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THE ADCOLOR CONFERENCE PRESENTED BY FACEBOOK, GOOGLE | YOUTUBE AND OMNICOM GROUP

The ADCOLOR Conference, the premier diversity gathering for professionals at all levels, will be going virtual this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The conference will be an immersive, day-and-a-half event that virtually convenes innovators, experts and thought leaders from multiple creative industries: advertising, marketing, media, entertainment, public relations and tech.

The theme for this year’s conference, “Here For It”, is about showing up, being present, continuing the fight and striving for progress. Although we can’t be together in person, our virtual conference will allow us to rise up and reach back together in the safest way possible.

ADCOLOR Everywhere will be held from September 8th-10th. For additional details on the 2020 event and to register, please visit our virtual event site.

Please click on the links below to learn more about our 2020 experience and this year’s theme.

Go to ADCOLOR Everywhere

We are ADCOLOR®.
We are here for the outsiders.
We are here for the advocates.
We are here for the fighters.
For the essential workers and unsung heroes.
We are the ones who dismantled the status quo by standing together.
And flattened the curve by standing apart.
We are here for the celebration of that strength and the evolution of our purpose.
For calling out injustice of every form and railing against it every time…
For taking care of one another when taking a stand takes its toll…
For spreading love across our cultures and being better allies to each other.
We’re not here for fragility. Spend some privilege.
We’re not here for being The Only One. Lift those who are up next.
We’re not here for waiting on change. We’re here to get it done.
It will be hard. It might be lonely,
but despite the distance, we are here for you through it all.
It’s a fight. It’s an honor. It’s a privilege.
We are ADCOLOR.
We are here for it.

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ADCOLOR AfterDark

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Comedian & Actress

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Founder & President at ADCOLOR and SVP, Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom Group

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Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity at WPP

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Artist Relations at Google/YouTube

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Visual Story Technologist at Adewole Photography

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Global Creative Director, Nike at Wieden+Kennedy Portland

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Correspondent at ABC News

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UK/IE Podcast Partnerships Manager at Spotify

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Front End Developer at sparks & honey

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Singer, Actor, Entertainer, Author

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CEO and Impact Producer at LaVant Consulting Inc.

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Chef, Author

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Director of Marketing, Consumer/Entertainment Division at AT&T

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Film & Media Reporter at Variety

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Chief Operating Officer at Imbellus

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Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University

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VP of Content Strategy at Ensemble

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Digital Director at O, The Oprah Magazine

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GDirector, Global Marketing at Google

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Creative Director at Wieden + Kennedy

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Chairman at Gold House

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CEO/Founder at JB Training Solutions

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Chief Creative Officer at Kastner

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Creative Director at Google

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Co-Founder #TheShowMustBePaused and Senior Artist Campaign Manager at Platoon

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Creative Strategist at Facebook

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Nonprofit Executive & Educator, co-founder at Campaign Zero

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VP Content at Hearst Magazines

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Management Supervisor at Wieden + Kennedy

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Co-Chair of ADCOLOR Advisory Board at ADCOLOR and Principal + Creative Director at Tabernacle

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Chief Marketing Officer at Citi

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Copywriter at Swift Agency

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Cultural Strategist at sparks & honey

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Co-Lead of Planning Committee on ADCOLOR Advisory Board and Communications Strategist at Droga5

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Visual Storyteller & Educator at Ndemay Media Group

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Chief Equity Officer for the Americas at Dentsu Aegis Network

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Author

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Creative Director at PAPER

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Senior Sales Director at Microsoft

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LGBTQIA Advocate and Head curator at @daniellaguestbook

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Chief Fan Officer at NBA

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Chief Brand Officer at ADWEEK

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Creative Director, Curator, Journalist Freelancer

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Global Consumer Marketing Lead at Google

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Co-lead of University Committee on ADCOLOR Advisory Board and Senior Strategist at McGarrah Jessee

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Associate Professor of Communication at University of Tampa

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Associate Professor of Advertising at University of Illinois

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Professor of Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communications at Eastern Michigan University

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Assistant Professor of Marketing at University of Illinois at Chicago

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Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B at Apple Music

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Co-Founder at HealHaus

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Chief Creative Officer at #WOW Agency

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Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at FleishmanHillard

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Digital Content Creator at The Empress Agency

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Brand Director, Nike Basketball at Wieden + Kennedy

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EVP and COO North America at Unilever

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Actress, Producer, Advocate

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Founder at Glowe Group and CoFounder at Curlfest

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Founder at WELL Summit

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Co-founder and President at African American Film Critics Association

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President and Founder at Courageous Conversation

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Grammy award-winning producer & Chairman and interim President/CEO at Recording Academy

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Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Interpublic Group

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Chief Digital Officer at Publicis Media

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Sr XR Project Manager at Verizon Media

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Director, Client Strategy at sparks & honey

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VP, Multicultural Communications and D&I at Edelman

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Head of Strategic Partnerships for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn

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Recruiter at Facebook

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Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer at BBDO

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Director, Global Supplier Diversity at Facebook

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Creative Strategist at Snap, Inc.

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Comedian, Writer, Actor, Organizer at jennyyang.tv

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Chief of Staff of ADCOLOR Advisory Board and Account Executive at Xandr

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Creative Equity Advisor & Transformation Facilitator

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Vice President at Society Of Voice Arts And Sciences

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Founder and Creative Director at The Ocho System

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Head of Social Strategy at Wieden + Kennedy

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Entrepreneur, New Media & Black Culture Pioneer at Blavity, Inc.

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Cultural Strategist at sparks & honey

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Global Marketing Recruiter at Google

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Co-Founder at TONL

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Founder at OnPurpose Movement

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Global Director of Community Engagement at WPP

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Director, Diversity & Engagement at McCann New York

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Founder, Visual Effects Supervisor at Alpha Studios

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CCO/Founder at CARTWRIGHT

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Founder and CEO at JOY Collective

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Senior Cultural Strategist at sparks & honey

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Co-Chair of ADCOLOR Advisory Board at ADCOLOR and Creative Director RAPP at RAPP

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Executive Director at African American Policy Forum

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Head of Business Development and Marketing at sparks & honey

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Executive Director at Seventeen

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Chief Executive Officer at YR Media

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Actor/Writer at Lailou Productions

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Maternity Wellness Expert / Founder at Mama Glow

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President at Ogilvy New York

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Consumer Marketing at Facebook

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Content Strategy Editor at Refinery29

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Communications Manager, Office of the CEO at Microsoft

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News Editor at Wall Street Journal

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Recruiter at Facebook

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U.S. Chief Operating Officer & President of Washington, D.C. at Edelman

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Chief Marketing Officer at Google

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Associate Creative Director at McCann Worldgroup

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VP, Learning, Impact, Family, Film & TV at YouTube

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Global Head on Human Rights at Google

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Chief Brand Officer at P&G

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Chairman at ADCOLOR

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Manager, Multicultural Marketing at HBO

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Account Supervisor at Droga5

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Artist & Photographer at Mark Clennon Creative

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American film director, writer, producer

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Leadership Recruiter, R4R at Facebook

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Actress, Iconic Rapper, DJ, & Philantropist at Sunni Gyrl Entertainment, Inc

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Events Producer at Facebook

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Chief Diversity Officer at Google

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Global Head of Production, Beats By Dr. Dre at Apple Inc.

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Immersive/Interactive Storyteller Freelance

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Strategic Communities Program Manager, Media Partnerships at Facebook

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Editor in Chief at Allure

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Chief Executive Officer & President at Ketchum

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Author at The Memo

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Award-Winning Creative, Speaker & Founder/ECD at Red&Co.

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Head of Diversity & Cross Cultural Marketing at Unilever

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Chair and Chief Executive Officer at UWG

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Global Diversity Employment Brand Strategy Manager at Facebook

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Founder & CEO at Blavity, Inc.

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Therapist at Real and HealHaus

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Creative Director, Sports & Entertainment at Facebook

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Founder at We Are Next

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Actress & Writer at NIOVISION

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Multimedia Designer at Verizon Media

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Managing Director at Wieden+Kennedy New York

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Creative Director at Facebook & Instagram

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Editorial Director at The Hollywood Reporter

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Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD

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CEO and Founder at Kol Consulting

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Client Solutions Manager - Ecomm at Facebook

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Journalist at At Your Service Imprint

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President at Crashbell

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Business Lead, Global Business Marketing at Facebook

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President at THINK450M

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Broadway Singer, Film /TV Actor

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Founder & CEO at Prabal Gurung

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Chief Diversity Officer at Genentech

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White House Correspondent at ABC News

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Co-Founder & CEO at The Colored Girl

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VP of People & Managing Director at Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation

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Head of Global Brand Experiences at Ford Motor Company

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President at Color Of Change

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Chief Technology Officer at Verizon Media

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Founder + CEO at Performance Paradigm

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Editor-in-Chief at Men’s Health

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CEO at Edelman

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Producer and Organizer at Question Culture

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VP, Google Creative Lab at Google

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Group Creative Director at SiriusXM/Pandora

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Co-Founder at DiverseCreatives.com

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Chief Diversity Officer at US Publicis Groupe

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Senior Producer at Apple Music

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Content Director at Prevention

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Global Industry Relations Lead at Facebook

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Human Resources Director at sparks & honey

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CEO & Executive Coach at The Only One There

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Group Executive Creative Director at R/GA

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Sourcing Lead, Legal, Policy & Comms at Facebook

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Associate Director Member Relations and Outreach at Academy of Motion Pictures

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Founder & CEO at The Juggernaut

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Head of US Business Marketing at Tik Tok

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Copywriter at Droga5

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COO/ President at Parkwood Entertainment

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Content Director at Prevention

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Content Strategy Director at Critical Mass

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COO at Droga5

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Producer, Host, Brand Consultant at Tai Life Media

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President at ColorCreative

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social justice leader, advocate, activist, co-founder at Until Freedom

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Actor, Model, Hollywood Inclusion Activist at Accessible Hollywood

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Bishop, Author and Filmmaker

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Chairman at Cashmere Agency

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Vice President, Digital Executive Editor at ABC News

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Host and Creator at The Receipts Podcast

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Google Staffing, Diversity Equity & Inclusion at Google

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Copywriter at Wieden + Kennedy

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“World News Tonight” Weekend Anchor and Chief National Affairs Correspondent at ABC News

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Producer, Enterprise + Immersive Experiences at TIME

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Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Edelman

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CEO & Principal Strategist at VSP Diversity Solutions

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Executive Creative Director, Experience Design at VMLY&R

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Sr. Diversity Program Manager at Facebook

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Dana Blair

As a veteran both in front of and behind the camera, Dana Blair knows a thing or two about creating captivating conversations. Her one-on-one interviews have carried her from the boxing ring with Venus Williams to sharing the red carpet with the likes of Shonda Rhimes, Will Packer, Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington and Ryan Coogler amongst many other top entertainers and powerhouses.

Dana covered pop culture and celebrity interviews for CNN/HLN, ABC (FYC Emmys Day), Essence, the GRAMMYs and BET to name a few. She is known for her extensive research and authentic interviews. With her magnetic personality and vivacious energy, Dana is leaving a lasting impression as one of the industry's most fun and personable on-air talents, both on and off the screen.
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Wyclef Jean

The music that Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced — both as a solo superstar and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees — has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades. In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album The Score. Since then, Wyclef has released eight albums as a solo artist, that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide, including his 1997 debut The Carnival and 2000’s The Eclectic: 2 Sides II a Book. In March 2019 Wyclef released Wyclef Goes Back to School, a collaboration with students he met while touring the United States and visiting colleges across the country, and features singles “Demons Enjoy,” “Baba” and “Faded Butterfly”, while his latest song “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”, with Fall Out Boy, premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in September 2019. Netflix recently announced the production of an untitled animated project based on the real-life story of Wyclef’s childhood in Haiti.
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Aida Rodriguez

Aida Rodriguez is an Afro-Latina, taking the world of entertainment by storm with her wit, strong performances and charismatic personality. Making history as the first Latina to appear in two comedy specials airing in one month on both HBO and Showtime, Rodriguez was handpicked by director Taylor Hackford for his film The Comedian starring Robert De Niro. In 2017, Coca Cola Global Women’s LINC Conference sponsored Rodriguez’s speech that modeled a TED Talk. Rodriguez has also appeared on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, five-time host of the PBS Imagen Awards, NBC Last Comic Standing’s finals, TRUtv’s Laff Tracks, Nickelodeon Mom’s Night Out and Parental Discretion.

Aida’s half-hour special was feature as part of Tiffany Haddish's breakout series They Ready which was executive produced by Haddish, Wanda Sykes and Paige Hurwitz for Netflix. She is currently in development on her half-hour scripted series with Warner Media, for which she will write, executive produce and star in. Haddish, Chris Case and Nastaran Dibai are also on board to executive produce. Rodriguez is also developing an animated series with ITV Studios and Nick Weidenfeld. She will produce her first one-hour special (also with Warner Media) for HBO Max.

Aida Rodriguez wears many hats as comedian, actress, writer and mother. Sharing her point of view of the world, she writes comedy that is poignant and incisive. Her audiences often laugh hard, think hard and feel hard as her comedy is cathartic and confrontational. Known as Funny Aida, Rodriguez aims to challenge the norms of today and the discomfort or taboo-quality around controversial topics like race, gender, sexuality and family dynamics through her comedy. From the moment she takes the stage, the audience is engaged whether in laughter or in thought. Rodriguez’s comedy is not only medicine for the soul but it may one day just change the world.
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Tiffany R. Warren

Omnicom Group

Tiffany R. Warren is Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group. She oversees a team focused on Omnicom-wide change efforts for the advancement and retention of top performing talent inclusive of women, people of color and LGBT’s in an inclusive work culture.

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.
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Adrianne C. Smith

WPP

Adrianne C. Smith was recently named the first Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity at WPP, the largest multinational communications, advertising, public relations, technology and commerce holding company.

Adrianne is also the Founder and Visionary of the Can: Diversity Collective, a non-profit organization created to provide access and exposure to young adults of color and under-represented communities to global thought leadership conferences on advertising, marketing, creativity, economics, innovation and technology. In 2017, she launched the first iteration of the Diversity Collective, the Cannes Can: Diversity Collective (CC:DC) which provides rising stars in the advertising and creative industry the opportunity to attend and participate in the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In 2019, she made history by creating the first standalone Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Beach in the festival’s 66 years of existence. Cannes Lions is where the best creative work in the world is judged to the highest standards.

With more than 20+ years of industry and advocacy experience, including her work as the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Advertising at Howard University, Adrianne has helped many individuals achieve their personal career goals and organizations achieve their strategic corporate goals. Her training and development programs were the catalyst for the success of several advertising executives. Graduates trained in her program have received numerous awards and accolades including Cannes Lion awards.

Adrianne’s career has been primarily based on making the invisible visible by creating opportunities for under-represented communities. She has created and produced both documentaries and television programs as well as participated on the launch team for a digital sub-television network. In addition to her advocacy work, Adrianne is the founder of Vision Corps Media Group (VCMG), a media incubation company developed to create new content for current and emerging media outlets.
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AJ "El Kallejero" Ramos

Google/YouTube

AJ “El Kallejero” Ramos, from West New York with El Salvador roots and product of an immigrant family, is the US Latin and Latin America Artist Relations Manager at YouTube. He is responsible for building, maintaining and fostering YouTube’s relationships with artists and the music industry while encouraging engagement and generating strategic partnerships across the platform.

Prior to YouTube, AJ spent four years at Spotify, where he led Latin Music Curation in Urban, Tropical and Christian genres. He created one of Spotify’s top playlists “Beast Mode” playlist which now has over 7.3M subscribers. AJ developed relationships and partnerships with artists like Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Anuel AA and J Balvin and more. He has done a pivotal job in educating Latin artists/communities about digital platforms, artist marketing, services, playlists, podcasts and streaming. AJ has over ten years of radio and tv experience as a Latin Music Executive, Programmer and TV and Media personality. He helped launched the first Reggaeton radio station in the United States, La Kalle 105.9 and has worked with some of the most credible communications networks including Univision, SBS, CBS, Sirius XM and Telemundo.

AJ is passionate about educating Latin artists/communities about digital platforms, mentorship, mental health and down syndrome awareness. He speaks on relevant panels, helped launch the first Reggaeton radio station in the US, La Kalle 105.9, works with Best Buddies and is currently launching LatinosinCoding.org and Reggaetonedu.org.

AJ is originally from West New York, Jersey with El Salvador roots; a product of an immigrant family..AJ is passionate about educating Latin artists/communities about digital platforms, mentorship, mental health and down syndrome awareness. He speaks on relevant panels, helped launch the first Reggaeton radio station in the US, La Kalle 105.9, works with Best Buddies and is currently launching LatinosinCoding.org and Reggaetonedu.org.
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Akintayo Adewole

Adewole Photography

Tayo has been an accomplished visual and music creative for the last 20 years.In addition to being aprofessional photographer and filmmaker with his work published in Vogue, Elle and Upscalemagazine, Tayohas served as the Music Director for ADCOLOR for the past 13 years.With anengineering design background, Tayo has always strived to elevate creativity with technology.His latest endeavor, Darker Pixels, LLC, is based around telling high production valued stories costeffectively by using a virtual production (VP) workflow. VP tools include immersive and experientialtechnologies such as real-time 3D rendering and mixed reality.
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Alberto Ponte

Wieden+Kennedy Portland

Alberto joined Wieden+Kennedy in 2003 following a successful advertising career in his native Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In Portland, he started as a copywriter for Nike Latin America and the US. After a couple of years working as a writer and learning the culture, he became a creative director. For more than a decade, Alberto has consistently led some of the most celebrated and globally recognized campaigns.

Today he is the global creative director for all of the Nike Brand across the eight-office W+K network and also a W+K stakeholder, a global group tasked with building a strong second-generation company.
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Alex Perez

ABC News

Alex Perez is a national correspondent for ABC News. His work can be seen on “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” and “20/20.”

Since joining ABC in 2012, Alex has criss-crossed the country, and globe, to file his reports. He covered hurricanes along the east coast and Caribbean; he was in Ferguson, Missouri in the moments after the police shooting of Michael Brown, and the subsequent uprisings that led to nation-wide protests; he covered the contentious 2016 presidential election: and was in Rome for the first Easter celebrated by Pope Francis.

Alex was awarded the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship, where he traveled across Europe, meeting with government leaders, learning more about the political landscape and analyzing the EU’s financial crisis.

Before joining ABC, Alex worked as a reporter for NBC Chicago. There he covered President Barack Obama’s first campaign for the White House. Before that, he lived on the US-Mexico border, reporting for KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas.

Alex is a Chicago native, and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Alex and his partner live in Chicago with their French Bulldog, Javí.
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Alexandra Adey

Spotify

Alexandra Adey is the UK partner manager and producer for Spotify, based in London. She is responsible for managing podcast partnerships across the UK podcast industry as well as overseeing Spotify original content. Prior to working at Spotify, she spent nearly 3 years at Audioboom as the UK Content Manager. She also worked at IMG Productions as an assistant producer on projects for a wide variety of sporting organisations. She is an alumna of the Goldsmiths MA Radio course.
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Allen Williams

sparks & honey

Front End Developer based in Brooklyn NY.
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Amara La Negra

International Entertainer. Entrepreneur. Model. Performer. Philanthropist. Spokesperson

Amara is the embodiment of the woman of today who was created with a hint of the past and a twist of tomorrow. With a Spanish and Caribbean background, the songstress describes herself as eccentric, vibrant, and ambitious. Amara La Negra, born Diana Danelys De los Santos, is an international entertainer, singer/songwriter, actress, model, and esteemed philanthropist. She is a woman of dimensions who feeds her soul with the love and passion she inhales from performing across the world. In the Dominican Republic, the country she proudly represents, she’s mainly known for her 2012 dembow hit entitled “Ayy” feat. Jowell & Randy, Los Pepes and RickyLindo. Yet Amara La Negra’s career expands beyond this one song.

From performances with some of Latin America’s music legend’s like Celia Cruz to the rising sensation who are capturing fans in today’s musical arena. Other performances include sharing the stage with Gloria Estefan, Oscar de León, Johnny Ventura, Los Hnos. Rosario, Tito Puente, Tito Nieves and Milly Quezada. Amara La Negra performs all kinds of musical genres, particularly rhythms hailing from the Caribbean including Dembow, Reggaeton, Tropical, Soul, Dance, Pop, R&B and Soca. September 2017, she was featured in Zawezo’s song “No Me Digas Que No,” and excelled in yet another genre that further celebrates her heritage, Afrobeat. Amara La Negra also enjoys performing for benefit concerts including for The American Cancer Society, and she prides herself on being enabled to give back to those who are experiencing uncontrollable circumstances. Her love of life and inspiring energy invites her fans to celebrate themselves and reach their fullest potential.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Amara channels the sunshine state for inspiration as musical direction to connect with her fans globally. She conveys a vibrant collage of Spanish and Caribbean experience while channeling a R&B and Hip Hop inspired concept in delivery. Amara has a formal educational background in performing arts, dance, modeling, and acting. Amara’s approach in her life and its obstacles that attempts disruption in her light remains to be unstoppable. She is of Dominican and Italian descent. Though her mother, an immigrant who arrived in the United States via the Mexican border, had to play the role of a mother and head of household; she supported Amara La Negra’s career by any means necessary. Her mother took her to auditions, and supported her as Amara La Negra went on to win the Sabado Gigante’s contest “Miss Chiquita” in 1994. This contest was the performer’s first international exposure. Amara La Negra went on to be featured in commercials for brands like Hawaiian Punch, Oscar Mayers, and Walt Disney World just to name a few. She has been a part of Premios Lo Nuestro, Latin Grammy, Premios Juventud, Latin Billboards, among others notable special engagements broadcast around the world.

Fueling diversity in her appeal to crossover to the American musical industry, Amara re-introduces her passion in music with the anthem entitled “BAM BAM” produced by Most Wanted. The track embraces the love of feeling good as the woman that you are, in your own skin, and reflects the essence of a woman’s uniqueness in a funky dance melody. If there was ever a comparison to exemplify the diameters of Amara as an entertainer, it would be identical to the energy given by international musical starlet, Shakira. Amara’s musical inspiration hail from the ambiance of Beyoncé, the bold direction stemmed from Rihanna, and the soft inviting presence of Bruno Mars.

Amara expresses her personality fashionably with a bold, undefined, classy, infused with a vibrant wild style. She defines her approach based on the energy she transcends at that time: with some days as elegant, high couture and a look of vogue, as well as, other days there will be loud, colorful mix open to the volume that fashion gives the world. As presented in her musical background, Amara defines her own style and trends with a mix of fashion, style and confidence.

Spring 2017, Amara introduced her fashion keen in a new clothing line “ALN” which infuses a vibrant fashion-forward swimwear line made for every woman of the world. The fashion collection will also introduce stylish tee-shirts, sweaters, hats, and sexy body garments moving forward as a trendy, affordable apparel brand. ALN clothing line’s mission is to make every woman no matter their race, age or size feel fabulous, confident and sexy. More information on the brand can be found at www.alnclothingline.com

Recently, the songbird announced a multi-album record deal between Fast Life Entertainment Worldwide and BMG. In the last year, BMG's share of the top 100 radio songs (from Billboard's quarterly publisher rankings) reached 10 percent, after spending 2014 hovering around half that, at 5 to 6 percent. Upon the signing, Amara La Negra has been recording continuously on new material for her fans worldwide with producers that include Rock City, Supa Dups, Jim Jonsin and more to create the sound and direction that transcends from the multi-dimensional performer.

Adding to the depth of Amara, fans will be able to watch the rising star in the debut of Love & Hip Hop: Miami in January 2018. Amara takes viewers on a journey of her determination and love for her musical artistry, attacking obstacles to crossover into the American entertainment scene, and highlights the relationship she has with her mother who she continuously credits as her foundation to succeed. The newly anticipated series will take viewers into her personal battles of love, growth, triumphs, struggles, and becoming the woman behind the entertainer. Amara is the pivotal highlight of the Miami Afro-Latina culture combined with a sassy infusion of beautiful on the show.

“I’m just so happy because I’ve worked so hard for a moment like this, I’ve worked really hard, even though people have been judging me and saying whatever their thoughts may be of me, I’ve worked so hard, and things are about to change, and it’s about time” –Amara La Negra adds.

Following the recent height of Amara La Negra’s career in music and entertainment, the performer signed with United Talent Agency Worldwide also recognized as “UTA Music.” The United Talent Agency is identified as a premiere global agency that represents esteemed figures in entertainment and media including film and television. With offices held in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Miami and international hubs that include London, Malmo, and Sweden.

Amara La Negra’s stage name unapologetically celebrates her blackness; a form of defiance in the region of Latin America where some countries view the word “Negra” as pejorative. Society where black women are oversexualized, the public often only recognizes Amara La Negra for her unapologetic sexual prowess. What is missing in this narrative is that Amara La Negra is in fact owning the way in which she is perceived, her message is that of unapologetic strong ambience while also exuding joy in other ways: she encourages supporters to reach their fullest potential via social media messages, she’s an entrepreneur and allows the world to witness her own struggles, and she’s always ready to speak up and speak out for her own rights and that of Afro-Latinas. She isn’t afraid to be break the mold in every possible way. As there are some who are only able to see her flaunt her figure while ignoring how she flaunts her voice and inspiring messages reflects a society where a woman can’t be both sexy and intelligent: Amara La Negra is all of this and more!

Stay connected with Amara La Negra Socially:
Instagram: @amaralanegraaln
Twitter: @amaralanegraaln
Facebook: amaralanegraaln
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Andraéa LaVant

LaVant Consulting Inc.

Andraéa LaVant is founder and president of LaVant Consulting, Inc., a social impact communications firm that offers cutting-edge corporate development and content marketing for brands and nonprofits. LCI's specialty is helping brands "speak disability with confidence." As a communications consultant and inclusion specialist, Andraéa has over a decade of experience working with programs that support youth and adults with disabilities and other underserved populations. Her professional and personal advocacy have presented her with notable opportunities to share messages and prompt change for people with disabilities across the globe. She currently serves as the impact producer for Netflix’s documentary, Crip Camp.
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Angela Dimayuga

Angela Dimayuga is a chef based in New York City. She was formerly the Creative Director, Food & Culture for Standard Hotels. She is a New York Times Food & Cooking contributor, associate artist for Performance Space New York, and Culinary Advisor for the Lower East Side Girls Club. She an author of her forthcoming debut cookbook on Filipino-American cuisine, out fall 2021. Through her unique lens via the diaspora. the cookbook will be narrative driven including topics of precolonial history and gender neutrality, and heritage cuisine via a professional chef lens.
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Angela B. Logan

AT&T

Angela Burgin Logan is Director of Marketing at AT&T’s Consumer and Entertainment Division where she is leading AT&T in its evolution as an entertainment behemoth. Prior to AT&T, Angela leveraged her brand strategy and content expertise to improve the market positions of A&E/Lifetime, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Disney. An advocate, author, a proven storyteller, she also oversaw production of Breathe, a major motion picture based on her life that gained global distribution on Netflix. Cited as one of the top 300 women in social media, her social media channels focus on health, beauty, parenting, lifestyle and entertainment.
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Angelique Jackson

Variety

Angelique Jackson is a red carpet reporter for Variety, covering film events as Events and Lifestyle Producer in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Variety, she worked as a reporter and producer for Entertainment Tonight, winning two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she discovered her love for journalism and the Bulldogs.
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Angie D'Sa

Imbellus

I coach leaders at the edge of what they've done before. Transformation is my compulsion. Whether working with a founder to pivot her company to a new business model or with a veteran technical leader to diagnose why old ways aren't working, my joy is in my clients' breakthroughs. For 10 years, I've built companies. As COO of Imbellus, I raised $23M in funding, grew a team of 50+ engineers and scientists, and sold into enterprise and government. As Chief of Staff to the CEO of Bridgewater Associates, I scaled leadership and operations during growth from $40B to $150B.
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Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University

Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development with secondary appointments in the Department of Special Education and Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her primary area of research relates to disability identity development. She presents regularly at state, national, and international conferences and is author on over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. As a wheelchair-user herself for over 30 years, and a two-time Paralympian and medalist, Dr. Forber-Pratt is nationally and internationally recognized as a disability leader, activist and mentor.
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April Reign

Ensemble

April practiced law for over 15 years, but her life took an unexpected turn when the lack of people of color in the 2015 Oscars nominations compelled her to tweet a now-famous hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite. She has now partnered with Overture Global, a New York-based media company, to launch Ensemble, a digital content studio to accelerate opportunities around content and development for people of color. April is a sought-after advocate, consultant, writer, speaker and interviewer on the representation of marginalized communities in the arts, tech and entertainment. Her work includes collaborations with Procter & Gamble, Twitter, Google, AARP, HBO and more.
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Arianna Davis

O, The Oprah Magazine

Arianna Davis is the Digital Director of O, The Oprah Magazine overseeing OprahMag.com and all of the website’s editorial and video content and strategy, as well as O's social channels.

Previously at Refinery29, Arianna was a senior features writer who specialized in features, pop-culture, and personal essays. She began her career at O, followed by a stint at Us Weekly. Throughout her career, she has interviewed everyone from Hillary Clinton to Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, and Will Smith, and has served as an entertainment expert for outlets like Access Hollywood, Fusion, VH1, and TLC, in addition to moderating panels for Netflix, OWN, Starz, and more.

Additionally, Arianna's writing has been featured in New York Magazine, Glamour, MarieClaire, PopSugar Latina, and more. Arianna Davis is the author of the forthcoming What Would Frida Do? A Guide to Living Boldly, which will be published on October 20, 2020.
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Attica Jaques

Google

Attica Jaques, Head of Global Brand Marketing for Consumer Apps at Google. Prior to joining Google, Attica was the SVP of Brand Management at Under Armour and the VP of Global Brand at Gap.

She received the honor of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch” list and recently named one of the most influential women in business by Black Enterprise.

Attica lived in Tokyo and Milan and brings a unique global perspective and passion for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Attica is a graduate of Columbia University and UCLA, where she proudly pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha.
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Azsa West

Wieden + Kennedy

Azsa West is a filmmaker, artist and award winning creative director currently based in Portland, Oregon at Wieden + Kennedy.

Over the course of a decade, Azsa’s experience as a Creative Director and filmmaker has spanned globally across the Wieden + Kennedy network in four offices. As a queer identified person of color, Azsa strives to create equity and a culture of inclusion wherever she goes.

In her free time Azsa directs music videos, meditates, practices french and tries to keep her 4 year old son and two cats alive in a pandemic.
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Ben Lopez

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers

Benjamin Lopez is responsible for the overall design, strategic planning and execution of all programs for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). As Executive Director, he supervises the selection process and management of the Latino Media Market, a highly curated market that takes place during the NALIP Media Summit, the largest and most important gathering of Latinxs in media nationwide. In addition, Ben oversees the prestigious Latino Media Awards, Diverse Women in Media Initiative and Latino Lens. Latino Lens is an exclusive incubation and media content production program as well as a distribution model of Latinx media screenings, festivals and speaker showcases designed to develop, nurture and produce a series of Latino creators’ and filmmakers' projects and showcase their talents in Film, Digital, Streaming, Doc, TV and Tech Arts. As part of the Latino Lens Mentorship Series, Ben serves as the year-round industry liaison for content creators in the Latino Lens programs, curating and matching them with creative executives, agents, managers, producers and key industry professionals who can mentor and move their careers forward.

Prior to joining NALIP, Ben successfully designed and managed leadership development and social services programs in Southern AZ. He transitioned to filmmaking by building a solid track record as a unit production manager, production supervisor and independent producer. At VientoFuego Productions, he wrote, produced and directed Spanish-language feature films. He has served as a field producer at technology expos in Asia, commercial productions in Mexico, Tokyo and Brazil. Ben’s expertise has made him highly sought after as a consultant, content creator and project director.

An advocate of #Diversity and #Inclusion, Ben is also a frequent judge and speaker. He recently served on the Shorts Jury of Outfest Los Angeles, the 8th Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival, FICG in LA Doculab & Guadalajara Construye, the 6th edition of the US “New Filmmakers from Spain,” the IB & Mexico platform of 8th DocsForum as part of DocsDF, and the SANFIC Co-Production Market in Chile.

Ben is a graduate in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University in Arizona. In 2016, Ben earned a Professional Program in Producing certificate from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Ben Lopez began his term of NALIP Executive Director in January 2017.
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Bing Chen

Gold House

Bing Chen is an entrepreneur, creator, and equalization builder. He is Chairman of Gold House, the largest collective of Asian cultural leaders; and General Partner of AUM Group, a multicultural film fund. Previously, he was YouTube's Global Head of Creator Development and Management as one of the principal architects of the multi-billion dollar influencer ecosystem that supports 500 million creators. He is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree; Hollywood Reporter Next Gen Leader and Most Influential Change Agent; ADCOLOR Catalyst Awardee; and Asia Society Young Leader. Bing is a third culture kid across North America and Asia.
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Brad Karsh

JB Training Solutions

Brad Karsh is the Founder and CEO of JB Training Solutions. An accomplished public speaker and coach, Brad has been featured on CNN, CNBC, and Dr. Phil. Brad is also the author of three business books including the critically acclaimed Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management.

Prior to JB Training Solutions, Brad spent 15 years at Leo Burnett. Today, Brad speaks at organizations including Google, Marriott, Eli Lilly, and The Chicago Blackhawks, among many others. Brad presents annually at the Society for Human Resource Management National Conference and was ranked #1 out of 200 speakers.
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Brandon Rochon

Kastner

Brandon has spent his career proving that advertising means nothing if it can’t make a lasting impact on culture. Like any visionary, he learned the rules before he broke them. Brandon worked on some of the world’s most iconic brands; Absolut Vodka, McDonalds, PlayStation, Heineken, Coke Zero and then helmed as Global Creative Director of Samsung. He then became the Managing CCO and CEO of Kastner North America. While also driving other entrepreneurial 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.
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Brandon Viney

Google

A Creative Director/Lead at Google Brand Studio. From Virginia, based out of Portland Oregon.

I have been honored to work on some amazing work with amazing people, but nothing has been as important as being the Co-founder of the Google Brand Studio Fellowship Program.

My personal goal is to give the next generation the escalator so they can avoid the stairs, in hopes that they will show the generation after them the elevator. I want them to see people like them doing this at a high level. That motivates me to do it even better.
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Brianna Agyemang

Platoon

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Brittany Johnson

Facebook

Brittany is a Creative Strategist and Instagram Specialist at Facebook’s Creative Shop. She works with global brands, such as Estee Lauder and L'Oreal, to build people-first campaigns that simultaneously drive business impact. Prior to Facebook, Brittany worked at Wieden+Kennedy, and has participated in programs such as MAIP and MPMS. 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. She was honored as Ms. ADCOLOR 2019 because of her contributions to the organization.
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Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Campaign Zero

In the words of President Obama, Brittany Packnett is a leader “whose voice is going to be making a difference for years to come.” A former nonprofit executive and educator, Packnett has committed her life to the pursuit of social justice. She was appointed to both President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the Ferguson Commission, and is co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. She is also founder of Love & Power, a hub created to inspire and empower everyday people to work for urgent social change. Packnett is co-host of the award-winning Pod Save the People and author of the Listen Up! column for Teen Vogue. She has also written the forthcoming book We Are Like Those Who Dream. A member of the Gucci Changemakers Council, Packnett is on the advisory boards of Rise to Run, encouraging progressive young women to run for office, and Erase the Hate, celebrating activists working for a more inclusive America.
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Brooke Siegel

Hearst Magazines

Brooke Siegel plays an essential role in the management and strategy of the digital, print and video teams at Hearst Magazines’ extensive portfolio of brands. Siegel is keenly focused on digital execution and in addition to overseeing the content teams in this space, she manages the insights department, which provides actionable data and research for editors.

Siegel joined Hearst Magazines in 2015 as Executive Director, Editorial Strategy. Prior to joining Hearst Magazines, she was editor-in-chief of DailyWorth, a media company focused on women’s personal finances. Previously, she worked as an editor at Google, as well as several digital media start-ups, including DailyCandy and Punch! Media.
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Camille Cheeks-Lomax

Wieden + Kennedy

Camille Cheeks-Lomax is a Management Supervisor at Wieden+Kennedy. In her role, she helps lead the McDonald's account through their various product campaigns and partnerships. Prior to Wieden+Kennedy, Camille has worked at other global creative agencies such as Anomaly and Droga5 on brands including; MailChimp, Uniqlo, Johnsonville Sausage, Booking.com, YouTube, Google and WeightWatchers.

Throughout her career, she’s had the opportunity to leverage her New York City upbringing, coupled with her passion for culturally adept storytelling, to help shape and build brands.
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Candace Queen

Tabernacle

Candace is a multidisciplinary designer + creative director and educator, committed to building racial equity through design and nourished by a passion for cultural archival + preservation.

After several years working in Chicago’s advertising playground, she’s now based in Beaumont, TX, not too far from her hometown of Port Arthur. Here she’s found a special balance that lends itself to a richer creative life, a positive work environment, and most importantly, more family time.

She’s most inspired when crafting time to explore her heritage, garden, travel, dabble in home design, and cook.
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Carla Hassan

Citi

Carla Hassan joined Citi in 2018 as Chief Brand Officer, leading efforts to bring Citi's mission of enabling growth and economic progress to life around the world. In her role, Carla leads Corporate Branding, Advertising, Experience and Media, as well as Insights and Analytics. She is also responsible for Citi’s Corporate Sponsorships, working to amplify Citi’s mission in the communities it serves. Prior to her role at Citi, Carla held marketing leadership positions at Toys “R” Us, PepsiCo and The Kellogg Company. She is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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Chelsea Curry

Swift Agency

Chelsea Curry is a Portland-based Senior Copywriter whose parents still don’t understand what she does for a living. She’s also the CEO and Chief Diversity Officer at c0ffe3, a fake company that helps talent of color land real jobs. Additionally, Chelsea has filled out timesheets (rather begrudgingly) at agencies across the U.S., including Swift, Deutsch LA, R/GA, and VML.
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Chelsea St. Clair

sparks & honey

Chelsea is a cultural strategist at sparks & honey, recently making the move from LA to NYC. She has been a consistent voice in diversity conversations since she entered this industry in 2015, mainly working to bring young BIPOC and LGBTQ+ strategists into this space. Last year she developed daily programming at Cannes Festival of Creativity, using the sparks & honey briefings as a foundation. Most recently she was accepted into the ADClub imPART Women's Executive Fellowship for 2020-2021.
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Cherish Lee

Droga5

Cherish Lee currently serves as a co-lead on the FUTURES Planning Committee for the ADCOLOR Advisory Board. Outside of ADCOLOR, Cherish is currently a Communications Strategist at Droga5, after most recently leaving W+K Portland.

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 often 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 New York city, hails from the sunny island of Singapore
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Cheriss May

Ndemay Media Group

Cheriss May is a lauded visual storyteller, president of Women Photojournalists of Washington, an Adobe Education Leader, and an adjunct professor at Howard University, her alma mater. Her passion radiates through her aptitude to connect to the soul of those she photographs. Cheriss is often commissioned to speak on diversity and inclusive storytelling. She has been published in O Magazine, Time, The White House Historical Association, and The New York Times, among others. Her work is featured in a permanent exhibit: “In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity”, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
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Christena J. Pyle

Dentsu Aegis Network

Christena Pyle is Chief Equity Officer of Dentsu Aegis Network, Americas.

She has been a driving force in creating diversity and battling gender inequality in creative industries, most recently as Executive Director, Advertising at TIME’S UP. In this role, she drove cross-industry impact beyond advertising and marketing, spearheading the development of TIME'S UP's Guide to Equity and Inclusion During Crisis, which was lauded in Fast Company as “guidance disrupting leadership’s reaction to crisis.”

Prior to joining TIME’S UP, Christena was Omnicom Group's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, responsible for accelerating diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes for underrepresented communities across the global network and carrying forward the company's cultural vision: becoming an example of sustainable diversity and inclusion for corporations worldwide.

In addition to her role at Omnicom, Christena pushed to expand and deepen the conversation around inclusion in her role as Director of ADCOLOR, where she helped to launch the ADCOLOR Conference, ADCOLOR Awards, and ADCOLOR Futures programs, all of which spotlight the importance of diversity and community in the creative and tech industries. Through these efforts, along with her involvement in organizations like the 4A’s MAIP and Ad Club of New York as well as speaking engagements at Cannes, Advertising Week, Ad Age, and 3% Conference, she has been deeply involved in shaping the direction creative industries have now adopted around inclusion.

Over the course of her career, Christena has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership, activism, and diversity efforts. She was recently named to the Black List 100 and was presented The AD Club of New York Icons, Rockstar & Innovators Award. Christena was named to Adweek’s 2019 Women Trailblazers list, which celebrates women who are breaking down barriers and opening up opportunities for others, and received the first-ever Advertising Week "Future Is Female" Award for her proven achievements, demonstrated ability to effect organizational change, commitment to external impact, and capacity to mentor others. Christena was also listed as Adweek’s 2018 Young Influentials, which celebrates media, marketing, and tech talents innovating from AR to Activism, Data to Diversity.

Christena’s passion, optimism, and drive to inspire change propel her tireless work to improve creative industries by making it safer, more welcoming, and equitable to people of all kinds — and ultimately, more successful. She is most proud of running all 26.2 miles of the 2019 New York City Marathon alongside her partner and on behalf of the TIME’S UP Foundation.
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Claudia Gordon

Disability Rights Attorney & Advocate

Claudia Gordon is currently employed with T-Mobile. She oversees govt and compliance within one of the company’s business units. A graduate of Howard University and the American University’s Washington College of Law, she has held senior leadership positions at the Nat'l Council on Disability, the Nat'l Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. During the Obama Administration, Claudia served as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Associate Director of Public Engagement for the White House Office of Public Engagement.
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Cole Brown

Raised in Philadelphia, Cole Brown matured in the city’s predominantly-white private schools and neighborhoods - an experience that delivered an awareness of race and class from a young age.

Cole attended Georgetown University where he graduated with a degree in Justice and Peace Studies. During his college years, landmark events such as the death of Michael Brown and the election of Donald Trump ignited in Cole a passion for storytelling.

While at  Georgetown, Cole was inspired to begin penning his first book, Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World. Today, Cole resides in Sydney, Australia.
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Courtney Richardson

PAPER

Courtney Richardson is an award-winning creative visionary who currently serves as Creative Director for PAPER, where she leads original ideas and disruptive thinking on behalf of numerous brands and celebrities within pop culture, sports, beauty & fashion spaces.

Courtney’s proven strengths in producing effective brand campaigns and thoughtful strategies have not only outshined competition but have also allowed diverse cultures to have a platform.

Her passion for multicultural entertainment, beauty, fashion and philanthropy are evident throughout the work she produces and reflects who she is. Driven and focused, Courtney’s life goal is to uplift humanity through the work she produces.
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CP McBee

Microsoft

For the past 20+ years, CP has built his career around passion for technology, developing diverse teams and solving complex business problems. CP began his tech career testing video games, and eventually co-founded his own game company Zero Sum Software. He has now been in Search Advertising for 13+ years and is Senior Director of Sales at Microsoft in NYC. He is also co-executive sponsor of Microsoft Advertising’s D&I group embRACE.
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Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Daisy Auger-Dominguez has made it her mission to make workplaces more equitable, compassionate and inclusive. As Chief People Officer at VICE Media Group, Daisy shapes, builds and reinforces the culture of the VMG teams and champions equitable and inclusive business and corporate social responsibility practices.

Daisy has designed and executed organizational transformations at Moody's Investors Service, The Walt Disney Company, Google, Viacom, and founded Auger-Dominguez Ventures, a workplace culture consultancy. A dynamic and sought-after speaker and writer, Daisy serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and Facing History and Ourselves.
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Daniella Carter

@daniellaguestbook

Daniella is a lifelong advocate for LGBTQ+ youth. She has given speeches at local, national, and international events, including panel discussions with political leaders and dignitaries.

She spoke at TED Talks Live and also delivered talks during TEDxABQ and TEDxMidAtlantic. Carter appeared in a Puma campaign alongside Cara Delevingne and shared her experience with youth homelessness at the Human Rights Campaign’s "Time to Thrive Conference.” She was recognized on the 2015 Trans 100 list and attended the Obama White House's Annual Emerging Leaders Day, highlighting 100 Black leaders. She has appeared on MSNBC, ABC News, the New York Daily News, People Magazine, and in the New York Times. Daniella initiated a project to bring visibility to trans youth issues and has collaborated with Miss Universe and others to share their experiences in overcoming homelessness. She has worked with her mentor Laverne Cox and was featured in the Emmy award-winning MTV & Logo documentary, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word. Daniella’s message transcends boundaries of race, class, and gender, focusing on the intersection of identities. Her new site, Daniella’s Guestbook, which spotlights Black content creators and connects them with employment opportunities in the advertising and creative industries, launched in August 2020.
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Danielle Lee

NBA

Danielle Lee is the Chief Fan Officer at the National Basketball Association and oversees brand, creative, and global fan marketing. She is an accomplished marketing leader recognized for being a change agent, leading brand and innovation strategy and delivering strong in-market results for some of the world’s most respected brands. Danielle was honored with an AdColor in Tech Award and named one of Billboard’s Branding Power Players in 2019. She is a three-time honoree of Adweek’s Top 50 most indispensable executives in Marketing, Media and Technology. Danielle holds an MBA in Marketing and Media Management from Columbia Business School.
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Danny Wright

ADWEEK

Mr. Wright combines a wealth of experience creating strategic partnerships for some of the industry's most well know stars including, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Dido, Maxwell, Run DMC, The Fugees, and Erykah Badu. As a sales and business development executive Mr. Wright has worked with Fortune 100 brands such as P&G, Dell, Samsung, Intel, AT&T, Verizon and media companies like MTV, VH1, NBC/Telemundo, Bravo and the BBC. Mr. Wright has over 20 years of professional experience leading sales and business development teams and executing high revenue deals.

Currently, as the Chief Brand Officer at Adweek, Mr. Wright is charged with developing the global strategy for all Adweek awards, events and the relaunch of Brandweek.
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Darragh Dandurand

Darragh Dandurand is an award-winning creative director, brand strategist, photojournalist, and curator who has worked in media for a decade and now in immersive technology / spatial computing, as well. Recent clients include a number of media outlets and studios, such as Refinery29, VICE, Verizon, the New Museum, Buck Co, Superbright, Sensorium, iHeartMedia and Wallplay. Currently, Darragh is consulting creative tech teams, developing her own experiential projects, publishing articles on mixed-reality, and researching and presenting on the intersection of fashion, e-commerce and wearable tech. She sits on the board of directors for the Femme Futures Grant via The Kaleidoscope Fund.
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Dhane Scotti

Google

Dhane Scotti is the Global consumer marketing lead at Google responsible for developing communications strategy, brand positioning and go to market plans for Pixel and nest.

Prior to his current role, Dhane was EVP, Global Business Lead responsible for McCann Worldgroup’s Coca-Cola Co. and he spent 10 years leading marketing efforts for brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Snickers, M&M’s, Bud Light, Guinness, Red Stripe, and SUBWAY in global, regional and domestic capacities.

Dhane earned his MBA from Florida A&M University in 2005 and mentors students interested in advertising and also consults with women and minority owned businesses in his free time.
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Donovan Triplett

McGarrah Jessee

He finds the truth and makes it compelling. Sometimes with data. Sometimes with Jay-Z. After some time at BBDO Atlanta, Donovan is currently a Senior Strategist at McGarrah Jessee in Austin. He has no children to be proud of, but hopes they’ll be proud of him one day.
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Dorothy Tucker

National Association of Black Journalists

Dorothy Tucker is a Chicago native, raised in Chicago’s Lawndale and Austin communities. She has been a reporter for CBS 2 Chicago since 1984. Currently, she is a reporter on the station’s 2 Investigator team and is also President of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Tucker has been honored numerous times throughout her career. Her many awards include several local Emmys, including one for her breaking news reports during the 2008 Northern Illinois University shootings and two for her work on CBS 2 Chicago′s 2003 and 2004 broadcasts of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.

She was honored by the Chicago Association of Black Journalists with their annual award for Outstanding Television Reporting (1994 and 1987) and received a national UPI Spot News Award.

She joined CBS 2 Chicago from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, where she worked as a general assignment reporter and talk show host. Prior to that, Tucker worked at KWGN-TV in Denver, as a general assignment reporter. Previously, she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WREG-TV in Memphis. (1979-80). Tucker began her broadcasting career in Peoria at WMBD-TV, after serving as an intern at CBS 2 Chicago in 1977.

Tucker is the Vice President of Broadcast for the National Association of Black Journalists and a local board member of NABJ-Chicago. She’s a former board member of Northwestern Alumni Association and a current member of the Northwestern University Leadership Circle. Tucker graduated, with honors, from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communications.

Tucker lives in Hyde Park and is the mother of three.
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Dr. Christopher Boulton

University of Tampa

Christopher Boulton, PhD is an associate professor of communication at the University of Tampa. His research on race representation in advertising has appeared in the Howard Journal of Communications, tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, the International Journal of Communication, Advertising & Society Review, and the Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture. His documentary films on sports, science, and dance have shown at festivals all over the world including Filmwinter in Germany, Revelation in Australia, On Art in Poland, Besides the Screen in Brazil, and the Sarasota, Santa Cruz, and Cinema on the Bayou film festivals in the United States.
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Dr. Jason P. Chambers

University of Illinois

Jason P. Chambers is an associate professor in the Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois. A graduate of The Ohio State University, his work has been published in books and journals in the United States, Asia, and Europe. His books include Madison Avenue and the Color Line: African Americans in the Advertising Industry and Building the Black Metropolis: African Entrepreneurship in Chicago. Dr. Chambers’s opinions have been sought by a variety of media sources including Advertising Age, Adweek, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Forbes, Black Enterprise, The History Channel, the New York Times, National Public Radio, and USA Today.
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Dr. Judy Foster Davis

Eastern Michigan University

Judy Foster Davis, Ph.D, is Professor of Marketing and IMC at Eastern Michigan University. She studies IMC strategies, policies, historical and multicultural marketing and marketing professionals of color. A graduate of Howard and Michigan State, she is a member of the Race in the Marketplace Research Network, the Editorial Advisory Boards of Advertising & Society Quarterly and the Journal of Historical Research in Marketing. She has been quoted in the New York Times, LA Times and Washington Post concerning race and marketing. In 2017, her book, Pioneering African-American Women in the Advertising Business: Biographies of MAD Black WOMEN, was published.
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Dr. Marcel Rosa-Salas

University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Marcel Rosa-Salas is an anthropologist of consumer culture who studies advertising's role in creating racial ideas in America. She is currently an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Rosa-Salas is the co-editor of "Documenting the Nameplate," a forthcoming book about nameplate jewelry culture, and co-host of the Top Rank Podcast. Prior to being an anthropologist, she was a culture marketer at Red Bull.
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Ebro Darden

Apple Music

Ebro Darden is Apple Music’s Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B and host on Apple Music’s 1 global radio station. A cultural authority and arbiter of taste in the Hip-Hop and R&B community, Darden has been instrumental in bringing up authentic conversation around music and spotlighting some of the largest artists on the globe. Darden showcases the latest and greatest music spanning genres and has interviewed Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, J Balvin, Meek Mill, SZA, Chance The Rapper and Khalid. He also continues to host Ebro In The Morning, his successful New York morning radio show on Hot 97.
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Elisa Shankle

HealHaus

In Elisa Shankle early 20s she dealt with anxiety and depression and learned to treat herself naturally. Her dedication to alternative medicine has always been an integral part of her lifestyle. She strongly believes that wellness knows no bounds—you can be a multifaceted person and still be committed to your personal evolution body, mind, and spirit. In order to share this message, she created a wellness space in Brooklyn, New York, which she co-founded with Darian Hall. HealHaus was created to inspire community while providing accessible, inclusive and diverse holistic wellness.
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Emil Wilbekin

#WOW Agency

Emil Wilbekin is the Founder of Native Son, a platform created to inspire and empower Black Gay Men.

He 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 story telling (print, digital, social, video and live events) having served as Chief Content Officer at Afropunk, 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.

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.

Social Handles: @emilwilbekin on Twitter and IG
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Emily Graham

FleishmanHillard

Emily is Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at FleishmanHillard, the first in its history. She leads global diversity, equity & inclusion strategy across FleishmanHillard’s 80+ offices. She is responsible for accelerating DE&I as a critical business priority, while providing top-tier client counsel. She founded and leads True MOSAIC, a global practice which drives DE&I to the center of corporate strategy.

An award-winning communicator, for 15 years she's specialized in corporate and financial communications. Recently, Emily led FleishmanHillard's Americas Financial & Professional Services sector. The youngest member of FleishmanHillard's executive team, she has been profiled by Forbes, Essence, PRWeek and Crain's NY.
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Empress Varnado

The Empress Agency

Empress S. Varnado produces media and experiences that highlight the beauty, power, and diversity of women, Black, and Queer folk across the globe. Empress’ insatiable appetite for creating content to empower, entertain, and educate the world has been cultivated at BET Networks, Refinery 29, the American Black Film Festival, Madame Noire, and a host of other media platforms. In 2017, Empress joined Refinery 29's @R29unbothered team creating educational, entertaining, and empowering trending videos for women. In 2019, Empress co-created the #BETQueerAF social media franchise at BET to create radical inclusivity at the network.
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Erik Wade

Wieden + Kennedy

Erik is currently Brand Director at Wieden+Kennedy, Portland. Leading the Nike Basketball and Jordan Brand pieces of business.

Coming to Wieden+Kennedy in 2016, Erik has been fortunate to lead amazing work such as “Debate This” (Kevin Durant), multiple Puppets campaigns, “Mamba Forever” Memorial and “Be Better” for Kobe Bryant, as well as “Don’t Do It.”

Growing up in South Central, Los Angeles, Erik takes nothing for granted. Working every day to bring passion and creativity to Brand Management with the goal of redefining the role and kicking down doors for younger African Americans to have more opportunities/representation in brand management.
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Esi Eggleston Bracey

Unilever

Esi Eggleston Bracey is a seasoned executive leader with nearly 27 years experience in general management and brand building. She has a proven track record of success in creating, accelerating and turning around business results across categories, sectors and geographies.

Esi currently leads the multi-billion dollar Personal Care portfolio for Unilever North America, which includes responsibility for the Hair, Skin Cleansing, Skin Care and Deodorant businesses with iconic brands like Dove, Degree, TRESemmé and AXE, as well as newly acquired SheaMoisture and Schmidt’s Naturals.

Prior to joining Unilever, Esi held the position of President of Coty’s Global Consumer Beauty Division and General Manager and global leader of P&G’s COVERGIRL and Max Factor brands.

An energetic and dynamic leader known for creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, she is consistently recognized for her ability to guide organiztions through brand-building excellence, agilty and operational discipline in light of competitive pressure and a rapidly-evolving marketplace.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Esi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences. Esi currently lives with her family in New York City.
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Evelyn Ngugi

Evelyn from the Internets

I’m Evelyn - a humor writer + digital storyteller based in Austin, Texas. That just means I post funny words and videos on the Internet. Add “influencer" if you want to send me free lotion or something. I love a good lotion. Life makes me laugh! I make a grab bag of content with varying levels of consistency. From travel vlogs and silly beauty guru-esque tutorials to funny first generation American stories and Black pop culture commentary, subscribe if you want giggle-worthy vids that make ya think.
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Gabrielle Union

One of today’s hottest stars, Gabrielle Union, continues to shine. Union’s latest project, “L.A.’s Finest” premiered in 2019 in partnership with Charter Communications’. In the highly anticipated TV spinoff from the BAD BOYS movie franchise she reprises her role as Syd Burnett. She stars opposite Jessica Alba in the series and is also an executive producer through her production shingle “I’ll Have Another.” “L.A.’s Finest” streams on Charter’s Spectrum and received a 13-episode straight to series order. Season 2 of the show will premiere on Spectrum on September 9th. FOX picked up first season this past May and it will premiere on that network on September 21st.

Union has always had an eye for forward-thinking businesses centered around inclusion, accessibility, and affordability. In August of this year, she relaunched her haircare brand “Flawless by Gabrielle Union” for women with textured hair. The new and improved collection includes an array of options, affordably priced between $4 - $10, that empowers consumers to customize a regimen specific to their texture and style preferences. Prior to relaunching Flawless, Union learned of the disparities in the food space and joined Bitsy's as a cofounder with the goal of making healthy, allergen- friendly, school-safe snacks that are accessible and affordable for all families regardless of their socioeconomic or geographical status.

Earlier this year, inspired by the birth of her daughter, Union wrote her first children's book, "Welcome to the Party" which reads as a love letter from parents to their children about the party that is life. The book was released by Harper Collins on May 5th to much acclaim.

Union formed her production shingle, I’ll Have Another, in 2018 with the goal of telling stories that center around the stories of marginalized voices in an authentic manner. I’ll Have Another develops broadcast, cable and streaming series’ for television in conjunction with their first-look deal at Sony Pictures Television and also has a strong emphasis on feature films in both the studio and independent space.

In 2017, Union added New York Times bestselling author to her credits with the release of her book We’re Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated and True. Released by Dey Street Books, the book is formatted in a series of essays and features personal stories and reflections on a range of topics that continue to define the contemporary landscape: sexuality, womanhood, friendship, race, marriage and beauty. That same year, Union partnered with New York & Company to exclusively launch the “Gabrielle Union Collection”. Union’s vision was to create apparel for the modern woman that included a range of sizes and affordable price points while offering styles that were cool and on trend. The collections include a range of dresses, tops, bottoms, outerwear and accessories. She is very active in the design process and has released 23 collections since inception. She is also the face of New York & Company’s 7th Avenue Collection.

Union’s passion for acting is rivaled by her role as leader and advocate for inclusion in the Entertainment industry. She has been an integral voice in the conversations about inclusion and representation and how companies across the board can do better in the fight against injustice and systemic oppression. She is also a champion of breast health and combating sexual violence.

On the big screen, Union was last seen in THE PUBLIC opposite Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone, Emilio Estevez and Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Union’s other film credits include Baran bo Odar’s SLEEPLESS alongside Michelle Monagham, Dermot Mulroney and Jamie Foxx; Paramount’s TOP FIVE directed by Chris Rock; Screen Gems hits THINK LIKE A MAN and THINK LIKE A MAN TOO; Lionsgate’s GOOD DEEDS; Film Science’s IN OUR NATURE; critically acclaimed CADILLAC RECORDS; THE PERFECT HOLIDAY; Tyler Perry’s DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS; Ryan Murphy's RUNNING WITH SCISSORS; the blockbuster hit BAD BOYS II; BREAKIN’ ALL THE RULES; DELIVER US FROM EVA; Universal’s cult favorite BRING IT ON; TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME; LOVE & BASKETBALL; CRADLE TO THE GRAVE; TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU; and SHE’S ALL THAT among others. Union was also seen in PBS’ four hour television documentary series “Half The Sky” based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

From 2013-2019, Union stared in the BET series “Being Mary Jane”. Union earned rave reviews for her performance as ‘Mary Jane’ and received a 2014 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special” for her performance. Union made her television debut in UPN’s hit comedy “Moesha,” and then went on to guest-star on such hit shows as “ER,” “Dave’s World” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” Shortly thereafter, she had a recurring role on two WB hit shows, “Sister, Sister” and “7th Heaven.” Union also stirred things up when she guest starred as a love interest to both ‘Joey’ (Matt LeBlanc) and ‘Ross’ (David Schwimmer) on “Friends,” and with this role, Union marked the first African-American love interest on the series. She also joined the cast of Steven Bochco’s “City of Angels” for one season and was seen on ABC’s “Flash Forward,” NBC’s “Life” and ABC’s “Ugly Betty.” In addition, she starred in ABC’s critically acclaimed series “Night Stalker” opposite Stuart Townsend and was also seen in HBO’s award-winning “Something the Lord Made,” opposite Alan Rickman, Kyra Sedgwick and Mos Def.

Native of Nebraska, Union currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.
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Gia Lowe

Curlfest

Named one of Essence Magazine’s ‘50 Founder’s to Watch’, Gia Lowe is a purpose-driven disrupter. As a social entrepreneur she is the founder of Glowe Group - a strategic marketing consultancy; Co-founder of CURLFEST, a beauty festival with close to 45,000 attendees annually, and Co-Founder of Curly Girl Collective, an multicultural agency & community of over 250,000 womxn of color. Deemed the “Partnership Architect '', Gia teaches corporations how to create culturally relevant, value-centered partnerships through allyship and she designs lucrative partnerships for businesses & brands that span across the beauty, lifestyle, tech and entertainment spaces.
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Gianne Doherty

WELL Summit

Gianne Doherty, named "Wellness Guru" by Improper Bostonian, is an inspirational speaker and entrepreneur. Gianne and her brands Organic Bath Co. and WELL Summit have been featured nationally and recognized for making the clean beauty and wellness space more inclusive and diverse. Gianne co-founded Organic Bath Co. with her fiance when Gianne was breaking out in hives from traditional cosmetic products. Organic Bath Co. prides itself on creating clean, not complicated products from nontoxic and safe ingredients.
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Gil Robertson

African American Film Critics Association

For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift. The one-time political organizer initially made his mark in entertainment journalism, penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal- Constitution, Billboard, Fortune, Essence and Ebony. He is also the founder and creator of the nationally syndicated Arts & Lifestyle column, The Robertson Treatment, which began twenty years old with an interview with Samuel L. Jackson for Eve’s Bayou. Today, The Robertson Treatment has a reach of nearly two million.

As an author, Robertson has specialized in books that empower his readers, beginning first with the self-published Writing as a Tool of Empowerment (2003), a resource guide primarily aimed at young people interested in journalism. From there, he edited the groundbreaking 2006 anthology Not in My Family: AIDS in the African American Community where he gathered a diverse mix of voices that include Oscar winner Mo’Nique, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, legendary singer Patti LaBelle and former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, all addressing one of the most pressing public health and social challenges of our time. His subsequent anthologies—Family Affair: What It Means to Be African American Today (2008) and Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African American Community (2013)—ignited a national conversation about identity and love and relationships in the 21st century. In addition, Robertson has been a regular contributor to The African American Almanac (Gale Press). Accolades for his work include “Pick of the Week” selection by Publisher’s Weeklyfor Family Affair and a NAACP Image Awards nomination for Not in My Family.

Book of Black Heroes: Political Leaders Past & Present, his latestfrom Just Us Books, is a full circle moment for Robertson who began the first phase of his career in politics. The collection of biographies on game-changing elected political leaders like former President Barack Obama, pioneering Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, current U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and Reconstruction era governor Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchbank is intended to introduce young readers especially to not only dynamic personalities but to the concept of individual and political leadership.

Never one to sit on the sidelines of any pressing issue, in 2003, Robertson rolled up his sleeves and got to work as the co- founder of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the largest collection of Black film critics in North America. As its president, Robertson oversees the annual AAFCA Awards, which has become a recognized fixture of the Hollywood awards season. In addition to highlighting African American achievement behind and in front of the camera, AAFCA works with the industry to usher in and support African Americans in the Hollywood community, uniting consumers, creators and gatekeepers. Robertson also serves as a public ambassador for diversity within the industry, appearing on numerous shows on networks like CNN.

Robertson earned a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Los Angeles and is a professional member of the National Press Club, National Association of Black Journalists, The Recording Academy, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Motion Picture Association of America. He is also a national lecturer who speaks on such issues as fostering diverse representation in the entertainment industry, as well as personal and communal development.

For more information visit www.robertsontreatment.com
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Glenn E. Singleton

Courageous Conversation

Glenn Singleton has devoted over thirty years to constructing racial equity worldwide and developing leaders to do the same. Author, thought leader, and strategist, he is the creator of Courageous ConversationTM a protocol and framework for sustained, deepened dialogue, and Beyond DiversityTM, the curriculum that has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to use it. Glenn is the Founder and President of Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG), an agency that guides leadership development in education, government, corporation, law enforcement, and community organizing. He is the award winning author of Courageous Conversations About Race; A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools, Second Edition; and of MORE Courageous Conversations About Race. Glenn has consulted executives at Wieden + Kennedy (W+K) Advertising, Google, Amazon, Procter & Gamble, the New York Department of Education, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the Stavros Niarchos, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundations. Along with W+K, he received the 2017 Most Valuable Partnership (MVP) Award by AdColor. He is the recipient of the George A. Coleman Excellence in Equity Award by the Connecticut State Education Resource Center. Cited in the June 2018 edition of the Hollywood Reporter for his work with 21st Century Fox Animation, most recently, Glenn was awarded the AdWeek/AdColor 2020 Champion Award, and the 2020 National Speech and Debate Association Communicator of the Year Award. In 1995, Glenn founded the Foundation for A College Education and continues to serve on its Board of Advisors. He is also the founder and Board Chair of the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation, which develops partnerships to promote racial justice, interracial understanding and human healing worldwide. Glenn has trained law enforcement leaders with the U.S. Embassy in Western Australia, and established the Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute in Auckland, New Zealand. For eight years, he served as an adjunct professor of educational leadership at San Jose State University. Glenn has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and has instructed faculty, students and administrators at the University of Minnesota, New York University School of Medicine, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, Glenn Singleton is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.
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Harvey Mason Jr.

Recording Academy

Harvey Mason jr. is the Interim President and CEO of the Recording Academy®. In this role, he is the presiding officer of the Recording Academy and presides at all meetings of the Board of Trustees. He also chairs the Executive Committee and serves as a member of each Standing Committee, and in an Ex Officio capacity on every other committee appointed by the Board. He represents the Board of Trustees and, by extension, the Membership of the Academy in all Academy business, as well as all Academy events and functions.

Mason has penned and produced songs for both industry legends and today's biggest superstars. Everyone from Whitney Houston to Beyoncé, Elton John to Justin Timberlake, Aretha Franklin to Ariana Grande, Britney Spears to Camila Cabello, Luther Vandross to Justin Bieber, and Michael Jackson to Chris Brown have called on Mason to deliver uniquely musical, yet radio-friendly hit records. Simultaneously, Mason has been instrumental in producing memorable music for many of the biggest musical films and TV events from the past decade. Films such as Dreamgirls, Sparkle, Shrek, the Pitch Perfect franchise, Straight Outta Compton, SING, and TV shows, including "The Wiz Live!" and "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert," have counted on Mason's musical talent and taste. He is currently working on producing all the music for Sing 2 for Universal Pictures, as well as musical projects for Disney and Netflix.

Mason donates his time and resources to several charitable organizations, including GRAMMY In The Schools®, MusiCares®, Ronald McDonald House, the American Cancer Society, and Los Angeles Children's Hospital. Harvey received the Spirit of Excellence Award in 2012 from the T.J. Martell Foundation for his philanthropic efforts.
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Heide Gardner

Interpublic Group

Heide is the first woman of color to serve on the IPG senior management team as an elected corporate officer and is also one of the first C-Suite Chief Diversity Officers in Fortune 500 companies. Since 2003, when she joined the global holding company, Heide’s brief has included stewardship of IPG’s award-winning diversity and inclusion agenda internationally, the operations of the D&I group and strategic industry initiatives such as the global UN Women Unstereotype Alliance, for which Heide has served as a founding Deputy Vice Chair. Her contributions have been acknowledged with many honors including a place on the roster of AdAge’s roster of the century’s Most Influential Women.

Heide came to IPG after having established a track record as an award-winning marketer, lobbyist and creative for leading global brands who transitioned to focus on industry level diversity and inclusion issues such as advertising business practices, government relations and talent development for the American Advertising Federation (AAF). While at AAF, she represented the industry to the White House, Congress and federal agencies, helping to win a 2000 Presidential Executive Order to increase contract awards for multicultural agencies and media. She also launched AAF’s legacy diversity initiatives including the AAF Most Promising Multicultural Students program and engaged the CMOs and CEOs of many of the world’s largest advertisers, agencies and media companies to collaborate on the original AAF Mosaic Principles and form the Mosaic Center.

Over the years Heide, IPG’s Chairman and CEO, Michael Roth, and the company have been recognized for influencing not only the culture within IPG, but also the industry and even the overall field of diversity and inclusion. She has been a pioneer in the applications of data and analytics and a champion of research to inform strategy and IPG has been recognized for engaging with “big thinkers” and scholars in many fields. IPG launched the Cannes Lions festival focus on gender equality in 2011 and their annual breakfast is now a marquis event. IPG also formally introduced the concept of intersectionality to the industry in 2014 during the festival, with research on women of color and identity in five countries. Under Heide’s stewardship IPG partnered with the Ad Club of New York to present the industry’s first focus on Black women. Her sponsorship and hands-on involvement in steering critical research projects have been instrumental in improving companies’ capacities for progress, Center for Talent Innovation studies on the role of bias in assessment of potential and innovation, the impact of corporate responses to current events affecting race, and a landmark study on Black talent in corporate America. IPG’s inclusion innovations, and Michael Roth’s swift and strong stands on the issues, have been featured in major trade and business press as well as the Harvard Business Review, Profiles in Diversity Journal and research reports from The Center for Talent Innovation.

Heide’s many honors include the AdColor Change Agent; AAF Industry Career Achiever, the Mount Holyoke College Alumni Achievement Award; Black Enterprise Top Executives in Diversity and a DiversityBestPractices/Working Mother Media Diversity Officer Leadership Award.
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Helen Lin

Publicis Media

A pioneer in digital advertising and fierce fighter for diversity and inclusion, Helen Lin is Chief Digital Officer for Publicis Media, overseeing all digital strategy, partnerships, investment and negotiations. Helen guides her clients through the rapidly evolving digital ecosystem & leads industry initiatives to improve brand safety & standards on today’s largest consumer platforms. Helen has a reputation as a dedicated mentor: she is Executive Sponsor of Publicis Media’s Women’s POW! (Power of Women!) BRG, is ADCOLOR’s 2019 Legend honoree, and an active board member of Partnership With Children, helping NYC’s youth overcome the stresses of growing up in poverty.
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Henry Keyser

Verizon Media

Henry Keyser is the chief XR journalist for Verizon Media. His focus is expanding the editorial potential of XR in Verizon Media's newsrooms and content divisions, developing training programs and supervising multiple productions each month. Before Verizon, he was Principle of Volumetric Consulting, founding CEO of ShareVR, a smart-city tools developer, playwright and TV producer.
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Imani Ellis

CultureCon & The Creative Collective NYC

Imani Ellis is the founder of CultureCon and The Creative Collective NYC, a community and creative agency dedicated to facilitating brave spaces for multicultural creatives. Born in Imani’s one-bedroom apartment as a means to foster meaningful connection, TheCCnyc has since parlayed into the fastest-growing community devoted to creatives of color in NYC who are looking to cultivate relationships that go beyond the business card.

TheCCnyc's marquee event is CultureCon, a conference dedicated to creatives of color. Past speakers include Tracee Ellis Ross, Will Smith, Regina King, Lena Waithe, Spike Lee, John Legend, Nick Cannon, and more. CultureCon is the first of its kind ideas conference that caters to all aspects of creative and young professional life.

In addition to community events, The Creative Collective also works as an impactful creative agency, ideating creative strategies that resonate and bridging the gap between brands and multicultural creatives.

Named a "2020 Diversity Champion" by Adweek, Imani has been recognized by Forbes as a "Visionary" and a "2019 Event Innovator" by Biz Bash. Imani graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in communications and a double minor in German and Film. She currently resides in New York City.
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Isha Vyas

sparks & honey

Isha is a marketing expert & a strategy executive who has managed brands netting $0.5B+ in annual revenues with organizations like Henkel & Nestle, & consulted for Fortune 100 client organizations. As a former engineer & an MBA with focus in Marketing, she brings the best of both worlds to her practice – quantitative analysis & creative thought leadership. She recently launched her own branding consultancy for young startups, called 'yellow pebble', and also serves as Director of Client Strategy at sparks & honey.
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Jackeline Stewart

Edelman

Jackeline is an award-winning senior multicultural communication strategist who specializes in creating and disseminating narratives to help organizations advance their interests in racial justice and reach multicultural audiences. With experience at the highest levels of business and government, Jackeline has worked with corporations, national nonprofits and government agencies to develop dynamic strategies that reach, activate diverse audiences to create change.

At Edelman, she helps lead the firm’s multicultural communication practice and chairs a racial justice communications task force that leads Edelman’s thinking racial justice. She is operationalizing how the firm integrates multicultural communications into client work.
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Jacqueline Jones

LinkedIn

Jacqueline Jones is the Head of Strategic Partnerships for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn. She has held business development and strategy roles across several industries such as Higher Education, Media/Entertainment, Technology, Advertising, Publishing and Consulting. Her experience includes roles at Fortune 500 companies including Clear Channel Communications, Cable and & Wireless, Accenture, Prudential and IBM. Jacqueline holds degrees from Harvard Business School, Wellesley College and is a Fulbright alumni.
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Jasmine O'Neill

Facebook

Human Resources and Recruiting professional and business school graduate with experience in various HR related functions including recruitment, training and development, employee engagement, on-boarding, organizational development and HRIS. Industry experience in healthcare, legal, consumer packaged goods and tech. Currently recruiting top talent with a passion for diversity.
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Jason Rosario

BBDO

Jason serves as Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer at BBDO where he leads the agency’s vision of building an intersectional and inclusive creative agency.

In his role, Jason shapes strategic diversity initiatives at the enterprise level that builds community, culture, and accountability. He partners with senior management and team leaders to align the practice with clients’ business objectives while ensuring progress against agency success metrics internally and externally.

He founded TLoM, a social impact agency that explores themes around masculinity and identity. He sits on the board of Made of Millions and earned an MBA from NYU Stern.
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Jason Trimiew

Facebook

For two decades, Jason has worked at the intersection of the marketplace and social impact in international microfinance, community and economic development, and venture philanthropy. In 2016, Jason joined Facebook to launch and lead the company’s supplier diversity program and create more opportunity for diverse-owned firms to do business with Facebook and the people and communities that Facebook connects. Facebook has now spent more than $1.1 billion cumulatively with US companies certified as minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ, or disabled-owned in categories spanning creative services, network infrastructure, facilities management and more.
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Jazmin Burrell

Snap, Inc.

Jazmin is a brand strategist based out of Brooklyn, NY by the way of Kansas City, Missouri. As a devout lover of video games, beauty, movies and everything in-between, her cultural insights have touched brands from Chevrolet to CIROC to Old Spice. After earning her Bachelors from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Masters from Syracuse, she began her advertising career on the account side at Spike DDB before fully transitioning over to strategy at beauty@Gotham. Currently, she is a creative strategist at Snap Inc. who focuses on beauty and CPG for some of the world's most recognizable brands.
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Jenny Yang

jennyyang.tv

Jenny Yang is a former labor organizer turned stand up comedian, writer and actor who is one of Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch for 2020.” She is a writer for “Last Man Standing” on Fox and the creator of “Comedy Crossing” a hit standup comedy show held inside the Animal Crossing video game and watched live via Zoom. Since June 2020, the show has raised $20,000 for #BlackLivesMatter-related causes. Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised, Jenny was honored by President Obama as a “White House Champion of Change” for her leadership in “Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling" in 2016.
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Jessy Jacques

Xandr

Jessy Jacques is an Account Executive at Xandr, leading Publisher Development for Fortune 50 organizations within Xandr’s programmatic portfolio.

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.

In 2019 Jessy was named a imPART Advertising Club of New York Fellow. This program is dedicated to providing women with support within their careers, allowing them to grow and thrive in various aspects of their industry. Most recently, Jessy was named an Adweek Executive Mentee as part of its D&I Executive Mentor Program. This program provided Jessy as well as others within the program with the opportunity to build relationships with leadership across the digital advertising industry through mentorship and sponsorship guidance.
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Jezz Chung

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Joan Baker

Society Of Voice Arts And Sciences

Joan Baker is an award-winning voice actor, author of "Secrets of Voice-over Success," and co-founder of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences which oversees That's Voiceover Career Expo and The Voice Arts Awards. She is also an on-camera host, a voice acting coach, and a voiceover columnist for Backstage Magazine.
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Joe Holder

The Ocho System

Founder of The Ocho System, Creative Director, Health and Wellness Consultant
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John Petty lll

Wieden + Kennedy

Philadelphia native and Lincoln University (PA) alum, John Petty, III -- "JP" -- leads social strategy development for the likes of McDonald's, Bud Light, Ford, Heinz, and Delta at Wieden + Kennedy New York after the previous 5 and half years at advertising agency, Translation. In November of 2017, he worked closely with music and advertising industry veteran, Steve Stoute to launch the artist services company, UnitedMasters. He is a hip-hop and sports fanatic well-versed in project management and data analysis, a mix that allows him to combine a connection to culture with a methodical, data-driven approach.
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Jonathan Jackson

Blavity, Inc.

Jonathan Jackson is a co-founder and former head of Corporate Brand at Blavity, Inc.

He was the 2019 Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, he he focused on examining new ways to measure black cultural influence, and its effect on the media and advertising landscape both domestically and abroad. Jonathan Jackson Entrepreneur, New Media & Black Culture Pioneer Blavity, Inc.
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Joon Park

sparks & honey

Joon (they/them) is a cultural strategist at sparks & honey, where they consult tech and beauty clients on how to futureproof their business. They are one of the founding members of GLAAD’s Campus Ambassador program and is a recipient of GLAAD’s first Rising Stars Grant. Since then, they’ve been featured in publications like Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Vogue, and the Huffington Post. Joon is an alum of the ADCOLOR FUTURES program and is the first transgender non-binary Mx. ADCOLOR. They have spoken on stages like Cannes and SXSW about topics like ethical design and workplace diversity.
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Jose Martinez

Google

Jose is a Recruiter at Google in NYC supporting various Marketing teams in NYC, Bay Area, Los Angeles and Atlanta. As a seasoned Talent Acquisition professional, Jose has partnered with hiring managers at all levels to support their staffing needs and to creatively strategize on pipelining talent, at scale. Prior to Google, Jose spent 9 years at HBO recruiting for consumer and brand marketing across HBO NOW, HBO Nordics, and International. He also worked for the United Nations in Rome, Italy as a Global Recruiter. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.
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Joshua Kissi

TONL

Joshua Kissi is a Ghanaian-American creative entrepreneur based in New York City. He specializes in photography, film, creative direction while telling stories through art and technology.
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Jovian Zayne

OnPurpose Movement

Jovian Zayne is the founder of the OnPurpose Movement®. She is a certified leadership and professional development coach, consultant and public speaker with over a decade of experience in change management, global leadership development, and organizational transition planning and design.
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Kai Deveraux Lawson

WPP

Kai Deveraux Lawson, uses her life long passion for culture, and nearly a decade of experience in advertising, to tell honest stories that shed light on the need for Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace. Her experience led her to launch the culturally focused platforms, Mixed Company Podcast and her blog, Mylifeofkai.com. On these platforms, she shares her first hand experiences in life, travel and career, from the perspective of a millennial woman of color.

Kai has been honored as The-Dot’s 100 Trailblazers redefining the Creative Industry, The Advertising Club of New York’s 2020 Innovators Award, and the Inaugural Blacklist100.
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Kai Weidie

McCann New York

In her day-to-day role with McCann New York, Kai Weidie is the agency's Director of Diversity & Engagement, collaborating with leadership on creating and maintaining a culture of inclusive innovation. Prior to that, she co-led the American Advertising Federation's Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism, partnering with agencies and brands across the industry on recruiting and retaining top diverse talent.

When she isn't working, talking, and living D&I, Kai is swimming, watching the NBA with her husband and asking people for specifics on social plans. :)
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Kaitlyn Yang

Alpha Studios

With more than a decade of film industry experience, Kaitlyn Yang is the founder Alpha Studios, a visual effects company.

Kaitlyn has more than 50 credit to her name, including “Robot Chicken,” and “Grey’s Anatomy."

Kaitlyn’s insights on diversity and leadership have been published in Variety, Emmy Magazine, and LA Times.

Kaitlyn holds a BA degree in Animation from USC Film School, and a MBA degree from Quantic School of Business. She is a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient, a member of the Visual Effects Society as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
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Keith Cartwright

CARTWRIGHT

Keith Cartwright was named by Adweek Magazine as the 50 top Creatives in the business, by Campaign Magazine as top 10 Most Influential People in Advertising. Keith Cartwright is currently a Co-Founder of SATURDAY MORNING, an organization built on using creativity to shift negative perceptions in the African American community. Currently Keith is the President and CCO of CARTWRIGHT a WPP backed creative agency located in Los Angeles. Keith has been awarded and recognized by every major awards organization in his field including an Emmy in 2019, and along with SATURDAY MORNING is nominated for an Emmy in 2020.
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Kelli Richardson Lawson

JOY Collective

Kelli Joy Richardson Lawson is an Emmy Award-winning creative visionary and entrepreneurial business leader with 30 years of experience in television and entertainment marketing, consumer packaged goods, book publishing, and technology. She is the founder and CEO of JOY Collective, a Black and female-owned marketing and creative agency based in D.C. JOY was named the 6th fastest growing agency of 2019 by Adweek, and recently won the 2019 SABRE Award for the Best Campaign for Dove/The CROWN Act. Their client list includes Dove, WW, Tory Burch, Unilever, Williams-Sonoma and more. Prior to starting JOY, Kelli served as the head of Global Consumer Branding and Advertising for DELL’s Consumer Products division, head of Marketing and Communications for BET Networks, and as a Brand Manager at P&G. Kelli is also Founder of The SonRise Project, a safe space for parents of children who struggle will mental wellness and addiction issues.
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Kevin Echavarria

sparks & honey

Kevin is a Senior Cultural Strategist at sparks & honey, His client experience includes healthcare, spirits, fast food, and technology companies, and through his work with a Fortune 100 healthcare client has developed a strong interest in addressing racial and socioeconomic inequities in the health industry. Outside of his client work, he has long been interested in the relationship between Latinx audiences and media, branding, entertainment and pop culture, and how Latinx creators navigate these spaces. He grew up in San Antonio, TX, and proudly called Chicago, IL home for 10 years before moving to New York City in 2019.
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Kevin Green

RAPP

Kevin has authored compelling brand stories for over a decade for brands like Spotify, PNC Bank, McDonald’s, Toyota and Match.com. He also works daily to make the industry more diverse as the Co-Chair of the Alumni Board of Managers for the Marcus Graham Project and Co-Chair of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board. Kevin is also an emerging speaker and thought leader, sharing his insights on The We Are Next podcast and national industry conferences. Kevin is equal parts creative spark and calming presence, helping his mentees, clients and colleagues reach their highest potential.
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Kimberlé Crenshaw

African American Policy Forum

Kimberlé Crenshaw is co-founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum, host of the podcast Intersectionality Matters!, moderator of the webinar series Under The Blacklight, and a Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia. She is popularly known for her development of “intersectionality,” “Critical Race Theory,” and #SayHerName campaign. She is a leading authority on Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. She is the most cited female legal scholar in the law,and was named one of the ten most important thinkers in the world by Prospect Magazine in 2019.
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Kristin Cohen

sparks & honey

Kristin leads Business Development and Marketing at sparks & honey with over 15 years of experience building businesses. She has a unique, entrepreneurial skillset honed in leadership positions within companies at the forefront of culture.

While publisher of Saveur magazine, she lead the culinary brand to its first profitable years in its 20-year history. Following stints at Condé Nast, Travel + Leisure, and Allure, Kristin left the publishing world to cofound Delicious Contents, a full-service, editorially-focused creative collective, that redefined how CPG content was created by bringing together editors, shooters, publishers and influencers with brands such as Chobani, McCormick, Jenn-Air.
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Kristin Koch

Seventeen

Kristin Koch is the Executive Director of Seventeen, overseeing the content and brand strategy for all of Seventeen’s platforms, including digital, social media, video, and print.

Before taking the reins at Seventeen, Koch held editor positions at Glamour, Vanity Fair, and The Knot. In 2016, Koch founded fashion and lifestyle blog, Closetful of Clothes, where she chronicles her life as a working mom and dressing for the life you want.

A Chicago native, Koch currently lives in New York with her husband, two kids, and goldendoodle puppy.
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Kyra Kyles

YR Media

Kyra Kyles is the CEO at YR Media, an award-winning national nonprofit serving youth storytellers. Among her media roles, Kyra served as EBONY Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Editorial and while at sibling pub, JET, launched the iconic brand’s first-ever app. Earlier in her career, Kyra was a columnist and broadcast correspondent for the Tribune RedEye. A contributor to outlets ranging from NPR’s WBEZ to the BBC to Bustle, this Chicago-native-turned Bay Area resident has been named to the Folio magazine Top 100 Media Executives, WVON and Ariel Capital’s “Top 40 Under 40 Game Changers” lists.
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Laith Nakli

Lailou Productions

Laith Nakli is a Syrian actor/writer. He studied acting at the William Esper Studio. Laith made his stage debut in War at the award-winning Off-Broadway Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Company in NYC where he also had the world premiere of his first play, Shesh Yak.

Laith currently can be seen as Uncle Naseem, one of the main characters in the HULU series Ramy.

Film credits: Swallow, 12 Strong, The Wall, The Visitor, Arranged, Sam & Amira.... TV credits include: The Long Road Home, 24-Legacy, Inside Amy Schumer, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Third Watch, The Sopranos, among others.
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Latham Thomas

Mama Glow

Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Celebrity Doula and Maternity Wellness Expert Latham Thomas supports women in embracing optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to empowerment. Latham is the founder of Mama Glow a global women’s health and education brand serving women along the childbearing continuum. Mama Glow supports women and families during the fertility period, pregnancy, birth as well as during postpartum offering hand-holding through their bespoke doula services. Her book, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within released on paperback in June 2020.
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Lauren Crampsie

Ogilvy New York

As President of Ogilvy New York, Lauren leads the largest office within Ogilvy’s global network, overseeing all aspects of its integrated business. Lauren’s 16-year career with Ogilvy has been punctuated with positions of increasing responsibility. Three years after joining the agency, she became its youngest new business director. In 2010 she became North American CMO and within two years elevated to Worldwide CMO. Lauren serves on the boards of the American Advertising Federation and MAKERS. She is also a member of the Time’s Up Advertising steering committee. Lauren lives in NYC with her husband Jason, two children Drake and Scarlett.
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Lauren Wesley Wilson

ColorComm, Inc., Women of Color in Communications

Lauren currently serves as President and CEO of ColorComm, Inc., which houses ColorComm Network, ColorComm Conference, and ColorComm Media Group and Men of Color in Communications (MCC). Lauren is also a Contributor to Forbes and has a column which covers women of color in business. Lauren has been recognized by PR Week as one of the 50 Most Powerful in PR and served as a juror on the Cannes Lions Jury 2017. She has been featured in the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan.com, Forbes, Girlboss, and more. Lauren earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Spelman College and a master's degree in public relations from Georgetown University.
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Lauren Wilson

Facebook

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Laurise McMillian

Refinery29

Laurise is the Content Strategy Editor and founding member of @r29unbothered, the Refinery29's IG for Black female empowerment, Laurise is an industry leader in all things audience development and digital growth. Prior to R29, Laurise has done social media for Fox Searchlight, MTV, ELLE magazine, Seventeen magazine, Girls' Life magazine, Urban Outfitters and more. She is currently in the process of launching her own creative agency, Camp Coconut, alongside her partner (and Wieden + Kennedy Strategist), Marshall Roach.
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Leah Katz-Hernandez

Microsoft

Leah Katz-Hernandez is currently Communications Manager at the Office of the CEO, Microsoft. Previously, she spent a decade in the public sector. Leah Katz-Hernandez, who is deaf and uses sign language, first joined the Obama world as a campaign volunteer and worked in the Press Office of First Lady Michelle Obama before becoming the Senior Operations Coordinator for President Obama’s West Wing. She is a contributing author of the book "West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House," and a current board member of American Association of People with Disabilities.
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Lee Hawkins

Wall Street Journal

Lee Hawkins is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where he covers education and general assignment stories. He is also the author of the forthcoming book NOBODY'S SLAVE: How Uncovering My Family's History Set Me Free (HarperCollins, 2021). He recently won the Logan Nonfiction Fellowship from the Carey Institute For Global Good, for in-progress work on the book. He was also a National Fellow for the USC Fund for Journalism on Childhood Well-Being for reporting on the intergenerational effects of racial violence in America.
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Lenee Young

Facebook

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Lisa Ross

Edelman

Lisa Osborne Ross serves as Edelman’s U.S. Chief Operating Officer and leads Edelman’s Washington D.C. office as President. In this role, Ms. Ross is responsible for overseeing the firm’s U.S. operations and providing strategic oversight to its Washington office. She is known as an in-demand counselor to senior executives at Fortune 500, higher education, and government institutions. Ms. Ross also leads Edelman’s efforts on racial equity and social justice work, providing the strategic guidance and tools that colleagues and clients need to help effectively address diversity, equity and inclusion-related issues.
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Lorraine Twohill

Google

As Google’s CMO, Lorraine manages a global team responsible for telling the story of Google’s brand, driving revenue growth, and helping billions of users discover and make the most of Google’s products. Her teams oversee global marketing across some of the world’s most used and loved brands. Lorraine has helped drive Google’s social impact focus on education, economic opportunity and inclusion, and the company’s crisis response strategy. Lorraine graduated from Dublin City University with a joint honours degree in International Marketing and Languages. A native of Carlow, Ireland, Lorraine lives in the Bay Area with her husband and children.
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Lucas Crigler

McCann Worldgroup

Lucas began his career in Rhode Island at Nail Communications where he won awards for Mike and Ike candies, the RI Food Bank and a Gold Pencil for Vibram FiveFingers. Later, at RPA in Los Angeles, Crigler took home a Clio and a Cannes Lion for the Honda spot: “Paper.” Today he's an Associate Creative Director at McCann Worldgroup and works on Verizon, TGIFridays, the NY Lottery, and Mastercard. Through Instagram, Lucas was featured by companies such as Alan Cummings’ brand "RockSoup," MarcoMarco Underwear, LogoTV, Tinder, OUT Magazine, BravoTV’s “Get A Room," Tom Hardy, and MTV’s “One Style Fits All."
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Mahyad Tousi

BoomGen Studios and Starfish Accelerator

Mahyad Tousi is a multidisciplinary storyteller and co-founder of BoomGen Studios and the newly launched Starfish—a creative IP accelerator designed to unleash the full market potential for transformative pop culture ideas originating from artists of color.

Tousi's work spans across mediums, genres, and platforms, ranging from museum pieces to Hollywood blockbusters. He is currently producing a new sitcom with Chuck Lorre and the Big Bang team for CBS, and co-writing a 360 franchise based on The Tales of a Thousand and One Nights with Picturestart. Tousi sits on the advisory board of MIT's Center for Advanced Virtuality.
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Malik Ducard

YouTube

Malik is VP of Content Partnerships at YouTube, overseeing efforts for the Learning, Social Impact, Family, Film & TV and Health content areas. A Bronx native, Malik earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his MBA from the UCLA, Anderson School of Management. Malik serves as Board President of Two Bit Circus Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings STEAM education to youth throughout LA. He also serves on the board of Inner-City Arts, an arts education organization for underserved local communities.
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Malika Saada Saar

Google

Malika Saada Saar is YouTube's Global Head on Human Rights and previously Google's Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights. Before joining Google, Malika was founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), a human rights organization focused on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. She also served as Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group.
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Marc Pritchard

P&G

Marc Pritchard is responsible for P&G’s brand building disciplines worldwide. He sets the Company’s multi-billion-dollar media, marketing and advertising strategies, and leads marketing innovations that guide communication and brand building for P&G’s portfolio of trusted, quality brands. As top brand builder and veteran of P&G for more than three decades, Marc believes in the power of brands to serve people with the best-performing products, while also being a force for good through ethics and responsibility, community impact, diversity and inclusion, gender equality and environmental sustainability. He continually leads P&G’s brand building reinvention and is a leading voice in advertising industry.
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Marc S. Strachan

ADCOLOR

Marc Stephenson Strachan, Chair of ADCOLOR Board, has significant Marketing & Advertising Industry credentials. He is currently runs Coach Marc Consulting and recently served as EVP and Chief Client Officer of Publicis-Sapient. Marc held several senior Marketing and Business roles at Diageo, North America, including the company’s external liaison for executive leadership and guidance, to a national diaspora of constituents, that had an interest in the Beverage Alcohol Industry. Marc has also enjoyed working in the film and music industries where he has several recognized credits. An accomplished writer, Marc currently writes a quarterly Opinion Piece in ADWEEK.com.
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Marcus Elliott

HBO

Marcus is a consumer-obsessed marketer and humble student of culture. As a member of the Multicultural Marketing team at HBO, he serves as a champion for diverse audiences, storytellers, and programming. Before HBO, he worked at PepsiCo in various brand roles including sports marketing, social strategy, product innovation, and global customer marketing. While there, he received the Global Harvey C. Russell Inclusion Award.

Marcus graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Committed to empowering future marketers, he proudly serves as a mentor for AEF’s MADE Internship Program.
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Mariano Pintor

Droga5

Mariano Pintor is a branding expert & an immigration reform advocate living and working in New York City. Mariano’s advocacy focuses on upward mobility within underserved communities. In 2019, Mariano was recognized as a Rising Star by ADCOLOR after launching the #WeAreImmigrants campaign after a tragic family emergency. With experience at global creative firms including Droga5 and McCann New York, Mariano has experience leading campaigns with a focus in the financial services industry for clients like JP Morgan Chase & Mastercard.
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Mark Clennon

Mark Clennon Creative

Mark Clennon is an NYC based artist specializing in editorial, commercial and documentary photography. His goal is to capture the black experience in its totality—joy, pain, and triumph. Clennon, a Florida native and graduate of The University of South Florida, describes his work as whimsically defiant. He’s worked with TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, Nike, Netflix,  Essence Magazine, Vogue, and more
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Matthew Cherry

Academy Award winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry is a Chicago native and a former NFL wide receiver who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens.

Cherry’s latest project "Hair Love" is an animated short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughters hair for the first time. The short, which made its theatrical debut in August 2019 with Sony Pictures Animation’s “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” won the Academy Award in 2020 for Best Animated Short Film and has an accompanying picture book which is a 6 time New York Times Bestseller.

Matthew is represented in all areas at ICM Partners as a writer/director.
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Maureen Cahn

Facebook

Sr. Talent Advisor & 360 Talent Attraction Strategist currently hiring BIG Recruiting Leaders at Facebook. DEI champion, educator & consultant. Relationship-Cultivator, energized by driving purposeful, positive impact on a personal-level and at scale.
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MC Lyte

Sunni Gyrl Entertainment, Inc

A philanthropist who has presented over $1,000,000 in scholarships over the past eight years through her nonprofit Hip-Hop Sisters Foundation. An actress on shows such as Power, Queen of the South, SWAT, and more. Terms like lyricist, inspirational speaker, DJ, pioneer, icon, and entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip Hop artists of all time: MC Lyte. Her newest venture has her taking on the role of show Creator & Executive Producer alongside Celebrity Financial Expert Lynn Richardson for UMC’s sitcom, “Partners In Rhyme.”
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Melissa Cintrón-Muñoz

Facebook

Melissa Cintrón-Muñoz is an accomplished Experiential Events Marketing Manager and Producer with over 16 years of experience in the marketing industry. Some of her past clients are, Diageo, BMW, Nu Skin, Rheem Mexico, among others.

She joined Facebook in January, 2017 as part of the Creative X, Events & Experiences team, managing the execution of experiential marketing for the Latin America region. As well as leading the Latin@ Miami chapter and the internal Diversity & Inclusion Summits. She resides in Miami with her artistic husband, Marlon Muñoz (hence the hyphen) and their beautiful cat, Smokey.
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Melonie Parker

Google

Melonie Parker is the Chief Diversity Office at Google. Melonie has an extensive HR background spanning 20 years. In her 3 years at Google, she has been a People Partner and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Prior to joining Google served as the Vice President of Human Resources & Communications at Sandia National Laboratories and also spent 17 years in a variety of Lockheed Martin business areas, locations, and progressive leadership roles that touched on employee relations, staffing, EEO/Affirmative Action, diversity programs, compensation, benefits, and K-12 outreach initiatives. Melonie Parker received a B.A. in Mass Communications from Hampton University and an M.A. in Human Resources from Villanova University.
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Michael Refuerzo

Apple Inc.

With production experience across multiple disciplines, Michael Refuerzo has produced some of the most iconic brand campaigns and has been recognized globally as a creative leader. His work with artists, athletes, and brands have influenced the visual language of today’s media landscape.

Currently, Michael is Global Head of Production at Beats by Dr. Dre overseeing all content production ranging from TV campaigns, photography, short + long format films, music videos and digital + social content.
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Michaela Holland

Michaela Holland is an Emmy, Webby, and Sheffield Doc/Fest award-winning storyteller. She is a creative director, producer, and project manager, who combines experimental content with traditional mediums. Her work has been featured by TIME, Forbes, The Guardian, and more. Not only does she strive to be a part of purpose-driven projects that vocalize and educate about diversity in storytelling, but she also works in tandem with decision-makers, committees, and boards of directors that financially support, mentor, and create opportunities for those of all backgrounds. In short, she works for the impact of projects to move beyond the project itself.
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Michele Thornton Ghee

Stratechic LLC

After 25 years in the media and entertainment space, Michele Thornton Ghee decided to pursue her passion of elevating the importance of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity by forming her firm: The Stratechic Alliance. As the managing partner, Ghee helps company’s leverage their most important resource: Difference.

Ghee has worked for: WME, CNN, A&E, THC and BET. Ghee created and ran the only network for black women: BETHer.

Ghee is a 2009 ADCOLOR Change Agent.

Ghee wrote 3 books: Stratechic, Stratechic 2.0, & Success on Your Terms.

She resides in New Jersey with husband Tony & kids Taylor and Jordan.
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Michelle Mitchell

Facebook

Michelle Mitchell works at the vibrant intersection of media, social impact, law and policy -- amplifying diverse, underrepresented voices, creating partnerships that elevate and nourish communities of color. Michelle drives strategy for the Strategic Communities Initiative, within Facebook’s Media Partnerships organization across Entertainment, News and Sports Partnerships -- making representation real.

Michelle spent ten years as attorney-advisor to executives across the Fortune 500, including as Associate General Counsel for Facebook, Inc. and Counsel at Akin Gump. Michelle is an emerging screenwriter. She received her BA in Political Science and Economics from Trinity Washington University and Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law.
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Michelle Watts

The Aziza Work Group Inc

She is the bones and the blood of Public Relations. Watts fleshed out positions at Essence & learned the practices of PR, The Mayor's Office & under the tutelage of (Jay-Z) triumphing in the risk and rewards of the work & established herself. The Aziza Work Group launched in LA with such force that within three years her clients in the world of Comedy alone; included but were not limited to; Kevin Hart, Lil Rel Howery, Deon Cole (black-ish), HaHa Davis, Chris Redd (SNL) & DeRay Davis. Hers is a specific brand of PR rooted in a cultural knowing.
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Michelle Lee

Allure

Michelle Lee is the Editor in Chief of Allure. Since taking the helm in 2015, she has transformed Allure into an innovative brand that champions diversity. She was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year in 2017, while Allure was Magazine of the Year for their groundbreaking covers, such as the July 2017 American Beauty issue featuring model Halima Aden in a hijab and their oath to ban the term “anti-aging." Allure was also nominated for a National Magazine Award for its March 2018 issue The Culture of Hair. Lee is a board member at ColorComm and Act to Change.
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Mike Doyle

Ketchum

Mike Doyle leads one of the world’s top communications consultancies, with offices and affiliates in more than 70 countries. He and his colleagues help companies tell their stories, connect with the people they care about most and use communications to inspire action. Mike has helped clients launch products and services, merge or acquire new companies, navigate issues and crises and determine their purpose in an increasingly competitive, connected and consumer-empowered global society. He is the co-chair for Omnicom’s global OPEN Pride employee resource group and serves on the global Board of Directors for GLAAD, the world’s leading organization dedicated to accelerating acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Mike is also a member of the Arthur W. Page Society’s Page Up community, the foremost professional association for senior communications executives and educators.

With more than two decades of experience in the field, Mike has partnered with clients in a variety of industries to advance and protect their corporate and brand reputations. He has led or joined global teams servicing brands including Target, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, FedEx, Mastercard, Wendy’s, Pfizer, IKEA, Bank of America, Dow Chemical, Procter & Gamble and Pernod Ricard. He began his Ketchum career in the agency’s Washington, D.C. public affairs and issues management practice, where he worked on corporate social responsibility efforts, activist and NGO engagement. Mike has helped clients launch products and services, merge or acquire new companies, navigate issues and crises and determine their purpose in an increasingly competitive, connected and consumer-empowered global society.

Mike’s career has been a long series of valuable experiences, thanks to deep and important client engagements and opportunities. He served as a media consultant to the Office of the Minister of Public Enterprise during the privatization of the Egyptian economy in the late ‘90s. He led Ketchum’s relationship with the New York Stock Exchange during successful and tumultuous times, among them the tragic events of 9/11 and the ouster of the Exchange’s chairman and CEO. He served as vice president of corporate communications at NBCUniversal, where he led strategic communications for the network’s digital division and international channels and was on a taskforce dedicated to combating piracy and intellectual property theft in the earliest days of that seismic issue. And he was Omnicom’s delegate on the steering committee to create the World Economic Forum’s Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, supported by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human rights and launched in January 2019. In 2007, he was named to the first-ever PRWeek “40 Under 40” list.

Mike is a native of suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a magna cum laude graduate of Muhlenberg College. He and his husband, Bret Kobler, split their time between New York City and Asbury Park, New Jersey.
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Minda Harts

The Memo

Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform that helps women of color advance in the workplace. She is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table.

Minda is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Fast Company, The Guardian, and Time Magazine. Secure The Seat is her weekly career podcast for women of color. Minda speaks at many Fortune 500 companies and conferences.
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Mira Kaddoura

Red&Co.

Mira is founder of Red & Co., the female & minority owned agency that created “Made with Code,” one of Google’s most important initiatives to diversify tech & Netflix’s lauded brand campaign, “Make Room,” that positioned Netflix as a champion of D&I.

Mira started at W+K creating award-winning campaigns. Her recent TEDx Talk “How women can change the world by asking ‘Why not me?’,” shares her thoughts. Mira was awarded 2019 Ad Age’s “Women to Watch" & Adweek’s “Creative 100.”

Mira is fluent in Arabic, French & English. She’s most proud to be raising three multicultural, multiracial and multilingual daughters.
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Mita Mallick

Unilever

Mita Mallick is a corporate change-maker with a track record of transforming businesses and cultures. She is head of diversity & inclusion and cross-cultural marketing at Unilever. Mallick is a columnist for SWAAY, and her writing has been published in The New York Post, Scary Mommy and The Riveter.
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Monique Nelson

UWG

Monique L. Nelson is chair and chief executive officer of UWG, the country’s longest-standing multicultural marketing and advertising agency. She took the helm of the agency in May 2012, when founder and advertising pioneer Byron Lewis retired. Headquartered in Brooklyn, with offices in Detroit, Atlanta and Miami, UWG maintains a list of esteemed clients including Ford Motor Company, Colgate, and The Home Depot. As a leading multicultural agency, UWG services its clients with General Market, Black, Hispanic, Asian and LGBT marketing and advertising, digital and traditional advertising, consumer insight, public relations, consumer healthcare communications and cultural fluency consulting.
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Monserrat Moreno

Facebook

Monse Moreno is a passionate marketing leader with experience leading B2B and B2C programs and has expertise in Multicultural audiences. She serves as the Global Diversity Employment Brand Strategy Manager at Facebook and is currently a Global Co-Lead of the Latin@ Facebook employee resource group where she is committed to serving the Latinx employee community in driving both community and transformative career experiences.
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Morgan DeBaun

Blavity, Inc.

Since launching Blavity Inc. in 2014, Morgan has led the company to successfully acquire Travel Noire, a travel platform for Black millennials and Shadow And Act, a Black entertainment news site. She has launched several profitable consumer summits, including Summit 21 for Black women creators and entrepreneurs and Bay Area’s AfroTech, the largest tech conference for Black innovators and founders, all while scaling Blavity's internal operations, raising over 11 million dollars in venture funding.

Morgan is also the founder of M.Roze Essentials, a natural skincare line & WorkSmart, an advising program teaching small business owners how to scale their business.
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Naiylah Warren

Real and HealHaus

Naiylah Warren is a born and bred Brooklyn based therapist in NYC. She currently works as a Staff Therapist at Real and corporate wellness facilitator at Heal Haus.
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Nana Bendiako

Facebook

Nana Bediako (@maker.be) is a Creative and MBA graduate with 10+ years' experience leading content development, production, and social media strategy. Currently a Creative Director for Facebook and Instagram, Nana architects content experiences for entertainment brands, filmmakers, and creators--from Netflix, HBO, Spotify, NBA, to Lena Waithe and Jidenna. Some of Nana's industry-recognized projects include MTV's 1st 'Gaze Interactive' VR campaign, the award-winning indie film 'Faith, Love, and Whiskey,' and multiple original content series featuring talent like Common, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, and Fitz & The Tantrums.
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Natalie Kim

We Are Next

Natalie Kim is the Founder of We Are Next, an open resource for students and junior talent that gathers advice, tools, and opportunities from all over the industry, making career guidance accessible to everyone while elevating diverse voices. Before becoming a thought leader in young talent development, she spent 10 years in advertising—lastly as Director of Strategy at Firstborn in New York City—and partnered with clients such as L’Oreal, HBO, and Coca-Cola. She’s been recognized as an Adweek + ADCOLOR Champion, an AAF Mosaic Award Winner, and on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Marketing & Advertising.
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Natasha Ofili

NIOVISION

Natasha Ofili debuted in two TV series in 2019: Netflix’s The Politician as Principal Vaugh and Amazon Prime’s Undone as a Deaf Teacher. In June 2020, inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests, Natasha co-wrote and produced a creative project, "Am I Next?" to bring focus on the Black Deaf Community. Natasha debuted in a series, “The Myth of Control,” directed by Emmy nominated producer Mikail Chowdhury and Chrystee Harris, as Aimee, all filmed remotely, a groundbreaking experience. For the remaining of 2020, Natasha’s goal is to surround herself with greatness and with those who see the greatness within her.
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Nathalie G. Cruz

Verizon Media

Nathalie is a Colombian-American multimedia designer and visual activist from The Bronx. In the last decade she has dedicated her creativity to empowering communities using a variety of traditional and digital mediums. Designing for feminist media brand MAKERS and Yahoo, her latest interests include integrating illustration into motion graphics and organizing for Verizon's Latinx ERG, SOMOS. When she’s not behind a computer, you can find Nathalie assembling her latest Spotify playlist, teaching design at Pratt Institute or daydreaming about bagels and pizza.
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Neal Arthur

Wieden+Kennedy New York

As Managing Director of W+K New York, Neal Arthur leads the second largest office in the network, overseeing a diverse portfolio of clients and more than 300 employees. Recently, he and his partner have driven the agency to its best revenue growth since the office’s opening in 1995. Neal has been a member of the W+K Stakeholders team since 2016. Under this leadership team, the agency was recognized at the top of Fast Company’s Most Innovative list for the third year in a row, and as Agency of the Year by both Adweek and Ad Age for three years running.
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Neisha Tweed Bell

Facebook & Instagram

Neisha is a compulsive problem solver, recovering perfectionist and unrelenting challenge-seeker. Which luckily works out for her as a creative strategist, creative director, copywriter and a diversity and inclusion advocate.

She currently works at Facebook & Instagram where she aims to put the capital A in Awesome for brands and advertisers looking to evolve and innovate on mobile. After working 15+ years on social, digital and traditional campaigns for multicultural and general market clients, she’s won an award or two, including some surprisingly heavy pencils and a tall lady holding a gold star. She is also a published poet, teacher, speaker, and culture changer and was named one of Essence’s 100 Woke Women in 2018.

Neisha’s relationship with ADCOLOR started in 2012 when she was honored as a Rising Star and has continued over the years with her speaking at various conferences, being a member of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board (AAB) for two years, leading the AAB as co-chair for two years after that and also being recognized as a 2015 Unsung Hero.
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Nekesa Mumbi Moody

The Hollywood Reporter

Veteran journalist Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. She had previously served as global entertainment and lifestyles editor at The Associated Press since 2012. Prior to her role as global entertainment and lifestyles editor at the wire service, where she oversaw 40 employees, Moody served as the AP’s music editor from 2000 to 2012.
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Nick Adams

GLAAD

Nick Adams is the Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD. He is a resource for media content creators who are telling stories about transgender people. He has consulted on hundreds of films and TV shows to help them create authentic transgender characters and stories, working with network executives, writers rooms, casting directors, actors, and PR teams. Nick joined GLAAD in 1998, and transitioned himself at that time.
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Nicole Hall

Kol Consulting

Nicole Hall is a 20-year Human Resources veteran with leadership experience at some of the largest global advertising and communications companies.

In 2020, Nicole founded Kol Consulting, a comprehensive executive coaching firm built on the principle of partnering with clients to reach their professional potential and business goals. A proponent of transformative employee development. her work is fueled by the Columbia University Coaching Methodology. Nicole's practice focuses on mid-to-senior level professionals.

An avid mentor and industry influencer, Nicole currently serves on the Board of ADCOLOR, and a member of the AD Council’s Diverse Leaders Taskforce.
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Nikki Hardison

Facebook

Nikki Hardison is a veteran Facebooker of five years having worked across both e-commerce and beauty verticals at the global and regional level. She is a champion for diversity and passionate about building community and opportunity for BIPOC. At present, she serves as the Co-External ERG Outreach Lead for Black@ Facebook New York and earlier this year led the chapter’s Black History Month programming.
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Noor Tagouri

At Your Service Imprint

Noor Tagouri is an award-winning journalist, speaker and brand consultant. Her documentary and subsequent podcast series sold in America received a Gracies Award for best investigative series. Noor is a touring speaker and brand consultant focused on identity, representation in media, and breaking barriers through storytelling. In 2020, Noor founded her production company, at your service, focusing on telling representative stories through a lens of service.
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Omar Davis

Crashbell

Omar is Co-Founder of CrashBell, a health education company focusing on human anatomy, mental health, and emotional wellness. He has a Sports Rehab/Medical Massage Therapy practices in New York City where he learned that tension was caused by stress and trapped emotions. From there, he created a kid’s anatomy and social-emotional learning curriculum teaching kids and teachers how to tune into their bodies and how they feel. As a meditation practitioner, he focuses on heart awareness and inner child connections. Helping people heal through their own inner wisdom and inner guidance.
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Pablo Surace

Facebook

Pablo is a marketing leader with two decades of global experience in CPG and Tech. Pablo joined Facebook in 2016 - after 16 years leading brands at P&G - to drive digital transformation of marketing in partnership with the largest advertisers of the world. Pablo is now the Business Lead for Global Business Marketing, building capabilities for everyone to have the opportunity to turn a good idea into a great business. He is a strong advocate for D&I, co-leading two ERGs: Pride@ globally and Latin@ NY.

Pablo earned a Licentiate degree in Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires.
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Payne Brown

THINK450M

Payne Brown is the President of THINK450, the licensing arm of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). In this role, Mr. Brown is responsible for providing strategic leadership, revenue management and generation opportunities for the organization.

Mr. Brown was previously Managing Partner at Econet Media Partners (EMP), where he focused on investing in and licensing content for distribution on the African continent. Prior to this he was Managing Director at Highbridge Principal Strategies (HPS) an alternative investment management organization that manages approximately $50 billion in capital. During his tenure there he led the firm􏰇s investment into REVOLT TV, a multimedia platform founded by Sean "Diddy" Combs. In 2014, while still balancing many of his duties at Highbridge, Mr. Brown served as the Chief of Staff to Dick Parsons, the interim “owner” of the Los Angeles Clippers. During this time, Mr. Brown was responsible for the day to day operations of the Clipper organization. Mr. Brown and Mr. Parsons successfully transitioned the team to its new owner, Steve Balmer for a then record purchase price of $2 billion.

Before joining HPS in 2012, Mr. Brown was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and a corporate officer at Comcast Corporation. During his tenure at Comcast, Mr. Brown first oversaw labor relations and served as a lead negotiator in numerous labor contract negotiations. Mr. Brown transitioned to programming and external affairs roles where he advised diverse and independent network launches, launched multicultural and multiplatform programming initiatives and led multicultural target marketing diversity initiatives and corporate public affairs strategies.Most notably, Mr. Brown served as a strategic advisor to Comcast senior leadership, crisis manager, and negotiations expert during Comcast Corporation􏰇s acquisition of NBCUniversal (2009-2011), helping to lead the company through FCC regulatory hearings and crafting voluntary public diversity commitments for the African American, Hispanic, and Asian American communities. The commitments have been praised for their impact on increasing diverse media ownership.

Mr. Brown has also held a long-term, hands-on interest in media production and film with his role as an executive producer for HBO􏰇s​ The Blacklist: Volume One​, ​Volume Two​ and ​Volume Three​ documentaries and as an associate producer for HBO􏰇s ​The Latino List: Exploring the Meaning of 􏰈Latino􏰉 in the 21st Century​ (2014).

Mr. Brown received his J.D. degree from George Washington University and a B.S. in Management from Purdue University. He is the father of two children, Cole and Faith.
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Peppermint

Peppermint’s star has continued to rise since her smashing success as first runner up on Season 9 of Rupaul’s Drag Race. Soon after she became the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway when she was cast as Pythio in the groundbreaking Broadway musical Head Over Heels.

For Over a decade Peppermint has dominated the New York club scene with her high-energy performance and engaging personality.

Peppermint has performed all over the world and collected many honors. She’s most known for high energy mic skills and her live vocal performances of pop standards as well as original material. Peppermint has an uncanny knack for connecting with a dedicated and eclectic audience. She’s been featured on MTV’s The Real World Brooklyn, Ugly Betty and Season 9 of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

She has also performed alongside Chaka Khan, Martha Wash, and Ultra Nate’ Peppermint has helped raise over $100,000 for the Human Rights Campaign (including a large bid from Vanessa Williams). She is deeply involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS and participant in the M.A.C. Aids Fund and the HIV Vaccine trials network.
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Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Nepal. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York. Gurung was Design Director at Bill Blass for prior to launching his eponymous brand in 2009. Gurung’s designs have been worn by leading ladies including former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge. Gurung received the 2010 Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear, and the 2015 Creativity Award from The Drawing Center. He was named Creative Director of Tasaki in September 2017, and published his first coffee table book in November 2019.
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Quita Highsmith

Genentech

Quita Highsmith is Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. She is a leader with almost three decades of experience and a named author in several publications regarding oncology disparities including the Journal of Oncology Practice, American Association of Cancer Research and Contemporary Clinical Trials.

She is responsible for leading Genentech’s D&I strategy, including recruiting, retaining and developing diverse talent, investing in initiatives to support science education, and addressing barriers in clinical trial participation via Advancing Inclusive Research™.

Quita is well-known in the biotech industry for being an award-winning visionary and promoting patient inclusion. In 2020, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in business in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and to PharmaVOICE’s Women of Influence list. Community service is important to her and she serves on several boards including, The Delta San Francisco-Peninsula Foundation Board which provides College scholarships for black students.

Quita received her Master of Business Administration from the Johnson School at Cornell University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. Her family — husband Quincy and children Quintin and Quinlyn — is known as the “Q-Crew.”
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Rachel Scott

ABC News

Rachel Scott is a White House Correspondent and D.C. Correspondent reporting across all ABC News programs and platforms including "Good Morning America," “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” ABC News Live, ABC News.com and ABC Audio.

In 2020, Scott provided extensive on the ground coverage of the nationwide protests over police brutality and the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on communities of color. Scott’s reporting appeared in ABC News' primetime specials "Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming" and "George Floyd's: A Celebration of Life."

During the 2020 presidential primary, Scott logged thousands of miles covering races in battleground states including Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, interviewing nearly every Democratic candidate. In November 2019, Scott interviewed Senator Bernie Sanders and surrogate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a joint network exclusive sit down in Iowa. Scott has been an important part of the news division's reporting on the Trump administration, covering the impeachment trial of President Trump extensively and interviewing Vice President Mike Pence on the day of the final impeachment vote. Scott has also covered the 2018 midterms, Hurricane Irma and the aftermath of Alabama's deadly tornadoes in 2019.

Scott began her career at ABC News as a production associate for ABC News Live in 2016. While working full-time as a producer for GMA Digital, Scott took on an additional role as a Weekend General Assignment Reporter for ABC’s New Haven, CT affiliate WTNH-TV.

A native of Southern California, Scott is a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
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Rachelle Daglis

The Colored Girl

Rachelle Daglis is a proven CMO turned successful CEO whose energy and leadership has helped grow innovative, nimble start-ups into significant technology players. Ms. Daglis has made her mark in the start-up space with tenures at social media marketing technology company Vitrue (acquired by Oracle), content marketing and engagement platform Livefyre (acquired by Adobe), marketing analytics company MIQ and the largest social network for finance Stocktwits. Now, Ms. Daglis is leveraging her experience and skillset to fulfill her life's purpose; uniting, uplifting, empowering, and advancing women of color globally as Co-Founder & CEO of The Colored Girl.
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Raena Saddler

Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation

RAENA SADDLER is VP of People & Managing Director at the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, which runs Lean In and Option B. In her role at Lean In, she has helped launch initiatives that raise awareness on issues critical to advancing women at work, and developed programs to help companies build equal and inclusive workplaces. Raena holds a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University, and a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. She is passionate about driving social change on issues impacting communities of color, and lives in East Palo Alto with her partner and three daughters.
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Rajoielle Register

Ford Motor Company

Raj Register, Head of Global Brand Experiences at Ford Motor Company is a diverse and detail-driven ambidextrous thinker with a background in product development and marketing. She has a passion for understanding and developing consumer experiences that translate to “moments that matter.” In her current role, Raj leads collaborating with key stakeholders to deliver the corporate brand experience and marketing strategy for Global and Regional Auto Shows. Her role also includes implementing brand integration and aligning strategic priorities for key moments at experiences like CES, SEMA, NADA and AirVenture.
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Rashad Robinson

Color Of Change

Rashad Robinson is the President of Color Of Change, a leading racial justice organization driven by more than 7 million members who are building power for Black communities. Color Of Change uses innovative strategies to bring about system change in the industries that affect Black people’s lives: Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Hollywood, Washington, corporate board rooms, local prosecutor offices, state capitol buildings and city halls around the country.

Under Rashad’s leadership, Color Of Change designs and implements winning strategies for racial justice, among them: forcing corporations to stop supporting Trump initiatives and white nationalists; winning net neutrality as a civil rights issue; holding local prosecutors accountable to end mass incarceration, police violence and financial exploitation across the justice system; forcing over 100 corporations to abandon ALEC, the right-wing policy shop; changing representations of race and racism in Hollywood; moving Airbnb, Google and Facebook to implement anti-racist initiatives; and forcing Bill O’Reilly off the air.

Rashad is widely consulted on strategies for corporate accountability, transforming the criminal justice system, media and tech reform, culture change and narrative infrastructure, and building Black political power. He is a sought-after keynote speaker at events across the country, and appears regularly as a quoted source, interview guest and opinion writer in major media.

In addition to media appearances, Rashad has been profiled by The New York Times, Wired, The Root, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, PBS, BET and several other outlets. Color Of Change has been named three times in Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list—in 2015, 2018 and 2020—and was profiled by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Rashad is the proud recipient of awards from organizations as varied as ADCOLOR, the United Church of Christ, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation and Demos. Rashad was a member of the inaugural cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, and serves on the board of the Hazen Foundation. Previously, Rashad served as Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD.
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Rathi Murthy

Verizon Media

Rathi Murthy is CTO for Verizon Media. Recognized as a transformative technology executive, Rathi oversees Verizon Media’s global technology strategy, leading the company’s continued innovations in 5G while also managing the platform technology and infrastructure.

Previously, Rathi was Senior Vice President and CTO for Gap, Inc. where she developed an end to end technology strategy for Gap Inc.’s broad portfolio of brands. Prior to Gap, Rathi was CIO for Enterprise Growth at American Express, where she managed end-to-end platform technology, infrastructure and operations for the suite of American Express pre-paid products. While at American Express, Rathi was named Top Woman in Cloud Innovation in 2014, and Most Influential Women in Payments in 2015.

Rathi has held senior technology leadership roles at some of the world’s best technology companies including eBay, Inc., Yahoo, Sun Microsystems and WebMD. Rathi also currently sits on the board of directors for PagerDuty.

Rathi has extensive technology and engineering experience and has spent most of her career developing and building platforms and products for emerging technologies. Her expertise lies in her ability to manage engineering teams and drive change. She is also an Art of Living Teacher and has a passion to help spread Peace in the community.

Rathi holds a Masters in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University, California.
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Reggie Butler

Performance Paradigm

Reginald is the founder and CEO of Performance Paradigm LLC, an executive education, human capital consultancy. He is a cultural alchemist and entrepreneur who has devoted his life to social justice by creating equity through building human connection. Serving clients across the globe, he is recognized and sought after for his unique delivery of high-energy motivational messages for personal, professional, team and organizational improvement.

Reginald holds a Masters in Educational Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati and graduated with a double major in theatre and music from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Rich Dorment

Men’s Health

Richard Dorment is the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health, the #1 source of information for and about men reaching 40 million readers each month. With 25 editions in 35 countries, Men’s Health is the world’s largest men’s magazine brand, giving readers the tools they need to make their lives better in the world of fitness, nutrition, gear, grooming, relationships, mental health and more.

Before joining Men’s Health in 2018, Dorment served as senior editor at Wired, where he edited cover stories, longform features, service packages, multimedia initiatives and special issues. Prior to that, Dorment served as an editor at Esquire, where he spent nine years editing and writing features on culture, politics, and men’s lifestyle interests.
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Richard Edelman

Edelman

Richard Edelman is the CEO of Edelman, a global communications firm. The firm was named “PR Agency of the Decade” by both Advertising Age and The Holmes Report. Richard has extensive experience in marketing and reputation management, having led assignments with major corporations, NGOs and family businesses in over 25 industries around the world. In 2019, Richard was named the PR Agency Professional of the Past 20 Years by PRWeek and was inducted into the publication’s Hall of Fame. Richard earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1978 and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1976.
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Richie Reseda

Question Culture

Freed from prison in 2018, Richie Reseda is an abolitionist-feminist producer and organizer. He founded Question Culture, a social-impact record label; Success Stories, a transformational feminist program for incarcerated men chronicled in the CNN documentary "The Feminist on Cell Block Y;" and cofounded Initiate Justice, which organizes people directly impacted by mass incarceration to change laws to end it. He's worked closely with Black Lives Matter, Inspire Justice, and more, to oppressive transform narratives and upend harmful systems.
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Robert Wong

Google

Robert Wong is an American graphic designer and creative director best known for his work as design chief of Starbucks and co-founder of Google Creative Lab. He has been honored as a Master of Design by Fast Company and one of 50 Most Influential Designers in America. He is an elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and board director of The One Club for Creativity. His work has been shown at exhibitions around the world including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
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Roger Sho Gehrmann

SiriusXM/Pandora

Roger Gehrmann is the Group Creative Director at Pandora, where he co-founded Studio Resonate – the audio-first creative consultancy. Studio Resonate is made up of fifty strong team of copywriters, designers, audio producers and developers that produce innovative advertising for some of the biggest brands on the planet. Back in Australia, his previous home, Roger worked across several leading digital agencies - delivering award-winning campaigns for brands such as Audi, Diageo, and Fox picking up a plethora of OneShow, Echo, Effie and D&AD trophies along the way. Roger’s expertise in digital advertising helped Pandora drive more than half a billion dollars in advertising revenue in 2019. Outside of the office you can usually find Roger teaching Experience Design and UX at General Assembly, and coaching a kid's Jiu-Jitsu class on Saturday mornings.
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Ronald Lewis

DiverseCreatives.com

Ron has worked on various brands spanning multiple therapeutic areas including Neurology, Oncology, Men’s and Women’s Health, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Diabetes, Circulatory, Eye Care and Smoking Cessation. No matter the category Ron is known to shepherd the creative through its evolution from strategy, concept, UI/UX, design and approvals, all the way through to the shoot, build, launch and its optimization. Ron not only strives for innovative work, he also teaches. He has served as a Visiting Instructor at Miami Ad School and at Pratt Institute, and in his spare time volunteers as a mentor for aspiring young professionals from underserved communities.
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Ronnie Dickerson Stewart

US Publicis Groupe

Ronnie Dickerson Stewart is Chief Diversity Officer, US of Publicis Groupe. She is also a dually certified executive leadership and career development coach, and host of the OhHeyCoach Career Clinic Podcast.

Ronnie has a passion for people - namely their growth & development. She actively mentors professionals across backgrounds within the advertising and tech industries.

She is a two-time ADCOLOR Award Winner (2010, Rising Star; 2017 Change Agent) and a 2020 ADCOLOR/ADWEEK Champion.

Ronnie's currently leading through this critical time while #pandemicparenting. Her most cherished roles are wife to Christopher, and #MamaLlama to her sons, Carter Jeffery & Lennox Jett!
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S.WHiT

Apple Music

S.WHiT is a DJ / personality from Queens, New York who began her career in the early 2000s as resident DJ at Long Island University. In 2010 she went from an intern to joining the SiriusXM Satellite Radio talent roster with her own show interviewing artists like Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliot, J. Cole and Childish Gambino.

S.WHiT has been featured on T.V. with appearances on MTV2 and BET's 106 and Park. Over the years she's worked with brands like Adidas, Nike and Twitter plus featured in publications like Forbes and Office magazine as a trendsetter for her generation.
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Sarah Smith

Prevention

Sarah Smith is the Content Director of Prevention, where she oversees the health brand’s editorial on all platforms, including the monthly print magazine, digital site, social media, books, and more. Prevention has been at the forefront of wellness for 70 years, and Sarah has expanded the brand’s reach and deepened its commitment to science. Previously, Sarah was the Executive Editor at Redbook and the Editorial Director at the family-health magazine Kiwi; she also spent many years at Parenting. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.
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Scott Reed

Facebook

Scott Reed (he/him/his) joined Facebook in 2013 and is a Global Industry Relations Lead, working with DE&I Organizations in the advertising industry and serves in leadership capacities within Facebook’s Pride@ LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit organization that provides a portfolio of health & education services to LGBTQ youth and their families.
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Sean McInerney

sparks & honey

Sean McInerney is the Director of Human Resources at sparks & honey— where he's worked for a little over 2 years. Prior to working at sparks & honey, Sean worked in Human Resources for droga5— a NYC based advertising agency. He's also worked in account management and, prior to that, hospitality management.
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Shameka M. Brown

The Only One There

As a 20-year veteran of the advertising industry, Shameka has shifted her creative focus toward executive coaching and leadership development. As a thought partner, she uses innovation and her award-winning creativity to help tackle attrition and retention, one engagement at a time. Shameka is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Syracuse University. She earned her master’s degree from the VCU Adcenter and coaching certification from Columbia University. Shameka is certified in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership from the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI.) She is a certified practitioner of the Neethling Brain Instruments® (NBI) and the Hogan HPI, HDS and MVPI assessments.
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Shannon Washington

R/GA

Shannon Washington is a Group Executive Creative Director at R/GA New York, Co-Founder of Toni (a social community for Black women in Advertising/Marketing) and the founder of Parlour Travel. Shannon is also a 2018 ADCOLOR/One Club Creative Award Honoree. A loud and proud graduate of Howard University, Shannon resides in New Jersey.

Full-time Creative, Sometime Culturist, Part-time Witch.
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Shawanda Walker

Facebook

Shawanda Walker is a Sourcing Lead at Facebook supporting the Legal, Public Policy and Communications functions with a passion and focus for diversity hiring. She is a SoCal native with a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California. Prior to Facebook and recruiting, she was an Associate Director at NBC Sports covering national and international sports studio and remote broadcasts. She is a 2012 Sports Emmy Award Winner.
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Shawn Finnie

Academy of Motion Pictures

Shawn Finnie is a well-rounded multi-hyphenated creative. Professionally, he is the Associate Director, Member Relations and Outreach for the Academy of Motion Pictures.

Shawn uses his voice on his own platform to amplify, uplift and elevate conversations around mental health, community, rights, and creating space by initiating thoughtful conversations with some of Hollywood’s most influential and well known activists and artists such as: NAACP president Derrick Johnson, Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Mahershala Ali, actress Rita Wilson, attorney Ben Crump, Tom Bilyeu and more.
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Snigdha Sur

The Juggernaut

Snigdha is passionate about diversifying storytelling. The Juggernaut is a Y Combinator- and Precursor Ventures-backed media company and community for South Asians and the South Asia-curious. She has worked at McKinsey and advised BuzzFeed, Quartz, Amazon Studios, Scroll.in, and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. She got her MBA at Harvard and BA in Economics & South Asian Studies at Yale. She was born in India, grew up in New York City, and has worked and lived in Mumbai. She is also a walking-talking Bollywood encyclopedia and loves reading novels.
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Sofia Hernandez

Tik Tok

Sofia Hernandez is the Head of US Business Marketing for TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video designed to inspire creativity and bring joy. She's responsible for building innovative marketing strategies that help brands become TikTok fluent. Sofia recognizes her role as part of the 1% of Latina Executives in Tech and is committed to fostering inclusion in the tech industry by incorporating DEI into everything she touches. Sofia is a passionate advocate for social justice and co-founded a unique apparel line, Black on Black, that's dedicated to spreading messages of equality and empowerment.
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Stacey Hightower

Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group

Stacey Hightower is the CEO of Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group. As CEO, he is responsible for creating strategic and operational opportunities that provide meaningful solutions for clients, while driving growth and value across a portfolio of leading specialty marketing agencies. His diverse range of expertise includes field marketing, strategic sourcing, brand extension, talent buying, purpose, and philanthropic consulting.

Previously, Stacey spent fifteen years as a change management consultant, implementing performance improvement and operational reengineering initiatives. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (where he provided micro-credit to women’s groups in Kenya). He earned his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from the Yale School of Management. He also proudly sits on the Board of ideas42 and City Music Cleveland.
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Stacy-Ann Ellis

Droga5

Stacy-Ann Ellis is a multidisciplinary writer and creative, born and based in Queens, New York. She holds a BA in print journalism from Howard University and is currently a full-time copywriter at Droga5, a part-time journalist and a lifetime storyteller.
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Steve Pamon

Parkwood Entertainment

Steve Pamon is the President and Chief Operating Officer of global entertainer Beyoncé’s production company, Parkwood Entertainment.

In his time at Parkwood, the team has continued its history of critical and commercial success, as evident in the “Lemonade” visual album, The Formation World Tour, Coachella Festival , “Homecoming” documentary, On the Run II tour, Ivy Park, and the film “Black Is King”, among others. In addition, his team manages the careers of Ingrid and Chloe x Halle.

Pamon holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. in business administration from Morehouse College.
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Steve Stoute

Translation LLC/ United Masters

Steve Stoute is Founder and CEO of UnitedMasters and Translation. With funding from Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz, the companies are converging music, technology, and storytelling in unprecedented ways. Previously, Stoute was a music executive producing albums for Mariah Carey and Nas, leading production for Gwen Stefani and Enrique Iglesias, and executive producing the Academy Award-winning “8 Mile” film and soundtrack. A critically acclaimed author of The Tanning of America, and member of the Advertising Hall of Achievement, Stoute been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and Executive of the Year by Ad Age.
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Storm Smith

Prevention

Storm Smith is a producer at BBDO Los Angeles. She is the first Deaf woman to have been recruited by BBDO Worldwide. She is an advocate for accessibility, creative storyteller & thought leader for inclusion in the creative and advertising industry, including work closely with Ford Foundation, appointed advisor for Crip Camp x Adobe Fellowship, co-creator of the new ADCOLOR community: We Are Here - Disability with Bryan Stromer, Microsoft and more.

Storm’s tireless efforts to promote diversity, inclusion and accessibility have earned a special recognition from President Barack Obama for the 30th anniversary on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
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Supriya Venkatesan

Critical Mass

Supriya is passionate about working at the convergence of culture, tech and content. She has helped clients like the US Army, Dropbox, and Apple develop and scale content strategies. In past lives, Supriya worked as a journalist whose stories appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, CNN, Teen Vogue, Redbook, VICE, TIME, and Playboy. Supriya developed her logophilic tendencies while serving 6 years in the US Army building IT infrastructures across South Korea, Iraq and the United States. Throughout her communications career she has been a champion for inclusivity at both the team level and through client work.
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Susie Nam

Droga5

Susie has lived in 10 cities in 3 countries traversing 3 different industries. Susie began in journalism, following the presidential campaign trail, then studied and practiced urban planning in London before landing in advertising, first with Fallon, then with Droga5 in 2009. As Droga5’s COO, Susie drives key client relationships and growth while ensuring business operations and culture are designed to support and scale for breakthrough thinking. She serves on ADCOLOR’s Board of Directors and is an Executive Advisor to Droga5’s diversity and inclusion initiatives D+iQ and S/he.
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Sybil Clark-Amuti

The Great Girlfriends

Sybil Clark-Amuti is an executive brand strategist, host, philanthropist, wife, and mother. She holds a B.S. from Dillard University and an M.S. from Columbia University. For over 15 years, Sybil has delivered world-class strategy and brand direction to brands such as Scholastic, Nike, Sony Entertainment, Target, Nascar, Conde Nast, Tony Robbins, Feeding America and more. Her company The Great Girlfriends, is a digital media company dedicated to connecting women with daily tips and solutions for living a passionate everyday life.
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Tai Beauchamp

Tai Life Media

Tai Beauchamp, named one of the 50 most influential people in the multicultural market by WWD, is an award-winning producer, TV host, and brand consultant, known most for her expertise in marketing to women. Formerly a leading editor for Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Seventeen magazines, Beauchamp departed publishing in the earliest days of social media to leverage her vast platform to empower, educate and entertain women of all ages. Tai is a go-to thought leader for platforms like ABC, NBC, E!, BET, TVOne, The Wendy Williams Show, The View and the Tamron Hall Show.
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Talitha Watkins

ColorCreative

Talitha Watkins is President and Head of ColorCreative Management – a management and production company in partnership with Issa Rae and Deniese Davis. Formerly a Motion Picture Agent and Cultural Executive at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Watkins is based in Los Angeles and represents producers, writers, directors and actors. In addition, Watkins helps build out CAA’s multicultural business and capabilities including the multicultural leadership event CAAAmplify.
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Tamika Mallory

Until Freedom

Tamika D. Mallory, a 39 year old mother to her young-adult son and nationally recognized activist, is a champion of the new civil rights movement. Today Tamika is the Co-Founder of Until Freedom. In 2017, Tamika gained recognition as one of four co-chairs for the Women’s March on Washington; and with participation from 5 million people worldwide, her role in the march landed Tamika on the 2017 Time 100 Pioneers list and Fortune’s 2017 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. As President of Mallory Consulting, a strategic planning firm, Tamika does strategic planning and event management corporation, works with Fortune 500 corporations and organizations, on flagship projects related to mass incarceration, gun violence and police brutality. Tamika is featured in the media at the intersection of civil rights, social justice and the new wave of feminism.
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Tatiana A. Lee

Accessible Hollywood

Tatiana A. Lee is an actress, model, & Hollywood influencer. She serves as Hollywood Inclusionist at RespectAbility & Disability Advocate for WOC Unite.

Growing up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Lee didn't see herself reflected in media and had a passion for being in front of the camera.

She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career and advocate for accessibility & inclusion in mass media through her brand AccessibleHollywood.com.

Lee credits include "Coffee with Tim Cook" & "Standup," which premieres at Superfest this fall. She's appeared in campaigns for Target, Zappos, Apple, and is the recipient of the Christopher Reeves Scholarship.
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TD Jakes

Bishop T.D. Jakes, one of the world’s most revered masterminds, leverages his pioneering vision and instinct to serve others in areas extending beyond the church. In order to help lead people to their destiny, you have to meet people where they are in life. It is with this earnest approach that Bishop Jakes has been able to reach millions of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, nationalities, and creeds. Digital media, film, and television, among others, have been instrumental in helping Bishop Jakes meet the disparate needs of countless individuals.
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Ted Chung

Cashmere Agency

Ted Chung is the Founder/Chairman of Cashmere Agency and a proud recipient of AdColor’s Legend honor. Ted drives Cashmere’s business development and vision of fluidity.

Cashmere Agency is recognized as AdAge’s Multicultural Agency of 2019 and A-List of 2020. Ted leads a diverse Client roster including: Google, Amazon, BMW, Jack in the Box, Disney, Netflix, and Door Dash. Cashmere’s multiple awards span Cannes Lions to Clios.

Ted is an avid traveler and curious collector of art and memorabilia. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Shvona and daughter Zahira.
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Terry Hurlbutt

ABC News

Terry Hurlbutt serves as Vice President and Executive Editor for ABC News Digital. In this integral role, she will oversee the editorial operations of ABC News’ digital brands – ABC News, FiveThirtyEight and GMA Digital.

Prior to this position, Hurlbutt led “Good Morning America’s” rapid news and lifestyle-focused digital expansion, including content creation, distribution, opening of new revenue streams and identifying opportunities to expand audience reach. During her tenure GMA Digital launched a new website, a newsletter and a robust, original slate of video franchises and features. From spotlights on first generation college students, including a special message from former first lady Michelle Obama, and women running for office in the 2018 midterm elections to stars offering advice to their younger selves in “Take It From Me,” Hurlbutt’s content and distribution strategy grew GMA’s target audience by 70% in its first year.

Hurlbutt joined ABC News in 2015 and launched the News division’s first Audience Development team and developed strategies across the Disney | ABC Television Group’s brand portfolio, including ABC Entertainment, Freeform and Disney Channel. She instituted a data-driven focus on content and distribution decisions that impact news alerts, live-streaming, mobile-first programming best practices and new initiatives including Google AMP, Facebook Instant Articles and Facebook Live.

Hurlbutt previously worked at Google and YouTube, where she co-led North America partnerships for the launch of YouTube Kids, led the lifestyle vertical for the first wave of YouTube Originals, and managed strategy for media partnerships across Google. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received her MBA from UCLA.
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The Receipts Podcast

The Receipts Podcast

The Receipts Podcast is a fun and honest podcast fronted by Audrey Indome, Tolani Shoneye and Milena Sanchez. Their podcast provides unadulterated girl talk with no filter on anything from relationships and situationships to race and religion and everyday life experiences. Since its launch in 2016, The Receipts stormed up the podcast charts, and they now have 100,000 + weekly listens on Spotify and listeners from 71 countries. The podcast has been nominated for several awards and has become a trusted voice in modern conversations. In Spring 2019, The Receipts signed an exclusive deal with leading streaming platform, Spotify.
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Tracey Coleman

CURLFEST/Curly Girl Collective

Tracey Coleman is an award-winning entrepreneur and humanitarian with 15 years of experience in advertising. As a Creative Director and Strategist, she's been a powerful voice in multicultural beauty and culture across the industry.

As co-founder of CURLFEST, she created a global movement that has shifted beauty standards worldwide and challenges the beauty industry to reflect the diversity of the women it serves.

Tracey has been recognized by Forbes, the NY Times, and ESSENCE to name a few, but the common thread across her accolades is a relentless passion to be a voice for communities that need to be heard.
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Thomas Harwell

Google

Thomas Harwell serves as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy Lead within Google's Staffing Team. Specifically, his role focuses on how Google's non-technical organizations build relationships with Black+ & Latinx+ candidates in the US and ensuring equitable hiring outcomes. Prior to this role, Thomas worked at several higher education institutions and is a proud alum of Texas A&M (B.S., M.S.) and Boston College (MBA).
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Titania Tran

Wieden + Kennedy

Titania Tran is a writer at Wieden + Kennedy. Her work is influenced by her background in mental health, social justice, and education. She currently serves on the council of Asiancy, a Wieden + Kennedy Portland affinity group dedicated to furthering the AAPI community.
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Tom Llamas

ABC News

Tom Llamas is an Emmy award-winning journalist, anchor of ABC News' "World News Tonight" weekend editions and breaking news and live events for ABC News Live, and chief national affairs correspondent, reporting for all ABC News programs and platforms. Llamas has covered the most important stories in recent history. Most recently, he worked on investigative reports on the 2020 presidential race and the impeachment investigation, including reports from Kiev, Ukraine. He also covered the struggle for power in Venezuela and his reporting on the immigration crisis from the U.S. border with Mexico contributed to ABC News’ 2019 Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. He anchored the network’s special reports on the death of U.S. war hero Senator John McCain, the rescue mission of the 12 Thai boys trapped in a cave and the sentencing of Bill Cosby. He traveled to Parkland, Florida, to cover the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and later to Texas for the attack inside Santa Fe High School. Llamas was part of the “20/20” team that tracked the rise of the Alt Right and their battles with Antifa demonstrators for six months culminating in the attack in Charlottesville.
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Tomi Omololu-Lange

TIME

Tomi Omololu-Lange is a producer of Enterprise and Immersive Experiences at TIME. She launched TIME Immersive, TIME's first AR/VR mobile app. For its inaugural experience, she produced "Landing on the Moon" a historically accurate 3-D re-creation of the Apollo 11 moon landing for the 50th anniversary. She also produced "Inside the Amazon: The Dying Forest", an immersive investigative experience exploring the complicated forces at the heart of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Tomi is also a multi-media artist whose work explores cultural identity and our understanding of the world through fairy tales, legends, and folklore.
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Trisch Smith

Edelman

During her 18-year tenure with Edelman, Trisch Smith has managed stakeholder outreach, strategic positioning, reputation management and public affairs campaigns for a host of Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits and associations. She has led the firm’s award-winning Multicultural practice, providing senior counsel to protect, promote and evolve clients' brands and engage diverse thought leaders, consumers and stakeholders.

In 2015, Trisch was named Edelman's first U.S. Managing Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and was appointed Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in 2018. In this role, she partners with leaders across the firm to guide organizational structure and diversity and inclusion programming.
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Vincent Pierson

VSP Diversity Solutions

Vincent S. Pierson, CEO & Principal Strategist of VSP Diversity Solutions, is an award-winning Change Agent and diversity, equity and inclusion strategist with more than 10 years of experience. Operating at the intersection of sports, diversity & Inclusion and social justice, Vince is passionate about using the power of sports to move society and open hearts, eyes and minds of both sides of any equation. With a strong belief in sport’s unique ability to transcend difference and unite people, Vince focuses on intentionally harnessing that energy to address certain ills in our culture that need genuine attention and understanding.
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Walter T. Geer III

VMLY&R

Sport-bike racer, track & field All-American, multi-patent holder, and biometric lab creator—these are just a few of Walter Geer’s self-earned epithets.

Recently Savoy Magazine added Walter to their list of 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America and as Cofounder of Diverse Creatives, he has been an outspoken voice in advertising for the black community.

A veteran of the digital advertising space, Walter holds a total of six U.S Patents for digital ad formats, and has developed ad products and implemented creative strategies for a variety of publishers, tech and media companies including Google, Viacom, NYTimes and MySpace.
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Willie Henry

Facebook

Willie is an influencer, change agent for the people. He's spent 5 years at FB (2 years on the Recruiting Team as the Candidate Experience Lead and 3 years on the D&I team) focusing on the employee experience for underrepresented communities. He's leveraged his position to drive impact in amplifying Black@ and Latin@ FBRG communities, Leaders, and other stakeholders to make a difference within FB and outside of FB. Leading strategy & execution of programs & initiatives gives energy to Willie to be a strong resource for the people while helping lift up communities for the greater good.
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Yolanda Adams

Billboard Magazine Gospel Artist of the last decade Yolanda Adams is a five-time GRAMMY Award winning artist who believes that her music heals, encourages and inspires others to trust more than themselves. She has triumphantly carried the torch for contemporary gospel and inspirational music via 13 glorious albums. Stunningly beautiful, exceptionally educated, filled with the spirit and blessed with one of the most powerful voices in any genre of music, this Houston-native and one-time school teacher has been a stately beacon of God’s light. She has earned numerous accolades for her shining efforts, including the first American Music Award for Contemporary Gospel Artist and four Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Her pioneering blend of modern gospel with R&B and infused with a touch of jazz continues to inspire her fans and transform the musical landscape.

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