Exciting Events

Keynote Speaker Kristen Cavallo, CEO of Martin Agency – 1:30-2:30 Harrison 1261

Kristen CavalloA goal Kristen shares with her two kids is to have more stamps in their passports than candles on their birthday cakes. They’ve conquered all seven continents together, including a visit to Antarctica in 2018. And considering she recently returned to The Martin Agency to be the first female CEO in the firm’s 52-year history, it’s no big surprise that she’s a fan of going places.

Prior to returning to Martin, she helped MullenLowe’s flagship office grow 106% in six years and garnered attention for clients including American Greetings, Hyatt, Royal Caribbean, JetBlue and Acura. During her first stint at Martin, Cavallo played an integral role in almost doubling the size of the agency and helping it land Adweek’s Agency of the Year award in 2010.

An advocate for women in the advertising industry, Kristen has spoken at the 3% Conference, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and Hult International Business School’s commencement.

But what she takes the most pride in is setting an example of resilience and possibility for her children. Whether that’s reflected in summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, crossing the Drake Passage, getting certified to scuba in Egypt’s open water, or just trying something new, she and her family are most comfortable when they’re outside of their comfort zone.

Special Events (12:00-1:30)

Storytelling with Drones – Kyle Head – Studio
Presentation followed by outdoor demonstration.

Multimedia Journalism: MicroplasticsChris TyreeHarrison 101
Award winning multimedia journalist will present his latest project and speak about the stories behind the stories. 

Deloitte Digital Information Presentation  –  Sierra Hahn-Ventrell – Harrison 102
The world leading consulting firm provides information about internship and job opportunities.

Opportunities Are Everywhere  – Maggie Mullikin, Elon University – Jackson 1A
This session explores ways to capitalize on academic strengths, experiences, talent, and media skills. The discussion will include how to market yourself, build a professional network, tips and ideas to create your own opportunities, and best practices for securing an internship or a job.


SMAD Dog Day will take place in the on the lawn behind Harrison Hall. Join professors, staff, and other students in a fun social event. SMAD students get free hot dogs and refreshments.