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David Bohan | BOHAN Chairman

David started his career on the client side as Tennessee’s assistant commissioner of tourism. When he moved to the agency side, he worked with one of Tennessee’s largest agencies before starting his own firm. In 1990, he founded what now is bohan with four employees and one client. Bohan still has that client and one of its original employees.

Bohan is a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, and David has served on the association’s board of directors. Advertising Age recognized bohan with its silver award for agency culture in 2015 and named bohan its Southeast Small Agency of the Year in 2014. Modern Healthcare named the agency its 2015 Agency of the Year.

Bohan clients include Stein Mart, Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, O’Charley’s and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.

 
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Shari Day | BOHAN President and CEO

Shari Day joined bohan in 2010 and was named president and chief executive officer in 2015. Shari’s 30 years of experience include a strong background in the healthcare, grocery and marine industries. She leads the day-to-day operations of the award-winning agency, working closely with the senior leadership team to provide oversight of a varied client roster that includes retail, tourism, healthcare and restaurants.

In 2016, Shari led the creation of bohan’s Ad Women For All Women (AWFAW). The program is an outgrowth of the agency’s organizational structure of core bands that handle individual clients as well as greater agency initiatives. AWFAW was developed by bohan’s female core band and is designed to be replicated, enabling additional markets to amplify awareness for greater industry diversity through their own AWFAW efforts.

 
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Aerial Ellis Speaker

Emerging among the brightest in the industry, Aerial Ellis is a gifted strategist and storyteller who nurtured an entrepreneurial spirit early in her career by launching her first public relations company at the age of 22.

Recognized nationally by PR News and The Huffington Post, Aerial has since become a sought-after consultant/coach for her ability to transform culture, improve diversity, enhance communication, navigate change, build community and drive innovation. From beginning business owners to legendary moguls, clients have trusted her distinct ability to align partnerships with giants such as Burger King, Sony Music, NBA and BET and strengthen their brand awareness in the early digital age through media coverage with outlets such as CNN, BBC, Ebony Magazine and ESPN.

She has been a speaker/trainer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, SXSWedu, National Urban League, National Diversity Council, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communication and Public Relations Society of America.

She has been honored by the Nashville Business Journal in their Top 40 Under 40 and as a Women of Influence – Trailblazer. She was also selected for the inaugural class of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 and Nashville Emerging Leaders. She has been quoted and interviewed as an expert source on issues in leadership and communication by Fortune Magazine, Ebony Magazine, NPR, USA Today and The Tennessean.

She holds a certification in Workforce Diversity and Inclusion awarded by UCLA Extension and the National Organization for Workforce Diversity. She serves as director-at-large for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nashville chapter and as secretary for the national committee on diversity & inclusion. She is also co-founder of the Nashville Women of Color in Communications Network and a board member for the Smile 180 Foundation of Delta Dental Tennessee. Aerial is author of the thought leadership book, The Original Millennial, highlighting six defining lessons of leadership for millennials in business and community. She teaches courses in leadership, organizational communication, public relations and cross-cultural communication at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

A native of Memphis, Aerial holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, both in mass communication, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from University of Southern California.

 
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Singleton Beato Keynote Speaker

Singleton Beato joined McCann Worldgroup in the global position of Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer in 2017. In this role, she is responsible for designing and leading strategic workforce diversity and engagement solutions that drive business performance and innovation across MWG agencies.

While at the 4A’s, Singleton was called upon by top agency executives to provide leadership, partnership, guidance and support in the design and application of best practices in diversity and talent development that increase organizational capacity and growth. Her accomplishments include the design and development of The Face Of Talent symposium as well as the industry’s only national Talent Leadership Conference, Talent@2030 along with the transformation of the industry’s legacy Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) and the renowned 4A’s Foundation.

Singleton has over 20 years of experience as an accomplished human resources executive and is recognized for her success driving large scale people and organizational change initiatives across a wide range of industries, having held talent leadership roles at J. Walter Thompson, Crunch Fitness International, and Bloomberg L.P.

Singleton, who has an MS from Fairleigh Dickinson University, has served on several non-profit boards and has received numerous accolades as a change agent and diversity educator for her work from the American Advertising Federation, ADCOLOR and the World Diversity Leadership Summit.

 
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Celeste Stein Speaker

Celeste Bishop Stein serves as Executive Associate to the Dean and Marketing Liaison in the School of Dentistry at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Stein is a full-time honors student currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Strategic Communications at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As part of her studies, she examined the work of C.S. Lewis in Europe in the summer of 2016 at Oxford University in England. She is currently working on dissertation research on the future of the newsroom as it relates to new media technologies. Stein received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia with a double major in Economics and Mass Communication. She completed a Master of Science degree in journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Stein’s most recently published research on Examination of insecure attachment and potential parental attachment to a favorite celebrity through the lens of attachment theory, was presented to the Broadcast Education Association in October of 2016.

Stein has taught a variety of public relations, marketing, advertising, broadcast and health communications courses at Lipscomb University, Tennessee State University, Western Kentucky University and the University of Phoenix, from 2005 through July of 2017.

Stein’s 18 year career in broadcast journalism includes work as a weather anchor, talk show host and news reporter for ABC television news affiliates in Nashville, Tennessee, Lynchburg, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Fargo, North Dakota, and Georgia Public Television and two radio stations in Atlanta.

Stein established her credentials as an entrepreneur with the founding of Bishop, Stein & Associates P.R., Inc. in 1999. Stein served as President & CEO and worked as a consultant in the firm for more than 200 local and national companies, local and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, athletes, entertainers and individuals.

Stein is married to her husband, Everett, of 24 years. She has two children who are studying integrated marketing and communications and journalism in the greater Nashville area.