Disrupting Traditions in Advertising

What is a traditional path in the creative world? You go to a design/advertising/portfolio school then work in an agency/studio and switch agencies often. But every rule has exceptions. Disrupters entered the creative world by pure chance; others created their own path.

Do not miss the opportunity to learn about interesting, quirky, one-off creative routes that paved the way for those who want to disrupt traditions in the creative world.


  • 6-6:30PM - Networking Mixer
  • 6:30-8PM - Panelists Discussion
  • 8-8:30PM - Networking Mixer


    • AIGA Members/One Club Members/AAF members $10
    • Non-members $20
    • Students FREE (bring your ID).
    • Door tickets, if available, will be $5 more.



RODRIGO BUTORI/Creative Director/Founder
Creative director and founder of Plastic Fisherman employing the skills and experience from a decades-long, award-winning advertising career to draw attention to the dangers of marine plastic pollution and inspire action. By leveraging the power of creativity and community, Plastic Fisherman has grown into a global movement, resulting in over 10,000 plastic fish created across 94 countries.

MICHAEL CAMPOS/CEO & Head of Strategy
Michael kicked off his career by turning down a position at one of the top global agencies to start his own. Over a decade later, he leads neuelane as an award-winning strategist and creative helping brands find their path.

BRE FERN/Associate Creative Director
Former law professional, award-winning ACD creative, and professor at University of Miami, Bre traded legal briefs for creative briefs roughly seven years ago. She has crafted breakthrough campaigns for Fortune 100 brands. But her real passion lies in coaching creatives of color, guiding them through the advertising industry, amplifying their voices, and helping them rise with purpose.

GIGI GUTIERREZ/Executive Creative Director
Argentine based in Miami, advertiser and marketer, pioneer on sustainable creativity, gender perspective communications, and triple bottom line businesses. She was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the 43 People Changing Advertising For The Climate. She has previously worked on brands such as Movistar, AMEX and Mercado Libre.

MARS MAHONEY/Freelance Strategy Director
Award winning Brand + Creative Strategist with eight years of expertise in bringing campaigns and partnerships to life across various emerging industries shaping culture today. He has worked with companies such as Spotify, EA Sports, Miami Heat, and more.

CJ PASLEY/Consultant & Account Supervisor
Digital marketing specialist, a cultural connector, a vibe curator, and startup founder. His mission is to give rise to the voiceless, provide platforms to those eager to speak out and dismantle any establishment that prevents these declarations from coming to be. He has previously worked with brands such as Cadillac and Beats by Dre.

EMMA RILEY/Strategy Director
I transitioned into Advertising to develop a sustainability and social impact focused strategy department and unique IP/methodology to encourage clients to create more change, and campaign on it. Currently working at AKQA Bloom.

LUCY LOPEZ/Podcast Host & MC
From South Florida commutes with your favorite pop songs to dishing about the latest celebrity gossip, current events, and entertainment, Lucy is a trusted, award-winning media personality and beloved commentator among the diverse Latinx audience. She is the host of the Mamacita Rica Podcast.


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When & Where
Fri, Oct 27, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Ampersand Studios
31 NE 17th St
Miami, FL 33132