Campus Speakers Program

Offering a powerful partnership between industry and academia, AEF’s Campus Speakers Program (formerly Inside Advertising Speakers Program) sends advertising and marketing practitioners onto college campuses nationwide to engage with students and faculty.

This academic year, AEF speakers participated in more than 200 programs, covering such topics as multicultural advertising, advertising ethics, gender portrayals and digital/analytics. Speakers are carefully chosen and programs customized to meet mutual objectives.

Our speakers enjoy the opportunity to make connections with bright college students. This valuable personal interaction goes a long way toward attracting new and diverse talent to the industry. In addition, these sessions validate what students learn from their textbooks and illustrate how course material applies to the real world. It is a rare opportunity for students to ask questions and it opens the eyes of those who may have never considered advertising or marketing as a career.

There is no financial obligation to the host school unless an overnight stay is required. Otherwise, the speaker donates their time, expertise and travel expense.

How to sign up

If you are interested in becoming a Speaker and inspiring the next generation of talent, click here to sign up.

If you would like to host a practitioner on your campus, click here to request a speaker.

For more information, contact Sara Parrish.

Upcoming Speakers:

Our Respected Industry Professionals

Industry practitioners educate and inspire students by presenting on college campuses. See the full list of upcoming lectures, updated regularly throughout the school year.

  • 01/20 Danielle Criscuolo Northeastern University VP of Creative, Brand Activation & Events Eastern Bank
  • 01/23 Clay Dethloff Arizona State University SVP, Insights and Innovation Group Decision Analyst
  • 01/27 Liliana Zambrano DePaul University Strategy Director Leo Burnett
"I developed a much higher respect for social marketing by seeing the value and complexity of this function which seemed very ambiguous to me before."
— Student at Boston College after AEF sent speakers from DigitasLBi