Thought or action provoking, relevant, innovative and engaging programming is at the very core of our value proposition. Our events serve as the focal point for our members and guests to network, learn and grow. We offer a range of event formats, creating content that inspires, communities that thrive, and connections that blossom into both business and friendships.
What industry, according to Forbes, has had to redefine its role and mission the most? Marketing.
Executing current strategy is an ever-diminishing part of a marketer’s job. Now more than ever, marketers are responsible for spotting new trends to help their organizations innovate and evolve.
AMA Cincinnati is here to help with that. The new Trailblazer Series is a large-format professional development program (think “TED Talks”) featuring marquee-type thought leaders who will share a wealth of innovative ideas and practical advice. Chances are, they’ve been — and still are — in your shoes.
Held quarterly on Fridays, the Trailblazer Series brings our community these headliners who will address the hottest topics in marketing from their point of view.
The general format is:
- Networking (seriously, we want these events so everyone can meet someone new!)
- Lunch served
- Introduction and keynote presentation
- Closing announcements
- Networking and optional workshop with the speaker (if available)
Past speakers include authors like Ann Handley, research heavy-hitters like LexisNexis and Cincinnati’s own Procter & Gamble, Graeter’s, Kroger and Fifth Third Bank, to name a few.
As for our strategic partners, this is their chance to shine and your chance to get to know them better at hosted tables and facilitated conversation.
Upcoming Trailblazer Series Event
Communities are robust and engaging small-group facilitated roundtable discussions of 10 to 25+ attendees meeting in a relaxed setting. Formerly known as Shared Interest Groups, or SIGs, Communities meets once a month (with a few exceptions) at a standing location (check the event calendar for details) and they tend to have faithful regulars along with intermittent joiners.
Our standing Communities are focused on key strategic disciplines within marketing:
- Digital Marketing
- Customer Experience & Sales Enablement
- Business-to-Business (B2B) Marketing
- Market Research
- Job Transition Group
While our monthly Communities often feature expert guest facilitators, the emphasis is on an interactive group discussion and the sharing of both practical and emerging ideas. These events are a great place to quickly build a focused network, find “adjunct colleagues” for a “marketing department of one,” explore a casual speaking opportunity, or brainstorm ideas with a group that usually includes some highly experienced practitioners and leaders.
Special Events + Social Happy Hours
These social events give marketing professionals an opportunity to meet and interact in a more casual atmosphere.
Annual events include:
- Marketing Pinnacle Awards (late Spring)
An evening celebration of Marketing Excellence, featuring winning campaigns submitted by marketers across the Cincinnati tri-state area. Learn more
- Holiday Party (December)
A lunchtime event focused on fun and charity – we gather to celebrate the joys of the season with our friends and colleagues, and raise some funds for worthy recipients. Learn more [Link to Holiday Party page]
Monthly events include
- Social Happy Hours
Usually, the first Wednesday of the month) run by our YP Committee but open to all. The primary objectives are networking and fun, but they occasionally also include light professional development activities or speakers.
Upcoming Special Events
There are no upcoming events at this time.
These are more in-depth professional development sessions (about 2 hours in length) on specific marketing topics – often attached to a Signature Speaker Series events for further exploration and hands-on execution guidance on the higher-level ideas presented there. We hold approximately two workshops per year, focused on mid and entry level professionals.
Upcoming Marketing Workshops