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President & Founder

Senior VP, Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom Group

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CHAIRMAN

Chairman, Board of Directors at ADCOLOR

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TREASURER

Chief Operating Officer at The American Advertising Federation

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SECRETARY

Associate General Counsel - Corporate at Omnicom Group

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GOVERNANCE CHAIR

Chief Diversity Officer at TBWA Worldwide, North America

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DEVELOPMENT CHAIR

EVP, Business Development at Endeavor Global Marketing

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Executive Vice President at Energy BBDO

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President & CEO at The ADVERTISING Club of New York

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Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer at Hearst Magazines

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President at Deutsch, LA

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VP Global Business Marketing & Chief Creative Officer at Facebook

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Executive Director of Talent Strategy at MSLGROUP

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SVP, Human Resources at BBDO, New York

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Chief Operating Officer at Droga5

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Chief Talent Officer/Partner at 72andSunny

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Associate Director for Communication at Princeton University

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President & Founder

Tiffany R. Warren

Omnicom Group

Tiffany R. Warren is Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group. She oversees a team focused on Omnicom-wide change efforts for the advancement and retention of top performing talent inclusive of women, people of color and LGBT’s in an inclusive work culture.

Recognized as a leader in the field of diversity, Tiffany is a talent strategist with 19+ years of championing diverse professionals in the advertising industry. In 2005, she founded ADCOLOR, which has launched the ADCOLOR Industry Conference, ADCOLOR Awards and ADCOLOR University. As President of ADCOLOR, she is deeply involved in the direction the industry is taking around diversity.
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CHAIRMAN

Marc Stephenson Strachan

ADCOLOR

Always thinking forward, and looking for new ideas, Marc Stephenson Strachan brings significant credentials to Diageo. Marc is currently responsible for the development of three-tier initiatives, which drive local market commercial, marketing and corporate relations programming. Marc also provides executive leadership and guidance to the national diaspora of constituents that have an interest in the Beverage Alcohol industry. Marc has led positions as North America Vice President of On Premise Strategy and Multicultural Marketing, Director of Brand Marketing for Ciroc Vodka, and Tanqueray Gin, overseeing the USA marketing and strategic initiatives for the Brands. Marc's career combines over thirty years of agency and client management experience on a variety of levels. Marc began his career on Madison Avenue as a MAIP Intern at Compton Advertising (now Saatchi). His career has seen stints at NW Ayer, the Mingo Group, Leo Burnett (where he co-founded Vigilante), and BBDO. His focus on strategic, niche marketing and targeted program development is one of the keys to  his career accomplishments. Marc is the Chair of the Board of ADCOLOR, Inc. He also serves on the Board of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Development committee, the Board of Directors of the Association of National Advertisers, and the Board of Trustees of Adelphi University. A recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades, Marc is a proud native of Brooklyn, New York. Marc and his family current reside in Manhattan, New York.
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TREASURER

Constance Cannon Frazier

The American Advertising Federation

Constance Cannon Frazier joined the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in January of 2004 as the senior vice president, AAF Mosaic Center and AAF education services. She was promoted to executive vice president after one year of service to the organization. In October of 2007, Frazier became the AAF’s executive vice president of corporate programs and marketing and as of August of 2010, Frazier is AAF’s chief operating officer.

As COO, Frazier manages the AAF’s day-to-day operations (financial and human resources), implements programs and systems to advance the organization’s effectiveness, and executes the Strategic Plan developed by the CEO. She also assists the CEO with the retention and development of corporate, professional and college chapter membership and continues to lead the Mosaic Center and AAF’s efforts to create a more inclusive advertising industry.

Since joining the AAF in 2004, Frazier’s accomplishments include increasing corporate support of diversity programs, doubling the number of participants and financial support for the Most Promising Minority Students Program, launching the AAF Mosaic Career & Vendor Fairs and creating the first-ever AAF student conference.

Frazier achieved national recognition as an advertising educator during the twelve years, she taught at Howard University in Washington, DC. While at Howard she also coordinated the advertising sequence and created the University’s multicultural high school advertising summer workshop. Her students were also the first students from an HBCU to participate in the AAF’s National Student Advertising Competition. She has extensive professional experience in the advertising industry through previous positions and consulting. Frazier also served with distinction on the AAF Board of Directors as the chair of the AAF National Academic Committee.

She has been recognized with numerous awards from corporations and academia, including the Howard University School of Communications Legacy Alumni Award; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Get Engaged Project Award; ADCOLOR Unsung Hero Award, and the Gerald Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication,. She is also the only educator to receive the AAF District 2 Diversity Achievement Award in Education.

Currently she sits on the ADCOLOR Board of which she is a founding member. She is a former member of the Howard University School of Communications Board of Visitors, the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications Partnership Board and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Howard University.
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SECRETARY

Eric Cleary

Omnicom Group

As Associate General Counsel - Corporate for Omnicom, Eric is responsible for multiple aspects of Omnicom's legal function with a primary focus on corporate governance matters. Eric has been at Omnicom for more than ten years, and prior to that he spent five years with the law firm Dewey Ballantine where he was an Associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Eric serves on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee of AdColor, an organization dedicated to championing inclusion and diversity within the creative industries. Throughout his career, Eric has been involved with various pro bono projects such as LGBT asylum and housing advocacy for public housing tenants. Eric received a BA from Columbia University and a law degree from Fordham University where he was an Editor of the Law Review. Eric lives in Manhattan's West Village, and is always researching the next city to explore.
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GOVERNANCE CHAIR

Doug Melville

TBWA Worldwide, North America

Doug leads the D&I efforts across the US TBWA offices. Since assuming the role in 2012, TBWA has spent >$150mm with Multicultural + Women owned creative businesses, increased workforce diversity efforts, and created a cultural commitment to more inclusion. He’s presented 3 TEDx talks on the topic.

Prior to TBWA, Doug was Founder/CEO of the e-commerce company RedCarpets.com. Previously, Doug worked alongside Earvin “Magic” Johnson as President of his ad agency, and VP of his biz dev/marketing team.

In his past lives Doug was a competitive cheerleader at his alma mater SyracuseU., drove the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile across 48 states, and was a tour manager on the Britney Spears “hit me baby....one more time tour”.
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DEVELOPMENT CHAIR

Michele Thornton Ghee

Endeavor Global Marketing

Having managed over a billion dollars in revenue for some of the biggest media companies in the world, Michele Thornton Ghee currently serves as the EVP of Business Development for Endeavor Global Marketing, part of the Endeavor network which includes talent agency WME, fashion and sports pioneer IMG, UFC, among others. Michele and her team work to help brands better leverage cultural relevance of the world around them while creating programs that connect to consumers while delivering measurable brand and business value. Previously she was SVP of Media Sales for BET Her (formerly Centric TV), a 24-hour African American lifestyle network designed for Black Women. There she oversaw the vision and execution of all sales functions for the network. She was instrumental in the rebranding of Centric as ‘The First Network Designed for Black Women’ and then again into BET Her. Ghee has worked for CNN, A&E, The History Channel and The Weather Channel. She began her career at SBC Communications in Oakland, California. Over a 20-year career she has honed her skills in the following areas: leadership, culture, strategy, revenue generation, and relationship building. Ghee has received honors from numerous organizations including; Multichannel News 2019 Wonder Woman, Working Mother of the Year Award Class of 2018, The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award and The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award. Ghee has authored two books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women and Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose. After losing her dad to cancer in 1997, Ghee decided to go back to school and received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University at the age of 30. In May 2017, she was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater. She resides in New Jersey and is a proud wife of Antony Ghee and mother of Taylor and Jordan Ghee.
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Carla Eboli

Energy BBDO

Carla Eboli is a seasoned communications professional with practice in Latina America and US. With over 20 years of experience in communication, Carla has a strong knowledge of Public Relations, Advertising and Social Media. She joined the Dieste family in 2008 as Chief Marketing Officer, and since then has been working to promote the agency’s growth and helping Dieste stay top-of-mind among the media and key opinion leaders.

Prior to Dieste, Carla worked as the Director of Healthcare at Ketchum Brazil, maintaining a close working relationship with clients in Latin America, Europe and North America. She was also part of Ketchum’s Board of Directors and the Crisis Management Group, and served as Coordinator of Media Training for CEOs and directors.

Carla graduated in Journalism and was part of the Presidential Media Committee in Brasilia, where she covered well-known government, entrepreneurs and businessmen as a special reporter for media vehicles. She then worked for the Culture State Department in Brazil, where she implemented the communications platform and led its public relations services. She continued to serve as Communications’ Consultant for the United Nations, managing the communication team of one of the largest NGOs in Brazil, Alfabetização Solidária.
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Gina Grillo

The ADVERTISING Club of New York

As President & CEO of The ADVERTISING Club of New York, the industry’s premiere forum for exchanging ideas, recognizing creative excellence, innovation, cultivating talent and promoting inclusion, Gina Grillo is the champion of the industry. She leads The AD Club team and over 5,000 members with access to a network of thought leaders; the fuel for creativity; progress toward greater diversity and inclusion; and the best training for professional development.

In her 20+ years at The AD Club, Gina has transformed the Club into the voice of the modern ad industry which, in turn, shaped the conversation around diversity of thought, start-up innovation, support of Young Professionals, cultivated the importance of bravery in advertising, and has become a platform to the entire advertising, marketing and media community in New York. The Club, now in its 120th, year remains a reliable and trusted source for thought leadership, giving back to serve the community and fostering young and diverse talent.

Through i'mPART, the Club’s diversity initiative that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of diversity in business and the importance of increasing and retaining a diverse workforce, The AD Club has made a $2 million investment in the nation’s leading diversity programs thus far.

Gina is a force to be reckoned with – she oversees the International ANDY Awards and is on the NYC Virtual Enterprise Advisory Board. She is a Founding Member of the ADCOLOR Industry Coalition and serves on their Board of Directors, she is also a member of Advertising Week’s Board of Directors, both of which focuses on strengthening the industry and advocates diversity retention and driving business forward for the entire advertising and marketing industries.

Gina also works closely with the prestigious industry leaders who comprise The AD Club’s Board of Directors to support the Club’s mission to move the advertising industry forward. Prior to joining The AD Club, Grillo held positions at Young & Rubicam and MTV Networks. A St. John’s University graduate and native New Yorker, she resides here with her husband and three children.
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Keesha Jean-Baptiste

Hearst Magazines

Keesha Jean-Baptiste is senior vice president, chief talent officer for Hearst Magazines.

Before joining Hearst, she was senior vice president of talent, engagement and inclusion at the 4A’s. While there, she represented talent issues impacting the industry and oversaw the 4A’s Foundation.

Keesha spent six years at Wieden+Kennedy Portland as director of talent and HR, while there she led a strategic refocus of the HR function. Prior she held various senior-level HR roles at Digitas. She started her career in marketing at Wunderman.

Jean-Baptiste is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a Master’s Degree from Emerson College.
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Kim Getty

Deutsch, LA

As President of Deutsch Los Angeles, Kim leads a world-class team of entrepreneurial thinkers who roll up their sleeves to help businesses grow. Since joining Deutsch in 2003, Kim has been instrumental in building the agency into what Fast Company has recognized as one of the most innovative creative shops in advertising. During her tenure at Deutsch, she has driven the development of new practice areas for the agency, including experiential marketing, music and PR and has led the LA office to some of its greatest wins in nearly 20 years. She’s spearheaded breakthrough campaigns for Deutsch’s roster of clients including Volkswagen, Target, Taco Bell, DPSG, 7-Eleven, among others and has been a key player in landing the agency on Ad Age’s Agency A-List numerous times.

Kim is an advocate for inclusion and diversity in the marketing industry and has spoken at leading conferences such as Cannes and Advertising Week on the role advertising plays in gender equality. She’s been a force at driving the conversation on media’s impact on gender bias and has been frequently featured in Fast Company, Adweek, Los Angeles Magazine and Ad Age, among many others. Kim has made progressive parenting policies a priority during her tenure as president, championing both mom and dad in the workplace by extending leave time for dads and creating a 4-day work week for both, upon returning from leave. She’s also advocated for unlimited PTO, flexible work schedules and remote years and sabbaticals. In 2018, she was honored by She Runs It as one of the top Working Mothers of the Year.

Committed to nurturing young talent, Kim serves as an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School and also sits on the board of directors for ADCOLOR and The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She’s passionate about creating change in our industry and has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in advertising by Business Insider, a top LA executive by the Los Angeles Business Journal and has earned the American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Award for Industry Career Achievement. Kim is a regular contributor to Fortune and Entrepreneur. She’s a California optimist and a proud mom of two daughters.
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Mark D’Arcy

Facebook

Mark D’Arcy is Chief Creative Officer of the Facebook Creative Shop. In this role, he leads a team of creative strategists in 18 cities around the world tasked with creating and building ideas that transform how the world's largest and most innovative marketers use Facebook to drive business growth.

After two decades working as a writer and Chief Creative Officer in advertising and media, Mark joined Facebook in 2011 to better explore the creative potential of the Facebook platform.

As part of this effort, last year he founded the Facebook Creative Council. Comprised of some of the most highly regarded and influential creative voices in the world. The council provides Facebook with invaluable perspectives and ideas to better engage and educate the global creative community, Identify and celebrate breakthrough work and influence how Facebook develops to be an even richer and more engaging place to connect brands with the people they serve.

Prior to joining Facebook Mark spent seven years at Time Warner in New York, as Chief Creative Officer of its Global Media Group. Here he co-developed the first truly creative media arts practice within a global media company designed to better leverage the company’s extensive television, film, print and digital assets for its key marketing partners. In 2009, Mark was also named President of the Group and Senior Vice President of Time Warner.

Mark has been widely recognized for his creativity and leadership in the creative industries and regularly speaks all around the world on the subject of creativity in social media, the transformation of marketing, the communication arts and the role and purpose of brands in society. Mark has served as a juror on numerous international awards shows including the CLIO Awards, LIA Awards, The International ANDY Awards and in 2013 served on the inaugural Innovations Lions jury at the Cannes Lions Awards.

Mark currently lives in London, mainly Heathrow.
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Mark Zangrilli

MSLGROUP

Mark is a Human Resources and Operations executive with extensive experience in recruiting and developing employees to achieve overall company goals. He builds partnerships with all levels of an organization to gain alignment of objectives and develops strategies for implementation of programs in talent management, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, training and development, succession planning, change management, organizational development, employee relations and recruiting.

Mark has spent the majority of his career working in the Advertising/PR industry. Prior to Edelman, he worked at D’Arcy Advertising and Publics Worldwide, where he led the HR function through three separate mergers and honed his skills in change management and cultural development.

Being a very active member of the industry, he had served on the AAAA committees for Human Resources and Diversity for 14 years. He currently serves on the ADCOLOR Board of Directors and is proud to be a founding member.
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Nicole M. Hall

BBDO, New York

Nicole joined BBDO, a leading advertising agency in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources.  In this role, she serves as a strategic partner to the Office President, Department Heads and Senior Leaders.  Her primary focus is to implement a comprehensive performance management system, career mapping program and advise on professional development/employee engagement initiatives.

Prior to joining BBDO, Nicole spent the majority of her career in leadership roles in the advertising/PR industry where she performed overall generalist responsibilities including recruitment, coaching, staffing, performance management, training & development etc.

Nicole has a proven track record for creating and nurturing innovative cultures by assuring HR initiatives are properly aligned with an Agency’s mission and goals -- her passion for her work shows.

As part of her commitment to developing and grooming talent, Nicole currently serves on the Board of ADCOLOR® and offers mentorship to advertising/marketing professionals.
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Susie Nam

Droga5

Susie Nam has lived in 10 cities in three countries and has had three different professions, but she considers Minneapolis her hometown and advertising her career. Susie began in journalism, following the Presidential campaign trail, then studied and practiced urban planning in London before landing in advertising at Fallon and Droga5 in 2009. As Droga5’s COO, Susie drives key client relationships and new business while ensuring business operations, systems and culture support and scale for growth and breakthrough ideas. She serves on ADCOLOR’s Board of Directors and is Executive Advisor to Droga5's diversity and inclusion initiatives, D+iQ and S/he.
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Sedef Onar

72andSunny

Originally from Istanbul, Sedef found her way to 72andSunny via Boston, New York, London, and now proudly calls Los Angeles home. Sedef’s mission is to not only find the best people to join our teams at 72andSunny, but also help support every employee's continued growth within the company. With a non-linear career path that gave her insight into companies large and small, Sedef is focused on creating a diverse and inclusive place that fosters personal growth and creative self-expression. When she’s not at work, Sedef can usually be found tending to her family's vegetables, fruit trees and flowers accompanied by their cuddly cocker spaniel, Reggie, and sassy street cat, Miles.
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Stephen Kim

Princeton University

Stephen Kim is a longtime promoter of Diversity & Inclusion in the media, advertising, and technology industries. In addition to having served in senior advertising sales leadership roles for 15 years at Microsoft and Verizon, Stephen was formerly an attorney, a journalist, and a startup entrepreneur. Currently, he leads the Communication & Information department at the Princeton University Art Museum with a special focus on connecting historically under-served communities through the world of art.

Stephen received his B.A. from Brown University and holds an M.A. in Communications and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.levision violence.

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Client Solutions Manager at Facebook

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Account Strategist at Google

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Advertising Insights Marketing Strategist at Facebook

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Interaction Designer at frog Design

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Managing Supervisor at FleishmanHillard

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Art Director at Droga5

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Global Creative Marketing at Netflix

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Founder at Queen Creative Group

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Integrated Communications and Media Planner at Wieden+Kennedy

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Marketing Program Lead at Facebook

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Sr. Account Manager, Global Strategic Sales at Microsoft

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Senior Planner at McGarrah Jessee

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Senior Account Executive at The Collective Agency

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Product Marketing Manager at Google

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Brand Management at Wieden+Kennedy

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Director of Paid Social Media Marketing at Bombas

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People & Culture Manager at Contently

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Manager, Urban Marketing for Social Media & Streaming at Sony Music Entertainment

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Ashley McGowan

Facebook

Over the her career, Ashley McGowan has established herself as a marketer who has a passion for creating a more diverse and inclusive environment within the Chicago communications industry. Ashley is known for excellence in managing client relationships while infusing her passion for a diverse and inclusive workspace. This combination of traits has chartered a unique professional journey from several creative agencies, Microsoft, Under Armour and now to her current role as Client Solutions Manager at Facebook. At Facebook, Ashley is responsible for stewarding large advertising partnerships across the Facebook family of apps. Along this professional journey, Ashley has organized internal affinity groups, fostered conversations on various topics in the office, organized career panels and created countless opportunities for mentorship and entry-level development. In 2012, Ashley founded Coalesce Chicago. The organization is the premier professional resource for diverse talent in Chicago. With over 1,500 members across Chicagoland, the organization provides members with opportunities for networking, professional development and mentoring. Ashley is an alumna of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. In 2012, Ashley was named in the inaugural class of ADCOLOR Futures. In 2013, she returned as an ADCOLOR Rising Star Honoree. In 2014, Ashley was honored by the American Advertising Federation as a Rising Star Alum of the Most Promising Minority Student Program. For Ashley, life is about leaving your footprints in the sand – if you were to ask her, she’s just at the beginning of the mark she’s looking to leave behind.
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Jonathan Priester

Google

Jonathan Priester is an Account Strategist at Google serving as a member of the Global Support and Performance team. At Google, Jonathan is responsible for growing advertiser’s business at scale across multiple verticals by serving as a liaison to educate,consult and provide policy solutions via the full suite of Google AdWords products. In addition to his work with clients, at Google Jonathan serves as a Co-lead of the New York chapter of the Black Googler Network (BGN), Google’s employee resource group dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion both at Google and throughout the greater tech community.

Prior to his time at Google, Jonathan has had the opportunity to develop a strong background in digital marketing, merchandising and account management through a combination of digital roles at JCPenney Corporate and agency experience at BBDO, AMV BBDO and The Godwin Group.

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Jonathan is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication and The University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts and Humanities. With a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and Masters of Arts in Emerging Media and Communication respectively, Jonathan is trained in both branding and marketing disciplines.

Jonathan currently serves as a member of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board, an organization dedicated to tackling issues of inclusion and diversity across advertising, technology and creative industries. Jonathan is also an advisor to the executive board of Operations Crossroads Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to building cross-cultural networks through service based exchange trips in countries across Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean.

Jonathan is a proud member of the 2010 Most Promising Multicultural Student Program and was recognized as the American Advertising Federation 2016 Most Promising Multicultural Student Program Alumni Rising Star.
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Jasmine Clennon

Facebook

Jasmine Clennon is an Advertising Insights Marketing Strategist at Facebook, focused on developing ad effectiveness insights around Stories and Video ad formats across the Facebook family of apps and services (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger).

Before joining Facebook in May 2018, Jasmine spent five and a half years at Turner working within Ad Sales Research, Integrated Marketing Research, and was heavily involved in the development of Turner’s audience targeting products. Prior to Turner, Jasmine was a Research Analyst at USA TODAY national newspaper. Jasmine began her career as a Marketing Research Analyst for Gannett New Jersey Newspapers, supporting print & digital efforts for five newspapers, three media websites and over 30 brands.

In both 2016 and 2017, Jasmine was named one of Cablefax's "Overachievers under 30". She was also recognized as one of the "Top 5 Outstanding Young Professionals" by the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF). Jasmine is an Advisory Board Member of both the Advertising Research Foundation’s Young Pros and the ADCOLOR Conference & Awards. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Jasmine has a BA in Public Relations from The Zimmerman School of Advertising at the University of South Florida. Jasmine currently lives in NYC, but hails from Pensacola, Florida.
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Arielle Wiltz

frog Design

Arielle Wiltz currently serves on the FUTURES University Committee for the ADCOLOR Advisory Board. Outside of ADCOLOR, Arielle is an Interaction Designer at frog Design, transformative design agency – designing systems for brands, products, and services. At frog Design, she designs financial service clients’ responsive websites and other products. At her former design consulting agency, she worked in New York City and the UK with clients such as DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket, Discovery Communication’s TLC, and WM Morrison Supermarket.

Driven to create visibility, accessibility, and training for minorities in design and tech, Arielle started the Diversity and Inclusion Group at frog New York in October 2018 and developed two programs, frogMentors: a selective initiative that helps students build competitive portfolios to present to hiring managers; and Breaking Barriers: a forum that features diverse creative professionals and fosters a dialogue with the community on creating more diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

In 2018, Arielle was accepted into Cannes Lion’s Creative Academy during the Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity in Cannes, France. She has a B.A. in graphic design from Loyola University New Orleans and a certificate in UX from General Assembly. Arielle, who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, hails from the big easy of New Orleans.
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Ashley Simms

FleishmanHillard

Ashley Simms is a managing supervisor at FleishmanHillard (FH) with experience managing large-scale, integrated marketing campaigns from strategy to execution. She supports and leads a variety of public education campaigns for federal government and consumer clients with a specialty in military and veterans’ affairs, public health, cybersecurity communications, youth advocacy and public education initiatives.

Along with client management, Ms. Simms is a diversity and inclusion leader at FH. She co-leads the Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellowship program in the DC office and is committed to advocating for a more diverse public relations industry. She was named Outstanding Young PR Professional at the 2017 Diversity Distinction in PR Awards by PR Week and the PR Council. She was also featured in the Huffington Post as one of the Top 25 African American PR Millennials to Watch and recognized as a 2018 Rising Star by PRNews.

Ms. Simms received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in journalism and public relations. She obtained a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University. Ashley is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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Astrid Andujar

Droga5

Astrid Andujar is a multifaceted Art Director at Droga5 who strives to create culturally responsible work and conceptually beautiful pieces. She strongly advocates for all things diversity and inclusion both, in and out of work. At Droga5, she is proud to be a creative component on a campaign for Covergirl x Girls Who Code empowering young women of color. Prior to joining Droga5, she spent several years at Grey NYC where her work on lifestyle brands resulted in the creation of 360 campaigns, interactive web experiences and an augmented reality app with over 100K downloads. The TV Doctors of America campaign was featured in The Cut, NBC and Entertainment Weekly.

Growing up in the Dominican Republic and New York City, she developed an eye for media and design at a young age, leading her to obtain a BFA in Advertising Design and minor in Art History from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Currently, she’s a proud member of the ADCOLOR® Advisory Board and a mentor for Women Who Create.

On her free time, when she’s not catching a plane somewhere warm, you can find her crafting recipes or analyzing film.
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Bri Akakpo

Netflix

Originally born in Togo, West Africa, Bri's family came to the U.S. as refugees back in 2000. Having moved around a lot gave him a global perspective and nurtured his creative curiosity, leading him to pursue advertising after he got his MBA. He officially started off his advertising career in NY at global agencies like Droga5, before finishing up at Wieden + Kennedy where he helped launched national brand campaigns for Fox Sports' College Football, Fox Sports Brand, The 2018 World Cup, and Sprite. He now lives in LA working at Netflix on the global creative marketing team focusing on documentaries.

Knowing that it was truly a “village” of mentors and leaders who supported and paved the way for him, Bri has a passion for mentorship and paying it forward. As such he’s served with organizations like MAIP, Diversity Advertising Internship programs at his previous agencies, and now a member on the Adcolor Advisory Board.
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Candace Queen

Queen Creative Group

Candace D. Queen is a multidisciplinary creative rooted in design and nourished by a passion for cultural archival + preservation. In addition to building brands from the ground up, she's worked with established companies like Dove, Cantu Beauty, and ALDI.

She's been recognized as one of the 4A's 100 People Who Make Advertising Great, a MAIPer to Watch, a Bill Sharp Award Honoree, and an ADCOLOR® FUTURE. Candace champions diversity through her work with ADCOLOR®, MAIP, the AAF and as the founder of Blacks in Advertising, an organization dedicated to empowering and preserving the narratives of Black ad professionals.
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Cherish Lee

Wieden+Kennedy

Cherish Lee currently serves on the FUTURES Planning Committee for the ADCOLOR Advisory Board. Outside of ADCOLOR, Cherish is an integrated communications and media planner at Wieden+Kennedy Portland on the Old Spice account. At W+K she has brought to life innovative creative ideas that push the boundaries of our media and communication landscape to create work that moves beyond the status quo and influences culture.

Passionate about bringing people together, Cherish also co-leads W+K’s Asian/Asian-American affinity group, W+K Asiancy. The group serves as a platform to connect Portland advertising’s Asians and Asian-Americans with one another, strengthening knowledge and ownership of different racial and ethnic heritages and empowering individuals with the tools to bring unique perspectives that enrich the work the agency does. Her accolades include being selected for the 2018 ADCOLOR FUTURES class, where she was recognized as part of the next generation of leaders in the advertising, media, and marketing industries.

Cherish also believes in serving the local communities where she is based and currently volunteers with local nonprofits such as Embrace Oregon, aimed at standing in the gap to meet the needs of local DHS offices, their workers, and the families they serve. Cherish is also passionate about uplifting the immigrant and refugee communities and is working with organizations like the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) to establish greater accessibility to creative industries for groups that are underrepresented.

Cherish has a B.S. in advertising communications from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Cherish, who currently resides in Portland, Oregon, hails from the sunny island of Singapore.
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Danielle Wilburn

Facebook

Danielle E. Wilburn is a Marketing Program Lead at Facebook managing global initiatives for Messenger and Youth. Prior to switching over to tech, she worked at advertising agencies FCB Chicago, Leo Burnett, and Ogilvy & Mather, which all contributed to her becoming a passionate team leader. She has a proven track record of building brands and relationships that drive business growth for Fortune 500 companies like The Boeing Company, Unilever, Kraft, Burger King, and Whirlpool Corporation.

In addition to Danielle’s day-to-day job, she recognizes the strength of multiculturalism and is very passionate about diversity recruitment and retention and ensures she makes time to pay it forward. She sparks honest discussion and creates programming to foster meaningful change around the recruitment, hiring and retention of minorities in the communications industry. Outside of the workplace, Danielle is a mentor for the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) and a member on the advisory board for ADCOLOR®. A testament to her passion for multicultural advancement was receiving the Coalesce Chicago 2015 Champion of Growth award.

Danielle completed her MBA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is enjoying her new life in the Bay. She enjoys traveling internationally, sipping on whiskey gingers, and dancing to the beat.
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Deepti Turlapati

Microsoft

Deepti Turlapati is a Sr. Account Manager at Microsoft for the Global Strategic Sales team. Deepti worked for Google in India for 8 years and Prior to joining MSFT in 2015, she also worked at Barracuda Digital in London as their Head of PPC. She is passionate about mental health awareness. As an Immigrant, she actively evangelizes East Asian Culture. Deepti is also serving on the steering committee of embRACE - an internal diversity initiative. When not at work, she and her husband Kalyan have their hands full with an 8 yr old daughter, Deeksha and a loving Ridgeback puppy, Titan.
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Donovan Triplett

McGarrah Jessee

He tries to find the truth and make it interesting – for brands and with efforts made for diversity. After some time at BBDO Atlanta, Donovan is currently a Senior Planner at McGarrah Jessee in Austin. He has no children to be proud of, but did receive the Bill Sharp Award for diversity work in advertising. He hopes to continue to make his parents humbly brag about him.
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Emmanuela Ebunilo

The Collective Agency

Emmanuela (she goes by Ela) is a Senior Account Executive in The Collective Agency. In her role, Ela oversees day-to-day account management responsibilities for AT&T, such as building client relationships through understanding of the client brand and core competencies, ensuring flawless execution of work through project scope/time management, and financial stewardship.

Ela started in the advertising industry as an Account Coordinator at Russ Reid Agency (now One and All) and has worked her way up in only a few short years. She has worked with clients such as The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, KCET, and World Vision Canada. Having started from the ground up, Ela is skilled at both managing the day-to-day tasks that are key to successful account management as well as contributing key insights that help build a client’s business.

As a seasoned professional, Ela has held various mid-to-senior level roles, including leading marketing efforts at the University of Southern California as an assistant director of direct marketing services. In this role, Ela managed the strategy development and execution of various integrated marketing campaigns to develop alumni engagement and encourage donations.

In 2015, Ebunilo was a recipient of the ADCOLOR FUTURES award where she was recognized as a next generation leader in the advertising, marketing and public relations industry.
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Fahima Al-Uqdah

Google

Fahima is currently a Product Marketing Manager at Google working on AR/VR products like Google Lens. Before beginning her career, she studied Marketing and Media Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Fahima is passionate about creating spaces for diverse, talented and creative individuals to thrive and be their whole selves. She is an ADCOLOR® Future alum as well as an alum of the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) and AAF’s Most Promising Minority Student program (MPMS).

Outside of the office, you will find Fahima spending her time trying new, healthy recipes, learning new moves at a boxing gym and traveling to new places.
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Ghada Soufan

Wieden+Kennedy

Ghada Soufan currently serves as a Co-Lead of the Programming Committee on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board. Outside of ADCOLOR, Ghada works in brand management at Wieden+Kennedy New York on the Ford business. Prior to this role, she hailed from the Portland office where she managed the Old Spice business globally for three years.

Driven to champion female leadership and diversity and inclusion, Ghada proudly serves on the leadership team for the 51% at Wieden+Kennedy, an open forum for women to connect through common interests, shared information, and enrichment supporting both career and personal growth. Prior to beginning her professional career, her accolades included AAF’s Stickell award and the Most Promising Multicultural Student Future Leader award. Outside of work, Ghada serves as the city director for Sofar Sounds Portland, an organization that showcases diverse emerging music talent hosted in intimate spaces across the globe.

Prior to W+K, Ghada held roles at Digitas Chicago and GSD&M, working on a range of brands like ADCOLOR, Whirlpool, TJX, and more. During her time in Chicago, she was elected to the Chicago Advertising Federation Young Professionals (YP) board.

Ghada received a B.S. with honors in advertising from the Stan Richards School of Advertising at the University of Texas at Austin. Born from her Syrian, Lebanese, and Texan roots, she is deeply passionate about culture, travel, music, and volunteering for refugee communities.
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Jesica Marquez

Wieden+Kennedy

Jesica Marquez is an Art Director at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, Oregon. Jes is Filipino-American and has a background in design and technology, graduating from San Francisco State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Before her role as an Art Director, she worked for 3 years as a Creative Technologist at W+K, specializing in software engineering and interaction design for brands including KFC, Nike, Samsung, and Anki Robotics. Her interests include fashion, art, photography, coding, and traveling.

Jes completed the ADCOLOR Futures program in 2017 and is excited to continue her journey within the ADCOLOR community through serving in the ADCOLOR Advisory Board.
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Jessica McGlory

Bombas

Jessica McGlory is a rising leader in the marketing and tech industry. Jessica currently leads paid social efforts as the Director of Paid Social Media Marketing at Bombas, the digitally native apparel company focused on making the most comfortable socks in history and giving back to those in need. In her past role as a consultant, Jessica has guided a range of entertainment and digital agencies in identifying ways to expand their business through fandom data.

Jessica is the 2018 Direct Marketing News Woman to Watch, 2017 AdColor Rising Star Award winner and, according to 4As, is one of 100 People Who Make Advertising Great. An avid thought leader, Jessica has spoken and contributed to conferences, publications, and podcasts providing insight on marketing, media, and her diverse perspective.
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Jessica Navarro

Contently

Jessica is the People & Culture Manager at Contently. Prior to Contently, Jessica worked in various People Operations and Recruitment roles. She has gained experience in the advertising, marketing, and technology ecosystems, recruitment world, people operations, and career development. She is passionate about creating a diverse space for talented and creative individuals in a thriving and innovative industry. Jessica rethinks the current market trends and designs real-time solutions for today’s talent. Outside of the office, Jessica enjoys exploring new cities, meeting people, and fishing off the Long Island Sound with her family. As a Queens, New York native and St. John’s University alumni- Jessica takes pride in growing up in one of New York City’s most diverse boroughs. She longs to see melting pots wherever she visits, but she’s making a change one step at a time and what better place to start than in the media? Jessica has served on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board since 2018 and looks forward to making 2019 the best year yet.
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Jessy Jacques

Xandr

Jessy Jacques is a Senior Account Manager at Xandr, leading Publisher Development for Fortune 50 organizations within Xandr’s programmatic portfolio.

Throughout her career in Digital Advertising, Jessy has implemented successful initiatives dedicated to the empowerment of underrepresented communities. As such, she’s managed to build and maintain relationships with some of the leading brands in media and technology. Prior to joining Xandr, Jessy was an Account Management Lead at Verizon Media Group. During her tenure, she worked alongside the Sales and Product teams to develop and market digital advertising products to VMG’s clients. Jessy was also the Women Inclusion Network Lead at VMG, where she strived to foster a community inclusive to women within tech. She has also partnered up with the Time’s Up New York Chapter campaign, Pipeline to Support Emerging Female Professionals at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018 and Governor Cuomo’s office for women focused programs.

Before joining VMG, Jessy spent three years as the Public Relations Manager for Dorchester Media’s Right On! / Black Beat Magazine’s. There she worked alongside various creatives to drive content to Dorchester’s readers.

Jessy is a graduate of The City University of New York (CUNY) where she obtained her MA in Corporate Communications at Baruch College’s Weisman School.
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Kerry Abner

Sony Music Entertainment

Kerry is a passionate, non-traditional marketing leader connecting brands and content creators through exchanges of value. As a professional, Kerry's had the pleasure of working with some of his favorite brands like the Atlanta Hawks, Ebony Magazine, Reebok, Red Bull, and General Electric. In addition, crafting culturally relevant and socially conscious campaigns, he’s adamant about leveraging his platform, skillset and thought leadership to make an impact the representation of minorities in media and marketing material.
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Kevin Green

RAPP

Kevin, one of Ad 2 Dallas’ 32 Under 32, has authored compelling brand stories for nearly a decade. His experience spans Branding, CRM, Digital, Mobile, Social and Video for brands like PNC Bank, McDonald’s, Toyota and Match.com.

As a Creative Director at RAPP, Kevin currently leads a team of 10+ copywriters and art directors to create deeply personal customer experiences on a massive scale. He also works daily to make the advertising and marketing industry more diverse as the Co-Chair of the Alumni Board of Managers for the Marcus Graham Project and member of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board. Kevin is also an emerging speaker and thought leader, sharing his insights on The We Are Next Podcast and the 2019 Advention Conference stage.

Kevin is equal parts creative spark and calming presence, helping his mentees, clients and colleagues reach their highest potential.
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Lauren Hill

J. Walter Thompson

Lauren is an Account Executive for J. Walter Thompson Atlanta where she manages the US Marine Corps client relationships on all projects related to National Campaigns and Paid Media. This includes managing the creation of content for both digital and traditional advertising media outlets.

Prior to working in the advertising industry, Lauren spent 5 years managing donor relationships brand side with Habitat for Humanity and Spelman College, where she also received her Bachelor’s Degree.

Lauren has a Master’s Degree in Digital Communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and is passionate about how the evolution of technology creates new opportunities for brands organizations to strengthen their connection to the community and their consumers.
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Leigha Baugham

MRM//McCann

Leigha Baugham is a Director of Social Media Strategy at MRM//McCann. She leads MRM//McCann East social media practice team to develop comprehensive strategic social media roadmaps, cutting edge social creative and data-driven insights for clients in verticals ranging from consumer product goods, healthcare, travel & leisure and B2B.

Before joining the MRM//McCann team, Leigha led social media work on clients including LG, Wells Fargo/AMEX, Primrose Schools and Samsung.

Prior to moving to Ogilvy & Mather, Leigha lead the social media practice at the VML Atlanta office and worked on clients including: Ace Hardware, Bridgestone, Butterball, Ball Park, Cheez-It, Cottonelle, Duke Energy, Famous Footwear, Hillshire Farms, Kleenex and Kleenex Facial Cleansing, Keurig, Kellogg’s, Krispy Kreme, Xerox and US Navy.

In her free time, Leigha works as a freelance photographer specializing in concert and portrait photography.
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Lemu Coker

Google

Lemu Coker is a TV Platform Specialist, within the Broadcast, Media & Entertainment Partnership group at Google. At Google Lemu was previously one of the NYC Black Googler Network Leads, and MBA Campus recruiter, and still engages closely around all diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Lemu has over a decade of experience within the entertainment media space and has held roles in business development and partnerships within companies such as Twitter, Google Shopping, Apple, MTV Networks and Myspace.

Lemu lives in Brooklyn NY, by way of Hartford Connecticut. He is passionate about film production, a certified Zombie apocalypse expert, an English Bulldog owner, and the Fermi Paradox keeps him up at night. He holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
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Rinchen Lama

Apple

Rinchen Lama is a Senior Producer within the marketing and communications team at Apple. She serves as the digital lead on audio and music product marketing launches. She has spent over three years at Apple overseeing teams and training new producers to take products to market in innovative digital ways. She comes from a background of over 10 years within the broadcast and digital design world for out-of-home advertising and retail media.

A BA graduate of SF State majoring in Broadcast Communication in Radio & Television, Rinchen resides in Oakland and is a Bay Area born and raised native. As a second generation Nepalese Tibetan-American, she has spent the majority of her life dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian-American experiences to the broadest audiences possible. She has also served as a programming committee member for CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, where she saw this passion come to fruition on screen.

Rinchen currently serves as a member of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board, an organization dedicated to tackling issues of diversity and inclusion across advertising, technology and creative industries. And she is a liaison to help advocate for the emerging talent initiatives and hiring at Apple.

In her free time she is co-producing on a forthcoming podcast about ethnic ambiguity, diversity, the importance of community and healing through self-care. It’s called Mixed Emotions and will most definitely include the music that gets us through.
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Roo Yeshpaul Johnson

Method Communications

Hailing from an extensive creative agency background in London, UK, Roo Yeshpaul Johnson has nearly a decade of experience in social media strategy and creative development in both a B2C and B2B capacity with brands like Unilever, Coors Light, Cadbury, MTV, Warner Bros., and more.

Before discovering her passion for social media and digital marketing, Roo worked in television production for companies such as Endemol, MTV, and Tiger Aspect on well-known shows such as the MTV Europe Music Awards, Big Brother and The Jonathan Ross Show. She has a bachelors in TV & Film production from Bournemouth University, one of the UK’s premiere institutes for media and broadcast degrees.

Her years of varied work in social strategy, digital marketing, and film production with worldwide brands has trained her well in understanding the needs of clients with diverse audiences, industries, and products; all skills that she now lends to her role as Social Media Lead at The Summit Group in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Outside of work, Roo is an advisory board member for the ADCOLOR Conference and Awards and serves on the marketing committee for the Salt Lake City Young Professionals Organization.
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Sioban Massiah

Twitter

Sioban is a Partner Experience Manager at Twitter in San Francisco, specializing in creating amazing experiences for potential clients and partners that promote the Twitter brand and culture. She is also a co-lead for the San Francisco branch of Blackbirds, a internal Twitter resource group that celebrates people of the African diaspora and their allies. She has worked in event-planning for over 13 years, ranging from collegiate program planning to non-profit fundraising to lifestyle conferences. Sioban is passionate about experiences that resonate and benefit the attendees; that stick with them long after they've left. Her background in client relations and attendee experience allow her to exceed the needs of participants based on her knowledge of their industry and goals. When not bringing her passion to her “day job”, she also works with non-profits and entrepreneurs to help create events that benefit their audience, promote their brand and service awareness, along with a mission of pushing the community forward. Before Twitter, she managed the Customer Experience at TED Conferences (aka TED Talks).
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Kai Jones Weidie

McCann New York

Kai serves as the co-lead of the University Committee on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board. In her day-to-day role with McCann New York, she is the agency's Director of Diversity & Engagement, collaborating with leadership on creating and maintaining a culture of inclusive innovation.  Prior to that, she co-led the American Advertising Federation's Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism, partnering with agencies and brands across the industry on recruiting and retaining top diverse talent. 2019 marks Kai's third year on the AAB and when she isn't working, talking, and living  D&I, she's swimming, watching the NBA with her husband and asking people for specifics on social plans.

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©2019 ADCOLOR Inc. All Rights Reserved.