ADCOLOR® 2015

IS COMING TO NEW YORK.

Join us for the 9th Annual ADCOLOR Industry Conference & Awards
Pier Sixty | September 16-19, 2015

THE 2015 INDUSTRY CONFERENCE

The ADCOLOR Industry Conference is the premier diversity gathering for professionals at all levels. This year’s ADCOLOR theme is MOVE. We are calling on people to act now, to do something, to make a difference. We want people to move away from old mindsets; to move out of their comfort zones and get comfortable with the uncomfortable. MOVE is a call to action. So, what will you do? How will you move?

Chelsea Piers

Join us at this iconic New York landmark.

62 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011

AGENDA

08:30a–09:30a

Networking Breakfast

Location: Current

09:30a–09:45a

Opening Remarks

Host:

  • Antonio Neves, Director of Higher Education, about.me

Location: Current

09:45a–10:30a

Cultural Moments That Moved America

2015 has been an incredible year of change, achievement and adversity. During this session, we will discuss some of the pivotal moments that changed the conversation and pointed us in a different, more inclusive direction. From the arrival of multicultural TV shows gaining huge viewership with general audiences, to the impact of Twitter to create awareness and conversations, to the transgender movement. Let’s kick this session off with a roundup of moments that arguably moved America and discuss the impact on society.

Moderator:

  • Alicia Menendez, Host of Come Here and Say That, Fusion

Speakers:

  • Brian Ellner, EVP & Group Head of Public Affairs, Edelman
  • Brandon Rochon, CCO, Kastner & Partners, LA
  • Bozoma Saint John, Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music & iTunes

Location: Current

10:30a–11:15a

#LoveWins & Brave Brands Do Too

From multicolored Jello to rainbow-powered Ubers, big brands came out in support of the marriage equality ruling. Learn how agencies and clients made great work happen, and how to prep, execute and continue to support a community based on a social movement.

Moderator:

  • Jill M. Kelly, Chief Communications Officer, DigitasLBi

Speakers:

  • Zeke Stokes,Vice President of Programs, GLAAD
  • Atit Shah, EVP, Executive Creative Director, DigitasLBi
  • Brendan Bosch, Senior Brand Manager, Maytag Brand, Whirlpool Corporation

Location: Current

11:15a–11:30a

Networking Break

Location: Current

11:30a–12:15a

The Future of Fashion: Where Are We Headed?

We are witnessing the boundaries of fashion being pushed, with the addition of new faces and voices that may not fit the mold of “traditional models,” which are becoming a reflection of a diverse global reality. We invite this panel to discuss the past, the present and the future of fashion.

Moderator:

  • Julee Wilson, Senior Fashion Editor, The Huffington Post

Speakers:

  • Elaine Welteroth, Beauty & Health Director, Teen Vogue
  • Bethann Hardison, Fashion & Diversity Activist
  • Felita Harris, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Donna Karan Collection

Location: Current

12:15p–01:30p

Networking Lunch

Location: Olympic @ Pier Sixty

01:35p–02:30p

Me, Myself and the Media

Breakout Session 1A

From Blackish, Jane the Virgin and Fresh Off the –Boat, 2015 has witnessed a major increase in multicultural talent on television. What made this happen, who was responsible and how can we make it happen more consistently? This panel discusses the way media decisions are made and how content creators, advertisers and fans can impact the images we see on screens – big and small.

Moderator:

  • Michaela Angela Davis, Editorial Brand Director, Centric/BET Networks

Speakers:

  • Michele Thornton, SVP, Centric/BET Networks
  • Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i, SVP Entertainment Diversity & Communications, CBS Entertainment
  • Derrick Cameron, Artistic Director, Ghetto Film School

Location: Aqua East @ Pier Sixty

01:35p-02:30p

Unconscious Bias: Interactive Workshop

Breakout Session 1B

We live in a complicated, information-rich world that requires us to make a lot of decisions, often quickly. We make a surprising number of these decisions entirely unconsciously. While that saves us time, it also leads us astray when stereotypes about who people are, and what they are good at, enter into the cognitive equation. At work, this can inadvertently cause us to limit others' opportunities, overlook their contributions, or create a non-inclusive work environment for them. The good news is we can change that! This workshop will help you uncover and understand biases you may not know you have, and teaches you how to work through them so you can move toward becoming a better employee, advocate and individual.

Instructor:

  • Brian Welle, Director, People Analytics, Google

Location: Aqua West @ Pier Sixty

02:45p–03:40p

The New Order Begins With Multicultural

Breakout Session 2A

Great talent leads to great work. This year we have witnessed multicultural agencies creating work that is reaching general audiences in a way that is culturally relevant and inclusive to all of America. Since their inception, multicultural agencies have been at the forefront of developing and nurturing talent that lives in a blended world. How will these agencies continue to recruit, develop and promote this talent? How are agencies poised to rise to the top of the industry and evolve as "industry players" while featuring some of the best talent who create the best work? These agency leaders have developed a way to democratize creative talent and their business focus. It is no longer black and white and has shifted what it means to be a multicultural agency. In this exciting panel, we will hear from agency leaders as we redefine multicultural work, talent and business, and t the broader implications and impact of multiculturalism on an industry.

Moderator:

  • Marc Strachan, VP, Premise Strategy & Multicultural Marketing USA, Diageo-North America

Speakers:

  • Greg Knipp, CEO, Dieste, Inc.
  • Danielle Austen, Managing Partner & CEO, fluent360
  • Patricia Chuipek, President, OMD Midwest, OMD Multicultural
  • Juan Mantilla, SVP, Cultural Insight, LatinWorks

Location: Aqua East @ Pier Sixty

02:45p-03:40p

Hollywood And Tech: The Diversity Connection You Didn’t See

Breakout Session 2B

Do tech characters on TV and in film affect tech careers in real life? Explore the way pop culture impacts the pipeline for diverse talent and how one surprising solution can actually help move the needle in the industry.

Presenters:

  • Julie Ann Crommett, Program Manager, Computer Science Edu in Media, Google
  • Greg Durkin, SVP Marketing Analytics, Warner Bros. Pictures

Location: Aqua West @ Pier Sixty

02:45p-03:40p

Designing the Workforce of 2030

Breakout Session 2C

Learning to work with the millennial workforce is the topic we hear a lot of lately. This, along with other cultural signals on the horizon, indicate a major shift in the workforce of tomorrow. There is the rise of the freelance economy, a more mobile and digitally sophisticated generation with a BYOD (bring your own device) attitude and a more diverse workforce. During this panel, we will explore the trends and what businesses will need to do to confront this new reality.

Moderator:

  • Singleton Beato, EVP, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Talent Development, 4As

Speakers:

  • Janet VanHuysse, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Twitter
  • Heide Gardner, SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Interpublic Group

Location: Olympic @ Pier Sixty

03:40p–03:55p

Networking Break

Location: Current

03:55p–04:35p

Anatomy of a Diversity Movement

Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” While it sounds like a big task, these panelists have demonstrated, with commitment, passion and drive, that anything is possible. Hear from an amazing panel of individuals who took those small steps and transformed them into a movement that continues to make a difference in diversity and inclusion in their industries. Learn how they started a movement.

Moderator:

  • Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, ColorofChange

Speakers:

  • Tiffany R. Warren, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group, and Founder & President, ADCOLOR, Inc.
  • Kat Gordon, Founder/CEO, The 3% Conference
  • Lauren Wesley Wilson, President, ColorComm, Inc.
  • Robert Hickey, President & Co-Founder, Out Professionals in Advertising and Marketing

Location: Current

04:40p–04:55p

Closing Keynote

Stephen Kim, Global Vice President, Marketing, AOL

Location: Current

04:55p–05:00p

Closing Remarks

Tiffany R. Warren, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group, and Founder & President, ADCOLOR, Inc.

Location: Current

05:00p–07:00p

The ADCOLOR Industry Conference & Awards Opening Night Reception

Location: Current
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The 2015 ADCOLOR FUTURES Brunch presented by Facebook (Invite Only)

5:30pm-6:30pm

The ADCOLOR Awards Red Carpet Reception

7:00pm-9:30pm

The 9th Annual ADCOLOR Awards presented by GSD&M & Omnicom Group

9:30pm-12:00am

The Official ADCOLOR Awards After-Party presented by Apple Music, BET Networks & DIAGEO | Music provided by MC Lyte

9:00am–3:00pm

The 2015 FUTURES Case Study Workshop presented by Apple (Invite Only)

4:00pm–5:00pm

The 2015 FUTURES Case Study Competition presented by Apple and hosted by TBWA\ (Invite Only)

5:00pm–5:45pm

The 2015 FUTURES Case Study Judging presented by Apple (Invite Only)

6:30pm–8:30pm

The ADCOLOR FUTURES Sponsor Mixer sponsored by Google (Invite Only)

6:00pm–8:00pm

The 2015 ADCOLOR FUTURES Orientation + Dinner presented by Bing (Invite Only)

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9th ANNUAL ADCOLOR INDUSTRY CONFERENCE AND AWARDS

Pier Sixty | Chelsea Piers in New York | September 16-19, 2015

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AWARDS

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. Read the press release below and see the full ADCOLOR Class of 2015.

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  • The Catalyst Honorees

    MC Lyte, legendary lyricist, DJ, actress, entertainer and icon

    Maurice Marable, Founder and Creative Director, Brim+Brew

  • The Advocate Honoree

    Brian Ellner, Executive Vice President and Group Head for Public Affairs, Edelman

  • The Legend Honorees

    Pam El, Chief Marketing Officer, NBA

    Luis Miguel Messianu, President and Chief Creative Officer, Alma DDB

  • The Lifetime Achievement Honorees

    Catherine L. Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Radio One, Inc. (2015 AAF Advertising Hall of Fame Inductee)

    Bethann Hardison – Model, Founder of Bethann Management Co. Inc., Producer & Fashion Advocate

  • The One Club | ADCOLOR Creative Honorees

    Alberto Ponte, Global Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy

    Vann Graves, President/Chief Creative Officer, Fancy Rhino

  • Mr. ADCOLOR 2015

    Andy Deaza, Art Director, Spike DDB

Following please find a list of the ADCOLOR 2015 Award Nominees. One finalist will be chosen from each category and will be announced as an honoree on September 19, 2015, at the ADCOLOR Awards:
  • The Rising Star Nominees

    Justin Adu, Creative Lead, Open Channels Group PR

    LaTanya Ware, Business Affairs Manager, 72andSunny

    Haywood Watkins III, Fellow, WPP Group

  • The Change Agent Nominees

    Will Chau, Creative Director/Art Director, GSD&M and Founder, The Austin Creative Department

    Kat Gordon, Founder, 3% Conference

    Brandon Rochon, Managing Chief Creative Officer, Kastner & Partners

    Wells Davis, EVP Strategy Director, Leo Burnett Advertising

  • The Innovator Nominees

    Julie Ann Crommett, CS Education in Media Program Manager, Google

    Jerome Austria, EVP, Digital Executive Creative Director, Deutsch, Inc. LA

    Stephanie Rance, Digital Marketing, Social Media and PR Manager, Family Dollar

  • The Rockstar Nominees

    Luvvie Ajayi, Owner, AwesomelyLuvvie

    Ingrid Otero Smart, President/CEO, Casanova Pendrill

    Brandon Rochon, Managing Chief Creative Officer, Kastner & Partners

  • The MVP Nominees

    Johnson & Johnson Family Consumer of Companies + Target 10

    University of Phoenix + One Solution

  • The Ad of the Year Nominees

    TITLE: "Emily’s Oz" | CLIENT: Comcast | AGENCY: Goodby

    TITLE: "Eugina & Corinna" | CLIENT: Hallmark | AGENCY: Leo Burnett

    TITLE: “Love Has No Labels” | CLIENT: The Ad Council | AGENCY: R/GA

    TITLE: "#ProudTo Play" | CLIENT: YouTube | AGENCY: 72andSunny

    TITLE: "The Walk" | CLIENT: Pedigree | AGENCY: BBDO

  • 4As MAIP

    Andrea Rivera, Associate Art Director, DigitasLBi (San Fran)

    Janet Rodriguez - Media Associate, Starcom Mediavest Group

    Stephanie Cruz – Assistant Account Executive, BBDO NY

    Shawn Gadley - Junior Copywriter, CommongroundMGS

    Amy Lai - Creative Fellow of The Year

    Jake Quintanilla - Fellow of The Year

  • AAF MAFA

    Ebony Francis – 2015 Graduate of University of Missouri (Former Account Executive, MojoAd)

    Brittany Applegate - Account Executive, Upshot Agency

    Nancy Maya - User Experience Designer, Connelly Partners

    Joi Weathers – Associate Producer, CommongroundMGS

  • AAF MPMS

    Rebekah Andrews – Senior SEM Analyst, TMP Worldwide

    Brittany Johnson – 2015 Graduate of Florida University (Former Media Planning/Buying Intern, DigitasLBi)

    Marquis Mahoney – 2015 Graduate of Howard University (Former Strategy & Analytics Intern, DigitasLBi)

    Evan Miguel - Project Manager, UMSL Digital Lab

  • I’mPart – A program of the Advertising Club of New York

    Christina Negron - Client Solutions Manager Intern, Facebook

    Alexis Toney - Social Media Planner, Neo@Ogilvy

  • The LAGRANT Foundation

    Liane Membis - Marketing Specialist, RED Commerce

    Yi-Chin (Annie) Chang – Junior at the University of Texas at Austin, Graphic Designer, Multicultural Engagement Center

    Sulin Phat – Junior at Augsburg College, PR Officer for the Augsburg Asian Student Association

    Valerie Regis – 2015 Graduate of Florida University, Program Assistant for FIU

  • Marcus Graham Project

    Matt Augustin - Account Executive of Social Content, DigitasLBi

    Jewell Donaldson – 2015 Graduate of Columbia College (Former copywriter, MGP/ iCr8 bootcamp)

  • The One Club

    Jerry Louis - Junior Copywriter, Y&R

    Dorado Quick – Copywriter, Barkley

    Kayla Robinson - Creative Resident - Art Director, BBDO NY

  • PromaxBDA

    George Hernandez – Senior at Santa Monica College (Former Post Production Coordinator), FX Networks

    Breeahna Britt - Original Programming Intern, BET Networks

    Kareem Taylor - Production Intern, Troika

  • Ghetto Film School

    Christopher Butler - Creative/Writer, Digital-Bodega

  • MAT Program

    Emmanuela Ebunilo - Account Coordinator, Russ Reid Company

SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS

Danielle Austen

Managing Partner and CEO, fluent360 Danielle is a founder of fluent360, a full-service agency with a …

Danielle Austen

Managing Partner and CEO, fluent360

Laz Alonso

Alonso is currently starring in NBC's "The Mysteries of Laura".

Laz Alonso

Presenter, 9th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

Singleton Beato

EVP, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Talent Development 4A's Singleton Beato is responsible for …

Singleton Beato

EVP, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Talent Development 4A's

Brendan Bosch

Senior Brand Manager, Maytag Brand, Whirlpool Corporation Brendan Bosch joined Whirlpool Corporation in …

Brendan Bosch

Senior Brand Manager, Maytag Brand, Whirlpool Corporation

Derrick Cameron

Artistic Director, Ghetto Film School Derrick Cameron is a native of Chicago, IL. He holds a BA in History …

Derrick Cameron

Artistic Director, Ghetto Film School

Trish Chuipek

President, OMD Midwest,OMD Multicultural Trish’s breadth of experience from sales and brand management to…

Trish Chuipek

President, OMD Midwest, OMD Multicultural

Julie Ann Crommett

Program Manager, CS Education in Media, Google Julie Ann Crommett joined Google in December 2013 and is …

Julie Ann Crommett

Program Manager, CS Education in Media, Google

Greg Durkin

SVP Marketing Analytics, Warner Bros. Pictures As the Senior Vice President of Marketing Analytics, Greg …

Greg Durkin

SVP Marketing Analytics, Warner Bros. Pictures

Brian Ellner

Executive Vice President, Group Head Corporate & Public Affairs, Edelman Brian Ellner is the EVP, …

Brian Ellner

Executive Vice President, Group Head Corporate & Public Affairs, Edelman

Heide Gardner

SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Interpublic Group Heide Gardner is the first woman of color …

Heide Gardner

SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Interpublic Group

Kat Gordon

Founder/CEO, The 3% Conference Kat Gordon has been called the “triple threat” of an entrepreneur, ad …

Kat Gordon

Founder/CEO, The 3% Conference

Bethann Hardison

Bethann Hardison, founder of the modeling and management agency that bears her name, has long …

Bethann Hardison

Model, Founder of Bethann Management Co. Inc., Producer & Fashion Advocate

Felita Harris

Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Donna Karan Collection FELITA HARRIS is the SVP Global Sales for …

Felita Harris

Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Donna Karan Collection

Robert Hickey

President and Co-Founder of Out Professionals in Advertising and Media Bobby Hickey is the President and Co…

Robert Hickey

President and Co-Founder of Out Professionals in Advertising and Media

Janet Van Huysse

Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Twitter As head of diversity and inclusion, Janet focuses on …

Janet Van Huysse

Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Twitter

Jill M. Kelly

Chief Communications Officer, DigitasLBi  

Jill M. Kelly

Chief Communications Officer, DigitasLBi

Stephen Kim

Stephen Kim, Global Vice President, Marketing, AOL Stephen Kim is a lifelong advocate and storyteller, most…

Stephen Kim

Stephen Kim, Global Vice President, Marketing, AOL

Greg Knipp

CEO, Dieste, Inc. Greg Knipp has an accomplished career in advertising, having worked with both agencies …

Greg Knipp

CEO, Dieste, Inc.

Juan Mantilla

SVP, Cultural Insight, LatinWorks Juan is SVP of Cultural Insight at LatinWorks: an award winning, 150-…

Juan Mantilla

SVP, Cultural Insight, LatinWorks

Jay Manuel

A beauty and fashion expert who began his career as a makeup artist, his unique vision, expertise and …

Jay Manuel

Presenter, 9th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

Alicia Menendez

Anchor, FUSION Alicia Menendez is the host of FUSION’s Come Here and Say That, a spirited take on news, …

Alicia Menendez

Anchor, FUSION

Janet Mock

NY Times Best Selling Author of "Redefining Realness" and the host of MSNBC's "So POPular!" Janet Mock is …

Janet Mock

Host of MSNBC's "So POPular!"

Antonio Neves

Antonio Neves, Director of Higher Education - about.me Antonio Neves is a nationally recognized millennial …

Antonio Neves

Antonio Neves, Director of Higher Education - about.me

Katie Puris

Katie Puris is Head of Global Operations and Business Development at Facebook’s Creative Shop. Katie …

Katie Puris

Presenter, 9th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

Rashad Robinson

Executive Director, ColorofChange Rashad Robinson is Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, the nation’…

Rashad Robinson

Executive Director, ColorofChange

Brandon Rochon

Chief Creative Officer, Kastner & Partners LA Brandon has spent his career trying to find interesting …

Brandon Rochon

Chief Creative Officer, Kastner & Partners LA

Bozoma Saint John

Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes With experiences that span multiple industries…

Bozoma Saint John

Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes

Atit Shah

EVP, Executive Creative Director, DigitasLBi Atit Shah has been dreaming up content-fueled transformative …

Atit Shah

EVP, Executive Creative Director, DigitasLBi

Justine Skye

Singer, songwriter and model.

Justine Skye

Presenter, 9th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i

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

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i

SVP, Entertainment Diversity & Communications, CBS

Zeke Stokes

Vice President of Programs, GLAAD Zeke Stokes joined GLAAD as Vice President of Programs in 2014. In that …

Zeke Stokes

Vice President of Programs, GLAAD

Marc Stephenson Strachan

VP, On Premise Strategy & Multicultural Marketing USA, Diageo-North America Marc Stephenson Strachan …

Marc Stephenson Strachan

VP, On Premise Strategy & Multicultural Marketing USA, Diageo-North America

Michele Thornton

Senior Vice President, Centric Michele joined Centric, a Viacom-BET Network Company, in July of 2012. Prior…

Michele Thornton

Senior Vice President, Centric

Baratunde Thurston

Thurston is a New York Times Bestselling Author, Comedian, Co-founder of the comedy collective Cultivated Wit …

Baratunde Thurston

Presenter, 9th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

Aisha Tyler

Actor, comedian, director, author and activist and co-host of CBS’ Emmy-winning, “The Talk" Aisha Tyler…

Aisha Tyler

Co-host, Emmy-winning, “The Talk"

Tiffany R. Warren

SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group and Founder & President of ADCOLOR, Inc. Tiffany leads …

Tiffany R. Warren

SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group and Founder & President of ADCOLOR, Inc.

Brian Welle

Director, People Analytics, Google In his decade at Google, Brian Welle and his team of social scientists …

Brian Welle

Director, People Analytics, Google

Elaine Welteroth

Elaine Welteroth, Beauty & Health Director, Teen Vogue  

Elaine Welteroth

Elaine Welteroth, Beauty & Health Director, Teen Vogue

Lauren Wesley Wilson

President and Chief Networking Officer, ColorComm, Inc. Lauren Wesley Wilson currently serves as the …

Lauren Wesley Wilson

President & Chief Networking Officer, ColorComm, Inc.

Julee Wilson

Julee Wilson, Senior Fashion Editor, The Huffington Post Julee Wilson is a seasoned fashion and beauty …

Julee Wilson

Julee Wilson, Senior Fashion Editor, The Huffington Post

WORDS FROM OUR PEOPLE

WHO WE ARE

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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