The 7th Annual 3% Conference: Theme and Speakers

July 10, 2018

The theme for the 2018 3% Conference is…

bring it

  • A rally cry to bring and share your wisdom. 
  • An invitation for more peer-to-peer learning. 
  • A reminder to bring your men, your juniors, your leadership, your clients — a true cross-section of your company. 

Our 7th annual conference will offer more opportunity for audience involvement than ever before, tapping the wisdom of the 1,200 people who gather to #changetheratio. 


The host city.
After 3 years in New York City (and 3 years before that in San Francisco), 3% is excited to take over Chicago’s Navy Pier for our 7th Annual Conference. A new backdrop is more than just a fun photo opp. It’s a creative canvas for us to reimagine the guest experience and to refresh the community with new agencies and brands who haven’t yet experienced 3%’s special breed of magic. The venue itself inspires with panoramic views of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago, plus a historic stage under an 80-foot dome studded with Edison lights. We even have branded VIP Delegation Lounges on the mezzanine for sponsors who plan to bring a crowd.  

A new themed track.
We have combined the Leadership + Manbassadors track into one this year, integrating men more fully into all of our programming. Then we launched a brand new track called HOW TO. As part of the BRING IT theme, we’re tapping peer-to-peer wisdom and letting our community teach one another how to do important things. Like conduct a 360 review. Intervene as a bystander. Understand blockchain. And more. 

More opportunities for interaction. 
We’ll be livening things up with something called The Question Game, a ping-pong tournament (with brackets + betting!), Improv training, expert-hour roundtables, a live graphic artist, and a custom 3% app.  Chances are you’ll leave our 2018 event having given and received more than in years past. 


All the good stuff. We’ll still be delivering a rich, diverse speaker lineup, piping a LiveStream to all corners of the globe, honoring people and work (with our Three Cheers and Athena Ad awards), and welcoming student scholars whose award-winning entries set them apart.


Early confirmed speakers include:

Shira Albagli, Communications Director, PL+US
Naz Arandi, Creative Director, Airbnb
Swati Bhattacharya, CCO, FCB Ulka
Rich Bina, Strategic Planning Director, RPA
Joanna Bloor, CEO/Founder, The Amplify Lab
Brandi Boatner, Social + Influencer Communications Lead, IBM
Dia Bondi, Communications Coach, Dia Bondi Communications
Dawn Bovasso, Freelance Digital Creative Director
Susan Credle, Global CCO, FCB
Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, Founder/CEO at The Gaia Project for Women's Leadership
Ronnie Dickerson Stewart, VP Talent Engagement & Inclusion, Digitas
Carrie Dunn, Freelance Writer/ACD
Tahirah Edwards Byfield, Senior Writer, 72andSunny
Corinna Falusi, CCO of Mother USA
Cindy Gallop, Founder, Make Love Not Porn
Heide Gardner, Chief Diversity + Inclusion Officer, IPG
Piera Gelardi, Executive Creative Director and Founding Partner, Refinery29
Gina Glantz, Founder, Gender Avenger
Elle Graham-Dixon, Group Planning Director, BBDO New York
Louise Green, Author Big Fit Girl
Gina Grillo, President/CEO, The Advertising Club
Rene Huey-Lipton, VP/Cultural Strategy, Sparks & Honey
Joshua Kissi, Co-Founder, TONL & Street Etiquette
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO, Co-Founder, Ellevest
Dr. Carl Marci, Chief Neuroscientist, Nielsen
Emma Mcilroy, CEO, Wildfang
Krystle Mullin, ACD, RPA
Robyn Pocrnich, Head of Strategy, Sid Lee, LA
Evita Puente, Senior Creative Director, Capital One
Candace D. Queen, Founder, Blacks in Advertising
Karuna Rawal, US President and Chief Strategy Officer, ARC Worldwide
Bernadette Rivero, Co-Founder/President, The Cortez Brothers
Reza Rostampisheh, Associate Director/Strategic Planning, Campbell Ewald
Nicole Sanchez, CEO/Founder, Vaya Consulting
Amy Small, VP/Creative + Brand Strategy, Media Cause
Erik Sollenberg, Global CEO, CP+B
Jason Sperling, SVP / Chief, Creative Development for RPA
Alain Sylvain, Founder/CEO, Sylvain Labs
Liz Valentine, Co-Founder/CEO, Swift
Madison Wharton, KBS Agency
Magda Yrizarry, SVP and Chief Talent & Diversity Officer, Verizon Communications

And, if you need any more reasons to join us, here’s something powerful to consider. We recently surveyed attendees from our 2017 and 2016 events to learn what impact 3% has had on them since attending. 71% reported they were inspired to take action or found their voice and 56% changed the way they advocated for themselves. 

We look forward to seeing you in November! 

-Kat Gordon, Founder and CEO 

Learn more and purchase tickets here.