The AAF has a variety of resources to help advance your career in advertising. Programs include industry-related speaking events, professional development workshops, and award competitions recognizing excellence in advertising.


June 7–11, 2021

ADMERICA is the American Advertising Federation’s annual conference met to enhance enthusiasm for the advertising industry and the leadership skills of our grass roots network. During this week-long virtual event, attendees can anticipate exceptional speakers, workshops and industry insight designed to elevate each person’s personal and professional approach to excellence. Attendance is open to all members and executive directors.

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Mosaic Awards

April 29, 2021

The AAF's Mosaic Awards recognize companies, agencies and individuals whose commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident through their creative work and organization-wide initiatives. Winners are selected for distinguished content that portrays diverse communities with depth and authenticity. In addition, winning entires have a unique vision that challenges viewers to reject conventional cultural stereotypes.

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American Advertising Awards

Now–June 2021

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting nearly 35,000 entries every year in local AAF Ad Club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

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Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award

Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2021

The Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award was established by the AAF's board of directors in 1994 to recognize distinguished individuals for their volunteer service to advertising through volunteer work with the AAF. It is AAF’s highest volunteer service award.

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Advertising Hall of Achievement

November 17, 2021

The Advertising Hall of Achievement is the premier event recognizing top young thought leaders making a significant impact on our industry and their communities. The impressive alumni network–each selected by peers in the advertising industry–includes nearly 200 members who have transformed the landscape of advertising, entertainment and media.

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View presentations and panel discussions focusing on insights into in the advertising, marketing, and media industries.

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Browse our catalogue of white papers and reports on the state of the advertising, marketing, and media industries.

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The AAF Mentorship Program connects Club Members with College Chapter Members for a guided three-month virtual mentorship relationship.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The AAF's Mosaic Center for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Advertising implements all of the AAF's diversity initiatives. Its mission includes the development of new programs to develop diverse talent and promote realistic portrayals of multicultural communities.

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Government Affairs & Policy

The AAF protects and promotes advertising at all levels of government through grassroots activities. We monitor and react to advertising-related legislation on local, state, and federal levels. Our network of corporate partners and 35,000 advertising professionals in 160+ local clubs are ready and able to engage with lawmakers on behalf of the advertising industry on tax, privacy, First Amendment and other issues of concern.

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Institute for Advertising Ethics

The Institute for Advertising Ethics (IAE) is a nonpartisan collaboration of consumers, government, academia, advertisers, agencies, and media platforms for enhanced ethics. IAE serves to inspire advertising, public relations and marketing communications professionals to practice the highest personal ethics in the creation and dissemination of commercial information to consumers.

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