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 AND NOMINEESClick To Read Honorees & Nominees Bio
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
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 women rights defenders profiled in Courage to Question are Chief Kachindamoto, who fights to end child marriages in Malawi; Lydia Cacho, a Mexican journalist combating sex trafficking; Asha Kowtal, president of the Dalit Women's Rights movement in India; and Ms. Alice Marie Johnson, a non violent offender recently pardoned, who is giving voice to the rights of incarcerated women and mothers in the US.
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 UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, President of the UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Chair of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women Geraldine Byrne Nason, and 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
Derek ‘Fonzworth Bentley’ Watkins
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.
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13th ANNUAL ADCOLOR AWARDS Presented by Facebook, Google | YouTube, Microsoft and Omnicom Group
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