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.

Advertising Day on the Hill

March 17, 2022 | Virtual

Advertising Day on the Hill is an important and exciting event designed to dramatically demonstrate to lawmakers the power and passion of the advertising industry’s grassroots network—the members of the American Advertising Federation’s local clubs and federations from across the country.

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Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award

Nomination Deadline: March 25, 2022

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 Fame

April 26, 2022 | New York

The Advertising Hall of Fame celebrates industry legends, who, throughout their trailblazing careers, have distinguished themselves with outstanding, nationally- and globally-recognized professional achievements; remarkable innovations that have changed our industry and our culture; and exceptional philanthropic work both within the advertising industry and in their communities.

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Advertising Hall of Achievement

Nomination Deadline: April 29, 2022

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 includes nearly 200 members who have transformed the landscape of advertising, entertainment and media.

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American Advertising Awards

Now–June 2022

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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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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