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.


Hear from the best

Hear directly from some of the best in the industry

Plus more speakers coming soon!

This Year’s Theme: Wandering Stars

A lot has changed over the past two years regarding the meaning of work. Suddenly, a career in advertising doesn’t seem so awesome and inspiring. As a result, young creatives are taking their talents elsewhere before they fully bloom within our agencies and departments.

As creative directors not far removed from our unjaded youth, as well as those moving into leadership roles with our love of advertising creativity mainly intact, how do we create environments and relationships within our companies where our teams and individuals find things as rewarding as we have? How do we corral our stars before they wander?

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 Retreatis 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 “WITHIN” 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
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