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    • Tuesday, June 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Webinar Zoom Gathering

    AAF Omaha Professional Development Webinar
    Panel Discussion
    "The State of Social Media"

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 
    12 Noon

    Free to AAF Omaha & AAF Lincoln Members | $5 Non-Members/Guests

    Social media is a fast-paced, ever-changing, ever-growing part of the marketer’s toolbelt. But with conflicting advice on best practices, social strategies, branding, and more, how do we successfully use these tools? How do you know if it’s working and when it's working? What’s the best way to market on social media? Are you tiking and toking, sharing your blogs and using influencers?

    AAF Omaha is bringing together a panel of experts to answer as many of your questions as possible! Join us for a lively, social and informative discussion on "The State of Social Media Today" and what to expect tomorrow.


    Brianna Olson - Social Media Strategist with Fusion Medical Staffing and Fusion Marketplace
    Brianna Olson graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2017 with a degree in journalism with a concentration in PR and advertising. Starting out her career in college as a social media intern at SKAR Advertising (now Smith Kroeger), she found a love for content creation in brands like Sue Bee Honey and the Nebraska Lottery. Olson went on to work in client relations at Envoy, Inc. working with Boys Town and Hiland Diary, while also managing their social media channels. She also gained paid media experience at Bailey Lauerman, negotiating and implementing campaigns for Phillips 66 and Kendall Motor Oil. Throughout her career, she still found her love for social media calling her name. Today, Olson is planning the strategy and coordinating the implementation of social media campaigns for both Fusion Medical Staffing and their new platform, Fusion Marketplace. She wears many hats, writing social copy, creating graphics, communicating with healthcare travelers as the voice of Fusion and crafting influencer campaigns. When she isn't on scrolling Instagram, Brianna likes to go thrifting, do hot yoga, and hang with her cat, Groot.

    Christie Do - Social Media Strategist at Bozell
    Christie Do, a Nebraska native born and raised in Lincoln, NE is the Social Media Strategist at Bozell. Christie enjoys balancing multiple clients at once creating social content strategies, providing training, coordinating social selling, and working with influencers.

    Before joining Bozell in 2020 Christie worked at Disney and previously did marketing for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Raising Cane's.  Christie studied at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a bachelor's in Journalism. In her free time, Christie enjoys traveling and annual visits the Czech Republic and flies back and forth to Orlando to visit family, friends, and obviously, Cinderella's castle!

    Randa Zalman - Assistant Professor at Bellevue University
    After 20 successful years as a marketing professional, agency principal and entrepreneur, Randa transitioned to higher education. She currently serves as an assistant professor of marketing strategy and MBA programs at Bellevue University, an institution recognized as a top 10 college for adult learners by Washington Monthly.

    Having worked at in-house marketing departments and agencies, Randa is an expert in managing projects that incorporate and blend a wide variety of business disciplines, including branding, media, print, digital and public relations.

    As a recognized thought leader on the power and appropriate use of new media, including social media and digital placement, her expertise in regulated industries led her to be selected to serve on the committee that drafted model compliance guidelines for the insurance industry.

    Randa has been a featured speaker at seminars and conferences across the globe and has served on multiple boards of directors for industry organizations. She is a volunteer mentor for the Bellevue University Pratt Entrepreneurial Program and, for more than a decade, has hosted a popular monthly webinar series, Social Media Saturdays.

    Randa has received recognition from peers and industry groups including Ad Pro of the Year from the American Advertising Federation Omaha, Marketer of the Year from the American Marketing Association and the Chapter Excellence Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nebraska.

    Stacy Winters - Founder of the Omaha Food Lovers Group on Facebook

    Stacy created the Omaha Food Lovers in August 2019 to share his passion for food and to create a local foodie community where people feel welcome to respectfully discuss all things food.  The group has exploded beyond anyone's wildest dreams.  Prior to the pandemic, the group had just over 16,000 members and a little over a year later it has grown to over 62,000 members along with 11 Moderators.  The group has provided an amazing way for members to learn about new places in and around Omaha and has given restauranteurs a great place to advertise their offerings for free and interact with their customers.

    Abbie Cuenca - Associate Connections Director at VMLY&R

    Abbie is an Associate Connections Director at VMLY&R, a global brand and customer experience agency. Abbie specializes in guiding social media strategy for brands in a variety of industries, ranging from technology to food and beverage. She assists client partners at every step of the marketing planning process, providing guidance in creative ideation, platform best practices and connecting with social media audiences. Prior to VMLY&R, Abbie built her digital marketing and social strategy experience at Division-D and Cox Media Group. Abbie grew up in the Omaha area and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. 

    Thank you to AAF Omaha's Elite Sponsors:


    • Thursday, July 22, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Webinar Zoom Gathering

    AAF Omaha Professional Development Webinar
    & Annual Meeting

    "Joy as a Strategic Advantage" 
    Keynote Speaker Kathleen Riessen

    Thursday, July 22, 2021 
    8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Free to AAF Omaha & AAF Lincoln Members | $5 Non-Members/Guests

    You have the perfect plan, you’ve been up all night preparing and then the unexpected happens. How you react in this moment is the greatest indicator to your success in life and in business.

    Kathleen Riessen discovered a pattern in the most successful, powerful and influential leaders. She studied thousands of leaders throughout her varied career as a certified public accountant, marketing strategist and transformational leader and coach. What she learned was that these people practiced focusing on vision, diversification and the 4-step awareness process.

    In this presentation, you’ll learn what these are and how you can apply them to your life and your work so you can create the results you want.

    Kathleen is a sought-after, dynamic speaker and business coach that teaches leadership and human connection.
    Kathleen is a wife, parent to three young boys and two dogs. 

    In addition to being a Certified Virtual Presenter, she runs a weekly live radio show and podcast called The Kathleen Riessen Show: Pushing the Boundaries of Leadership. Her book, “Joy in Uncertainty: A Guide to Creating a Meaningful Life” was released in 2020 and is available on Amazon.

    Kathleen is a Heartcore Leadership graduate ranking top in her class, a Heartcore Mastering Leadership graduate, a mentor for Boston Breakthrough Academy’s Mastering Leadership Program and a Leadership Iowa graduate.

    Kathleen is a recovered Certified Public Accountant. She also ran her own marketing firm for ten years while owning three gyms and two martial arts studios.

    She's studied with some of the world's best transformational trainers and will show you how to bust through your limiting beliefs and create what you want now using her loving, yet no BS approach. 

    Thank you to AAF Omaha's Elite Sponsors:


Past events

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 AAF Omaha Professional Development Virtual Panel | "The State of Digital Media"
Thursday, May 13, 2021 AAF Omaha | AdReads Book Club & Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 04, 2021 AAF Omaha AdConnect | "Reaching Out"
Thursday, April 29, 2021 AdWars
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 AAF Omaha Webinar | Getting the Most From LinkedIn Part 2 "You're Hired"
Thursday, March 18, 2021 AAF Omaha 6 in 60 Panel Discussion | Working Virtually
Monday, March 01, 2021 Meet the Pros 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021 AAF Omaha | AdReads Book Club & Happy Hour
Thursday, February 11, 2021 AAF Omaha AdConnect | "Reaching Out-Crafting Campaigns Combating Racism"
Thursday, January 21, 2021 AAF Omaha Jingle Bingo
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 AAF Omaha Virtual Holiday Special
Thursday, November 19, 2020 AAF Omaha Panel Discussion | Going For Gold
Thursday, November 12, 2020 AAF Omaha Virtual BOOM! Roasted
Thursday, October 29, 2020 AAF Omaha AdConnect | "Can Everyone Hear Me?"
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 AAF Omaha Webinar | Political Advertising
Thursday, September 24, 2020 AAF Omaha | AdReads Book Club & Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 AAF Omaha Webinar | AAF Mosaic Center "When Was Your Moment?”
Thursday, August 13, 2020 AAF Omaha | Noovie Trivia Virtual Happy Hour
Tuesday, August 04, 2020 AAF Omaha Webinar | Getting the Most From LinkedIn
Thursday, July 30, 2020 AAF Omaha | AdReads Book Club & Happy Hour
Thursday, July 23, 2020 AAF Omaha Webinar | Decent Discovery is Everyone's Responsibility
Tuesday, June 02, 2020 AAF Omaha Webinar | Introducing Your Clients to Branded Podcasts
Thursday, May 28, 2020 AAF Omaha Webinar | The Viewing Vortex: What's Swirling Out There to View and Buy in 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020 AAF Omaha AdReads Book Club & Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 AAF Omaha AdBites Professional Development Luncheon | April 21, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020 AdWars Postponed
Thursday, April 16, 2020 AAF Omaha Webinar | Crisis Communication During the Coronavirus
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 The Learning Hour | Creative Conversations
Thursday, March 19, 2020 Tax Solutions Webinar
Saturday, February 22, 2020 American Advertising Awards 20/20 Creative Vision
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 AdConnect
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Meet the Pros AdBites Professional Development Luncheon | February 18
Monday, February 17, 2020 Meet the Pros AdBites Professional Development Luncheon | February 17
Monday, February 17, 2020 Meet the Pros 2020
Friday, February 07, 2020 AAF Omaha Bowl-A-Rama
Friday, January 10, 2020 American Advertising Awards | Nebraska 2020 Creative Vision First Look
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 AAF Omaha Holiday Luncheon & Silent Auction
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 The Learning Hour | 4 in:60 The Building Blocks of Branding
Thursday, November 07, 2019 AAF Omaha BOOM! Roasted
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 AdBites Professional Development Luncheon | October 15
Thursday, October 10, 2019 Advertising Ethics Certification Webinar
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Arts & Crafts
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 AdBites Professional Development Luncheon | September 17
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 AdBites Breakfast | AAF Omaha Annual Meeting & Professional Development
Thursday, July 18, 2019 ON Brand 2019

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