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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), the sole 501(c)6 not-for-profit membership trade association in the U.S., led by and for career creators. As a trade association, the AIC acts as the advocating voice for career creators and mobilizes to advance the business interests, copyrights, and legislative policies that impact influencer marketing professionals. Qianna serves on the AIC's Board of Directors. Under Qianna’s leadership and in less than a year established, 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. A creator economy commentator, Qianna is co-host of the podcast Creators with Influence. Through peer nominations, Talking Influence listed Qianna in the 'Top 50 Industry Players' of 2020 and 2021. She holds a master's degree in Fashion Journalism from the London College of Fashion and graduated with distinction.

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