Throughout the year, we hold various events to help our members develop professionally and learn about the latest in advertising. Most often, these come in the form of luncheons featuring various speakers from our industry. We've hosted people from a local, regional and even national level! These events have offered a wide range of topics, good networking opportunities, and overall a great time. And as an added member bonus, tickets are discounted. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

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Thu, Nov 16, 11:30 am

Marketing the Future of Fort Wayne

Please join us for lunch and a panel discussion of Fort Wayne’s current and future development and their impact on our creative community. Representatives from the Landing redevelopment, Riverfront Fort Wayne, and Greater Fort Wayne will discuss Fort Wayne’s future and the role of marketing and communication in making Fort Wayne an even greater place to live, work, and play!


Bobby Maly, COO of the Model Group
The Landing Redevelopment

Megan Butler, Program & Events Managers
Riverfront Fort Wayne

Ellen Cutter, Director of Strategy, Research & Marketing
Greater Fort Wayne

Dan Watson, Director of Marketing
Greater Fort Wayne

Networking at 11:30AM | Presentation at 12:00PM

Allen County Public Library | Main Library, Meeting Room A

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Thu, Sep 21, 11:30 am

The Perfect Circle of Digital Marketing

Stephen J. Bailey of PH Digital works exclusively in web development, SEO, and social media management. Each of these marketing tools work together in a perfect circle that allows them to draw strength from the others when done with the correct planning. Stephen will share how your website, SEO, and social media platforms can work both individually and together to strengthen your traffic, your brand, and your reach. This will be an engaging and interactive talk; please feel free to come with any questions you might have about these topics.

Networking at 11:30AM | Presentation at 12:00PM

Lincoln Financial Event Center

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Thu, Aug 31, 11:30 am

Designers & Developers

Javon Bell, UX Designer at Reusser Design, will be our guest speaker at August’s luncheon. The topic will focus on how designers and developers can better work together. As a designer and front-end developer, Javon has valuable experience on both ends of the spectrum and is anxious to share what he’s learned over the years in hopes of bridging the gap between the two fields.

Networking at 11:30AM | Presentation at 12:00PM

Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits

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Thu, Jun 29, 7:05 pm

TinCaps Night with the AdFed

Join us for a fun night of hanging out and supporting the Fort Wayne TinCaps! It’s Thirsty Thursday with domestic drafts for $1 and postgame fireworks. Come meet your fellow club members, network, and have a ball!

Parkview Field

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Thu, May 25, 11:30 am

Silver Medal Awards Luncheon

Please join us May 25 as we honor this year’s Silver Medal Award recipients

JEFF BRITTON, co-owner and president
SUE BRITTON, co-owner and chief creative officer

and recognize our 2017 scholarship winners


Fort Wayne Country Club

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Thu, Mar 23, 11:30 am

The Future Of Social Media 2017

Join us on March 23rd at CS3 for an in-depth look of the future of social media for 2017. Andrew Lamping, CEO of Cyclone Social, will be discussing how social media is evolving: from the carousel feature on Instagram to the demand for Snapchat Spectacles and Geolenses. We’d love to make it interactive, so send us questions you might have on enhancing your digital presence on Facebook by March 21st!
Cyclone Social is a strategic social marketing agency focused on accomplishing business goals for clients ranging from international brands to local mom and pop companies. Our job is to take companies to the top of their respective industries and inspire loyalty in their buyers.

Networking at 11:30AM | Presentation at 12:00PM

Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits

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Sat, Feb 25, 6:30 pm

Fort Wayne Advertising Honors

The FW AdFed is proud to announce the “Fort Wayne Advertising Honors”. This awards program will be managed just like the ADDY awards programs in the past with out of town, impartial judges, a fully catered awards event with a cool theme, and displays of all of the entries from talented designers from our marketing community. The ability to keep money local is awesome as the FW AdFed works to provide scholarships for students and professional development programs for marketing and advertising professionals.

Gallery open at 6:30pm. Awards start at 8pm.

Coliseum Event Center - D & E

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Fri, Feb 3, 11:30 am

Sue Walsh Luncheon

For this monthly luncheon, AdFed is hosting designer, Sue Walsh. She is currently the Creative Director at SYPartners, NYC, which focuses on business strategy and innovation consulting for a diverse portfolio of Fortune 100 clients. She is also faculty at School of Visual Arts, NYC.

Previously, she worked as Senior Art Director with Milton Glaser, Inc. for nearly a decade and has had a continued independent practice for over 15 years. This presentation will be focused on her professional experience as a New York designer and conceptual development as an artist.

Networking at 11:30AM | Presentation at 12:00PM

USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center

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Thu, Nov 17, 11:30 am

Likes Don’t Pay the Bills: How to Make Sure Your Digital Marketing Works

There’s no magical button that turns “likes” into dollar bills. Common People United (and friends) will lay out the roadmap for creating a digital strategy that matches your business goals, content that your audience will love, and a metrics plan that lets you know for sure that it’s all working.

From Common People United - Danee Pye, Alex Jonathan Brown, and Gavin Saxer: Common People United (CPU) is a digital marketing agency based in Downtown Fort Wayne. In addition to our core team of digital marketers, media strategists, and content creators, we also have a growing network of agency and vendor partners, allowing us to assemble the right team for any digital project. Danee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and founded Common People United in order to help connect brands and audiences through better online communication. Alex is the Content Director for CPU, and Gavin Saxer is the Media Director.

From Union Metrics - Jenn Deering Davis: Jenn is a co-founder of Union Metrics, a social analytics company with offices in San Francisco, CA and Austin, Tx. They deliver social media answers to brands and marketers through powerful multi-channel social analytics across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr. She is Editor-in-Chief and responsible for Union Metrics’ customer experience and communications. She has a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication & Technology.

From RocketBuild - Jason Ward: Jason is the Director of Accounts at RocketBuild, a web development company in Indianapolis. He is responsible for nurturing partnerships with agencies and clients, helping to formulate solutions to technical problems, and developing service offerings. Jason is a native of Indiana and a graduate of Purdue University (BA, 2001) and the University of Indianapolis (MA, 2007). After nearly a decade in the public and nonprofit sectors doing social service work and research, Jason made the leap to a local creative agency where he specialized in account management, creative strategy, writing, and bridging the gap between business needs and innovative design/development.

Networking at 11:30AM |  Luncheon and Auction at 12:00PM

Cinema Center

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Thu, Oct 20, 11:30 am

Bi-Annual Media Auction

It’s time for our Bi-Annual Media Auction. We will keep an updated list of all auction items below so keep checking back!

This is our biggest scholarship fundraiser of the season. Our last auction raised over $15,000 in scholarship money. We award local students studying in the graphic design, marketing, and advertising fields with scholarships that they can put towards supplies, tuition, housing, or any way that will help them pursue their education.

If you want to make a donation to the scholarship fund or would like to make a media donation, please email us at You can also email us if you would like to become a sponsor for our events and programs.

$1,500 advertising schedule on WFFT, Bounce and/or advertising; expires Dec. 31, 2017.

$1500 commercial schedule on Fort Wayne CW

Comcast Spotlight
Cable TV advertising on any available targeted networks. Valid Nov 14, 2016- June 25, 2017

Federated Media
$1,500 in BIG 92.3 Ad Time. 60 commercials to air Monday - Friday 6a-7p. Expires October 20, 2017.

Adams Radio Group
$2500 total toward advertising on Soft Rock 103.9 WWFW-FM, Intelligent Talk 103.3 The Patriot, B 96.9 R&B + Old School, Fox Sports 1250am The Ticket, and Good Time Oldies 1450am WLYV.

Burkart Outdoor
1 flip on 3 Digital Boards for 2 weeks.
-Lima Rd, .5 mile south of Dupont.
-Illinois Road across from Jefferson Point (east face/west face)

Fort Wayne Newspapers
1/4 Page (3 col. X 10”) 3x frequency plan ad schedule. Sunday plus 2 weekdays. Includes 30,000 online impressions. Expires October 20, 2017

Business People
One full page, Color display advertisement. Includes 1 hour of design work. Photography not included. Expires Nov, 1, 2017

PBS 39
$1,500 to be used on any of the 4 channels of PBS 39 at any time of the day. Expires September 30, 2017


The Lincoln Financial Center at Parkview Field

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Thu, Sep 15, 11:30 am

Fall TV Premiere Party Luncheon

Join us as we get a glimpse of new fall programming offered by our local TV stations! Enjoy lunch, video presentations, and enter to win great prize packages from the stations!

Networking at 11:30AM |  Presentation at 12:00PM


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Thu, Aug 18, 11:30 am

Best Fort Forward

Fort Wayne is rising.
Businesses expand, develop and build. Bricks & mortar, tax credits & abatements. But a community’s identity is about more than cranes in the air and a growing GDP. It’s about the organizations, events and ideas that shine a light on the soul of the place we all call home.
How do we, as marketers, help these entities tell their best story? How do we put our best Fort forward?

Networking 11:30AM |  Lunch 12:00PM

The Tiger Room at CS3

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Thu, Jul 21, 5:30 pm

YLNI July Hot Spot

Join us for July’s Hot Spot at Pedal City on July 21!

If you’ve recently moved to Northeast Indiana or looking to meet new people in our community, Hot Spots are a great way to learn more about YLNI and become acquainted with young professionals just like you. Invite a friend or co-worker to join us, as well.

This month’s Hot Spot is co-sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne. We look forward to seeing you on July 21!

Pedal City

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Thu, Jun 16, 7:00 pm

TinCaps Game Night With The AdFed

Join us for a fun night supporting the Fort Wayne TinCaps as they take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods! It’s Thirsty Thursday with domestic drafts for $1 and postgame fireworks. Come meet your fellow club members, network, and have a ball!

Tickets are $15 and includes $5 of TinCaps Cash to use at the game!

Parkview Field

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Thu, May 26, 11:30 am

Silver Medal Award Luncheon

Please join us as we honor this year’s Silver Medal Award recipient: Larry Wardlaw, Senior Vice President of Account Services, Asher Agency.
And recognize our honorary membership recipients: Alan Riebe & Eric Johnson.
And 2016 scholarship winners:
Erica A Brown, University of Saint Francis
Kaci Whitehead, IPFW
Elle Hey, University of Saint Francis
Katherine Kay Bley, IPFW
Justin Kendall, University of Saint Francis
Networking 11:30AM |  Lunch 12:00PM

Fort Wayne Country Club

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Thu, Apr 21, 11:30 am

Who Invited The Strategist?

Join us for a creative presentation on strategy! Our speaker is Colin Murphy, Director of Strategy at Little Jacket, a creative consultancy based out of Cleveland, OH. Prior to moving to Cleveland, Colin was a Senior Planner at Huge in Brooklyn and Social Media Director at Vitro, working with clients such as Morgan Stanley, Audi, HP, Lexus,Red Robin, Budweiser, and others.

Colin is also the founder of PUSH, a nonprofit that seeks to make it easy and rewarding for professionals to help early-stage businesses regardless of where they live.

Networking 11:30AM |  Lunch 12:00PM

Note that if you are a DWFW Passport Holder, the ticket cost is included. But if you are a Keynote Passport Holder, it’s extra. However, if you are a DWFW Passport Holder and plan on attending, please RSVP by selecting the free ticket option on Eventbrite. This will help us keep track of attendance.

USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center Ballroom

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Thu, Mar 31, 11:30 am

Simplicity Is The New Silver

Join us for a creative presentation on Outdoor Advertising. Our speaker is Rob Jackson, Creative Director & Principal of Extra Credit Projects (ECP). A six-time winner and 25-time Obie finalist, Rob Jackson operates an ‘outdoor-centric’ agency that stretches the medium, always giving clients a little extra.

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he and his team are hell bent on creating world-class work right here in the Midwest. Before launching ECP almost ten years ago, Rob held various art and creative director posts throughout the Midwest and Southeast, spearheading a variety of untraditional campaigns.

Networking 11:30AM |  Lunch 12:00PM

Don Hall's Guesthouse

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Sat, Feb 27, 6:00 pm

Fort Wayne Advertising Honors | Who Won It?

“Who Won It?” Fort Wayne Ad Fed’s take on the classic board game “Clue”. This version of the game takes place in the roaring 1920’s. Come dressed as your favorite, colorful character as we bring the game to life at the 2016 Ad Honors. Figure out “Who Won It?” and you could win too.

The Freemason's Hall

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Thu, Jan 28, 11:30 am

The Art of Storytelling: How To Tell A Story

Learn the art of storytelling with Todd Grimes, award-winning producer, director, writer, shooter, and editor on various types of projects, including national commercials, corporate image pieces, training videos and broadcast documentaries. With 20 years of professional experience, Todd has provided successful, efficient and effective management of productions, many with a national scope and reach.

Don Hall's Guesthouse

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Thu, Dec 3, 11:30 am

The Future of Web Design featuring Nate Reusser

Get ready for this upcoming event featuring Nate Reusser, owner of local web design agency-Reusser Design. In a constantly evolving world of technology, the web changes every day as do the standards that go with it. Join us as we discuss the future of web, discover new trends, and hear about upcoming compliances that could effect your website.

Don Hall's Guesthouse

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Wed, Oct 21, 5:00 pm

Sports 24/7 | It’s Game Time!

Please join us on Wednesday, October 21st for a panel discussion on sports marketing. How has sports changed advertising and how has advertising changed sports? Sponsor: Comcast Spotlight

Duesy's Sports Bar & Grille

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Thu, Aug 27, 11:30 am

Welcome to Fort Wayne

Welcome to Fort Wayne! Do you ever wonder how Fort Wayne markets itself to the rest of the area? Our speakers all work for organizations that put Fort Wayne on the map as a destination to work, play, and live. Not only do they increase visitors to our amazing city, they continue to build their following with their marketing. Come listen to their stories and ideas and maybe walk away with a few of your own!

Don Hall's Guesthouse

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