Aisha Tyler to Host the ADCOLOR Awards and

Jesse Williams to Receive the All-Star Award 


Join us from September 17-19 for the 11th Annual ADCOLOR Conference and Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.




ADCOLOR champions diversity and inclusion in creative industries. Our process is twofold. First, we help individuals and organizations RISE UP, letting their accomplishments and ideas shine. Then we teach these new leaders and would-be-mentors how to REACH BACK and find others who deserve to be noticed and promoted. Our goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who are here to support and celebrate one another.


The world is stagnant with sameness. That’s why we want people to stand out and be different. To go beyond labels and shine as individuals with unique perspectives and personalities. We want companies to recognize these different people not as quotas, but as assets, who bring new, fresh and brilliant ideas to every business.


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The ADCOLOR Conference is the premier diversity gathering for professionals at all levels. We are a one-day immersive event that convenes innovators, experts and thought leaders from multiple creative industries: advertising, marketing, media, entertainment, public relations and tech. Register here for the 11th Annual ADCOLOR Conference and Awards.


2017 agenda and details coming soon.


Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer and speaker who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and …

Luvvie Ajayi


Nuria Santamaría Wolfe leads Multicultural Audience Strategy for Twitter. She was named an ‘Advertising …

Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

Head of Multicultural Strategy, Twitter

Chanelle Hardy is an attorney and public policy expert dedicated to advancing policies that promote economic …

Chanelle Hardy

Strategic Outreach and Public Policy Partnerships, Google

Tai Beauchamp, an influencer, public speaker, media personality and entrepreneur, is known for engaging women …

Tai Beauchamp

ADCOLOR Conference Host

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated…

Kimberly Bryant

Founder and CEO Black Girls CODE

Kiva Wilson, Ed.M., serves as a Diversity Business Partner for Facebook’s Global Marketing Solutions …

Kiva Wilson

Diversity Business Partner for Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Co-Founder/CEO of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN)

Valeisha Butterfield Jones is …

Valeisha Butterfield Jones

Head of Black Community Engagement for Google

Julie Ann Crommett joined Google in December 2013 and is working to shift perceptions of computer science in …

Julie Ann Crommett

Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief, Google

Wilson Cruz continues his high profile career on television and in film. He has recently completed principal …

Wilson Cruz

CBS’ “Doubt”, 10th Annual ADCOLOR Awards Host

An eight-year veteran of the world of web video, Earnest Pettie served as the Sr. Editor of viral video …

Earnest Pettie

Brand & Diversity Curation Lead, Culture and Trends at YouTube

Brian Ellner is the GM for Corporate & Public Affairs at Edelman. Brian is a strategic counselor to CCOs, CMOs…

Brian Ellner

GM for Corporate & Public Affairs, Edelman

Will Jawando was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD by a loving family and a supportive community — …

Will Jawando

Senior Fellow, The Aspen Institute

Mailet Lopez is the CEO and founder of, a leading survivorship platform for survivors, fighters…

Mailet Lopez

CEO & Founder, IHadCancer Co-Founder,

Lisa Lee is the director of diversity and inclusion at Pandora and is a self-proclaimed diversity geek who …

Lisa Lee

Director, Diversity & Inclusion Pandora

Lucinda Martinez is senior vice president, Multicultural & International Marketing, responsible for all …

Lucinda Martinez

SVP, Multicultural & International Marketing, HBO, Inc.

Douglas Quenqua is a journalist with more than 15 years experience covering the advertising and marketing …

Douglas Quenqua

Editor-in-Chief, Campaign USA

Ripa is an internationally recognized subject matter expert on gender, global leadership and next generation …

Ripa Rashid

Executive Vice President Center for Talent

Nancy is the operational lead for the agency and principal liaison across all clients, including GoDaddy, …

Nancy Reyes

Managing Director TBWA\Chiat\Day New York

Imari leverages more than 15 years of experience in strategy, planning, systems thinking and media to design …

Imari Oliver

VP, Cultural Strategy, sparks & honey

Chloe earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Howard University School of Business Honors Program…

Chloe C. Sledd

Founder & CEO, VoiceLots

Glenn Singleton has devoted over thirty years to constructing racial equity worldwide and developing leaders …

Glenn Singleton

Founder and President, Pacific Educational Group

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i was named Executive Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS …

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i

EVP, Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Entertainment

Lauren Thomas Ewing is a seasoned people strategist and leadership coach with experience in creatively …

Lauren Thomas Ewing

Global Unbiasing Program Manager Google

Zeke Stokes joined GLAAD as Vice President of Programs in 2014. In that role, he leads GLAAD's advocacy work …

Zeke Stokes

Vice President of Programs, GLAAD

Michele Thornton is the SVP, Television Sales for BET’s sister network, Centric TV; which is part of the …

Michele Thornton

SVP, Television Sales, Centric TV

Terry is the Founder and CEO of sparks & honey—a new agency model that helps organizations bring the future …

Terry Young

Founder & CEO, sparks & honey


Each year, individuals and companies go above and beyond to make a difference in our industry. This is our night to celebrate their accomplishments and give them the recognition they've earned.

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Catalyst

    Anjula Acharia
    Trinity Ventures

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Lifetime Achievement Honorees

    Daisy Expósito-Ulla
    dexpósito & Partners, LLC

    Bill Imada
    Chairman & Chief Collaboration Officer
    IW Group, Inc.

    J. Melvin Muse
    Chairman & Chief Creative Officer
    MUSE, INC.

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Advocate

    Pamela Stewart
    Vice President, National Retail Sales
    The Coca-Cola Company

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Legends

    Christy Haubegger

    Lucinda Martinez
    SVP, Multicultural Marketing
    HBO, Inc.

  • 2016 ADCOLOR in Tech Honoree

    Tristan Walker
    Founder & CEO, Walker & Company
    Co-Founder & Chairman

  • 2016 ADCOLOR MVP

    TBWAChiat Day & MAL & Park Pictures

  • 2016 One Club ADCOLOR Creative Honorees

    Caprice Yu
    EVP, Executive Creative Director
    McCann New York

    Terence Reynolds
    Principal/Creative Director
    The Richards Group

  • Mr. ADCOLOR 2016

    Kevin Lee
    Client Services Manager

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Rising Star Honoree

    Babette Sullivan Puebla
    Senior Copywriter
    The Integer Group

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Change Agent Honoree

    John Seifert
    Worldwide CEO
    Ogilvy & Mather

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Innovator Honoree

    Stacey Hightower
    Chief Operating Officer of Group E
    DAS Group of Companies

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Rockstar Honoree

    Luvvie Ajayi
    Awesomely Luvvie

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Ad of the Year Honoree

    "How Do You See Me" - Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Coor Down

Following please find a list of the ADCOLOR 2016 Award Nominees.

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Rising Star Nominees

    Christopher Corales
    Associate Manager, Consumer Insights
    Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

    Babette Sullivan Puebla
    Senior Copywriter
    The Integer Group

    Haywood R. Watkins III
    Associate Creative Director
    Group SJR

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Change Agent Nominees

    Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i
    Executive Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Communications
    CBS Entertainment

    Kiran Chaudhri Lenz
    Associate Director of Operations Program Management

    John Seifert
    Worldwide CEO
    Ogilvy & Mather

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Innovator Nominees

    Stacey Hightower
    Chief Operating Officer of Group E
    DAS Group of Companies

    Sheila Marmon
    Founder & Ceo
    Mirror Digital

    Marion Dickson
    Global Head of YouTube Social & Influencer Marketing

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Rockstar Nominees

    Keith Clinkscales
    Chief Executive Officer
    REVOLT Media & TV

    Erika Bennett
    Vice President, African American Marketing
    Allied Moxy

    Luvvie Ajayi
    Awesomely Luvvie

  • 2016 ADCOLOR Ad of the Year Nominees

    "Greenlight A Vet" - Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Walmart

    "INSIDE OUT" - Walton Isaacson, Lexus

    "How Do You See Me" - Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Coor Down

    "Turn Ignorance Around" - Walton Isaacson, CHIRLA Action Fund

    "This is Wholesome" - Droga 5, Honeymaid

ADCOLOR FUTURES is a unique program that provides training, mentorship and empowerment to the

talent of tomorrow, today.

The program offers sponsorship to attend the ADCOLOR Conference & Awards, career training through ADCOLOR University, short and long term mentorship, as well as activities designed to inspire creativity and build camaraderie like the ADCOLOR Hackathon. 

  • 4 As MAIP

    Ramla Ali, Visual Design Apprentice at R/GA

    Michael Butts, Assistant Account Executive at McCann New York

    Phillip Cheng, Assistant Producer at Arnold Worldwide

    Toni Dawkins, Brand Strategist at Grey, NYC

    Diamia Foster, Associate Strategy at McCann New York

    Courtney Mccall Okoye, Designer at Plante Moran, Detroit

    Sade' Powell, Programming Manager at BET Networks

    Dzidzoli Quist, Manager, Digital Brand Activation & Media at Live Nation

    E.J. Stancil, Producer at R/GA

    Carlton Wilcoxson, Junoir Producer at McGarrahJessee

    William Yu, Senior Strategic Planner, TBWAChiatDay NY


    Mel Gray, Junior Creative Strategist at DigitasLBi

    Mylan Kimbrough, Strategy Associate at Starcom Mediavest Group

    Allison Slaughter, Account Executive at FCB Chicago

    Kamerin Chambers, Assistant Creative Services Project Manager at Guggenheim Partners


    Benigno Bacolores, Junior Planner at BBDO Worldwide

    Vanessa Charcas, Account Executive at Havas Life Metro

    Simone Jackson, Account Services Intern, Nike at Wieden + Kennedy

    Laura Linthicum, Copywriter at Arnold Worldwide

    Reema Rao, Brand Strategist at Leo Burnett

  • I'mPart - A program of the Advertising Club of New York

    Jessalin Lam, Relationship Manager at Hyper Island

  • Madison's Browne Fellowship

    Elvia Ortiz, Account Executive at BBDO

  • IAM - High School Innovation in Advertising & Marketing

    Jermaine Richards, Visual Artist Facilitator, Production at Wieden + Kennedy

  • Marcus Graham Project

    Brittany Allen, Brand Coordinator at 72andSunny

    Marianne Bellorin, Creative Strategist

    Selena Davant, Creative Intern at Carol H. Williams Agency

    Rayvon Shelton II, HR Liaison / Social Media Strategist at Broadview Park District

  • The One Club Boot Camp

    Krystal Hawkins, Assistant Media Planner at GSD&M

    Juwan Wedderburn, Junior Strategist at 72andSunny

    Andrea Windmeyer, Creative Strategist at Unique Influence





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