2013 Student Summit


Students Jumpstarted their careers at the 2013 Student Summit.

Students from across the region joined us for a day of networking, mentorship, workshops, and portfolio review.

They gain valuable experience (and face time) as ad agency execs, nonprofit titans, freelancers, and in-house teams shared industry insight and expertise.

Check out our Flickr set!


9:00 a.m.

Registration and Welcome
Join us for coffee and doughnuts

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Session (pick one)

Portfolio reviews

One-on-one reviews with professionals including keynote speaker Rebecca Bedrossian. Make sure to select Portfolio Review when you register and bring your portfolios!
For students without portfolios we are also offering a social media panel session.

Social Media Panel Session

Dani Doran
Public Relations Officer, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Alicia Boe
Communications Director at Black Hills & Badlands Tourism

Natalie Steen
Digital Media Specialist at Midwest Marketing

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Roundtable discussions

Much like professional speed dating, during the roundtable discussion session you will have the opportunity to sit down with local, regional, and national professionals and find out how they got where they are today.
You will get 15 minutes to pick the brain of the following professionals.

Rebecca Bedrossian
Former editor of Communication Arts magazine
Diversity in advertising: How diversity fuels creativity and innovation.

Huge Weber
Founder of OTA

Megan Clark
Founder of Exceptional Creative and Owner of Clark & Company
The Exceptional Creative: Breaking through stereotypes to find success.

Dani Doran
Public Relations Officer, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Getting Social: Balancing the status of your personal and professional life


11:30 a.m to Noon

Lunch with professionals

Noon to 12:15 p.m.

Student Presentations

Laura Howard of Black Hills State University

Justy Bullington & Samuel Parker of  Chadron State College
Advertising for The Big Event


12:15 p.m. to 1

Keynote speaker Rebecca Bedrossian





Rebecca Bedrossian is a mom, editor, writer, Brownie troop leader, lover of art and food, supporter of social justice, who is working on a delicious life. Former managing editor of Communication Arts magazine, she recently joined the creative services department at Shutterfly, Inc., and it’s a whole new world.

1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Industry tours

Simpsons Printing

Black Hills Corporation (in-house marketing)

Our Annual Sponsors

Upcoming Events

Job Board

Contact Us

AAF Black Hills
PO Box 2975
Rapid City, SD 57709

Email: info@aafblackhills.org