November 14th 2018

Networking Happy Hour 4:30pm-6:00pm

Ballpark Village St. Louis

Get connected, enlightened and inspired with other digital creatives, marketers, agencies and clients.

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Seating is limited to 500 and tickets are going fast

Staying Human in a Post-Digital World

With all the technology, trends and tools, it’s easy to lose sight that we’re creating content for an “end user” – a human. Humans are becoming more automated while automation is trying to becoming more human. Are we losing touch? This year, issues of trust, transparency, and inclusion have been transforming the digital marketing landscape.

Join us as we break down buzzwords, unpack the issues, and respectfully debate alongside industry experts from forward-thinking companies from across the country and right here in St. Louis.

Make plans to join the conversation in-person by registering here.


#STLDIGSYM is presented by AdClubSTL and happyMedium with organization partners 314 Digital and Social Media Club St. Louis. This year features esteemed speakers and moderators from Adobe, Native Digital, The Richards Group, Venngage and more. Make sure to stick around for the networking happy hour to follow immediately after the last session concludes.

Gain a Fresh Perspective from these Industry Leaders

Chief Growth Officer

Session 1: Content & Social

Principles of Content Creation

Upon realizing that her decision to pursue a theatre degree would lead to a life of little to no financial growth, Nadya decided to complete a Masters Degree in Digital Media. Soon after that she began her work at Venngage, a graphic design and data visualization platform, where she was told she would be trained in digital marketing en lieu of her lack of experience. Nearly four years later and Nadya is now Head of Marketing at Venngage and still wondering when she will get the training she was promised. She has written for and been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Next Web, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Mashable, Wired and CBC News, and spends her free time working on her new web-series, Drunk Entrepreneurs.


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Digital Strategy Director

Session 2: Technology

The Future of User Experience

Chris Ferrel is a digital strategy director at The Richards Group, where he leads the digital marketing efforts for some of America’s best-known brands in retail, CPG, and technology. He’s bettered the digital brands of Snapple, Sub-Zero, Wolf, The Home Depot, Under Armour Connected Fitness, and the Southeastern Conference. His work has been honored as a Shorty’s Award finalist and a Communication Arts Typography Annual winner. As a public speaker and guest lecturer, Chris has presented at South by Southwest, Radiodays Denmark, the American Advertising Federation, Tech Wildcatters, DFW Interactive Marketing Association, University of Texas, St. Edward’s University, and Texas Christian University. His SXSW solo sessions have been described as “the surprise of SXSW” (Medium Rare Content), “a day five highlight” (CJRW), “a key trend… engaging and informative” (Contagious Communications), and “a fascinating talk” (WCRS London). When he’s not staring at screens or talking to Alexa, you can find him with his brilliant wife, Ashley, and daughter Margot.


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Native Digital

Special Presentation

Right and Wrong Lessons in Shareable Content

Justin Watkins is Chief Creative Strategist and Founder at Native Digital. He is a tireless connector of data and intuition. Through his 17 year career he’s always had one foot in strategic planning and the other in creative execution. Based in Kansas City, Justin’s professional experience spans interaction design, branding, and digital strategy for brands such as POLITICO, Virgin Mobile, National Geographic, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Prior to establishing Native Digital, Justin served as Vice President of Creative for MMGY Global and Partner at St Louis-based search marketing firm Evolve Digital Labs.

Sr. Creative Director

Session 3: Creativity

The Intersection of Strategy and Creativity

Adam Morgan is a champion of both creativity and strategic insights. As a Senior Creative Director at Adobe, he ensures that the creative execution is world class across the enterprise, from long-form thought leadership to He’s a marketing and advertising veteran of 23 years and was a creative director at several international ad agencies. He was named one of the 40 under 40 business leaders by Utah Business Magazine, and Advertising Professional of the Year for Utah in 2014 by the American Advertising Federation. To read one of his articles on data-driven creativity or more about his new book that proves the value of creativity and design to your clients and stakeholders, visit him at


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What’s on Tap


Doors and registration open in the Ballpark Village / Fox Sports Midwest Live lobby.
Each attendee receives one drink ticket. Complimentary appetizer buffet provided for all guests. Cash bar, lunch, beer and beverage service available throughout #STLDIGSYM


Symposium start, complimentary appetizer buffet provided by Ad Club STL opens.


Nadya Khoja, Chief Growth Officer, Venngage leads the Content and Social Session with her presentation on Principles of Viral Content with moderator Chelsy McInnis, Engagement Manager, Manifest and panelists: Aaron Park, Owner, Arch Apparel | Kristen DiFate, Assoc. Creative Director, Weissman | Sarah Javier, President, APA | Zoe Scharf, Co-founder/Chief Brand Officer, Greetabl


Chris Ferrel, Digital Strategy Director, The Richards Group leads the Technology session with his presentation on the future of user experience with moderator: Kevin Farr, Strategy Consultant, CNTRD and panelists: Kelly Stevens, VP of Engineering, OneSpace | Brian Handrigan, Co-Founder/CEO, Advocado | Chris Bueller, CEO, PingPilot & Scorch| and Ladan Kamfar, Digital Collaboration Lead, Bayer


Justin Watkins, Founder, Native Digital presents Right and Wrong Lessons in Shareable Content


Adam Morgan, Senior Creative Director, Adobe leads the Creativity session with his presentation on the Intersection of Strategy and Creativity with moderator: Justin Watkins, Founder, Native Digital and panelists: Heidi Singleton, CCO, New Honor Society | Brandon Chuang, VP, 2e Creative | Daniella Jacob, UK Creative | Jamie Salvatori, owner, Vat19


Conference ends. Happy Hour begins!

4:30p – 6:00p

AdClubSTL hosts a complimentary networking happy hour with food in the Fox Sports Midwest Live bar.

Where is FOX Sports Midwest Live?

Ballpark Village

Fox Sports Midwest Live!

601 Clark Ave #103
St. Louis, MO 63103


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