April Diversity Panel

The American Advertising Federation, Mobile Bay Chapter, is hosting “Let’s Talk Diversity” on Friday, April 22, from 5:30-8 p.m. The event will be hosted at Exchange 202 in downtown Mobile, an innovative co-working space that houses a number of new and established companies in Mobile. The event is a diversity inclusion event that will feature a panel of guests to discuss diversity in thought, culture and gender.

The goal of the event is to initiate open dialogue around diversity in business, advertising and the arts, and the importance of inclusion through diversity.

Please click the link below to find out more about the event, and to purchase tickets. Light hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine will be served. This event is FREE for AAF Members and Guests!

Click here to register to attend!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Keisha Oliver (2016)

The featured panelist is Keisha Oliver, a Bahamian visual artist and designer who contributes to the development of art and culture in the Caribbean through several non-profit organizations as a designer, writer and marketing consultant. Visiting the Unites States specifically for this event, Ms. Oliver has done work for institutions like the Grand Bahama International Airport, and has recently become involved with Harvard University’s Pre-Texts training program.


Sharland 2015

Alex Sharland holds degrees from the University of Stirling (B.A Joint Honours), Virginia Polytechnic institute & State University (MBA), and The Florida State University (Ph.D.). He also attended the State University College at Brockport (NY) as an exchange student.In addition to his academic career, Dr. Sharland spent several years in the financial services industries in London, England. Prior to coming to the University of South Alabama, he was a faculty member at Barry University and Hofstra University.Dr. Sharland’s research interests in clued business to business marketing issues, marketing education, and ethics in marketing. He has written several cases on these and other topics. Dr. Sharland is also the President of the Southwest Case Research Association. Dr. Sharland has served on the Board of Directors of several companies, and has provided consulting advice to many others.



As a former Junior High School teacher, Alma Hoffmann has been in the Communication Design field for over 10 years both as a freelancer and a college instructor. She is a graduate from Iowa State University with an MFA in Graphic Design. Alma has a bilingual background, which makes her an asset in the development of multicultural design strategies. As a designer, she has received awards from American Graphic Design Awards GDUSA in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014. She was also selected as a semifinalist for the 2012 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. As an educator she was among the top 4 finalists for the Educator of the Year award, a national competition by Career Education Corporation while working as Adjunct Faculty at Harrington College of Design in Chicago. Currently she teaches Graphic Design at the University of South Alabama.



Terrance Smith is a two time graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters of Science degree in Instructional Design and Development. Mr. Smith has worked with Mobile Commissioner Merceria Ludgood to develop the Mentor Mobile resource guide. He is currently employed with City of Mobile as the Project Manager of the Mayors Innovation Delivery Team. He formerly served as the Program Manager for the Evening Educational Options Program, where he assists teenagers with successfully completing their high school education and pursuing their goal of becoming college and career ready. He is the founder of Pop Up Mobile, which aims to demonstrate the “art of the possible” and give Mobilians a vision of revitalization in various under-utilized areas of the city. He is also serves on the Women’s Resource Center Board of Directors, the Mobile County DHR Quality Assurance Committee, and is a past co-chair of Mobile United’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. Mr. Smith lives by the motto, “Make Mistakes, Make Improvements, Never Make Excuses.”