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2023 AMA Leadership Summit

An Exclusive Event for AMA Professional Chapter Leaders


Buckle up AMA Professional Chapter Leaders. You are about to register for a weekend of REbuilding, REconnecting and REsults!

It seems, these days, that we are constantly navigating change. Not all chapters are in the same place – geographically speaking, of course, but more so in navigating these changes. Whether your chapter is struggling with REcruiting members, REjoicing because of a successful event, REinforcing your chapter finances, REconnecting with your membership, REstrengthening your leadership or trying to REenergize your board members ─ 2023 AMA Leadership Summit is specifically focused on meeting chapter leaders where they’re at.

What to Expect


Rebuild your chapters by learning new ideas and strategies you can take back to your chapter to implement.


Reembrace your how – how you can grow and maintain a robust and active chapter.


Reconnect in person with 200+ chapter leaders from across the United States and Canada.


Reengage your board members and lean on resources like the Professional Chapters Council (PCC) and AMA Support Center.


Retool your list of best practices for inspiring your board and members through impactful peer-to-peer learning.


Recommit as a leader in the AMA community through continuous learning and networking opportunities

Plus, remember why AMA is the go-to resource for you and your local marketing community!

Your Community Is Here

Not only is LS23 a weekend full of learning, but you’ll also be making core memories. Marketers are their special breed of weird, making the relationships you form much more fun! We’ll share laughs, drinks and maybe a few after-parties @amaconfessions only wishes they could attend. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up all fancy and dance the night away at the Gala? You’ll be REtelling stories for years to come!



Ends March 28



After March 28


Attending as a Group?

Receive a 10% discount on group registrations of 3+ attendees.

Please do not include complimentary registrations (typically used for the chapter president and president-elect) in your group registration.

Meet the Co-Chairs

Stephen Brent May

Stephen Brent May

Professional Chapters Council
AMA Houston

Sarah Morris

Sarah Rotermund

Professional Chapters Council
AMA Omaha

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

We know the value of connecting in person, and we’re committed to making it a safe environment for all attendees. We will follow federal and local guidelines to ensure a safe conference. The CDC and experts are helping people better understand their COVID risk, what actions to take if exposed and access to affordable tests. Given these updates, we are offering new options for meeting COVID safety guidelines outlined below.

The 2023 AMA Leadership Summit does not require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Masks are optional for attendees. If wearing a mask will make you feel more comfortable while attending the conference, please do so, but we will not require them.

For those traveling, please adhere to transportation mandates in airports, during air travel and while on public modes of transportation.

We strongly encourage you to understand your risks according to CDC Guidelines before attending.

The American Marketing Association is free to establish further limitations leading up to the 2023 AMA Leadership Summit. If there are any changes to the COVID protocol, we will update this page. We thank you in advance for your understanding, flexibility and continued support. We look forward to seeing you!

AMA Event Policies

Day 1 | Friday, April 28 (All Times Central)


Lunch & Opening Keynote: Brace for Impact

Life is full of challenges and often hits us with unexpected adversity. The true test is how we respond and overcome our adversity. Mark will share how his tragic accident led to a life of purpose and community-driven work that has made a huge impact.

Mark Raymond, Jr.

CEO of The Split Second Foundation, Inc.

Breakout Sessions: Board-in-a-Box

Breakout Sessions: How-To's


CEA Award Winner's Panel

National Volunteer Happy Hour

Day 2 | Saturday, April 29


Breakout Sessions: Leadership Academy

Breakout Sessions: How-To's

Skill-Building Workshops

Lunch & Keynote: The Surprising Secret That Creates All Celebrities, Billionaires and Politicians

I’ve spent my entire life trying to get to the real truth of how the world really works. What’s behind the curtain? Why do certain people have such outsized outcomes in terms of their wealth, fame, and power? The answer ended up being far more shocking than I ever imagined. I’ve never seen it written in any book, mentioned in any video, or expressed in any public conversation. I’m fortunate to now serve as an advisor to these exact people, so join this talk for my big reveal.

Arvid Ali

Arvid Ali

Former President of Jordan Belfort's Corporations

Breakout Sessions: Leadership Academy


LOUD Tables

Cocktail Hour

Awards Gala & Dinner

After Party

Day 3 | Sunday, April 30

Morning Activity (optional)


Closing Keynote: Becoming the Warrior: Strategy for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

We all have dreams fueled by a passion that may seem too bold or too risky. We strive and are continually challenged to meet our goals, either the goals of our organization or the goals we set in our personal life.

However, we often feel that our goals and dreams are out of reach, that we’re doing something wrong, that we’re not meant for the position we were given or we’re just not good enough.

Jenn will expose the reasons you’re not moving forward. So many of us struggle with imposter syndrome, self-doubt, the fear of failing and roadblocks. Jenn has too; many times while leading on the battlefield and in the boardroom.

Her five-step approach, developed through scientific research and personal experiences, will give you the keys to moving forward into your potential. Her story-driven approach underscores the importance of believing in yourself and what’s needed to reach your unattainable dreams!

Jenn Donahue

Founder, Dare to Rise

"Drag Brunch" & Lightening Talks

Final Takeaways & Prizes

Arvid Ali

Arvid Ali

Former President of Jordan Belfort's Corporations

Arvid Ali was the President of Jordan Belfort’s corporations (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and the former Global Managing Director for Shaun White (3x Olympic Gold Medalist). After also having advised more than 50 Silicon Valley tech companies, he financially retired at the age of 26. Arvid graduated with a degree in mathematics from UCLA at the age of 19 and was the youngest person ever admitted into Brown University’s graduate science and technology program. Given his unique background, he currently serves as an advisor to celebrities, corporations and government leaders around the world.

Jenn Donahue

Founder, Dare to Rise

Jenn Donahue, Ph.D., is a retired US Navy Captain and former Commodore for an 1,800 personnel Regiment. She is also a civil engineer who works on large-scale, high-profile geotechnical projects. Over her 27-year military career, Jenn has built a bridge across the Euphrates River in the midst of the Iraq war, commanded an 800-personnel Battalion in Afghanistan, and constructed combat outposts in the middle of deserts filled with insurgents.

Jenn has led earthquake and tsunami reconnaissance missions in places like Samoa and Japan; designed the seismic plans for a bridge over the Panama Canal; and built roads by blasting and drilling in the coldest climes of Ketchikan. Astonishingly, Jenn has even served as the seismology expert at no fewer than five nuclear power plants.  

Along the way, she mentored scores of young leaders. Today, Jenn is the Founder of JL Donahue Engineering, Inc. and Dare to Rise. She also lectures at UC Berkeley and UCLA.

Mark Raymond, Jr.

CEO of The Split Second Foundation, Inc.

Mark has a deep-rooted history of serving the community. Building on the legacy of his grandfather, A.P. Tureaud, Mark has played a vital role in advancing various equity-centered efforts across the Greater New Orleans area and beyond. From renaming historic streets and landmarks in New Orleans to creating a more accessible and robust rehabilitative health infrastructure in the Gulf South, Mark’s aptitude for cultivating relationships and driving coordinated, healing-centered change has been vital to the advancement of those most disadvantaged.

Mark’s commitment to fighting for justice and equity started as a child but was intensified following a shallow diving accident in 2016, in which he damaged the vertebrae by the base of his neck and lost the ability to walk. For Mark, this life-changing experience illuminated the reality of disparities in access, and there were very few community resources to turn to for help. His new disability and lack of support ultimately pushed him to advocate for millions of others by transforming the split-second that led to his injury into a life filled with awareness, hope, and action.

He founded Split Second Foundation to make people aware of a growing population of individuals impacted by disability, advocate for their rights, fund cutting-edge research, and provide clear-cut steps to immediately improve their quality of life.

To date, Mark’s impact on inclusive health and human services, as well as justice-driven policy work, has been substantial. Mark was able to open Split Second Fitness, which is the first inclusive gym in Louisiana, with an intentional focus on people living with paralysis, amputation, or other neurological conditions that impact mobility.

He also serves on several federal, state, and local boards and commissions to represent and advocate for people living with disabilities. Notably, Mayor LaToya Cantrell appointed him as the Chairman of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) New Orleans Board of Commissioners overseeing the maintenance, operations, and administration of the multimodal transportation agency.

Conference Location

Westin O’Hare
6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 698-6000

Room Rates

$158.00 single/double occupancy per night
(excluding taxes and applicable fees which are currently 14%, but are subject to change)

Please reserve your overnight accommodations early as there are a limited number of AMA special rates available.

Or call Reservations at (888) 627-8517 and reference the 2023 AMA Leadership Summit.

The reservation cut-off date is March 28, 2023.

Area Attractions, Events and Tourism

Visit Choose Chicago for destination information.


The Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from Chicago O’Hare Airport.

Looking to go downtown? Please visit Chicago Transit Authority for more information.


The AMA is committed to providing equal access to our meetings for all attendees. If you are an attendee with a disability and require program accommodations, please contact the AMA Support Center at (800) AMA-1150. A member of our staff will ensure that appropriate access arrangements are made. If you have specific disability-related needs for your hotel sleeping room, please be sure to communicate those directly to the hotel when you make your reservation. In an effort to provide the highest quality of service to all attendees, we require that details of all access requests be communicated to our office at least 14 days in advance of the beginning of the meeting.

2023 AMA Leadership Summit