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Creative Circus Friday Forum Speaker Series

Our ties to creative industries are evident in the caliber of exceptional talent who come and speak at Circus Forum. Typically held on Fridays in The Carol Vick Bynum Theatre, our forums are an important opportunity for our students to learn from current top players in their fields.

Exceptional students have an opportunity to have their books perused by some of the top talent who visit us. And everyone has a chance to listen and learn as our speakers tell us of their own war stories and lessons learned along the way in the life of a Creative.

These events are open to the public (mandatory for students, of course) so if you’re in the neighborhood, come by and enjoy our Creative Circus Friday Forum Speakers!

Guests, check in at the front desk.

*If you are interested in speaking, please contact Career Services Director, Carol Vick.

Fall 2021 Friday Forum Speaker Schedule:

October 15 – Chemistry Atlanta (Onsite)


Will Benham – Executive Creative Director & Circus Alum – Copywriting (2012)
Chris Breen – Chief Creative Officer

Multi-year small agency of the year, creative forward, full service w in-house agency. 

October 22 –  Ogilvy  (Virtual)

James Kinney – Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Nakita Pope – Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

James has also served as Chief Talent Officer for Mother, VP of People 

for Giant Spoon.

October 29 – Mailchimp (Onsite)

Jeremy Jones – Global Campaigns Executive Creative Director

Jeremy is an award-winning, media agnostic, modern-day marketer, writer, content maker and former Global Executive Creative Director at J. Walter Thompson where he had the pleasure of managing a motley crew of 20 creative individuals across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

November 12 – Public School

Ariel Aurellano – Design Director and Matt Berger – Creative Director

Public School is a team of passionate creators representing all walks of creative life. From strategists to writers, photographers to designers, digital mavens to social innovators — we are as diverse as the problems clients face today.

November 19 –  360i(Virtual)

Devon Hong – Executive Creative Director

360i is a fully integrated creative and media agency that helps brands capitalize on change. As a highly strategic creative and media partner with a deep understanding of how people discover brands and share stories, 360i doesn’t just react to changes in the marketplace – they predict and define them. They’re built for progressive marketers.

November 26 – Thanksgiving

December 3 – Disney+ (Virtual)

Jayanta Jenkins – Chief Creative Officer 

Jayanta Jenkins has been an industry creative leader for over 20 years. Throughout his career, Jayanta has created thought-provoking and effective work. Jenkins has been awarded and recognized by every major awards organization in his field, including multiple Cannes Lions – and a Grand Prix,, multiple D&AD awards and named as Adweek’s Creative 100 business leaders in 2020.

December 17 – Graduation Day


More forum dates will be announced soon! 


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