THE 13th ANNUAL ADCOLOR AWARDS PRESENTED BY FACEBOOK, GOOGLE | YOUTUBE, MICROSOFT 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.
A Rising Star is an up-and-coming young gun with less than seven years of experience. He/she stands out among his/her peers as someone who is brilliant, whose personality shines and whose differences only make him/her and those around them stronger as they move forward in their career.
A Rockstar is someone 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.
An Innovator is an employee who embodies progress and imagination. He/she stands out among peers as an inclusion game changer and brilliant pioneer in their role, creating breakthrough developments and/or improvements, whether tangible or intangible.
A Change Agent is the 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.
MOST VALUABLE PARTNERSHIP
The Most Valuable Partners (MVP) are 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 with NMSDC or WBENC certification that teams up for a short or long-term project that furthers diversity and inclusion.
ONE CLUB | ADCOLOR CREATIVE
The One Club | ADCOLOR Creative Award recipients are creative professionals of multicultural background who have demonstrated noteworthy talent and achievement within the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines.
ADCOLOR IN TECH
The ADCOLOR in Tech Award recipient is a champion of diversity & inclusion in the tech industries, who has pushed the boundaries and created positive change, setting the stage for other generations to take the opportunities made by this change agent, even further.
AD OF THE YEAR
The Ad of the Year is a campaign or single execution that is truly brilliant. That pushes boundaries, promotes conversation and highlights the lives of multicultural, LGBT and/or other under-represented Americans in the mass media.
Please note: When writing the ADCOLOR Nominee Summary you must include examples of how the nominee meets the criteria below.
Rise Up: How has the nominee gone above and beyond in his/her career?
E.g.: Notable accomplishments, clear business results, awards and recognition in the field.
Reach Back: How has the nominee gone out of his/her way to help others?
E.g.: Extent of involvement, influence on peers and impact of involvement on his/her organization, industry and/or community.
2019 HONOREES, NOMINEES & PRESENTERSClick To Read Honorees, Nominees & Presenters Bio
NYTimes best-selling author, Speaker, Podcast Host
Former SVP, Deputy/Associate Head of Production at Saatchi & Saatchi
Vice President, Google and Co-Founder, Creative Lab Google at Google
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Senior Manager, Equality Content, Narrative, and Marketing at Salesforce
Mother of Tiffany R. Warren
Star on Netflix's "Styling Hollywood" and Co-Founder/Chief Executive at JSN Studio
Chief Operating Officer at The American Advertising Federation
Actor, 13th Annual ADCOLOR Awards Announcer
Inclusion & Diversity Coordinator at The One Club for Creativity
Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer at Hearst Magazines
In 2018 Luvvie launched the podcast Rants & Randomness, a podcast where she covers her most pressing rants, raves and faves from this crazy thing called life. Set in the same honest and funny perspective Luvvie is known for, the podcast also features interviews with some amazing guests. Rants & Randomness was chosen as “New & Noteworthy” by Apple Podcasts and featured in the “BOLD WOMEN” collection by Apple Podcasts. It was chosen as a “featured podcast” by Spotify. And, NPR’s Michel Martin chose it as a “Must Listen.”
Luvvie’s work as a culture critic and activist has brought her much acclaim. She was included among the exclusive group of cultural influencers selected for Oprah Winfrey’s inaugural SuperSoul 100 list, as someone who “elevates humanity.” She was voted as the Influencer of the Year at the Iris Awards and was chosen as a Black Innovator by XFINITY Comcast. She is a past winner of the Women’s Media Center’s Social Media Award for using her voice and humor to amplify issues surrounding gender, racial and social justice. She’s been on the cover of ESSENCE Magazine and has been featured by The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., NPR, Marie Claire, Chicago Sun-Times, Black Enterprise, The Root and more. As a writer and columnist, Luvvie has contributed to Vulture, EBONY and Uptown Magazine.The University of Illinois alum is a sought-after speaker, host and correspondent who leverages her background in marketing, communications and new media. She has interviewed bosses like Oprah Winfrey, Geena Davis, Gloria Steinem, Thasunda Brown Duckett, Marsai Martin and Shonda Rhimes. She has spoken on numerous notable stages in the U.S. and abroad, including The Obama White House, MAKERS Conference, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, SXSW, Social Media Week (Nigeria, South Africa), Her TEDWomen opening talk, “Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable” has received over 4 million views since being published in December 2017. One of her Luvvie’s gifts is her ability to communicate grand ideas in small bytes. With her background and love for marketing, communications and new media, Luvvie created Awesomely Techie. It’s a resource site for entrepreneurs, small business owners and everyday people who want to use technology to make their work and personal lives more efficient.
The drive to leave the world better than she found it is the foundation of her work with The Red Pump Project, a nonprofit she co-founded with Karyn Brianne Lee. From March 2009 to 2018, Red Pump empowered and educated women and girls of color about HIV/AIDS. As Executive Director, Luvvie lead the national organization’s work in driving conversation to decrease stigma associated with the HIV epidemic. Red Pump’s work earned them a Congressional Record from the U.S. House of Representatives and Resolutions by the Illinois State Senate as well as the City Council of Chicago.
A proud Chicago girl, Luvvie enjoys laying around in her plush robe and eating a warm bowl of jollof rice in her free time.
Her love language is shoes. Her superpower is her side-eye. P.S. "Ajayi" is pronounced just like it's spelled. AH-JAH-YEE
Sheldon Levy (1952-2019)
Saatchi & Saatchi
In 1987, Sheldon gained his most prestigious title yet – DAD! Sheldon Jr. was born in June of 1987 and Sheldon was forever changed. In 1991, Sheldon’s life become even more exciting. He ventured off to start his own production company, Campanella Levy Films and his daughter Ashleigh was born in August that same year.
Sheldon later returned to Saatchi & Saatchi in 1996. He produced work for premier brands such as Novartis, I Love NY, JC Penney, and many more. During his career he had the opportunity to travel the world, often bringing his family along for the ride. He also mentored countless young men and women. Sheldon founded groundbreaking partnerships to expand on inclusion and diversity in the industry including: Streetlights, Artists in Residency and the Saatchi & Saatchi’s Nothing is Impossible Award with the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. Sheldon received numerous awards and honors throughout his illustrious career.
Sheldon was a kind, generous, intelligent, loving, and funny man. He was a shining example of a gentleman, husband, father, brother, and friend. To know him was to love him and to know what love is.
Dad/Yoda The Levy Family
In 1996, Hector was inducted into the Se Habla Español Hall of Fame. In 1997, Hector was instrumental in forming the U.S. Hispanic marketing industry’s first and most influential trade organization, the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA), now Culture Marketing Council (CMC) and was elected its founding President.
For over 17 years, Hector and colleagues have taught "Marketing and Advertising Effectively to the Latino Consumer" for the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Program. Through the Advertising Educational Foundation's (AEF) Ambassador Program, Hector lectures at colleges and universities across the country. In 2000, The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national non-profit organization that promotes and protects the civil rights of Latinos, presented its Corporate Social Responsibility Award to Hector.
Hector and his wife, Norma Orcí, were named of Philanthropists of the Year by the New American Alliance. Their commitment to nurturing and affecting change within the Hispanic community continues to fuel their passion. Over the last 20 years, Hector and Norma have co-founded several schools to support higher education. Hector has taken a leadership role in Hispanic community organizations and his service on community and industry boards is well known: it includes the boards of Children’s Bureau of Southern California, New Roads School, New American Alliance, Business Practices Review Committee (BPRC), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, and the Los Angeles Academy For The Arts and Enterprise.
Hector began his career at P&G, and lead account service teams at Y&R and McCann-Erickson in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the U.S.; he was CEO of DDB-Mexico and McCann-Erickson L.A. Hector holds an M.A. in Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a B.A. in International Relations from USC. Hector is a native of Sonora, Mexico.
Before being promoted to Chief Digital Officer, Helen was President of Partnerships for Publicis Media. She came to Publicis Media by way of one of its agencies, Zenith, where in her role as Managing Director, Digital & Magazine Activation, she brought Zenith’s print and digital activation teams together, making the agency the first in the industry to align content planning and buying with publishers, agnostic of platform. She also helped lead the practice of bringing Programmatic competency in-house to Zenith, integrating programmatic capabilities and bringing data driven insights into the hands of client teams; and integrated Analytics into the Communications Strategy teams, expanding the team’s remit beyond digital measurement to data informed audience insights discovery.
Helen’s vision, collaboration and leadership have led to widespread industry recognition, including recently being named an inaugural Campaign US Female Frontier award winner, a 2019 MediaPost Digital All-Star, 2018 Broadcasting & Cable Digital All-Star, 2017 Industry Thought Leader by 212NYC, 2016 Adweek Media All-Star and 2016 Cynopsis Top Women in Digital honoree. In 2017, Helen was appointed Digital Chair for the American Advertising Federation (AAF).
Helen’s professional focus goes beyond client and agency work, as she has established a reputation as an incredible mentor and role model among her teams. As the Executive Sponsor of Publicis Media’s Women’s Business Resource Group, POW! (Power of Women!), Helen makes it her personal mission to create conversations around female leadership and diversity in the workplace. She is also an active board member for Partnership With Children, a non-profit that helps over 10,000 New York City children overcome the stresses of growing up in poverty. Helen earned her bachelor’s degree at UCLA and her MBA at NYU.
Based in New York City, Pamon joined the company in December 2015, after an impressive run as the head of Sports & Entertainment Marketing for JP Morgan Chase and prior to that as the senior Vice President and General Manager of HBO’s Digital Distribution and Business Development Team. In his role, Pamon oversees all aspects of Parkwood Entertainment, Parkwood Touring and Parkwood Ventures, where he manages all partnerships, including the successful launch of the athleisure line, IVY Park, investment in the earth-responsible WTRMLN WTR, one of the most accessible cold pressed juices on the market, and continuing partnerships with Global Citizen and Chime For Change. Additionally, Pamon manages the operation of Parkwood Music, including the release of Beyoncé’s groundbreaking and culturally significant 2016 release, LEMONADE, and the careers of new signees: singer/rapper/songwriter Ingrid and singers/musicians Chloe x Halle.
In his relatively short time at the helm of Parkwood Entertainment, Pamon has already begun gathering accolades for setting and breaking records. He was intimately involved in the negotiations for arguably the most talked-about performance in Super Bowl history, when Beyoncé moved the world after taking the field for a show-stopping halftime at Super Bowl 50 in February 2016. He also worked closely on all aspects of the biggest tour of 2016 by any artist worldwide, the sold-out stadium Formation World Tour, which spanned across the United States and Europe.
Pamon is an active board member of New York Road Runners ("NYRR"), a non-profit organization that produces more than 100 sports events each year - including the famed New York City Marathon. He holds an MBA from The Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Business Administration (concentration in Finance) from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA).
Established in 2003, Ted has led Cashmere Agency to accumulate a diverse client roster; including BMW of North America, Jack in the Box, Google, Amazon, adidas, Lyft, Diageo, Beats by Dre, Disney, Marvel, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, FX, Hulu, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Netflix, FOX, Snoop Dogg and more. Cashmere Agency has been recognized as a leading force within the Creative Industry and has been the recipient of multiple awards; including 2019 Cannes Lions Creative Award, The Clio Awards, AdColor, A100 and named AdAge’s Multicultural 2019 Agency of the Year.
Ted holds a BA in Business with a specialization in Entertainment Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He’s been a guest speaker at Harvard University, Babson School of Business and the Directors Guild of America Music for Film & TV Conference.
Ted has been featured in Fast Company, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, AdWeek, Billboard, VICE and more as an expert on multicultural lifestyle and culture marketing. An industry veteran and serial entrepreneur, Ted Chung has received accolades across the industry; including The Entertainment Mogul Award by Character Media and an ADCOLOR Rockstar Award nominee, which recognizes the top leaders and visionaries in their industry.
Ted is an avid traveler and enjoys collecting unique items, including his extensive hip-hop memorabilia like the illustrious “Rap Snacks” collection and rap action figures. He’s also the proud owner of the rare Datsun 220z T-Top.
Emil has appeared On-Air discussing pop culture, fashion/style, entertainment and current affairs on The Today Show, NBC Channel 4 News New York, E!, VH-1, MTV, BET, CNN, The Insider, Arise 360, Revolt, and PBS.
Wilbekin has an expertise in editorial creation, content curation and multimedia storytelling (print, digital, social, video and live events) having served as Editor-At-Large at Essence, Managing Editor of Essence.com, Editor-in-Chief of Giant and Giantmag.com, Style Guru at Complex Media, VP of Brand Development at Marc Eckō Enterprises, Editorial Director/Vice President of Vibe Ventures and Editor-in-Chief of Vibe Magazine. Under Wilbekin’s leadership, Vibe won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2002.
He has served on the Boards of The Stonewall Community Foundation, DIFFA (The Design Industry Fights AIDS), LifeBeat, The Black AIDS Institute, and Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Wilbekin's work, creativity and leadership have been honored by the following organizations: Harlem’s Fashion Row, GLAAD, Hetrick-Martin Institute, HRC (The Human Rights Campaign), Stonewall Community Foundation, The Anti-Violence Project, and the Black Alumni of Pratt.
Wilbekin holds a B.S. in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. He resides in New York City.
With a few years in NYC under his Jordan’s, he decided to move to Europe where he joined the award-winning TBWA/Paris and worked on brands like Absolut Vodka, McDonald’s, PlayStation, Heineken and Nissan. After five years at TBWA/Paris, he decided to take on another challenge in the most romantic city in the world and moved to Ogilvy Paris and became the Glob-al Creative Director of Coke Zero, while working on other brands such as Louis Vuitton and Perrier.
The red white and blue was calling him back, and after seven years in Par-is, Brandon came back to the US of A to Leo Burnett Chicago, where he was SVP, Global Creative Director of Samsung Electronics, helping usher the brand into the pop-cultural icon it has become to date. After that, he continued west to Los Angeles, taking the helm at Kastner as Managing Chief Creative Officer. At the same time, Brandon was driving other entre-preneurial triumphs as co-founder and CCO of SNKR INC. and founder and CCO of Fluent – a venture-building innovation studio with the cultural impact of a lifestyle brand.
Brandon has won every single major award in the industry on both conti-nents and is one of the world’s youngest and freshest CCO’s in the business including: Los Angeles Business Journal’s Most Influential Marketers 2019, Ad Age 40 Under 40 2018, and 4A’s 100 People Who Make Advertising Great 2017. But when you meet him you will realize he’s just a kid with a big heart.
Before coming to Google Robert was Global Creative Director of Starbucks. Robert co-founded Creative Lab, and has now been at Google over ten years. Most interestingly, he became the first VP at Google with an Art degree.
Curly Girl Collective
When a group of our recently-natural girlfriends, who had been chatting on an email group, decided to meet face to face at an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Many of us had never met before, but the energy in the room that night was magical. We exchanged tips, swapped products, shared stories, and left knowing we had to do it again. And that more people needed to experience it.
Soon after, a few of us from the meetup started an event business called Curly Girl Collective (CGC), creating a platform ripe for conversation, affecting more than just hair choices, but addressing the spectrum of subjects that start with hair, and end with self-actualization.
For the next three years, we hosted small events around the city. With each event, the demand grew stronger, and it quickly became evident that the growing natural hair community needed an advocate to overcome the increasing challenges we were facing in American society. From elementary schools and team sports, to the armed forces and corporate America, natural hairstyles had become a target of scrutiny like never before. We knew we were at a pivotal point and sought to take a stand! A bigger platform was needed to shift the conversation and show the world that beauty comes in a range of shades, shapes and textures.
CURLFEST®, the world’s largest natural beauty festival, was born to be the change that was long overdue. To flip the false narrative around unruly brown beauty, and create one that accurately showcases the glory of our crowns, the richness of our skin, and the joy of our culture.
Despite our growth in such a short time, we remain humbled by the support our movement has received over the years. Our hope is that the next generation of women and girls grow up knowing that whether fair-skinned or dark, straight-haired or kinky, beauty has many faces. Including theirs.
The program was created to bring more diverse marketing candidates into the recruitment process with the hope that they will stay with the agency or Verizon. The adfellows program selects college graduates from across the country, all with diverse backgrounds, to participate in the fellowship program. Verizon fully covers the housing and expenses for all fellows to ensure that people of all backgrounds can have the chance to participate.
In 2018, adfellows produced 19 graduates, and more than 90% of the graduates were offered positions at one of the member companies. The second year of adfellows produced 29 graduates and also saw the program expand to include additional brand partners such as The Community, MRY, R/GA, McGarry Bowen and Accenture. With it's third year to start this September, the program will include a total of 17 companies and agencies including, Anheuser-Busch inBev, American Express, and Walmart.
During her 9-5 as a creative at Facebook and Instagram, she works with beauty clients like Estée Lauder and L’Oreal, using her art direction and design skills to develop people-first ideas and strategic solutions. Prior to Facebook, Brittany worked at Wieden+Kennedy, and has participated in programs such as MAIP, MPMS and the ADCOLOR FUTURES.
Brittany’s passion for building a more inclusive community spreads beyond the platforms, through her work leading workshops, speaking at events, and doing proactive projects to empower others to grow and flourish through creativity.
Brittany is a first-generation Jamaican-American who lives in New York; you can peek in to her beautiful world via Instagram @brittjohnz
sparks & honey
Alexandra also served as Global President of Salesforce's Black Employee Resource Group, BOLDforce.
Prior to Salesforce, she worked as a journalist and content marketer.
Sherice Guillory Torres
Prior to Google, Sherice spent nearly 15 years at Nickelodeon in a variety of leadership roles across consumer products, strategic planning and digital.
She serves as a board member for Breakthrough Silicon Valley, a nonprofit empowering high potential students from underserved schools in San Jose to prepare for and gain entrance to four year universities.
Prior to his current role, Dhane was EVP, Global Business Lead responsible for McCann Worldgroup’s Coca-Cola Co. business across 64 global markets.
Before joining McCann Worldgroup in 2015, Dhane spent 10 years at Anomaly and BBDO's NY and London offices leading brand efforts for Snickers, Mercedes-Benz, M&M’s, Bud Light, Guinness and SUBWAY.
Dhane holds an MBA from Florida A&M University and frequently mentors students and consults with women and minority owned businesses.
Krystle is a proud alumna of Spelman College where she received, with honors, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics.
As Chief Relationship Officer of Egami Group, Mike worked in partnership with his wife and business partner, Teneshia Warner, to position Egami as one of the industry’s most-awarded agencies in 2018 including an Emmy and a Cannes Lion Grand Prix… a first for an African American owned agency.
Egami's impressive list of clients include P&G, My Black is Beautiful, Pfizer, MLB, Verizon, Target, Hennessy, Heineken and The U.S. Army.
Mike is also Tourism Ambassador to Antigua & Barbuda and partner in a prominent music licensing company.
Antionette D. Carroll
Creative Reaction Lab
Olusola “Shala.” Akintunde
The Movement Worldwide
LaToya acts as Google's TV spokesperson, where she crafts consumer messages about our products and service on networks like CNN, NBC, FOX, ABC and others.
Julian LOGIK Gilliam
Leo Burnett Chicago
McCann New York
Previously, Brendan was the Executive Director of Edu21C, the education non-profit that brought the education documentary, Most Likely To Succeed, to communities across the globe. He also served as a high school math teacher in his hometown of San Antonio, TX.
Brendan has a BBA in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin and is a long-time participant and coach in speech and debate.
A three-time honoree of Adweek’s Top 50 most indispensable executives in Marketing and Business Insider’s Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising, Danielle is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. Danielle serves as an executive mentor for Cannes Lions’ See It Be It and is on the Board of the IAB.
Google X UN Women - Courage To Question
The Courage to Question successfully premiered at the United Nations for International Women's Day. At the launch of the Courage to Question, 750 people screened the trailer, including high level representatives of tech industry, private sector, and civil society.
R/GA X The Ad Council - Love Has No Labels
TONL X Nike - Women/Women of Color In Soccer Photo Project
"An Open Mind is the Best Look" - Nordstrom & Droga5
"Changing The Game" - Microsoft & McCann New York
"Dream Crazy" - Nike & Wieden+Kennedy
"Rising, Love Has No Labels" - Ad Council & R/GA
R/GA’s collaboration with the Ad Council is a powerful catalyst for community activism, and has been recognized by both AdColor and Interpublic as a best in class example of a truly needle-moving campaign. The reach of Love Has No Labels spans television, print, digital PSA, and film, as well as an extensive social media program.
"The Truth is Worth It" - The New York Times & Droga5
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.
Linda E. Champion
It wasn’t long before Adair met his husband, Jason Bolden, who at the time was already a budding interior designer and celebrity stylist.
In 2014, Adair + Jason launched JSN STUDIO, a multi-disciplinary design studio made up of individuals who support the couple to realize the full breadth of their creative output in fashion + design.
More recently, Adair + Jason launched their show “Styling Hollywood,” which debuted on Netflix on August 30th.
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.
She is also the Programs Manager for ADCOLOR. A not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the creative industries. Her role also includes managing the ADCOLOR FUTURES. 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 diversity, 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 story at a time.
Currently, as the Chief Brand Officer at Adweek, Mr. Wright is charged with developing the global strategy for all Adweek awards, events.
Publicis Media Exchange, Global
Derek ‘Fonzworth Bentley’ Watkins
Dr. Danielle Robinson
Prior to Facebook, Fatima led U.S., International, and Global consumer marketing teams at Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola and Disney, leading brands including Tylenol, Listerine, Johnsons Baby, and Nestea, as well as their corporate counterparts. She began her career at Bain & Company and holds graduate degrees in Business Administration and Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Cura Cannabis Solutions
Prior to Cura, Jason held the position of Executive Vice President and Global Head of Marketing for Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats). Under Jason’s leadership, Beats dominated its category in US and China and extended its international influence throughout Asia. Prior to Beats, Jason was Managing Director at Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai, which he helped launch for lead client Nike as they prepared for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In between stints in Shanghai, Jason was the Global Account Director on Nike at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Oregon, and worked on developing campaigns for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods.
Jason is a graduate of The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and began his career in New York City at Saatchi & Saatchi and BBDO. He is currently a board member of the diversity initiative Marcus Graham Project and the digital lab Chinatown Bureau.
Prior to Google, Jonathan has had the opportunity to gain experience at amazing companies like JCPenney Corporate, 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.
Jonathan currently serves as Co-Lead of the 2019 ADCOLOR Advisory Board.
Jovanne A. Jerome
The One Club for Creativity
< Born and raised in New Rochelle, NY to Haitian parents, Jovanne attended Fordham University, attaining a BA in Communications and Organizational Leadership.
RAPP WELL Global
For two decades, Justin’s passion has been to mentor junior talent. Helping them to build self-belief, and to demonstrate this belief in big and small ways - every day. Justin likes to teach a simple mantra: “Doors open to those who push them.”
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.
Procter & Gamble
Lisa E. Davis
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Marc Stephenson Strachan
Prior to Google, Marvin worked in strategy, marketing and general management. Most recently he was at Nike, where he led marketing efforts for Greater China, Japan and Korea, as well as strategic global projects like NIKEiD and NIKE+.
Mixed Company Podcast
We want you to listen closely as we share our experiences and opinions based on our actual careers in advertising.
We say all the things you never would, in mixed company...
Rik van der Kooi
Rik has successfully formed numerous industry partnerships with Verizon, Yahoo!, AOL and others. He is the Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the executive sponsor of the Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) employee resource group.
Shvona Chung and baby daughter
Wife of Ted Chung
Previously, as EVP, D&I Strategy and Talent Development at the 4A’s, Singleton was the visionary architect of high-profile initiatives including The Face Of Talent symposium and Talent@2030, the only Executive Leadership Conference focused on advancing Talent Innovation in advertising. Also, to her credit, is the transformation of the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) and the 4A’s Foundation.
Tai Life Media LLC
Passionate about women’s empowerment and mentoring, this Fall, Tai will launch Beyond Ready, an online e-learning and live events experience that provides confidence coaching and business development for women and men who seek to move with intention and purpose personally and professionally.
Relying on her expertise as a brand strategist, Tai has proven to be a true mastermind creating strategies that connects international and national consumer brands with a female demographic. These skills were honed early in her career while serving as an editor at top magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, O, The Oprah Magazine, Suede, and Seventeen Magazine— where she made history in 2004 as their youngest and first African American Beauty and Fitness Director to take on this coveted role.
Throughout the years, Tai has lent her expertise to platforms like ABC, NBC, E!, BET, The Wendy Williams Show, TLC, and TV One as host, personality, style authority and judge. She has also partnered and served as a trusted expert, brand ambassador, content creator for companies like CoverGirl, Ford, GM, InStyle, Lexus, McDonald’s, Proctor and Gamble, Shea Moisture, Target, and Walmart among others.
Currently living in Los Angeles, Tai is a proud New Jersey native and alumna of Spelman College. Tai can be found at taibeauchamp.com and across social at @taibeau.
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