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Chief Operating Officer at American Advertising Federation
Executive Vice President, U.S. Talent Development Director at Edelman, New York
Tiffany R. Warren
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.
Marc Stephenson Strachan
Constance Cannon Frazier
American Advertising Federation
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 and 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. Most recently, she accepted the Missouri School of Journalism Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism on behalf of the Mosaic Center.
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.
TBWA Worldwide, North America
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”.
Michele Thornton Ghee
Thornton has worked for some of the most powerful media brands including CNN, A&E and The History Channel and The Weather Channel. She began her career at SBC Communications in Oakland, California.
Thornton is known for her dedication to community. In 2009, she was the honored with the ADCOLOR Change Agent Award. She was also honored in 2011 with the American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award and served as the Chair of the Mosaic Executive Council from 2011-2013. She plays an active role in the media and advertising community and continues to be an advocate for diversity in the communications industry. She has created strategic alliances on behalf of organizations such as The Ghetto Film School, NAMIC and AAF’s Most Promising Students. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Hip Hop Sisters Foundation and ADCOLOR. In 2015, Thornton was honored with The Jesse Banks Humanitarian Award.
Thornton has authored two books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women and Straetchic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose. Her goal is to encourage women to build a plan that would allow them to tap into the strategies they were born with. Thornton has received notes from women across the globe how the book has changed their lives.
Michele received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University at the age of 30. In May 2017, Thornton was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from her Alma Mater. She is a proud wife and mother and resides in New Jersey.
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.
Felicia B. Geiger
Mission Media USA
In recognition of her passion and commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives, Felicia was honored with the prestigious ADCOLOR Change Agent Award, the American Advertising Federation Diversity Mosaic Educator Award and The TORCH L.I.G.H.T. Award. Additionally, she was named the inaugural recipient of the 4A's MAIP Pantheon Award, which is given to a transformational leader who is highly regarded as a cultivator, supporter and champion of multicultural talent.
Felicia is a Co-founder and Executive Director of the Madison's Collective, an organization whose mission supports a community for underrepresented professionals in advertising and media. She proudly sits on the AAF Mosaic Council Executive Committee, The ADCOLOR Board of Directors, Live Out Loud Board of Directors and is Co-chair of the 4A's Diversity Steering Committee.
Felicia is a proud resident of Brooklyn where she resides with her husband, Jonathan, and their two fabulous children, Max and Alexandra.
The ADVERTISING Club of New York
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.
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.
Facebook Creative Shop
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.
Edelman, New York
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.
Nicole M. Hall
BBDO, New York
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.
Stephen J. Kim
OATH: A Verizon Company
Prior to this role, Stephen was Vice President for Global Sales, where he managed Microsoft’s relationships with leading media and creative agencies as well as top marketers. Stephen currently serves on several industry boards, including the Marcus Graham Project, the Media Ratings Council, the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California Annenberg School and the Future of Advertising Project at the Wharton School of Business. Stephen also served as a Co-Chair of the US Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Research Council from 2004-2008 and was Chair of the Board of the Advertising Research Foundation from 2007-2009.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Stephen was Chief Research Officer at Media Metrix, a global provider of online audience panel measurement. Before joining the online world, Stephen was an attorney with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster specializing in the regulation of new technologies and the use of statistics in complex litigation.
Stephen holds an M.A. in Communications Research from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. At the Annenberg School, Stephen’s graduate work focused on media effects research. Stephen also holds an A.B. in Political Science from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. At the Law School, Stephen was an Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, where he published an article examining the communications and regulatory issues surrounding television violence.
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Director of the Integrated Marketing Communications Department at Kimberly-Clark Professional
Director, Mosaic Center & Education Services at American Advertising Federation
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.
Stacey formally started her career by teaching high-school students to code. She was hired by a local non-profit as a content producer, and then entered the advertising industry for more creative work. Her strength was defining digital roles within agencies that didn’t have an interactive arm, while simultaneously learning, testing, and monetizing emerging technical platforms. Eventually, Stacey moved into sales, business development and then sales operations. In 2013, Stacey joined Microsoft Search Advertising to lead an award-winning Search sales team. Presently, Stacey enjoys a challenging role in search sales operations.
Stacey is passionate about volunteering and pushing for equity for the marginalized. She serves as the global communications chair for Blacks at Microsoft, is a steering committee member of embRACE - Microsoft Search Advertising’s diversity initiative, and volunteers professionally for minority and women-owned businesses.
Wieden + Kennedy, Portland
That passion and positivity extends beyond the creative she produces at work. Analysa is also passionate about transforming the advertising industry through diversity and inclusion initiatives. Analysa is a MAIP Alumnus and currently resides on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board as the Futures Programming Committee Lead.
Analysa studied Advertising at the University of Texas at Austin. She spent a few years in the concrete jungle (at Grey NY and HAVAS NY) before moving to the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest.
If Analysa could be anywhere in the world, it’d be front row at Beyoncé’s latest concert tour. If she can’t be found there, she’s likely spending time with her family in Portland, Oregon or happily running around the W+K office.
Along this professional journey, Anastasia volunteers her time to student outreach, entry-level recruitment, and internal mentorship. She currently volunteers with students at the Manhattan Early College for Advertising and with the iMentor program at the Bronx Leadership Academy. She's passionate about providing underrepresented students with the access and opportunity to succeed in their chosen careers.
Anastasia is an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. In 2014, she was named one of Mashable’s Rising Stars in Advertising. In 2017, she was featured in The Drum’s Beyond the Brief and nominated as an ADCOLOR Future. She is now a member of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board’s University Committee.
When she’s not working, you’ll find Anastasia reading and writing speculative fiction while heading up her book club of 1300 young women in New York City.
Andrew is a champion of diversity and,for a brief stint, was the Strategy and Operations lead for Twitter’s Diversity and Inclusion team.
He graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in Political Science and Economics. Andrew was also member of UCSD’s NCAA Men’s Basketball program, where he served as team captain.
Queen Creative Group
Her accolades include being recognized as one of the 4A’s 100 People Who Make Advertising Great, a 4A’s MAIPer to Watch, Bill Sharp Award Recipient, and an ADCOLOR® FUTURE. She champions diversity within the advertising and media industry through her work with Blacks in Advertising, as well as ADCOLOR®, the 4A’s and the AAF.
Candace’s ventures consist of: A social initiative, Hansberry Group, dedicated to driving impact within the Black community, through art, branding, and design. Kale & Collards, a food platform educating multicultural millennials about taking a plant-centric approach to their diets and raising awareness about food deserts. meroë & co., her personal studio platform focused on original artwork, apparel design, and lifestyle goods.
Passionate about all things Trill, Chopped and Screwed, her work reflects her Creole roots in Southeast Texas, and her love for exploring new technology and hacking culture codes.
Carl is driven to develop communications that connect people with brands and develop products that define those brands for the people who depend on them. Through increasing and expanding responsibility, Carl’s experiences have molded him into a business and people manager, driven to exceed results for the businesses he has worked on, through the people with whom he has had the pleasure to work.
Prior to joining KCP, Carl served in expanding Brand Management roles at Newell Brands across their Baby, Cookware and Home Décor categories. He began his career in Advertising and is a two-time graduate of Penn State University, holding B.A., B.S. and MBA degrees.
Danielle E. Wilburn
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. Danielle is a mentor for the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) and a member on the advisory boards for ADCOLOR® and Coalesce Chicago, both of which are organizations dedicated to celebrating and advocating for more diversity in the communications industry. A testament to her passion for multicultural advancement is when Coalesce Chicago honored her with the 2015 Champion of Growth award, which she holds with great pride.
Danielle recently completed her MBA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and enjoys traveling internationally, sipping on whiskey gingers, and dancing to the beat.
Driven to champion female leadership and diversity & 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 entering her professional career, her accolades included AAF’s Stickell receipt and Most Promising Multicultural Student recognition where she was awarded the Future Leader award.
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 has a B.S. in Advertising Honors 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.
Prior to joining Turner in 2012, 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 a former Advisory Board Member of the Advertising Research Foundation’s Young Pros. She is also a graduate of the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rising Leaders program. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Jasmine looks forward to serving on the 2018 ADCOLOR Advisory Board.
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.
An avid thought leader, Jessica shares content on LinkedIn to help dispel the mystery of paid social and fandoms in her effort to make them accessible to everyone and open source.
Kai Jones Weidie
American Advertising Federation
In her current role as Director, Mosaic Center & Education Services at the American Advertising Federation, Kai leads strategic planning and implementation of the AAF's premier diversity recruitment programs, professional development workshops, and panel discussions for industry-wide events. Her focus is on relevant D&I subjects and challenges, as well as key Mosaic Center initiatives, including research projects and content development for AAF membership.
She prides herself on being a trusted teammate and in her ability to instill confidence in colleagues. She embraces attention to detail and values infecting others with her sense of humor. Her deep experience makes her a go-to resource on inclusion in the advertising, media, and marketing industries for the AAF's corporate, education, and grass roots memberships.
Kai is a veteran synchronized swimmer with 16 years of competition experience at the youth, collegiate, and masters level; as well as coaching for six years. She will soon embark on her third year as a U.S. Masters participant and could very well die in a swimming pool. Simply put, she's ready to make a splash with a smile.
Red Fuse Communications
A born and raised Texan, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where she studied advertising and completed the prestigious portfolio program. Upon graduation she took her talents to New York City where she worked as an art director at BBDO Worldwide. While there, she created award-winning ads and was honored as an Omnicom Emerging Star. In 2017, Kayla made the jump from one big apple to the next. She currently works an art director at Apple in the California Bay Area where she continues to produce notable work.
Kayla is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion both in and out of work. She is an ADCOLOR® Advisory Board member, ADCOLOR® Future alum, two-time alum of the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) and continues to serve as an ambassador for the program. She is passionate about helping students of color reach their full potential.
In her free time, she can be found buying plane tickets to new places, rearranging the furniture in her apartment or producing animated shorts.
Ogilvy & Mather, Atlanta
Before 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, Keurig, Kellogg’s, Krispy Kreme, Xerox, US Navy.
Prior to joining the VML team, Leigha worked with 360i and Coca-Cola to manage the global CPG brand’s social media communities on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Google+ for more than 11 of Coca-Cola’s global brands, across 178 international markets.
Before advertising, Leigha spent nearly 10 years in broadcast journalism and served as an online producer for both the FOX and NBC affiliates in Atlanta.
Leigha holds a B.A. in Communications Studies with a concentration in Media Production form the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also minored in violin performance.
In her free time, Leigha works as a freelance photographer specializing in concert and portrait photography.
Michelle is a champion of diversity who has served on ADCOLOR's Advisory Board since 2016. To be sure, her passion for diversity and culture extends beyond advertising – she freelances as a small business consultant to POC and women entrepreneurs, a portrait photographer, and is a former Blog Editor for HerCulture, an online content platform dedicated to young women’s languages, traditions, customs, and cultures. In or out of the agency, Michelle is dedicated to giving expression to marginalized storylines and supporting marginalized communities, creating space in otherwise crowded arenas.
Michelle holds a BA in American Studies and Latino/a Studies from Williams College and speaks four languages (with Italian and French cued up!). She continues to volunteer for the Williams College Black Alumni Network and has been privileged to don the coveted Purple Cow mascot costume on special occasions.
Roo Yeshpaul Johnson
The Summit Group
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.
A New Yorker with an Antiguan spirit, she graduated from Temple University with a Bachelors in Business Administration with her focus on Marketing. Sioban is passionate about creating events that resonate and benefit the attendees; events that stick with them long after they've left. Her background in client relations and attendee experience allow her to exceed the needs of attendees based on her knowledge of their industry and event 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 and promote brand and service awareness. She believes that no one should attend an event and not have a memorable and lasting positive experience.