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Kathleen Riessen


Executive coach and strategic planning consultant for advertising

and marketing agencies

Kathleen is an executive coach and strategic planning consultant for advertising and marketing agencies. She has advised hundreds of companies over the last 20 years.

Kathleen served on the National American Advertising Federation Board amongst industry legends and was awarded the AAF Silver Medal Award. She is a former Certified Public Accountant and has run seven businesses over the last 15 years including an advertising agency for 10 years. S


he and her husband, Josh, own Farrell’s Martial Arts in Urbandale – the 2022 Urbandale Small Business of the Year. Kathleen runs a live radio show and podcast called “The Kathleen Riessen Show: Pushing the Boundaries of Leadership” and is a two-time author.


She is a certified Master Leader through Heartcore Leadership where she graduated top of her class, a mentor for Boston Breakthrough Academy’s Mastering Leadership Program and a Leadership Iowa graduate. Most importantly, Kathleen is mom to three boys – Caden, Noah and Andrew and two dogs. 

Our incredible speakers will share their knowledge with us over two days
so make sure to be here!

The 2023 AAF Central Region Conference will create a platform where everyone can connect, find a unique way to communicate, and celebrate together in what makes our industry great. In the end, we aspire to generate and elevate a positive perception of communication and storytelling to all attendees, while having a great time together.


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