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About CLR

Back in the Big Easy

2020’s Creative Leaders Retreat was one of the last advertising industry events before the world shut down due to the pandemic. That year’s New Orleans location was so well received, we just knew we’d be back in the French Quarter before long!

The return of this important event to New Orleans’ famous Hotel Monteleone means a return to the cuisine, creative culture and funky character of the Crescent City — all in the lead up to Mardi Gras season. 

Speakers

Hear from the best

Hear directly from some of the best in the industry

Chris Beresford-Hill
Chris Beresford-Hill
President & CCO
Ogilvy
Alex Bodman
Alex Bodman
VP, Global Executive Creative Director
Spotify
Danilo Boer
Danilo Boer
Global Creative Partner
FCB Global
Pierre Lipton
Pierre Lipton
Co-CCO
McCann Worldgroup
Remy Merriex
Remy Merriex
Worldwide Executive Creative Director
Amazon Prime Video
Shayne Millington
Shayne Millington
Co-CCO
McCann Worldgroup
Jaime Robinson
Jaime Robinson
Co-Founder and CCO
JOAN
Shannon Washington
Shannon Washington
Chief Creative Officer, Connected Comms, US
R/GA
Xanthe Wells
Xanthe Wells
VP, Global Creative
Pinterest

Plus more speakers coming soon!

BRIDGING THE GAP

“Kids these days…” There isn’t anyone out there that hasn’t said these words about a younger generation. And for those of us in industry leadership roles, the “kids” are more tech-savvy than ever before — and might not even be thrilled about bringing their creative talents to the ad world.

This year’s Retreat will ask how we bridge the divide between those of us who fell in love with the creative possibilities of our business and those with the talent to shine but don't fit within traditional roles. How do we create environments within our companies where young creatives can feel energized and thrive? How do we make advertising cool again for the next generation of creators?

The CLR Experience

Creative Leaders Retreat is less of a conference and more of a conversation. Podiums and lecterns are replaced with small groups and sessions, allowing for more open and candid dialogue. Our esteemed speakers aren’t only present to share wisdom, but to learn from the attendees. And because it’s a closed-door event, people are free to share their own challenges without any barriers. Just honest, open conversations and real answers.

About the Retreat

Creative directors are an interesting bunch. They often reach their positions on the strength of their creative talent, but are then thrust into roles where managerial and motivational skills are more crucial than the art and copy that got them there.

The Creative Leaders Retreat is a two-day gathering for freshly-minted CDs, creatives about to transition into director positions, and even experienced CDs in need of a mojo refresh. Over the course of the retreat, attendees will learn from those who have walked that path before them, taking away ideas and actionable items to take back into their own careers. And with a casual and intimate setting, you’ll be sure to make fast friends with fellow CDs, building on a network that will provide advice and inspiration long after we return home.

Agency & Brand-Side Creativity

As we all know, creative directors aren’t limited to traditional advertising agencies. Numerous brands have augmented their own in-house creative capabilities in recent years, led by CDs who have many of the same challenges that agency CDs do.

The Creative Leaders Retreat warmly welcomes brand-side creatives with its very own track, led by speakers who intimately know the struggles and the rewards of working inside the brands themselves. And attendees from both traditional and brand-side creative departments will be able to get a taste of the “other” side of the divide, where you’ll most certainly discover some new perspectives!

In Person Experience

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February 2 - 4, 2023

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February 2-4, 2023
Early Bird Pricing Until Dec. 31

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