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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.
She is also the Director of ADCOLOR Programs for ADCOLOR. A not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the creative industries. Her role includes overseeing our ADCOLOR Community Groups like Latinx For ADCOLOR and managing the ADCOLOR FUTURES Program. A young professionals program designed to identify and nurture the industry’s next generation of future leaders. With 7+ years of experience, Criseli shares in the success of this program which has garnered from across the nation, 220 of the most diverse, creative and talented individuals in Advertising, Marketing, Media, PR, Tech and Entertainment. In the efforts of providing training, mentorship and development to a class of 30 individuals.
In addition to Criseli’s career in DE+I, she volunteers at her local church as a Vocalist, Project Manager and Service Producer. She is also passionate about leading a sisterhood group and building up the women in her community. She is a daughter, a sister, a mentor and friend with a mission to change hearts and minds one day at a time.
Prior to Google, Adu led social media efforts at THX Ltd. (founded by George Lucas) for movies including “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Jurassic World,” “Creed 2,” “Uncle Drew” "A Star Is Born" and other summer blockbusters. His work has driven efforts for the Coca-Cola Company, NBA, PepsiCo, Dallas Cowboys, JCPenney, Spotify, AT&T, General Motors, CNN, South by Southwest and several other organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Adu has been recognized by local and national pr, marketing and advertising outlets including Saint Heron (Founded by Solange Knowles), BET, Black Enterprise, ADCOLOR Conference and Awards, CNN, Soul Train, Revolt TV, Blavity, CW 33, Ebony/Jet Magazine, Rolling Out, American Advertising Federation, HuffPost and AdAge, receiving such recognitions as Adweek’s 2017 feature, “100 People Who Make Advertising Great,” Black Enterprise’s 2016 Modern Man Highlight, The San Francisco Egotist’s “32 Under 32 Top Advertising Professionals” and Dallas Observer’s “30 Under 30” honoree.
Besides his success in the advertising and PR communities, Adu made his mark in the art world by curating and exhibiting original art in 10 solo art exhibitions. His projects include “African Amedia,” a performance piece addressing the negative portrayal of African Americans in the media and “Unsung Changemakers,” a mix-media installation that celebrates the untold stories of African American heroes. Adu is an active member of the American Advertising Federation and AIGA. He also serves as an advisory board member for The Marcus Graham Project, as well as a member of The Barack Obama My Brother's Keeper Program and the Director of social media for the ADCOLOR Conference and Awards.
Adu also lends his time and knowledge at Miami Ad School where he teaches classes on graphic design, corporate identity, layout and design, social media and advertising campaign management. In 2016, Adu released his first book, “Don’t Insert Title Here: The Guide Towards Creative Freedom and Success.” and his second in 2018, “The Threat of Creative Annihilation.”
He credits his career versatility to hard work and a calling to change the world with innovative ideas “Through my artistry, I aspire to challenge myself to think outside the box and I hope to inspire everyone around the world to push the boundaries of their creativity,” Adu said.
Michelle is a champion of diversity and committed mentor. She is the current ADCOLOR Talent Manager, the 2018 Ms. ADCOLOR, and an ADCOLOR Advisory Board alumna. Michelle is also a member of the Kriola’s Professional Association Leadership Board and the Creative Reaction Lab Advisory Board.
She holds a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Latino/a Studies from Williams College. Her family is from the Cabo Verde Islands.
Katie is also the Communications Manager for ADCOLOR, leading public relations efforts for the organization and its annual events. Prior to working in NYC with Omnicom and ADCOLOR, Katie worked at SHIFT Communications in Boston. During her time at the PR agency, she serviced B2B technology clients and secured quality coverage in publications such as Adweek, Entrepreneur and Forbes. Katie graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Communication Management and Design and a minor in its Honors Program.
Certified Special Events Producer (CSEP)
Certified Technical Event Production
Named by BizBash as one of the top Event Producers in the U.S., 2019
Named as one of Black Enterprise’s, 40 Game Changers, 2010
BizBash Finalist for Event Producer of the Year, 2010
BizBash Finalist for Social Planner of the Year, 2011
Emmy Nominee, Outstanding Historical Documentary, 2013
Member of International Special Events Society
Member of Women in Music
Member of The Recording Academy
Captivate Marketing Group is led by, Yvonne McNair, the highly creative certified Entertainment Marketing Professional and Emmy Nominated Event Producer. Yvonne has a proven track record of conceptualizing and orchestrating small and large production events, marketing campaigns and programs to effectively create business development opportunities, increase revenue and growth. Yvonne is known as a powerhouse behind the scene closing deals, sculpting entertainment, one exquisite experience at a time. She has worked with some of the biggest names and brands in the entertainment industry from grassroots organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and A-List artists.
Yvonne started her career early in the music industry, under the mentorship of Esther Gordy Edwards, sister of Berry Gordy and creator of the Motown Museum. At the age of 22, Yvonne was featured on the cover of Crain’s magazine as "Someone to Watch in the Industry". The tutelage from Ms.Gordy-Edwards proved as an on-ramp for her career. Yvonne has used those valuable lessons throughout her career, establishing herself as a strategic thinker with the tenacity to over deliver for her clients. Her wealth of brand management expertise in both the branded corporate environment and entertainment industry, allows her to execute events and marketing programs that have increased ROI for her many clients. Yvonne’s experience has given her the latitude to create innovative marketing campaigns and event management for top brands and numerous media and entertainment companies over the years. The Sundance Film Festival, VH1, NBC, BET Networks, Apple Music, and MTV are among many others and for her work designing the marketing campaign for the Chicago Urban League’s Emmy award-winning urban lifestyle television program, garnered her the Emmy Nomination as Event Producer. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her work on WVON’s 50th Anniversary Historical Documentary.
Yvonne’s creative reputation and work ethic have far-reaching effects that will stay with many of us for years to come. Notably so, her work with Prince. Yvonne was responsible for the Prince residency secret shows at City Winery in New York. In 2013, the shows were named as the 39th reason to love NY in New York Magazine. Yvonne was also responsible for producing Prince’s record-breaking performance at the ESSENCE Festival in 2014, along with turning the Mercedes Benz Super Dome purple to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Purple Rain.
Most recently Yvonne has continued her mission of creating historic events. In 2018, Yvonne produced the notable 30th Anniversary show of New Jack Swing at the Essence Music Festival and two historic shows at the legendary Apollo Theater. The show was led by the King of New Jack Swing, Teddy Riley and featured appearances by Keith Sweat, Guy, Blackstreet featuring Dave Hollister, Doug E. Fresh, Mc Lyte, Kool Moe Dee, SWV and DJ – D-Nice. Yvonne also produced the first annual BET Her Awards which kicked off the annual BET Experience weekend in Los Angeles. Yvonne’s work is highly respected by top industry executives as she was able to break an artist without marketing dollars, radio airplay or label support.
Accolades to date: In 2010, Black Enterprise/WVON recognized Yvonne as one of the elite “40 Game Changers”. She was also recognized by BizBash as a 2011 finalist for Social Event Planner of the year and in 2012 as Event Producer of the year. In 2013, Yvonne was nominated for an Emmy as a producer for a historical documentary that she created. Yvonne currently resides in New York City and is a current member of International Special Events Society, Women in Music and the Recording Academy. Yvonne holds a B.A. in Management and M.B.A. in Marketing. She is also a Certified Special Events Producer and Certified in technical event production.