Empower and Inspire: Become an AMA Chicago Speaker

Inspiring stories. Lively discussions. Insightful conversations. These are just a few words to describe the influence that our speakers have had on the Chicago marketing community for 75 years.

This tradition continues as we provide a forum for thought leadership and relevant case studies that capture emergent trends and industry-specific topics in marketing. It’s an invitation to serve our Chicago marketing community by sparking ideas and sharing key insights with a community that’s 1,000+ members strong.

Be in good company

We search year-round for speakers who will inspire, inform, and delight. Many are from Chicagoland’s most admired organizations – smart, trusted experts with a relevant point of view. Is this you or someone you know? If it is, then we want to hear from you.

Why speakers love AMA Chicago
  • Build your CV/bio great opportunity for more engagements
  • Speak about your passions and areas of expertise
  • Raise awareness of your professional point of view and your brand’s unique expertise
  • Give back to the marketing community in Chicago
  • Position yourself as a thought-leader
What AMA Chicago offers to speakers
  • Promote the event across AMA Chicago’s networks for free
  • Engage with an audience of marketing professionals from a mix of brands, agencies, service providers and academia who are typically ages 35-55 and have decision-making power
  • Gain exposure for yourself and your company to attract talent
  • Network with peers and potential partners in Chicago
  • Affiliate with AMA, the essential community for marketers and national organization, on your bio/CV

We deliver value through a variety of programs

Flagship events –

  • Brand Smart – 1 full day focused on the strategies, tactics and tools used for companies to build their brand.
  • MarketingTech Smart – ½ day focused on all the latest around marketing technology.
  • Career Smart – ½ day focused on helping members build their career path.
  • CMO Smart – evening program specifically focused for CMOs and people that work with CMOs

Monthly programs – Sunrise Executive Series and Evening with an Expert are typically 1-hour presentations with Q&A combined with networking.

Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) – Members with similar interests get together once a quarter to share ideas and best practices in a deep dive on a specific marketing topic.

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Past Speakers

2018 Speakers

Bob Armour, Chief Marketing Officer, Jellyvision
Carolyn Baird, Global Research Leader, IBM Institute for Business Value
Carrie Bienkowski, Chief Marketing Officer, Peapod
Elizabeth Ehrhardt, Principal Client Insights, IRI
Michon Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, LimeGreen Moroch
Susan Etlinger, Industry Analyst, Altimeter Group
Dan Fietsam, Chief Creative Officer, Laughlin Constable
Sanjiv Gajiwala, Vice President, Marketing, Mikes Hard Lemonade Co.
Nick Gonzales, Marketing Director, Spikeball
Tania Haigh, Founder & CEO, Magnolia Insights
Jens U. Hansen, Founder and CEO, Future Associates
David Haucke, Program Director, Product Strategy, Watson Marketing, IBM
Joe Hopper, PhD, President, Versta Research
Erin Huizenga, Founder and Design Executive Officer, Borough + Block
Erich Joachimsthaler, Founder and CEO, Vivaldi
Caryn Johnson, Vice President of Marketing, Vital Proteins
Margo Kahnrose, Senior Director of Brand, SpotHero
Melvin Petties, Senior Manager – Technology Consulting: ECM, Digital Transformation, Protiviti
Chris Ruder, Chief Executive Officer, Spikeball
Kurt Seidensticker, Chief Executive Officer, Vital Proteins
Matthew Sweezey, Principal of Marketing Insights, Salesforce

2017 Speakers

John Aiello, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, SAVO
Linda Bartman, CMO, Trunk Club
Patrick Bernardi, CMO, Hu Friedy
Adam Bianco, CMO, TideSpin
Terry Boyle, President, Trunk Club and Nordstromrack.com/HauteLook
Christina Bradway, Marketing Manager, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Kim Brown, Head of Global Product Marketing, GE Renewable Energy Digital
Allison Cirullo, General Manager of Brand Practice, Edelman
Tom Collinger, Executive Director of the Medill IMC Spiegel Digital & Database Research Center, Northwestern IMC
Alyssa Conrardy, Co-Founder and President, Prosper Strategies
Jonathan Copulsky, Retired Principal and CMO, Deloitte Consulting
Andy Crestodina,, Strategic Director, Orbit Media
Luke Cushman, , Wilks Communications Group
Kim Dazey, Marketing Manager, Morningstar
David Dowgiello, Client Partner, Twitter
Jenna Drenten, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Loyola University of Chicago Quinlan School of Business
Kim Feil, CMO, CMO/CSO and President, BizHive, Aspire Healthy Energy Drinks and CMO Club Chicago
Shawn Gaines, Director of Marketing, Realativity
Eve K. Geroulis, Director, MSIMC Program, Senior Lecturer, Loyola University of Chicago Quinlan School of Business
Matt Gonterman, CIO, Americas for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Jennifer GoodSmith, VP Marketing & Communications, The Morton Arboretum
Sarah Hale, Account Director, MarTech, Walker Sands
Brent Hicks, Enterprise Account Executive, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, LinkedIn
Christine Hutchison, CMO and Brand Strategy, Proxfinity, Inc.
Alison Jensen, Senior Account Executive, LinkedIn
Sona Jones, Head of Marketing & Media, Chicago Ideas Week
Robin Kamen, Head of Content Marketing Advisory Services, NewsCred
Marty Kohr, Lecturer and Director for Part-Time IMC Program, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
Jill Kouri, CMO, Americas for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Emilie Kraft, Marketing Manager, Morningstar
Kelly Linstroth, Director, Marketing & Fan Insights, Chicago Cubs
Aaron Lobliner, SVP, Managing Director, Chief Strategist, PrizeLogic
Dan Magestro, Senior Manager, Advanced Analytics, West Monroe Partners
Ryan Marek, Director, MillerCoors’ Economy Portfolio
Noeleen McGrath, Founder and President, McGrath Comm
Francesca Moceri, Account Director, Havas Chicago
Dave Parro, Agency Partner and Vice President, MarTech, Walker Sands
Linh Peters, Sr. Director of Loyalty Marketing & Strategy, Ulta Beauty
Sam Randall, , Cook County Sheriff’s Dept
Tiffani Saxton, Product Marketing Leader, B2C & Insurance Solutions, Arity, founded by AllState
Evan Scanzera, Analytics Manager, North American Nutrition, PepsiCo
Kelly Shannon, , Loyola University Chicago
Brian Stockmaster, VP, General Manager, Chicago Scenic
Susan Szymanski, , Spins
Jack Thornburg, Director of Services & Customer Success, UpCity
Katie Tiernan, Marketing Manager, CBRE
Erin Williams, , Bright Pink
Nichole Williamson, General Manager, 360 CHICAGO

2016 Speakers

Lindsay Avner, Founder & CEO, Bright Pink
Matt Bailey, Founder/President, SiteLogic Marketing
Ron Bess, Former President North America, Havas Worldwide
Scott Brinker, Owner, Chiefmartec.com
Tom Casale, Chief Operating Officer, Simplified Solutions
Andy Crestodina, Co-Founder and Strategic Director, Orbit Media
Wendy DuBoe, President, CEO, United Way of Metro Chicago
Thom Duncan, Principal, Content Fluent
Lindsey S. Dunn, Director, Content Marketing Solutions, American Hospital Association
Michelle Elster, President, Rabin Research Co.
Colleen Fahey, US Managing Director, Sixieme Son
Nick Fryer, Director of Marketing, AFN
Vincent Geraghty, EVP, Executive Director Production, Leo Burnett
Chuck Gitkin, SVP, Brands and Marketing, Smithfield Foods
Craig Greenfield, Chief Operating Officer, Performics Worldwide
Steven Handmaker, Chief Marketing Officer, Assurance Agency
Mike Hensley, President, Gyro
Toni Irving, Executive Director, Get in Chicago
Gary Kash, Founder & President Emertisu, Insights in Marketing
Michael Lynch, Director of Loyalty Marketing & Market Research, Lettuce Entertain You
Linda McGovern, SVP, Global Marketing, USG
Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metro Chicago
Jeff Miller, Director of Digital Strategy, Gatorade
Alison Miller, Senior Director of Marketing, Chicago Cubs
Jolean Olson, Dirctor of Development, Scenic Road Productions
Andres Ordonez, Chief Creative Officer, Energy BBDO
Erin Paul, Director of Design Strategy, The Trinity Group
Lisa Petrilli, Chief Operating, Marketing & Strategy Officer, The Thread
Jack Philbin, CEO, Vibes
Zain Raj, President & CEO, Shapiro & Raj
Dyfed “Fred” Richards, Chief Creative Officer & Partner, Kaleidoscope
Gary Ricke, President, Orbis Design
Dave Ridley, Recently Retired CMO, Southwest Airlines
Susan Rosenstein, President, Susan Rosenstein Executive Search Limited
Brad Rukstales, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cogensia
Brendan Shea, Senior Manager of Content, Sprout Social
Lianne Sinclair, Client Service Director, Energy BBDO
John Starkey, VP, Gum, Mints & Media, Wrigley
Steve Susina, Marketing Director, Lyons Consulting
Brian Walker, Founder, AE Marketing and CoCreation Lab
Willie Wilkov, CMO, Playfusion
Sandra Wilson, COO, Wheels Inc.

2015 Speakers

Daniel Ash, CMO, Chicago Community Trust
Patrick Bernardi, CMO, Hu-Friedy Manufacturing
Howard Brandeisky, Senior Vice President, Fisher Nuts, John B. Sanfilippo & Son
Megan Bueschel, CMO, Mario Tricoci Hair Salons
Jonathan Copulsky, CMO, Deloitte
Scott Davis, Chief Growth Officer, Prophet
Larry Deutsch, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Brand Marketing, Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide
Bob Domenz, Founder & CEO, Avenue
Mark Fenne, Director of Channel Marketing, Weber-Stephen Products LLC
Paul Fitzpatrick, Dir. Of Business Development and Marketing, All Terrain
Susan Fleming, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Catamaran
Ben Foster, Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy, Ketchum
Mazen Ghalayini, Director, Customer Experience, West Monroe Partners
Tim Handorf, Co-founder CEO, G 2 Crowd
Pam Hollander, Vice President of Integrated Marketing Communications, Allstate
Andrea Javor, Senior Director, Global Digital and Media, Beam Suntory
John Keller, Dir. Of Brand and Eminence, Deloitte
Chuck Kent, Brand Strategist, Branding Magazine
David Kimball, CMO, Ulta Beauty
Pete Krainik, , CMO Club
Jenni Luke, Chief Executive Officer, Step Up
Dr. Peter J. Meyers, Data Scientist, Moz
Heidi Petz, Vice President, Marketing, Valspar
Jennifer Ramirez, VP, Global Customer Experience, The Western Union Company
Jennifer Ramirz, Vice President, Western Union
Patrick Reid, Area Vice President, Financial Services, Salesforce.com
Liz Ross, Global CMO, IPG Media Brands
Lisa Rountree, Vice President, Marketing Strategy & Customer Experience, Capital One
Tim Simonds, Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer, Kellogg School of Management
Julie Springer, Chief Marketing Officer, Corporate Marketing, TransUnion
Laura Squier, Director of Advanced Analytics and Bus Dev, QueBIT
Matthew Tennant, Global Director of Social, McDonald’s
Lisa Thomas, Privacy Partner, Winston & Strawn
Cristel Turner, Director of Brand Advertising, Strategy and Business Marketing, U.S. Cellular