THE ADCOLOR AWARDS PRESENTED BY GSD&M AND OMNICOM GROUP
Since 2007, ADCOLOR has honored individuals and companies that go above and beyond to make a difference in the creative and tech industries. This is our night to celebrate their accomplishments and give them the recognition they’ve so richly earned.
2017 ADCOLOR NOMINEES
THE AD OF THE YEAR
Client: YouTube Agency: Anomaly “It’s Not Just What We Listen to, It’s Who Are”
Client: NFL & The Ad Council Agency: R/GA “The Love Cam”
Client: The Atlantic Agency: Wieden+Kennedy, The Atlantic “Typecast”
Client: Johnnie Walker US Agency: Anomaly “Keep America Walking”
Client: GMHC Agency: FCB Health “Blood Equality”
Associate Director, Social Media Strategy, VML
Ronnie Dickerson Stewart
VP, Group Director- Talent Engagement & Inclusion, DigitasLBi, NA
Global Head of Shows Marketing, YouTube
Head of Multicultural Marketing, Google
Software Engineer, YouTube
Founder & CEO, Blavity
Head of Brand & Consumer Marketing, Facebook
CEO & Publisher, Okayafrica
Worldwide Chief Business Development Officer, Ogilvy & Mather
Associate Director, Paid Social Lead, The Engine Group
Senior Strategic Planner, FCB Chicago
Copywriter, BBDO Worldwide
MOST VALUABLE PARTNERSHIP
The Advertising Club of NY & PWC LLP
Wieden+Kennedy & Pacific Education Group
BlackDoctor.org & SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
2017 HONOREESClick To Read Honoree's Bio
Managing Director, International Content, Platforms and Talent at ABC Studios International
Actor & Activist, Star of "13 Reasons Why"
President, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Carol H. Williams Advertising
ABC Studios International
In Ms. Lee’s former role as Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting at ABC Entertainment Group (ABCEG): ABC Network and ABC Studios, a position she held for more than a decade, she oversaw all talent and casting for ABC Television Network and ABC Studios, including multiple award-winning series such as “Modern Family,” “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Black-ish,” “Fresh Off The Boat,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “American Crime, ”and “Quantico.”
Under Ms. Lee's decade of leadership, ABC received a total of 30 Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Acting Categories including Viola Davis’s historical Emmy Award in 2015 as the first African American actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and Regina King for Best Supporting Actress, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, and 159 Emmy Award nominations for actors including Kerry Washington, Sofia Vergara, and Timothy Hutton. During Ms. Lee’s tenure, ABC also received 60 Golden Globe Nominations and five Golden Globe Awards in the acting categories.
Ms. Lee spearheaded ABCEG's efforts to bring greater inclusiveness to the screen, a strategy that has led to domestic ratings success as well as expanded global viewership for the company. Diverse and international talent is both a strategic priority and a personal passion for Ms. Lee. Her relentless and global search for talent led to the discovery of talent such as Bollywood sensation Priyanka Chopra, who was cast in the drama “Quantico” after Ms. Lee met her in India and brokered a talent deal with her in a competitive situation. Ms. Lee discovered Korean actress Yunjin Kim, who starred in the ABC series “Mistress” and whose character in “Lost” was created for her after Ms. Lee orchestrated a meeting with executive producer J.J. Abrams. Colombian actress Sofia Vergara was cast by Ms. Lee in several roles, ultimately starring in “Modern Family.” Sara Ramirez was discovered by Ms. Lee after the Broadway show “Spamalot,” and her role in “Grey’s Anatomy” was created after Ms. Lee introduced Ramirez to creator, writer and Executive Producer, Shonda Rhimes.
Keli Lee's commitment to finding global talent also led her to conceptualize and create ABC Discovers, a series of landmark initiatives with a globally focused creative talent recruiting program that leverages technology to allow acting, writing and directing talent to submit their original content online. Winners of the program are offered training, mentorship, and capital in order to scale their skills. As the result of this and other efforts, Ms. Lee and her team discovered and mentored more than 500 diverse and international actors. Past program participants include 2014 Academy-Award® winning actress Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave,” 2015 Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin,” Chadwick Boseman of “Marvel’s Black Panther,” Jesse Williams of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Randall Park of “Fresh Off The Boat,” “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and Cornelius Smith Jr., who is now a series regular on the ABC hit drama “Scandal.”
Ms. Lee earned a B.A. in Philosophy from New York University and is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at The Aspen Institute. She was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000” in 2015.She is a national Board Member for Step Up, and was the 2012 recipient of the Step Up Women’s Network Inspiration Award. She is also a former mentor to the Korean government's Ministry of Culture and Tourism for KOCCA and is a member of the Council of Urban Professionals, for which she received their CUP Catalyst Award in 2014.
Ogilvy & Mather
Wilson’s theatre accolades include his portrayal of the critically acclaimed role ‘Angel’ on Broadway and in the West Coast Premiere of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical, RENT. His portrayal earned him The Los Angeles Ovation Award and Dramalogue Award. He also starred in Tick, Tick, BOOM! at the Westport Country Playhouse, West Coast Premiere, and its Frist National Tour.
Wilson has also portrayed a long line of memorable and poignant characters on television. From one of TV’s first transgender characters in the Emmy nominated episode of ALLY MCBEAL, to series regular roles on PARTY OF FIVE, RICK AND STEVE, THE HAPPIEST GAY COUPLE IN THE WORLD. Wilson recurred as ‘Kenji Comez Rejon’ on FOX television’s ensemble drama, THE RED BAND SOCIETY, starring Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer. He has also recurred on SHAMELESS, THE WEST WING, NOAH’S ARC, PUSHING DAISIES, THE CLOSER, NCIS, AMERICAN DAD, RELATED MONK, ER, THE FINDER, and HUSTLING.
Wilson’s career has equally translated to success on the big screen in both studio and independent films. His film credits include, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, SUPERNOVA, NIXON, THE PEOPLE I’VE SLEPT WITH, PARTY MONSTER, COFFEE DATE, JOHNS, ALL OVER ME, and METH HEAD.
On the frontlines of LGBT advocacy, Wilson Cruz recently served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and as National Spokesperson for GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT media advocacy organization. Wilson also wrote and is executive producing a six-‐ part Docuseries, OUT OF THE BOX: HOW AMERICA CAME OUT ON TV.
Johnson Publishing Company
Carol H. Williams
Carol H. Williams Advertising
David & Goliath
TBWA\Media Arts Lab
Ad of The Year
A campaign or single execution that pushed boundaries, promotes conversation and highlights the lives of multicultural, LGBTQ or other underrepresented individuals in mass media.
ADCOLOR | ONE CLUB CREATIVE
Creative professionals of multicultural background who have demonstrated noteworthy talent and achievement within the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines.
ADCOLOR in Tech
A champion of diversity & inclusion within the tech industries, who has pushed the boundaries and created positive change, setting the stage for other generations to take opportunities made by this change agent even further.
An LGBTQ creative industry professional who increases awareness of LGBTQ advertising, marketing and/or causes within and outside of the communications industry.
An individual who uses his or her platform to serve as the voice of a cause or community-educating and inspiring current and future generations within the creative industries.
An individual within a company who is using his/her talents and position to enhance the corporate culture and create a more inclusive environment – calling attention to the talents of all types of people. This can be part of or beyond the scope of that persons’ primary role.
An individual who embodies progress and imagination. He/she stands out among peers as a game changer and pioneer in their role, creating breakthrough developments and/or improvements whether tangible or intangible.
A seasoned industry veteran, a trailblazer who pushed the boundaries and created positive change, setting the stage for other generations to take the opportunities made by this legend even further.
Honorees are the latest inductees of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame or a distinguished veteran professional whose notable lifetime contributions to the creative industries is a singular achievement.
Most Valuable Partnership
Two people/companies that work together to provide exceptional and highly effective diversity solutions within their organizations and industries. They may be an agency, marketer, media company or diverse supplier.
A young professional who has less than 7 years experience. They are carving a path, setting goals and pushing their talents and skills to the limit to achieve them.
An individual who, whether through their primary role or extracurricular activities, shows brilliance as a leader and visionary in the industry. He/she has a positive track record and the potential to accomplish so much more. Falling in between the Rising Star and the Legend, this individual is creating his or her own path and encouraging others to shine.
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