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Friday Forum Speaker Series

Spring 2022

Our ties to creative industries are evident in the caliber of exceptional talent who come and speak at Circus Forum. Typically held on Fridays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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.


Spring Schedule

Friday, April 29, 1:30 – 2:30pm Virtual
Frank William Miller, Jr. design director of Matter Unlimited.

Frank will speak to students about what it takes to choose a purpose-oriented path for their careers.

Friday, May 6th , 1:30 – 2:30pm: VIRTUAL/ONSITE
Maxx Delaney, Creative Director and Margaret Morales, Director Creative Talent at Tombras

Friday, May 13, 1:30 – 2:30pm VIRTUAL/ONSITE
Mike Lear: Executive Creative Director, The Americas at BCG BrightHouse

His career spans over 20 years. He’s produced campaigns in all media for MINI, Truth, IKEA, Virgin-Atlantic, Google, Molson, Bell, Shimano, GEICO, UPS, UPS Nascar, The UPS Store, Discover Card, American Cancer Society, Mentos, SiriusXM, Midas, The Smithsonian, The Onion, Microsoft, Walmart and Denny’s. Mike now serves as Executive Creative Director, the Americas, at BrightHouse, a global creative consultancy and an independent division of The Boston Consulting Group, helping brands define and activate their purpose throughout the world.

Friday, May 20th , 1:30 – 2:30pm VIRTUAL/ONSITE
Eric Kallman Co-Founder/CCO Erich & Kallman

Five years ago I teamed up with the former President of Crispin Porter+Bogusky to launch a new, independent creative advertising agency in San Francisco. We’ve been named to the AdAge A-List and honored at the AdAge Small Agency Awards multiple times. We’ve made effective, breakthrough and award winning work for clients like General Mills, Disney, Hershey, Carl’s Jr. and many others. As an alternative to the broken big agency model, we provide world class creative work quickly and efficiently. So far we’ve been a breath of fresh air for our clients.

Friday, May 27th, 1:30 – 2:30pm: VIRTUAL/ONSITE
Robin Fitzgerald: Executive Creative Director at BBDO Atlanta

Friday, June 3, 1:30 – 2:30pm VIRTUAL/ONSITE
Catherine Ray: VP, Design Services The Walt Disney Company

Building and leading the Design Services team within Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) Technology. Design Services is a multidisciplinary team of Creative (Graphic, Visual, Motion, Content Design), UX Research, and UX Engineering functions. The team develops foundational user insights, prototypes product experiences, and creates creative work that activates a brand’s identity and purpose to enable best-in-class experiences across the complete user journey for DMED’s consumer and enterprise portfolio. Our team supports the digital consumer-facing product portfolio of 90+ sites and native apps, including ABC, ABC News, Disney.com, Disney NOW, ESPN, Fantasy, Freeform, FX, Marvel, National Geographic, Star Wars, and more. We also support the enterprise portfolio of hundreds of internal tools, systems, and reporting.

June 29-July 1 Portfolio Review at the Circus

Details TBA

Past Speakers

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