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AMA in the PM: Celebrating Professional Growth in Marketing

July 17, 2024 |
4 minute read

While the summer months heat up, our marketing efforts never take a day off. And as marketing professionals neither should our continued professional development.

Today’s ever-evolving marketing landscape continues to keep marketers on their toes and it’s easy to lose sight of one’s professional development efforts, goals, and opportunities to be better marketers and leaders. While navigating professional changes and adapting to evolving business environments, now is the time to invest in yourself. 

In this AMA in the PM session, we’re covering all the bases as it relates to professional growth, mentorship, and leadership development. We will celebrate the 2024 AMA Baltimore Mentor Connections participants, hear from energizing leaders like AMA Baltimore President Keisha Clarke-English and Audacity Group’s Chief Energy Officer Dionne Joyner-Weems, and dive into career trajectories and leadership formation with a special featured speaker, Craig Dykstra, Principal Partner Marketing Manager at Amazon AWS. 

Dykstra has navigated numerous professional transitions and has valuable insights to help marketers enhance their professional development and achieve their career goals that will help marketers celebrate progress and provide opportunities for upward career mobility. 

Many thanks to our event partner, CallTrackingMetrics!

Event Details
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
CallTrackingMetrics | 231 Najoles Rd Suite 500 | Millersville, MD 21108

Ticket sales will end two hours prior to the event’s start time. Non-members rate will increase 24 hours before the event.

Event Schedule
6:00 – 6:30 pm | Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:30 pm | Graduation Presentation and Speakers
7:30 – 8:00 pm | Networking

Meet the Speakers

Craig Dykstra
Principal Partner Marketing Manager, Amazon AWS
Craig Dykstra is a passionate marketer with over a decade of experience in B2B and product marketing creating and executing impactful marketing strategies that drive growth, innovation, and customer satisfaction. 

Currently as Principal Partner Marketing Manager, Craig has driven $357M in marketing-sourced pipeline directly to and through Amazon AWS partners, produced over 50 pieces of content with XTechs, and recruited and developed a versatile and high-performing team. During his time with Amazon AWS, he orchestrated field-led and partner-led campaigns for ISV, SI, and consulting partners in various sectors, such as education, government, healthcare, and nonprofits.

Previously, Craig served as an outsourced marketing director for 20+ nonprofit and professional association organizations, where he developed and implemented 70+ integrated marketing campaigns that generated $1.47M in revenue. 

Craig holds a Master of Science in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University and certifications in design thinking, product management, and scrum. 

Dionne Joyner-Weems
Chief Energy Officer, Audacity Group
Dionne Joyner-Weems is an extraordinary global brand builder and CEO of Audacity Group LLC. She has garnered a reputation for her unparalleled energy and ability to turn challenges into solutions and moments into movements across industries.

Named The’s 2024 Baltimore Dream Maker Honoree and CLLCTIVLY’s 2023 Changemaker. Dionne Joyner-Weems is a governor-appointed member of the Maryland Marketing Partnership Board. The natural-born storyteller from the Westside of Baltimore, Maryland, is a woman of “firsts.” She has led the marketing strategy for several significant projects in Baltimore, including the creation of Baltimore’s first-ever Restaurant Week, the development of Baltimore’s first international Art, Music, and Innovation festival, Light City Baltimore, the formation of Baltimore’s first LGBTQA+ Marketing Campaign and Tourism Advisory, and the creation of #MyBmore – a nationally recognized community engagement movement which has become a symbol of civic pride in Baltimore – and more. 

Dionne recently published her new book, “That Part! What Some Know But Won’t Tell You About Motherhood”, which is her diary and declaration on the power of finding and using your voice.

Keisha Clarke-English
President, AMA Baltimore
Keisha Clarke-English has more than 20 years of proven leadership and strategic development skills to drive innovation and growth. Keisha Clarke-English holds a degree in marketing from Temple University, where she developed her passion for communications, advertising campaign development and strategic planning. She has implemented award-winning integrated marketing communications campaigns for BGE and also while working at local advertising agencies in Baltimore. Throughout her BGE career she has managed advertising campaign development and marketing strategy for several programs and initiatives across multiple communications platforms. Her past efforts in leading marketing communications for energy demand response and student energy safety initiatives have been recognized by the American Marketing Association, Chartwell Best Practices, Public Relations Society of America and Southeastern Electric Exchange and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Award. The IABC Gold Quill Awards are presented to companies from around the globe for their innovative communications campaigns.

Previously, Keisha was a senior manager of Utility Training where she led a team of  Senior Training Specialists and a Gas Training Manager responsible for developing, facilitating and supervising training programs for employees and contractors. Keisha is currently the Director of Project Management, Exelon Office of the CEO. She oversees the team responsible for all project management of Exelon’s Management Model – including revitalization, change management, implementation and tactical execution.


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