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Chief Operating Officer at The American Advertising Federation
EVP, Business Development at Endeavor Global Marketing
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
The 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 & 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.
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
Endeavor Global Marketing
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.
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 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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Manager, Urban Marketing for Social Media & Streaming at Sony Music Entertainment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Queen Creative Group
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.
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.
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.
The Collective Agency
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sony Music Entertainment
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.
J. Walter Thompson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Kai Jones Weidie
McCann New York