February Give Back

February's Year of Giving spotlight goes out to AAF Columbus, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation. The organization supports and uplifts advertising and marketing professionals in Columbus by offering top-rated programming and opportunities coordinated through its dedicated volunteer board of directors. It's the people that make it a great organization to be a part of and every year it just keeps getting better.

February is quite the appropriate month to highlight AAF Columbus because last week was one of its biggest events, the ADDY Awards. I've been involved with the organization since 2008 and have always volunteered my time to help out with the ADDYs, an awards show that highlights the best creative work produced on the local level. Not only is it a fun event to be a part of, it's a great way to stay inspired while keeping track of who's putting out the best work year to year. 

This year I volunteered my time on the ADDY committee to help collect entries, order trophys and check people in the night of the show.

At the Bluestone, a crowd of 400+ awaits the announcement for the top winners of the night. 

At the Bluestone, a crowd of 400+ awaits the announcement for the top winners of the night. 

 If you enjoy the Columbus creative industry scene and didn't make it to the show this year, you'll want to save the date for next year. (It usually takes place on the last Thursday in February!) And keep in mind there are a variety of AAF Columbus networking events that provide educational opportunities throughout the year.

In fact, the March luncheon is one I am really looking forward to with special guest speaker Nancy Kramer, founder and chairman of Resource/Ammirati, An IBM Company. (Resource/Ammirati was acquired by IBM this year.) I can't wait to hear her personal story and thoughts about the future of the industry. Want to be my guest? Remember Marketing is giving away a free ticket to the luncheon to the first person who emails or comments below claiming a luncheon spot. Join me!

-Shannon P.R.