Awards, Events & Programs

The AAF takes pride in what the advertising industry has accomplished, as well as where it is heading. Our awards celebrate the achievements of professionals from college students to advertising legends, and our programs help propel careers and engagement within the advertising industry.


This summer program introduces high school students to the many facets of advertising through hands-on learning activities, a real client campaign, and interaction with ad industry professionals.

ADMERICA National Conference

ADMERICA is the AAF’s national conference on advertising where our industry comes together for education, inspiration, innovation, collaboration and celebration.
Advertising Hall of Achievement

Advertising Hall of Achievement

The Advertising Hall of Achievement is the industry's premier award for outstanding advertising leaders age 40 and under.
Advertising Hall of Fame

Advertising Hall of Fame

The Advertising Hall of Fame celebrates extraordinary men and women who have made significant contributions to the advertising industry and society at large.
Alpha Delta Sigma

Alpha Delta Sigma

The Alpha Delta Sigma Honor Society is a national honor society sponsored by the American Advertising Federation that recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement in advertising studies.
American Advertising Awards

American Advertising Awards

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition that recognizes the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.
Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award

Barton A. Cummings Award

The Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award recognizes distinguished individuals for their volunteer service to advertising through volunteer work with the AAF.
Betty Riehl Excellence in Service Award

Betty Riehl Excellence in Service Award

The Betty Riehl Excellence in Service Award recognizes employees of the AAF's member clubs, federations, districts and national headquarters for their service to the organization.

Change the Narrative: Depictions of African-American Women in Advertising & Media

Research and panel discussions on the role advertising and media industries play in cultivating consumer perceptions of one of society’s most misrepresented groups.
Chic Davis Memorial Award

Chic Davis Memorial Award

The Chic Davis Memorial Award recognizes those who have championed the American Advertising Awards, helped elevate the program’s image, financial success and awareness.
Club Achievement Awards

Club Achievement Awards

The Club Achievement Competition is designed to recognize outstanding accomplishments of its affiliated advertising clubs and to showcase the programs and projects they undertake.
Distinguished Advertising Educator

Distinguished Advertising Educator Award

This award is intended to honor a senior individual who has accomplished all of the criteria to the benefit of the advertising industry over the course of his/her career.

Diversity in Action

Actionable solutions for agencies and companies looking to embrace our Mosaic Principles, supported by resources from the AAF, industry professionals and successful diversity initiatives.

Ethics Workshops & Certifications

The Institute for Advertising Ethics offers workshops and certification around the U.S. for individuals and educational institutions and businesses of all sizes.
Mosaic Awards

Mosaic Awards

The Mosaic Awards recognize companies and agencies whose commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident through their creative work and organization-wide initiatives.

Mosaic Career Fair and Conference  

The Mosaic Career Fair and Conference allow college students to learn about internships and career opportunities from recruiters representing some of the nation’s top advertising, marketing and communications companies.
Most Promising Multicultural Student

Most Promising Multicultural Students Program

The Most Promising program honors the nation's top multicultural college students and enhances their knowledge and understanding of the advertising industry.
National Student Advertising Conference

National Student Advertising Competition

The NSAC is the premier college advertising competition that provides college students the real-world experience of creating a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign for a corporate client.
Pat Martin Excellence in District Leadership Award

Pat Martin Excellence in District Leadership

The Pat Martin Excellence in District Leadership Award recognizes members of the AAF who exemplify Pat Martin's work by making outstanding contributions to their district.
Stickell Internship

Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship Program

The Stickell Internship program places outstanding Juniors with a paid 10-week summer internship in media organizations, advertising agencies and client/supplier companies.

Student Advertising Career Conference

The Student Advertising Career Conference is a two-day event where students learn about advertising, discover what trends are developing and network with knowledgeable advertising professionals.