flashing student work gif, goes behind the mask of the loading animation

Open Menu

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 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.


Winter 2022 Friday Forum Speaker Schedule:

January 14 – 72andSunny (VIRTUAL: in Theatre) 


Sherina Florence – Creative Director, Circus Graduate, One Club Board Member and teacher for the One School.

Sherina shares her thoughts on fostering a strong culture in advertising in this FILMSUPPLY People First article.


January 21 –  Smakk Studios New York (Virtual) 

Katie Klencheski – Founder & CEO

Female owned: SMAKK works with businesses in the beauty and wellness space on building their brands – particularly e-commerce and brand strategy, working to help them make real advancements toward sustainability without greenwashing. It’s an issue she has written and talked about in the past. Her tool for leading this change is called the Mission Plan.


January 28 – THE STUDENT SHOW (Onsite w/Virtual option) 

We are so excited to showcase all of the hard work that our students have put in and celebrate the awards they have been given. Take a look at our excellent judges from all over the US, The Judges.


February 4 – Cameron Day – ECD (Virtual/Onsite) 

Writer of “Chew With Your Mind Open” The Advertising Survival Guide


February 11 –  Fabio Rodrigues – EVP, Group Creative Director at 21GRAMS New York (Virtual/In Theatre) 

2021 One Show Top 10 GCD in the world.

With over 20 years of experience, Fabio has worked for some of the biggest advertising agencies like DDB, FCB, BBH, Publicis, Area 23, and McCann Health – leading major consumer and health brands spanning both domestic and global markets..


February 18 – Disney+ (Virtual/Onsite)

         Jayanta Jenkins – Chief Creative Officer 

Prior to this role, experiences include Twitter, Beats by Dre, TBWA/Chiat/Day LA, Wieden & Kennedy and Co-Founder Saturday Morning. 

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.        


February 25 – Kevin Swanepoel: President, The One Club, The One Show (Virtual/Onsite) 

The One Show is the world’s most prestigious award program in advertising, design and digital marketing. For over 40 years, the Gold Pencil has been regarded as one of the top prizes in the creative industry. The One Show has had a rich legacy of honoring some of the most groundbreaking ideas, created by some of the most remarkable minds in creativity. Kevin will take an overview of our world. It’s a world he understands like few others.


March 4 – 1:30pm – 2:30pm. TBA. STAND BY FOR SOMETHING GREAT HERE.


More forum dates will be announced soon! 


Past Speakers:

mobile tablet desktop large desktop huge desktop