Senior VP Strategy Group Director at Spark Foundry a Publicis Media Agency*
Elizabeth Clayton, Principal at Richards Partners*
Hayley Dawson-Owens, Director of Consumer Insights & Innovative Strategy at Wingstop
Kat Kornegay, Account Director at Johnson & Sekin*
Kristina Blake, Partner & Creative Director at 31,000 FT
Lysbet Zimmerman, Principal at Quadratic*
Molly McLaren, VP, Group Creative Director at The Integer Group*
Salma Gottfried, Principal/Brand Management at LERMA/*
Tb Founder at Center Reach Communications
*denotes corporate members of AAF Dallas

Thank you to this year’s sponsors!


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AAF Dallas

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.