Where Aspiration Meets Inspiration

Meet the Pros

20 - 21 | FEBRUARY | 2017 | OMAHA

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Going up?

You’ve dutifully met deadlines, slogged through collaborations and critiques, and challenged convention with your own ideas about creativity and career. Now, take the next step – at Meet the Pros 2017 in Omaha, February 20 – 21.

This is not a sit-and-listen yawn-fest. Meet the Pros 2017 makes you a participant in a once-a-year event that teams up-and-comers with been-there-done-thats. You may enter on the ground floor, but from here, anything is possible. Going up?

Don’t wait for the next car.

Just because Meet the Pros 2017 is celebrating 54 years, don’t expect it to be the same thing as last year. We’ve got new speakers and more professionals from more categories, plus internships and scholarships for you to apply for. It’s where aspiration meets inspiration.

Company Tours
Monday, February 20

How do you know what you want if you don’t know what’s out there? Get a first hand look with company tours that will take you from entrepreneurs, small shops and nonprofits, to large agencies and corporate marketing – you may be surprised at the fit that feels right.

2017 Company Tours:

Portfolio and Resume Reviews
Tuesday, February 21
It’s not really cheating if everyone gets the answers. Find out if your portfolio and resume will get you to those critical next steps – an interview and a job offer. These face-to-face sessions help you learn how to show and talk about your work and yourself; find out what stands out in the interview; and ask questions that make a difference in getting to the next level or getting stuck between floors.

Internships
From Yahoo! and Ervin & Smith, to Swanson Russell, Union Pacific Railroad, First National Bank and more – learn by doing with some of the area’s most successful professionals at some of the most desirable places to work. Apply before you get to Omaha and set up your personal meet and greet. Check out our listings here.

More Than Design
While designers may be the most represented group at Meet the Pros, they’re not the only ones. This year, we’ll also have more account executives, writer/producers, creative directors, interactive specialists, media planners, production managers, marketing gurus and more on hand. Be sure to engage with them. If there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s that they love to talk about themselves!

Meet the Speakers

Going Big Panel | Monday Keynote

Going Big Panel | Monday Keynote

Roxanne Abbott, Daryl Anderson, Jonas Pultinevicius & Deb Ward

Amy Schwartz | Tuesday Keynote

Amy Schwartz | Tuesday Keynote

Design Director at Cards Against Humanity

Jill Slupe

Jill Slupe

CEO, Verde Martin

Leah Georges

Leah Georges

Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program in Leadership at Creighton University

Katie Kemerling

Katie Kemerling

Chief Marketing Officer, Ervin & Smith

Amanda Olson & JoAnna Bausch

Amanda Olson & JoAnna Bausch

Account Service, Yahoo

Greg Andersen

Greg Andersen

CEO, Bailey Lauerman

Greg Daake

Greg Daake

Principal & Creative Director of Daake

Samantha Drake

Samantha Drake

Digital Marketing Strategist, Ervin & Smith

Stuart Chittenden

Stuart Chittenden

Founder, Squishtalks

Jamaal Chinn

Jamaal Chinn

WKND LDRS

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Senior Copywriter at Bailey Lauerman

Eric “Mean” Melin

Eric “Mean” Melin

Senior Social Media Community Manager, Callahan Creek

Meet the Emcees

William M. Riley

William M. Riley

Front-End Engineer, Flywheel

Dylan Baumann

Dylan Baumann

Front-End Engineer, Flywheel

Sarah Bergeron

Sarah Bergeron

Designer, Emspace

Kelly Bast

Kelly Bast

Brand & Communications Coordinator, Emspace

The Agenda

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Registration8:00 - 9:00 AMMain Room
2Welcome - Dylan Baumann9:00 - 9:15 AMMain Room
3First SpeakerMichael Johnson 9:15 - 10 AMMain Room
4Second SpeakerJill Slupe 10 - 10:45 AMMain Room
5Networking Break10:45 - 11 AMMain Room
6Third SpeakerJamaal Chinn 11 - 11:30 AMMain Room
7Lunch11:30 AM - 12 PMMain Room
8KeynoteGoing Big Panel | Monday Keynote 12 - 12:45 PMMain Room
9Q&A/Networking Break12:45 - 1 PMMain Room
10Fourth SpeakerGreg Andersen 1 - 1:45 PMMain Room
11Fifth SpeakerSamantha Drake 1:45 - 2:15 PMMain Room
12Networking Break2:15 - 2:30 PMMain Room
13Sixth Speaker Eric “Mean” Melin 2:30 - 3:30 PMMain Room
14Day One Closing Remarks3:30 - 3:45 PMMain Room
15Dismiss for Company Tours3:45 - 4 PMMain Room
16Company Tours4 - 5 PMCompany Locations
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Arrive/Breakfast8 - 8:30 AMMain Room
2Welcome8:30 - 8:45 AMMain Room
3First SpeakerStuart Chittenden 8:45 - 9:30 AMMain Room
4Second SpeakerGreg Daake 9:30 - 10 AMMain Room
5Break10 - 10:15 AMMain Room
6Roundtable Discussions10:15 - 11:15 AMMain Room
7Networking Break11:15 - 11:30 AMMain Room
8Lunch11:30 AM - 12 PMMain Room
9KeynoteAmy Schwartz | Tuesday Keynote 12 - 12:45 PMMain Room
10Q&A/Networking Break12:45 - 1 PMMain Room
11Third SpeakerLeah Georges 1 - 1:45 PMMain Room
12Networking Break1:45 - 2 PMMain Room
13Fourth SpeakerAmanda Olson & JoAnna Bausch 2 - 2:30 PMMain Room
14Fifth SpeakerKatie Kemerling 2:30 - 3 PMMain Room
15Closing Remarks3 - 3:15 PMMain Room
16Portfolio/Resume Reviews3:30 - 4:45 PMMain Room
17After Party5 - 7 PMSpirit World in Aksarben

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Testimonials

After attending ``Meet the Pros`` for more than 20 years, I have realized the awesome experience that the students get from Omaha's advertising and design community. For me, I love seeing former UNK students being so active with AAF and the ``Meet the Pros`` events and activities. It's a real joy and blessing to see former students giving back their time, energy and experience to the younger generation.
Richard Schuessler, Chair Professor of Art & Design University of Nebraska-Kearney
The many years I have been teaching, there have only been a couple of outstanding conferences to go to, mostly expensive and far to travel. However, the proximity of the Omaha and the caliber of the Omaha ``Meet the Pros`` easily meets the high bar of more expensive venues. I have found this conference meets our needs, and because of its closeness, it is easier to recruit students to go to.
Randy Clark, Former Professor at South Dakota State University

At the Creative Center, our graduating students are required to attend Meet the Pros as a graded assignment during their final semester - we believe it’s simply that important to their professional careers. As educators, we talk incessantly about the importance of networking. Meet the Pros gives our students another opportunity to not only practice this incredibly critical skill but also benefit from these connections in the work place!
Kim Guyer, Executive Director Creative Center

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Travel Information

Venue

Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68106

Transport

Omaha is home to an international airport and can easily be accessed via Interstate 80