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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
Coach Marc Consulting
Constance Cannon Frazier
Cardinal Change Consulting
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
Ghee has worked for: WME, CNN, A&E, THC and BET. Ghee created and ran the only network for black women: BETHer.
Ghee is a 2009 ADCOLOR Change Agent.
Ghee wrote 3 books: Stratechic, Stratechic 2.0, & Success on Your Terms.
She resides in New Jersey with husband Tony & kids Taylor and Jordan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2020, Nicole founded Kol Consulting, a comprehensive executive coaching firm built on the principle of partnering with clients to reach their professional potential and business goals. A proponent of transformative employee development. her work is fueled by the Columbia University Coaching Methodology. Nicole's practice focuses on mid-to-senior level professionals.
An avid mentor and industry influencer, Nicole currently serves on the Board of ADCOLOR, and a member of the AD Council’s Diverse Leaders Taskforce.
Sedef considers herself as one of those very fortunate people who absolutely love what they do, and the opportunity to help create the same experience for those around her is her passion. She proudly serves on ADCOLOR Board of Directors, and is a member of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) for ADCOLOR steering committee. As a first generation immigrant herself, Sedef helps support women new to the U.S to start or enhance their careers through her involvement with the Turkish Women’s Initiative Ignite program.
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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Candace D. Queen
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 and recipient of the Unsung Hero Award. She's also a part of the NAACP's NEXTGEN program. Candace champions diversity and inclusion through her work with ADCOLOR, MAIP, the American Advertising Federation, and as the founder of Blacks in Advertising, an organization dedicated to empowering and preserving Black advertising professionals' narratives.
Her work reflects her rich Louisiana Creole heritage and upbringing in Southeast Texas, as well as her love for implementing thoughtful design solutions that create robust communities and resolve disparity issues among people of color.
A year into his career he was honored as a part of the 2018 ADCOLOR Futures class where he since continued his involvement through mentorship of incoming classes. In addition to his role as an Integrated Communications Planner Aaron is one of the Co-Founder of "For Us By Us," an Employee Resource Group dedicated to fostering a more inclusive and equitable environment for Black and Hispanic employees. Aaron prides himself on being a voice to the voiceless while continuously opening doors for aspiring professionals that come from under-served communities.
From a DEI perspective, Aaron has maintained relationships with the MAIP program via mentorship and workshops for incoming interns. While working with For Us By Us, he assisted with the organization of their "Black Wall Street" event which was a recreation of the original Black Wall Street bringing together Black entrepreneurs to promote their product in a corporate setting.
In addition to being a lover of innovation, Aaron is a lover of comics and some would also say a pretty good dancer.
Anastasia is a champion of diversity who has served on ADCOLOR’s Advisory Board since 2018 and is currently co-leading the Futures Programming committee. She also volunteers with the iMentor program at the Bronx Leadership Academy II, as a mentor with the Women Who Create community, and as a facilitator at Google’s Code Next Program. Anastasia is an ADCOLOR Future alum, class of 2017.
Anastasia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Queens and writes fiction in her free time.
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.
Amazon Web Services
Prior to AWS, Ms. Simms was a Vice President at FleishmanHillard (FH) where she spent more than six years managing large-scale, integrated marketing campaigns from strategy to execution. She led 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 served as a diversity and inclusion leader at FH where she led the Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellowship program in the DC office to advocate 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.
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.
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 current member on the Adcolor Advisory Board.
Born with Cerebral Palsy, Bryan is a passionate advocate for the disability community and is the founder and co-lead of Microsoft’s Disability in Marketing group. This group works to ensure and drive authentic representation of individuals with disabilities in Microsoft’s advertising and marketing.
Bryan’s writing and thought leadership has been published by the Washington Post, NY Times, and NPR. He has been featured on the Today Show, Forbes, NY1 and the NY Daily News.
He currently serves on ADCOLOR’s advisory board, The Seattle Transit Advisory Board, and currently helps community organizations with design challenges as a participant in AIGA Seattle's Changemaker Series.
Bryan has been recognized as a 2019 ADCOLOR FUTURE, a 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 List-maker for his work in advertising and marketing, and the Disability:IN 2019 NextGen Alum of the Year.
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 often 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 New York city, hails from the sunny island of Singapore.
Currently, E.J. serves as a Producer at R/GA, an international innovation firm that helps companies and brands grow by enabling them for transformational change. Since arriving at R/GA, he’s significantly impacted a variety of projects for a suite of Fortune 500 companies. A domain expert in beverage, E.J.’s led deployment efforts for PepsiCo’s LIFEWTR product launch and bubly’s integrated marketing campaign for Super Bowl LIII. Outside of beverage, he has led multidisciplinary teams focused on product and experience innovations for GameStop.
His contributions to the professional community extend beyond his accomplishments as a Producer. E.J. has established his roots in advocacy through the 4A’s MAIP and ADCOLOR FUTURES to become a recognized champion for marginalized communities. His contributions to his firm’s corporate efforts in D&I were acknowledged when he received the R/GA Cube for Innovation for breaking down silos and establishing space for meaningful and inclusive conversations around race relations and gender inequality.
In his spare time, you can find E.J. twirling on a dance floor, eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant with an emergency bottle of hot sauce, or digging through the crates of your favorite music streaming service.
Ejeb’s passion for where tech, media and mission intersect led to internships at Google, KaBOOM!, and now at Facebook, where she manages a multimillion dollar book of business of ecommerce brands. Career highlights include championing a performance branding lift study for TULA, consulting on digital strategy for emerging disruptors like Prose, StockX, and eBates, and exceeding revenue attainment by 130%.
Ejeb invests in community at the personal, local, and national levels. Most recently, she led Mentorship for Elevate (formerly Level Up), Facebook's ads coaching program for minority-owned SMBs, and leads brand activations for Black@ATX, including the annual Black@SXSW. She has represented Facebook at renowned industry events like NMSDC 2019 Gala, ADCOLOR Future in 2018, Fearless Conference 2018, and Afrotech 2017.
Off the clock, Ejeb is a hater of buzzwords, maker of banana bread, dystopian lit enthusiast, and Viola Davis stan.
The Collective Agency
Emmanuela holds over five years of advertising/marketing experience working with other organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The University of Southern California, and World Vision Canada. In addition to her Senior Account Executive role, Emmanuela co-owns Okeze Collection (an e-commerce business selling handcrafted accessories made in Nigeria) and serves as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer.
In 2015, Ebunilo was a recipient of the ADCOLOR FUTURES award and recognized as a next-generation leader in the advertising, marketing, and public relations industry.
Born in Nigeria and raised in the U.S, her culture and upbringing are contributing factors to her resourcefulness, dedication to excellence, and desire to create positive change in the world.
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.
Before her time at Wieden+Kennedy, Ghada worked at advertising agencies DigitasLBi and GSD&M where she had a track record of cultivating team culture and contributing to the overall growth for brands like Whirlpool Corporation and Marshalls.
As a first-generation Arab-American, Ghada is a dedicated advocate for diversity & inclusion efforts both within her organization and through ADCOLOR. She serves as a Programming Committee Co-Lead on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board, helping empower and mentor the industry’s brightest and most promising multicultural talent through the FUTURES program. Outside of ADCOLOR, she dedicates her time to championing Arabic art, rhetoric and history to change the narrative around the Middle East in culture.
Ghada graduated from The University of Texas with a B.S. Advertising with Honors and Business Foundations certification. This year, she also was selected as one of 30 scholars for the 2020 Marketing Academy.
When Ghada isn’t working, you can find her producing live concerts for Sofar Sounds, watching college football or planning her next scuba trip.
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.
Jessica is the 2019 AdWeek Female Frontier Award winner, 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. Screen reader support enabled.
Before transitioning to marketing, 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.
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.
VICE Media Group
Michelle has been honored as 2018 Ms. ADCOLOR and a 2019 ADCOLOR Unsung Hero, in recognition for her work with the organization and her continuous efforts to rise up, and reach back.
Her family is from the Sal and Brava Islands of Cabo Verde, Africa. She holds a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Latino/a Studies from Williams College. Her coursework focused on new media and the cultural reproduction of transnational, diasporic populations. She continues to volunteer for the Williams College Black Alumni Network and has been privileged to don our coveted Purple Cow mascot costume on special occasions.
Ever since she learned to edit video and audio, Nicole has always been an advocate for creating spaces for diverse voices to be heard. Whether it’s inviting brown bodies to be represented on her podcast, or creating a package on brown girls who dance, Nicole has always made it a point to lift up people of color through her craft. She hopes to continue to lift as she climbs as she moves forward in her career endeavors.
Outside of her 9-5, Nicole enjoys working out, traveling, and more importantly, teaching herself choreography from all of Beyonce’s music videos.
After completing the 2019 ADCOLOR Futures program, Nicole is excited to now expand her involvement in the ADCOLOR Community through serving on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board.
Havas – Chicago
Roo Yeshpaul Johnson
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 Director of Social Media at Method Communications 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.
In 2018, Sarah was selected as one of forty applicants to the 2018 AdColor Futures Class. As a Muslim-American woman of color, Sarah is an ally who advocates for diversity and inclusion both inside and outside of her professional life. From participating in research initiatives with the AAF on the portrayal of minorities in media to advocating for representation in her workplace, and most recently joining the AdColor Advisory Board, Sarah is dedicated to inciting change and making advertising a more equitable industry.
In her off time, Sarah can be found baking jalapeño cheddar bagels, rewatching virtually every romcom in existence or playing a fiercely competitive game of Jeopardy with her family.