November 17, 2021
Los Angeles, CA

Event Sponsors


Wednesday, 11/17

10:15 AM Pacific
1:15 PM ET
Registration & Check-In
10:45 AM Pacific
1:45 PM ET
Opening Remarks
Tanya Gazdik, Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost 
Lisa Singer, Deputy Editorial Director, Events, MediaPost 
11:00 AM Pacific
2:00 PM ET
Keynote Interview: MediaPost’s Automotive Marketer of the Year
Matt VanDyke, CEO, FordDirect 
Tanya Gazdik, Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost 
11:30 AM Pacific
2:30 PM ET
Q&A: Why Honda Still Believes in 'The Power of Dreams'
American Honda Motor Co. Inc., which includes both the Honda and Acura brands, consistently places high in rankings for most valuable brand and top-regarded companies. It's innovative and imaginative marketing is a large part of the equation. How does the company continue to keep it fresh and interesting?
Ed Beadle, Assistant Vice President of Auto Marketing, American Honda Motor Co. Inc. 
Lisa Singer, Deputy Editorial Director, Events, MediaPost 
12:00 PM Pacific
3:00 PM ET
Sponsor Spotlight Presentation
12:15 PM Pacific
3:15 PM ET
Coffee Break
12:30 PM Pacific
3:30 PM ET
Nissan Execs Discuss DEI Efforts
DEI efforts at the automakers have taken on newfound urgency and meaningfulness in light of the police killings and ensuing protests. Nissan North America is upping its game with a “DEI Disruption Day.” There are many other synergies between the Marketing Communications and DEI teams that will be explored in this session.
Yetunde Faparusi, Director, Brand, Marketing & Performance Strategy, Nissan North America 
Keri Kelly, Head of DEI, Nissan North America 
1:00 PM Pacific
4:00 PM ET
Sponsor Lunch Presentation
2:00 PM Pacific
5:00 PM ET
Case Study: How MINI Pivoted Its Events During The Pandemic
MINI Takes The States is one of the largest and most popular customer loyalty events in the automotive industry. The pandemic has prompted the cancellation of the event two years running, but MINI has found ways to stay connected to consumers with other forms of experiential marketing.  
Patrick McKenna, Head of Mini Brand Communications, MINI USA 
Lisa Singer, Deputy Editorial Director, Events, MediaPost 
2:30 PM Pacific
5:30 PM ET
Coffee Break
2:45 PM Pacific
5:45 PM ET
Keynote: Before It Can Change The World, It Has To Change Yours
With the ID.4 all electric SUV ushering in a new era of EV’s for the masses, hear how Volkswagen is connecting across a broad spectrum of EV interest levels with innovative partnerships (TikTok, Reddit, NBCU and more) and influencer content to deliver a campaign for the next gen of auto shopping experiences.
Kimberley Gardiner, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Volkswagen of America 
3:30 PM Pacific
6:30 PM ET
Q&A: Henrik Fisker's Vision For the Future of Automotive
Fisker’s design prowess and creative thinking make him an important voice in the conversation around the rapid shift to electric vehicles.
Henrik Fisker, CEO, Fisker Inc. 
Tanya Gazdik, Senior Editor, Automotive, MediaPost 
4:00 PM Pacific
7:00 PM ET
Marketing: Automotive Awards Ceremony Celebration, Cocktails & Networking!
4:45 PM Pacific
7:45 PM ET
LA Auto Show Room Floor Visit
Join fellow attendees from the day's event to get a sneak preview of the LA Auto Show room floor.  Complimentary passes distributed directly after Marketing Automotive Awards.


Los Angeles Convention Center - Room 403B
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California, 90015

If you are flying in, the closest airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), located at 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045. It will take approximately 40 minutes to an hour to transfer to Los Angeles Convention Center. You can get an Uber/Lyft ride or rental car from the airport.

The Los Angeles Convention Center is the preeminent destination for meetings, conventions, trade shows, and exhibitions. Discover the allure of cosmopolitan L.A., where culture, history, and innovation fuse to provide you with an unparalleled experience. Located in proximity to endless dining, shopping, hotel, and entertainment options, the LACC is your event destination of choice.

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VIP Program

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