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 - 5:00pm

ADCOLOR FUTURES Hackathon (Invite Only)

presented by Apple
5:00pm - 5:45pm

ADCOLOR FUTURES Hackathon Judging (Invite Only)

presented by Apple
6:00pm - 9:00pm

ADCOLOR FUTURES Orientation + Dinner (Invite Only)

The FUTURES Orientation not only kicks-off the ADCOLOR week but helps the new class of FUTURES make the best of their experience. A panel of FUTURES alumni share their stories and give advice on how to maximize this tremendous opportunity.
1:00pm - 1:50pm

ADCOLOR University (FUTURES Master Class)

powered by Upright Citizens Brigade
8:00am - 4:00pm

ADCOLOR Conference

presented by GSD&M and Omnicom Group
7:00pm - 9:00pm

ADCOLOR Opening Night Party

sponsored by Revolt TV
10:00am - 1:00pm


5:30pm - 6:30pm

The 10th Annual ADCOLOR Awards Red Carpet Reception

7:00pm - 9:30pm

The 10th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

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

The Official ADCOLOR After-Party

sponsored by APPLE MUSIC and BET Networks


Luvvie Ajayi

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

Luvvie Ajayi


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

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

Mailet Lopez

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

Mailet Lopez

CEO & Founder, IHadCancer Co-Founder,

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

Chloe C. Sledd

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

Chloe C. Sledd

Founder & CEO, VoiceLots

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

    Phillip Cheng, Assistant Broadcast Producer at Arnold Worldwide

    Toni Dawkins, Integrated Strategist at Grey, NYC

    Diamia Foster, Associate Media Planner and New Business Assistant at Identity Worldwide

    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

    EJ Stancil, Project Manager at DigitasLBi

    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, Advertising at Syracuse University

    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, Integrated Digital Production Intern at Deutsch NY

  • Marcus Graham Project

    Brittany Allen, Assistant Account Executive at WONGDOODY

    Marianne Bellorin, Product Development Strategist at Team Detroit

    Selena Davant, Creative Intern at Carol H. Williams Agency

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

  • The One Club

    Krystal Hawkins, Assistant Media Planner at GSD&M

    Juwan Wedderburn, Strategy Intern at WONGDOODY

    Andrea Windmeyer, Digital Designer at Unique Influence




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