Silver Medal Award
The Silver Medal Award program was created in 1983 to recognize a distinguished member of the Chicago advertising community for their contributions to the advertising profession, mentorship, support for the broader community, and their accomplishments.
Advertising Woman of the Year
The Advertising Woman of the Year Award (AWOY) has recognized outstanding leadership by a Woman in the Chicago Marketing Community since 1958. One of the oldest and most prestigious annual awards celebrated by the Chicago Advertising Federation, the AWOY recipient has made innovative contributions to the Advertising profession, worked towards raising the standards of the advertising profession, and supported others in the industry through professional, civic and community activities.
Young Professionals Career Day
The Chicago Advertising Federation's Career Day attracts over 300 students and/or people looking to start a career in advertising. This all day event is an educational program focused on an in-depth look at the advertising industry and how to find a job in Chicago's competitive market. Attendees experience multiple panel discussions, a networking lunch, and an ability to meet the sponsoring agencies.
American Advertising Awards
The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting nearly 35,000 entries every year through local AAF club Competitions. CAF serves as the local club for the Chicagoland area. This year, CAF is thrilled to announce our local award recipients at our virtual celebration being held on May 20, 2021. Register to attend here. Our gold and silver winners were advanced to the District 6 competition to ultimately compete in the AAF National competition. The AAF winners will be announced virtually at the AAA Gala on June 11 at Admerica. You can find more information here.
The CAF Diversity Thought Leaders’ Council hosts an annual summer mixer to bring together diverse and diverse-minded Chicago marketing professionals in a fun, casual environment. This premiere summer event serves as an opportunity to connect, network and engage with other professionals with similar interests around diversity. Past Diversity Summer Mixer attendees include major leading brands, agencies, media companies and more.
Hot Seat Panel Series
Hot Seat is one of CAF’s key thought leadership events. It brings together industry leaders from all sides of the table to inspire, inform and engage Chicago’s advertising and marketing community by discussing hot topics currently facing the industry. Created in 2018, Hot Seat now attracts a broad range of media, marketing, advertising pros who want to stay up-to-date on topics of the day. It is also one of the rare occasions for senior Chicago-based Client, Agency and Media execs to connect and learn, share and problem-solve with each other.
Young Professional Events
CAF’s Young Professionals is a vibrant and active group that offers a variety of events including Coffee Chats, OTSC Trivia Night, thought leadership panel discussions, membership mixers, and philanthropic volunteer opportunities. Connect with your peers, enjoy lively discussion and networking, and attend an upcoming CAF YP event!
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