Celebrate a decade of different making a difference.

Join us from September 18-21 for the 10th Annual ADCOLOR Conference & Awards in Boca Raton Resort & Club, FL.

How to get involved? Nominate, Register and Partner today!


Mission Statement

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.

What We Believe

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.


This year’s theme is: Challenge Now.


Culturally, politically, socially and economically, the world is changing. Conversations about our differences are happening globally with reactions ranging from openness to fear. There’s never been a better time to take action, to change the mind-sets of our friends, colleagues and leaders and to positively affect our future.


We cannot wait. We must Challenge Now. Challenge ourselves to recognize and overcome our own social bias. Challenge others to move away from legacy thinking. And challenge the status quo by taking action. Be bold. Speak up. 

Challenge Now.


8:00am - 4:00pm


presented by Apple
4:00pm - 5:00pm

ADCOLOR FUTURES Hackathon Presentations (All Registered Guests)

presented by Apple
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Welcome Champagne Reception (All Registered Guests)

presented by Hilton Worldwide
8:00am - 6:00pm


6:00pm - 9:00pm

ADCOLOR FUTURES Welcome & Orientation (FUTURES Only)

8:00am - 5:00pm

ADCOLOR Conference (All Registered Guests)

presented by GSD&M and Omnicom Group
9:30am - 12:00pm

Morning General Sessions

8:00am - 6:00pm


12:00pm - 1:00pm

Networking Lunch

presented by Bing
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Workshops

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Afternoon General Session

7:00pm - 9:00pm

ADCOLOR Opening Night Reception (All Registered Guests)

presented by Revolt TV
10:00am - 12:00pm

The ADCOLOR Honorees & Nominees Brunch (Honorees & Nominees Only)

presented by Twitter
5:30pm - 6:30pm

10th Annual ADCOLOR Awards Red Carpet Reception (All Registered Guests)

7:00pm - 9:30pm

10th Annual ADCOLOR Awards Gala (All Registered Guests)

presented by GSD&M and Omnicom Group  
10:00pm - 1:00am

The Official ADCOLOR After Party (All Registered Guests)

presented by BET Networks


Luvvie Ajayi

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

Luvvie Ajayi


Kimberly Bryant

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

Valeisha Butterfield Jones

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

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

Marion Dickson

As Head of YouTube Global Social Media & Influencer Marketing Marion manages one of the biggest brands on the …

Marion Dickson

Global Head of YouTube Social & Influencer Marketing

Brian Ellner

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

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

Lisa Lee

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

Mailet Lopez

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

Mailet Lopez

CEO & Founder, IHadCancer Co-Founder,

Lucinda Martinez

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

Lucinda Martinez

SVP, Multicultural & International Marketing, HBO, Inc.

Imari Oliver

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

Imari Oliver

VP, Cultural Strategy, sparks & honey

Douglas Quenqua

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

Douglas Quenqua

Editor-in-Chief, Campaign USA

Glenn Singleton

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

Glenn Singleton

Founder and President, Pacific Educational Group

Chloe C. Sledd

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

Chloe C. Sledd

Founder & CEO, VoiceLots

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’I

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i was appointed Senior Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications, CBS …

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’I

EVP, Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Corporation

Zeke Stokes

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

Lauren Thomas Ewing

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

Lauren Thomas Ewing

Global Unbiasing Program Manager Google

Michele Thornton

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 Young

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

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

    Kiran Chaudri 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

  • 4 As MAIP

    Ramla Ali, Visual Design Apprentice at R/GA

    Michael Butts, Assistant Account Executive at McCann New York

    Phillip Cheng, Assistant Broadcast Producer at Arnold Worldwide

    Toni Dawkins, Integrated Strategist at Grey, NYC

    Diamia Foster, Strategy Associate at McCann New York

    Courtney Mccall, Graphic Designer at Plante Moran, Detroit

    Sade' Powell, Programming Coordinator at BET Networks

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

    E.J. Stancil, Associate Producer at R/GA

    Carlton Wilcoxson, Account Coordinator at McGarrahJessee

    William Yu, Associate, Marketing Strategy & Analysis at SapientNitro


    Mel Gray, Junior Creative Strategist at DigitasLBi // Chicago, IL

    Mylan Kimbrough, Strategy Associate at StarcomMediavest Group

    Allison Slaughter, Assistant Account Executive at FCB Chicago

    Kamerin Chambers, Assistant Creative Services Project Manager at Guggenheim Partners


    Benigno Bacolores, Junior Planner at BBDO Worldwide

    Vanessa Charcas, Associate Account Executive at TwoxFour

    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, Interactive Production Intern at Wieden + Kennedy

  • Marcus Graham Project

    Brittany Allen, Brand Coordinator at 72andSunny

    Marianne Bellorin, Strategy Intern at Havas Worldwide

    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, Strategy Intern at 72andSunny

    Andrea Windmeyer, Digital Designer at Unique Influence





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