COEx | Austin

Creative Operations Exchange

September 23-25, 2020
Austin Marriott South | Austin, TX
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This event was rescheduled from the original dates of May 6-8

Be a part of the COEx community

and recharge your day-to-day

Network with industry peers, people who completely understand your work and struggles, and learn from the successes of others.

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Two Tracks

Back by popular demand: Fresh topics catered to senior project managers!

Last fall we introduced a new offering, a dedicated track addressing the specific challenges of creative project management. We’ll be bringing it back in 2020 with updated content for senior project managers and beyond. Our other track will continue the conversation in advanced creative operations with udpates that will include C-suite leaders and their perspective on creative ops. Take advantage of the learning options and bring more team members— heck, your whole department!

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A Day of Workshops

Maximize your experience at COEx by attending a workshop or two. Wednesday the 6th is an optional addition to the conference where you can dig deeper with your peers in a smaller setting than our main sessions. The main sessions will commence Thursday morning the 7th.

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The “Live Music Capital of the World”

This spring, our 4th Annual Creative Operations Exchange will be in Austin, Texas for the first time. Come for the conference and enjoy exploring the capital of Texas, known for its eclectic music scene and foodie culture.

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Key topics will include


Creative Operations Track:
  • A conversation among creative ops leaders’ most important stakeholders—find out what a CMO, CFO, COO, and Executive Creative Director expect of you and your department and how you can strengthen those relationships and your team’s effectiveness
  • Charge-back Model—Determining if a full or partial model is best for your department and lessons learned to ensure a seamless implementation. Plus! How to get buy-in to make the switch.
  • Using data to build a narrative—for budgeting, forecasting, resource allocation, planning, and building a business case to scale
Creative Project Management Track:
  • The pros and cons of different approaches to project management—agile, waterfall, scrum, Kanban, lean, and more—and finding which works best for your team
  • Elevating the role—moving from simply checking boxes in a project lifecycle to retooling processes and evaluating whether or not a check box is necessary
  • Bringing personality to project management and developing the soft skills to increase your effectiveness

Brands That Attend


Thoughts From Previous COEx Events


"Agenda was well thought out and I really struggled which track I wanted to spend time in as there was great content in both! Great networking opportunity for me and reinforcement that my team is on the right track."

Sheryl Gillette with Scoppechio

"The extensive focus on culture, clarity, relationships, and need to engrain feedback offered a bunch of learnings and areas of growth for our team."

Collin Samples with Nike

"As many said, it's good knowing your company/team is experiencing the same struggles. Loved being exposed to different techniques to discuss and implement later with stakeholders."

U’nae Sterling with Home Depot

"Great insight and advice from industry peers! It was so refreshing to feel like experienced pros were speaking directly to the issues that concern me. The presentations were relevant and varied enough to spark conversations and ideas."

Emily Pfeifer with Pearson

"It was very valuable to hear from some of the industry leading brands on how they operate. The diversity in backgrounds yet similarities in issues was very comforting. We're all struggling with the same issues."

Kelly Leggoe with Uber Eats

"Great to be in a large group of professionals who "get it" and already understand the specific nuances and nature of such a unique role. Extremely validating, especially for soft skills."

Sara Johnson, Freelance Consultant

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