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Brand Communications Speaker Series

The Erwin Center for Brand Communications offers a monthly speaker series in which influential people from advertising, media, marketing and communications speak and interact with students. Past Speaker Series presentations include industry professionals from brands like Nike, McLaren, The Ritz-Carlton and many more.

Jenny Rooney

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Jenny Rooney

Editor of CMO Network, Forbes

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Jeff Brown

CEO, Ally

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Andrea Riley Brimmer

Chief Marketing and PR Officer, Ally Financial, Inc.

Matt Woerhmann

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Matt Woehrmann

CEO, Fitzco

Vivek Bapat

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Vivek Bapat

SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Marketing & Communications, SAP

Leslie Sims

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Leslie Sims

Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy U.S.

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John Featherston

Senior Director, New Ventures, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

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Kevin Purcer

Director, Customer Digital Experience, Chick-fil-A

Singleton Beato

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Singleton Beato

Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer, McCann Worldgroup

Bobby Garza

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Bobby Garza

VP, Experiential Creative Director, Forefront Networks

Teri Smart

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Teri Smart

VP, Marketing, Forefront Networks

John Dillon

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John Dillon

SVP, Chief Brand Officer, Denny's

Andrew Ignatow

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Andrew Ignatow

President, Sterling Brands

Brody Hartman

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Brody Hartman

Executive Director, Strategy and Creative, Sterling Brands

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Marianne Radley

Chief Brand Officer for Pizza Hut

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J.D. Tuminski

Head of Digital, Def Jam Recordings

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Chairman & CEO, Merkle

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Global Network Growth Officer, Merkle

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The Creative Circus

Building and Improving Your Portfolio

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Andy Thomas

Vice President of Marketing and Communications, McLaren Automotive North America

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Deb Gabor

Founder, SOL Marketing and Best-Selling Author, Branding is Sex

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Mac Renfro + Arm & Hammer Panel

Founding Partner, Initiator

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Ben Nemo

Operating Partner, Argonne Capital Group and Board Member, Krystal

Jennifer G. Smith

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Jennifer G. Smith

Business Model Leader, Michelin North America

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Jennifer Oliveras

Global Sponsorships and Corporate Events Director, UPS

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Marla Kaplowitz

President and CEO, 4A's

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Fabio Tambosi

Senior Director, Global Brand Communications and Training, Adidas

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Tom Merritt

Co-Founder and CEO, OOBE, Inc.

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Chris Foy

President and Owner, Impression Sports & Entertainment

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Beth Paul

General Manager, Bon Secours Wellness Arena

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Dave Ridley

Former Senior Advisor to the CEO and SVP Chief Marketing Officer, Southwest Airlines

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Susan Credle

Global Chief Creative Officer, FCB Global

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Lisa Holladay

Vice-President, Global Brand Leader, The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company