Washington’s premier peer network for chief communication and marketing executives. 

Membership Application 

The board of the American Marketing Association’s DC chapter collaborated with Washington DC-area CMOs to develop the concept for this invitation-only executive group. Members of the CMO Leadership Circle are executive-level marketing leaders from the area’s leading corporations and nonprofits who share a desire to connect with peers in an environment of trust and confidentiality, and to enhance executive leadership skills through idea exchange and unique learning opportunities. This is an elite professional group created by and for chief marketing officers who want to connect and build relationships with their peers in an intimate setting where they won’t be besieged by vendors and job seekers.

The vision for the CMO Leadership Circle is to promote executive leadership in marketing and enable CMOs to:

  • Share diverse perspectives and build trusted relationships with their peers
  • Enhance their influence in the C-suite and business community
  • Solve common leadership, operational and organization challenges
  • Accelerate and demonstrate their marketing effectiveness

Your annual membership in the CMO Leadership Circle includes a series of exclusive CMO-only events that allow you to connect with peers – as well as nationally recognized C-suite executives – in venues located around the DC metro area. These events focus on:

Inspiration: CMO Leadership Circle members explore breakthrough thinking and its impact.

Efficacy: Members share innovative approaches to measurement and evaluation and demonstrating the value of marketing.

Leadership: Each CMO forum enables you to have a candid exchange with your peers about what it takes to drive business transformation, find and foster talent, advance within the C-suite and elevate your personal thought leadership profile.

Best Practice: We will invite nationally recognized CMOs to break bread with you, share insights and examine what it takes to drive customer engagement and secure market share.

The CMO Leadership Circle ensures you have a peer network you can rely upon as you adapt to ongoing change within and outside your organization.


The CMO Leadership Circle is a select group of communications and marketing executives seeking a community of peers and a safe haven of confidentiality and trust. Charter memberships are offered to only 40 executives from the DC metro area.

Membership is open to executives who are responsible for the full communications and marketing operation of a qualifying corporate/commercial or nonprofit organization. Members must hold one of the following titles (or the equivalent): Chief Communications/Marketing Officer, EVP/SVP/VP, Managing Director or Partner.

Qualifying organizations must have annual revenues or operating budgets of at least $15 million.

Charter members pay an annual fee of $1,295, due and payable at the beginning of their membership term. You can complete a membership application here.

All new and renewing CMO members receive a complimentary membership in AMADC and have full access to AMA resources and events.


Members of the CMO Leadership Circle are entitled to a number of distinct benefits:

  • Up to six exclusive CMO-only events, including drinks and dining
  • Private CMO-only receptions in conjunction with AMA signature events
  • Speaking opportunities at AMADC membership events
  • Access to AMA resources, discipline-specific white papers, research reports, etc.


The CMO Leadership Circle welcomes sponsors interested in fostering innovation and dialogue among members of the CMO community.  Interested sponsors should contact info@amadc.org.