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Qianna Smith Bruneteau

Founder, Executive Director, American Influencer Council


Qianna Smith Bruneteau is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Influencer Council (AIC), a 501(c)6 not-for-profit membership trade association devoted exclusively to advocating for the educational and professional advancement of U.S.-based social media career creators. As a trade association, the AIC educates, inspires, and equips America’s current and future career creators for entrepreneurial success. Qianna serves on the AIC's Board of Directors. Under Qianna’s leadership and in less than a year, the AIC won ‘Best Industry Initiative’ at the 2021 Influencer Marketing Awards. She is an award-winning creative director, digital marketer, and influencer advocate. Some of her accolades include winning ‘Best Celebrity/Influencer Campaign on Snapchat’ at the 10th Annual Shorty Awards for a campaign she crafted and negotiated in partnership with Snapchat Spectacles. At the 3rd Annual Social Good Shorty Awards, Qianna won ‘Best Use of Live-Streaming Video’ and received Gold Distinction for ‘Best in Sports’ for work in collaboration with Chase.

During the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open, Qianna made history, brokering a deal and leading the execution between NASA and the U.S. Open for the first tennis match in space on the International Space Station. This out-of-the-world campaign earned her a Webby nomination for Best ‘Events & Live Streams’ at the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. In prior roles, Qianna built and shaped the strategic vision for the social media departments at the USTA/US Open and Saks Fifth Avenue, where she developed digital-first teams.

She judged the 7th Annual Shorty Impact Awards. Qianna also judged the 2023 and 2024 Digiday Future Leader Awards. Supporting next-gen leaders is at the core of the AIC mission and is something Qianna personally believes in as a mentor. A creator economy commentator, Qianna is the host of the podcast Creators with Influence. Through peer nominations, Talking Influence listed Qianna in the 'Top 50 Industry Players' of 2020 and 2021. #TalkingInfluence50 list recognizes "50 people in the influencer marketing space who have pushed the boundaries and made excellent moves within the industry." In November 2022, Talking Influence, brought to you by PerformanceIN, included Qianna in their inaugural ‘Top 30 US Pioneers in Influencer Marketing.’ In 2023, Business Insider included Qianna in their ’23 Top Creator Economy & Influencer Marketing Experts to Know.’

She holds a master's degree in Fashion Journalism from the London College of Fashion and graduated with distinction.

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