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About the Conference

August 2-4, 2021 | In-Person and Virtual

INSPIRATION. It's the act of producing a powerful and positive emotion, feeling or thought, and provides the urge or ability to do or feel something.

The art and science of branding has never been more of a focus than it is today. Inspirational branding drives emotional connections and leads to consumer action that drives brand growth. Come hear from brands that have combined the art with the science to bring their voice and values to their audience, while also building their brand.

Great branding has always had the ability to inspire and transform, and the past year has only amplified this trend. Today, "acts" are important, rather than just "ads." We've seen this taking shape with the rise in brand purpose, socially responsible marketing, and marketing that has a customer-centric, people-first mindset. More brands are using their voices in the marketplace to highlight stories that raise issues — in order to spark conversations, eliminate barriers, drive change, and of course, grow the brand. This is inspirational branding.

Please consider joining us for this important event... and we promise you will leave with a healthy dose of INSPIRATION, combined with the strategic fuel needed to drive growth and create meaningful, sustainable value with your customers.


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Your In-Person Venue

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

For those attending in-person, we plan on offering special extra experiences, including more intimate breakouts, round table discussions, and networking.

The ANA has negotiated a special room rate of $260 per night. In order to use the ANA rate, you must be registered to attend the conference. A reservation link will be provided under the "Important Information" section of your conference registration confirmation email. The cut-off date to obtain the ANA rate is Monday, August 2, 2021, after which prevailing rates apply.

Please review our safety protocols for more information on how we've committed to making the in-person experience safe and valuable for all attendees.

For more information about the venue and what's near it, see what San Diego has to offer during your visit.

Your Virtual Event Platform

Welcome to Grip

We know that not everyone will be able to travel for this event, so we are also providing a remote participation option powered by Grip, an AI-powered event matchmaking service that uses natural language processing, advanced algorithms, and deep neural networks to learn about your professional goals and interests.

Grip takes the work out of networking through intelligent matchmaking — making it more fun and giving you a higher return on time as you network with other attendees and exhibitors, arrange meetings, and identify potential business contacts. Utilize Grip to:

  • Make connections with significant people you would not have met otherwise
  • Expand your professional network
  • Create business opportunities with other event-goers
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3 Reasons to Attend


Tap into rich insights, best practices, case studies, and the latest trends from leaders in marketing and advertising.


Connect with peers from businesses large and small to expand your personal network and sphere of influence.


Advance your marketing knowledge and that of your team to drive sustained growth for your brand and business.

Hosts and Speakers

Russ Findlay
Senior Executive Director and
Operating Partner

H.I.G. Capital

David Angelo

Founder and Chairman


Mike Belcher

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Partnerships


Michelle Bender

Director, Social & Content

Life Is Good

Esi Eggleston Bracey

COO and EVP, Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever NA

Unilever United States, Inc.

Chris Carlisle

Chief Marketing Officer


Jennifer Cawley

SVP, Purpose + Sustainability


Chris Connolly

Senior Vice President, Marketing

San Diego Padres

Jill Cress

Vice President Consumer Marketing


Sean Cunningham

President and CEO


Bill Duggan

Group Executive Vice President


TJ Ferrara


BUBS Naturals

Russ Findlay

Senior Executive Director and Operating Partner

H.I.G. Capital

Kelsey Formost

Director, Content Strategy

Tagger Media

TIm Galles

Chief Idea Officer


Adam Grogan

Chief Operating Officer

Greenleaf Foods, SPC

Kristin Harrer

Global CMO

Van’s, a VF Company

Erin Harris

Chief Marketing Officer

Lobos 1707

Ryan Hedges

VP, Strategy & Experience

The Marketing Store

Mike Kaufman

Senior Vice President, Brand Activation


Sarah Kauss

Founder and CEO


Sarah Long

Chief Marketing Officer

Mars Wrigley North America

Jennifer Mennes

Director, North America Media

Mondelēz International

Courtney Pappas

Lead Client Partner US + Global


Rebecca K Rosengard

Industry & Inclusive Marketing Lead


E. J. Schultz

News Editor

Ad Age

Steve Silvers

SVP Product & GM Customer Experience


James Slezak

Chief Executive Officer


Amy Smith

Chief Strategy & Impact Officer


Al Torres

Vice President, Revenue & Partnerships


Susan Warner

Vice President, Talent and Community Engagement


Telly Wong

SVP & Chief Content Officer

IW Group

Doug Zarkin

Vice President and CMO

Pearle Vision — Luxottica

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