ADCOLOR® TURNS 10

Celebrate a decade of different making a difference.

Join us from September 18-21 for the 10th Annual ADCOLOR Conference & Awards back where it all began in Boca Raton, FL.

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

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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WORDS FROM OUR PEOPLE

CONFERENCE

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 communications industries: advertising, marketing, media, technology, entertainment and public relations. 

AGENDA

ADCOLOR FUTURES Hackathon

ADCOLOR FUTURES Hackathon Judging

ADCOLOR FUTURES Speed Mentoring (Sponsor Mixer)

ADCOLOR FUTURES Orientation + Dinner

ADCOLOR University (FUTURES Master Classes)

ADCOLOR Conference

ADCOLOR Opening Night Reception

ADCOLOR Past, Present + FUTURES Brunch

ADCOLOR Red Carpet Reception

ADCOLOR Awards Show + Dinner

ADCOLOR Official After-Party

2015 SPEAKERS

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

Actor, NBC's "The Mysteries of Laura"

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

Head of Global Operations and Business Development, Facebook Creative Shop

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

Singer, songwriter and model

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

Co-founder, Cultivated Wit

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

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.

  • 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

  • The Rising Star

    Justin Adu, Creative Lead, Open Channels Group PR

  • The Change Agent

    Kat Gordon, Founder, 3% Conference

  • The Innovator Nominees

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

  • The Rockstar

    Ingrid Otero Smart, President/CEO, Casanova Pendrill

  • The MVP

    Johnson & Johnson Family Consumer of Companies + Target 10

  • The Ad of the Year

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

Following please find a list of the ADCOLOR 2015 Award Nominees.
  • 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

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