Speakers, Workshops and Panels

A Selection from the Past Programs


  • Rob Belgiovane
  • Jeremy Craigen
  • Matt Eastwood
  • Oliver Fuselier
  • Bob Isherwood
  • Diane Jackson
  • Nick Law
  • Pum Lefebure
  • Matt MacDonald
  • Piyush Pandey
  • Malcolm Poynton
  • Maddie Raedts
  • Rob Reilly
  • Chris Smith
  • Doerte Spengler-Ahrens
  • Emad Tahtouh
  • Mark Tutssel
  • Ralph van Dijk
  • Diederik van Middelkoop
  • Taras Wayner
  • Faris Yakob


  • Branded - Content vs. Entertainment?
    Raphael Aflalo, Mel Clements, Jesse Coulter, Lizie Gower, Jonathon Ker, Jimmy Smith
  • The Audio Boom Tom Eymundson, Jill Kershaw, Ralph van Dijk
  • Verbal Identity - What Is It?
    Rachel Bernard, Sean Doyle, Steve Martin, Chris West, Ben Zimmer 
  • A Women's Journey Susan Credle, Laura Gregory, Karen Howe, Merlee Jayme, Rosie Yakob
  • Where is all the Branded Entertainment?
    Sonal Dabral, Kerstin Emhoff, Perry Fair, Dennis Lueck, John McKelvey, Jimmy Smith


  • 6-Second Workshop by Great Guns
  • InnerVation Lab presented by the Shark Group featuring Daymond John
  • Rare Access sponsored by Sweetshop and Google


Exclusive, and single-mindedly focused on the work and those who create it.

See the best, learn from the best, talk with the best, become the best. Creatives ages 21-30 can meet, learn, and mingle with the creatives they look up to most in the industry.

LIAisons features seminars, panel discussions and interactive workshops. As Creative LIAisons runs concurrently with LIA Judging, attendees receive one-on-one mentoring from many of the  jurors. LIA is the only show that allows attendees unlimited access to the jury and the invaluable experience to sit in on statue discussions as they occur in real-time.

LIAisons is designed to be a creative oasis.  We deeply believe in conversations to build a new way forward for the industry.

And to give back to our creative community, LIA provides air transportation and accommodation to all who attend. Your company won't incur any cost (except missing your brain for a week).


LIAisons runs at the same time as LIA judging.

The program is designed to give attendees ample opportunity to meet and mingle with the pros of advertising, design, digital, health & pharma, production and technology. The intimate environment provides young professionals unparalleled access and networking opportunities.
There are no delegate fees and we pay for flights and hotel accommodations for all attendees. As a result, attendance is extremely competitive. We can only accommodate 100 delegates, with preference given, of course, to agencies that support LIA through entries. During judging, all jury rooms are open, LIAisons attendees are welcome in to observe the process first-hand from the initial conversations all the way through to final metal awarding (no bribing please). No other show does this.
LIA does not directly select attendees.  Instead, LIA allocates seats to companies, industry associations and media partners that support us, who send attendees as a way to nurture, educate and honor their young creative stars.


Our workshops are interactive in the truest, original sense of the word, meaning you can actually interact with the presenters in person.

Questions and conversation are more than encouraged, they are essential to the experience.

The entire week provides ample opportunity to meet and mingle with the luminaries from advertising, design, digital, health, production and technology. Unlike other festivals our size, environment and events are designed for juniors to enjoy unfettered access to the leaders of the industry.

Industry leaders have praised this program as being an invaluable training tool for young creatives.  The week provides junior creatives with expertise, insight and new professional relationships. LIAisons has been described as priceless by countless alumni.  Questions and conversations are more than encouraged; they are essential to the experience.


Executives have told us numerous times that they have found LIAisons to be priceless for the juniors who attend.

This is not a vacation or a boondoggle. Those who show up are encouraged to participate in as much as they can, make their voices heard, and report what they have learned back to their companies. It's less like a vacation in the south of France and much more like a boot camp. With some drinking at night.

If you have any questions at all please ask. We love hearing from you.

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