THE ADCOLOR CONFERENCE
PRESENTED BY MICROSOFT ADVERTISING AND OMNICOM GROUP
The ADCOLOR Conference is the premier diversity gathering for professionals at all levels. We are a one-day immersive event that convenes innovators, experts and thought leaders from multiple creative industries: advertising, marketing, media, entertainment, public relations and tech.
For too long we’ve spoken and nobody has listened.
Still, we are told to “sit down and be humble.”
“It’s not your time yet.”
“We only hire the best.”
That “it’s just business,” when really, it’s just business as usual.
That time has passed.
Today is the day to speak our truths louder.
To raise our voices and say, “enough.”
Today is the day we march ourselves out of the margins we’ve been forced into.
Because every one of us deserves respect.
Every one of us deserves acceptance.
And every one of us deserves to feel safe.
Together, we are united in this quest for equality.
And united, we are catalysts for a future that celebrates every one of us.
Not in spite of what makes us different but because of what makes us unique.
That future begins today.
We demand it.
Because even tomorrow is too late.
So here we are, the moment of truth.
The moment that changes everything.
Will you, the people, speak your truth?
Will you, the allies, listen and take action?
Will we, as a culture, rise to the challenge?
We have been told to sit and wait.
But we will wait no longer.
Now is the time for impact—to speak louder than intent.
The moment of silence is over.
What will you DO in this Moment of Truth?
SNEAK PEAK: BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK + AR DEMOPresented by Oath
Platinum Foyer | Oath Lounge
Black is the New Black, a special exhibit on loan at the National Portrait Gallery in London, opens September 28. Get the first-ever public look at this special
exhibition before it opens, and the technology bringing it to life.
Tiffany R. Warren, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom and Founder & President, ADCOLOR Michele Thorton Ghee, SVP, Media Sales, BET Her
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Moment of Truth: Leading WomenPresented by Viacom
Soledad. Mara. Colleen. Join us as we open the 2018 ADCOLOR Conference with some of the leading voices of our time. Listen in as they discuss their legacy and lasting impact on inclusivity in Hollywood, journalism, advertising and beyond. How are these women shaping important conversations, perceptions and moments of truth in society? And what’s most exciting to them about what lies ahead in the time of Times Up. Be among the first to find out.
Lilly Workneh, Editor in Chief of Blavity will moderate an introspective conversation with one of the creative minds behind Netflix's Strong Black Lead campaign, Maya Watson Banks. Banks leads the Brand and Editorial team at Netflix and is thrilled to be joining Logan Browning, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Simone Missick, and Antoinette Robertson to talk about the project from inception to execution. Disruption is key for these incredible women and so many more; this conversation will dig into the how, what, and why.
Maya Watson Banks, Director, Brand and Editorial, Netflix
Logan Browning, Actor
Ashley Blaine Featherson, Actor
Simone Missick, Actor
Antoinette Robertson, Actor
Lilly Workneh, Editor-in-Chief, Blavity(Moderator)
ADCOLOR ConferencePresented by Microsoft Advertising and Omnicom Group
8:00am - 6:00pm
8:00am - 6:00pm
The ADCOLOR Conference Lounge and Oath LOUNGE
8:00am - 9:00am
9:00am - 10:30am
Tiffany R. Warren, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom and Founder & President, ADCOLOR Christena J. Pyle, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Omnicom and Director, ADCOLOR Jeannie Mai, TV Host/Actress and 2018 ADCOLOR Conference Host
9:00am - 10:30am
Moment of Truth: Assigned to InspirePresented by Concentric Health Experience
Motivational speaker and fitness evangelist, Angela M. Davis, takes to the stage to introduce us to her life-changing equation: Faith+Fitness=Freedom. During this high energy, wellness moment, you will learn the importance of having a spiritual anchor, how physical fitness is linked to work performance and more. Prepare to move and be moved.
We see you, 2018 and what a year you’ve been with cultural moments in music that reverberated in media, our nation and the world. The soundtrack includes artists and topics that provoked us all year long: Bey-chella, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Donald Glover, Black Panther, #MuteRKelly, Janelle Monáe, Demi Lovato, male privilege and more much more.
Ebro Darden, American Media Executive/Radio Presenter Nicole Johnson, Industry Relations/Artist Marketing, Pandora Gerrick Kennedy, Music Journalist, Los Angeles Times(Moderator) Jake O’Leary, Global Head of Music, YouTube
10:30am - 11:00am
11:00am - 11:50am
MOMENT OF TRUTH: STEPPING UPPresented by Procter & Gamble
Sit down and hear from Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer of P&G, the World’s Largest Advertiser, as he unpacks race, societal expectations and external pressures to assimilate. Learn his personal story of bias and labels, the courage he found to share it, and the difference he’s compelled to make in his leadership role.
Moment of Truth: PrivilegePresented by Microsoft Advertising
Privilege. In 2018, it’s considered a dirty word. But what is privilege and can it be earned? This bold conversation goes where few have gone before. Listen in as we examine its importance in propelling progress and the role self-awareness plays in increasing your own empathy and ability to empower others.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1A: WELLNESS AT WORKPresented by Concentric Health Experience
Self-care is officially a form of preventive medicine. But how do you pencil yourself into your own schedule? In this insightful session, the secrets of how to beat burnout, travel smarter and develop a lifestyle that can sustain your physical, mental and emotional well-being will be revealed.
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1B: STORYTELLING FOR EVERYONEPresented by Google | YouTube
Talking about diverse and inclusive creative is one thing. Making it happening is another. From inclusive consulting and the latest behavioral sciences principles, to fighting unconscious bias and gender imbalance in the entertainment industry, this panel takes looks into the future by sharing actionable insights that can’t be missed.
Madeline Di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute Raphael Diallo, Brand Strategist, Google Jabari Hearn, Global Marketing Director of Mobile Hardware, Google Maya Shankar, Head of Behavioral Science, Google Sherice Torres, Marketing Director, Google(Moderator)
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Breakout Session 1C: Men Join The Movement
If we re-imagine gender roles and expand our understanding of masculinity and femininity, men benefit, too. Can men show up in the world without the pressures of performing toxic forms of hypermasculinity? Join Wade as he explores his own dialog with feminism, pro-active tools for ending sexist dialog and more.
Wade Davis, Former NFL Player, Corporate Diversity, Inclusion and Culture Consultant, Wade Davis, LLC
1:00pm - 1:45pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1D: THE MAKING OF A MAKERPresented by Oath
Platinum Foyer | Oath Lounge
What’s a MAKER? Learn more about this feminist media brand for changemakers, newsmakers and troublemakers that’s become a movement. *Space is limited.*
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2A: UNDER THEIR “INFLUENCE”Presented by Cashmere Agency
These powerful trailblazers have been able to galvanize a loyal and engaged fan base by using their platforms to define trends and curate cool. And marketers have taken notice--valuing their influence above even money and power. This extraordinary panel explores the ecosystem that influencers of color have created and discusses how we bring equity to the diverse spectrum of those who are shaping trends and culture.
With so many corporate missteps in the news, this panel shines a light on three organizations getting it right. Can diversity efforts evolve to reflect true inclusion? Is there a need for more executives of color? Can diversity impact creativity and improve work culture? Yes, yes and YES!
Margaux Joffe, Associate Director of Accessibility & Inclusion, Oath CP McBee, Senior Sales Director, Microsoft Advertising Candice Morgan, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Pinterest Ronnie Dickerson Stewart, VP/Group Director, Talent Engagement & Inclusion Manager, Digitas(Moderator)
2:00pm - 2:45pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2C: CREATING BRAVE SPACESPresented by Digitas
The Bystander Intervention Masterclass provides tools and real-life ways to work through awkward, difficult, and inappropriate interactions inside and outside of work walls. This honest, fun, and interactive workshop will help you build skills in mitigating toxic interactions with colleagues, supervisors, clients, and friends and family.
Karla Talley, Manager, Talent Engagement & Inclusion, NA, Digitas
2:00pm - 2:45pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2D: HOW IDENTITY DICTATES A STORY: A CONVERSATION WITH HUFFPOST EDITORSPresented by Oath
Platinum Foyer | Oath Lounge
Our identity informs not only our perspective on the world, but also the world’s perspective on us. In this discussion with editors from HuffPost, we discuss how critical it is to harness our true voices in reporting to tell better, more informed stories. *Space is limited.*
Taryn Finley, Editor of Black VOICES, HuffPost Jason Hawkins, Group Director, Client and Agency Platform Sales, Oath(Moderator) Carolina Morena, Enterprise Health Reporter, HuffPost Curtis Wong, Senior Reporter, HuffPost
2:45pm - 3:15pm
3:15pm - 5:30pm
ADCOLOR FUTURES Hackathon Winners AnnouncementPresented by Apple
3:15pm - 5:30pm
Moment of Truth: Men of ColorPresented by Procter & Gamble
Come chop it up with this diverse panel of men as they share their stories and the ever present need for them to do more. Can men of color participate in the movement for gender equality and safety? And how can they gain visibility as underrepresented and often discounted supporters of the cause?
Bing Chen, Co-Founder, Gold House Wade Davis, Former NFL Player, Corporate Diversity, Inclusion and Culture Consultant, Wade Davis, LLC(Moderator) Jean-Rene Zetrenne, Chief Talent Officer, Ogilvy USA Giovanni Villamar, Managing Director, Anomaly
3:15pm - 5:30pm
Christena J. Pyle, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Omnicom and Director, ADCOLOR
3:15pm - 5:30pm
Moment of Truth: The DisruptoRPresented by Spotify
The Art of Evolution and Building Your Own Path
Join hip hop impresario Joe Budden for a raw conversation on how he’s disrupted the media, music, and entertainment industry at-large and challenged the status quo. He will share growth stories, key career moments, challenges and pivots that led him to where he is today, how he’s invoking thoughtful conversations with audiences and what we can expect to see from him in the future.
Joe Budden Amanda Butler, Global Associate Brand Director, Artist and Original Content, Spotify
Jeannie Mai is a style expert, television personality, executive producer and Emmy-award winning co-host of THE REAL, a live talk show on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication. The critically acclaimed talk show has received multiple Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Talk Series and also received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series. In 2018, Mai and her fellow The Real co-hosts received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Bringing her sassy personality and her style expertise to the forefront, Jeannie has been a recurring fashion correspondent for many popular shows such as “Today Show,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Insider” and “E! News” among others. Mai recently hosted a panel at the Teen Vogue Summit as well as hosting the official HFPA Red Carpet show at the 2018 Golden Globes Awards. Always seeking to inspire, Jeannie was honored by Variety Magazine, Ciroc and WWD Magazine with a 2016 Women of Empowerment award.
Of Vietnamese and Chinese descent, Mai strives to give back to her homeland by frequently traveling to Asia to volunteer her time with inspiring organizations dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate. She recently executive produced and appeared in the documentary, “Stopping Traffic,” which features interviews with activists, sex trafficking survivors, government officials, former traffickers, and organizations working to end modern-day slavery both in the U.S. and abroad.
Amdio Method LLC
Angela Davis is an international fitness evangelist and motivational coach, who held a world rankings in 100 meters, which helped her become an Olympic trials semi-finalist. Today Angela can be found teaching at her sold out Soul Cycle classes with many celebrity clients. Angela is the creator of the AMDIO Method which promotes lasting change from the inside out. Angela lives in Los Angeles with husband Jerome and two boys Edward and Lorenzo.
Starfish Media Group
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist who anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.” O’Brien, founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, also reports for HBO Real Sports, the PBS NewsHour, WebMD and has authored two books. She has anchored and reported for NBC, CNN and others, winning numerous awards, including three Emmys, the George Peabody award, an Alfred I DuPont prize and the Gracie. Newsweek Magazine named her one of the “15 People Who Make America Great.” With her husband, she is founder of the PowHERful Foundation that sends 25 girls to and through college.
Tiffany R. Warren
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.
Mara Brock Akil
Writer and producer of over 300 episodes of television, Mara Brock Akil has truly left her mark on Hollywood. Beginning her career as a writer on series such as South Central, Moesha, and The Jamie Foxx Show, Akil quickly rose in the ranks proving herself to be both a pivotal voice in storytelling, as well as an incredibly talented producer. Following her work on those shows, Akil went on to create the seminal television series Girlfriends in 2000. Groundbreaking in many ways, the series was a witty, intelligent and honest exploration of the many facets of black womanhood through the lens of four very different women. The series aired for 8 seasons, during which it was one of the highest-rated scripted shows among African-Americans ages 18-34 and bravely tackled an endless number of issues, including colorism, AIDS and class issues. Additionally, during that time, Akil developed the spin-off series The Game, which premiered in 2006 quickly becoming a fan-favorite, as well. This fandom became undeniable in 2009 when, upon cancellation, loyal fans of The Game took to social media to launch a campaign to save the series. Taking notice, BET stepped and struck a deal to renew the series and develop additional episodes, which ultimately garnered record-breaking ratings when the show premiered on its new home. In 2013, she and her husband/producing partner Salim Akil, developed their first one-hour drama, Being Mary Jane, which debuted to over 4 million viewers further lamenting her ability to tell powerful and engaging stories that audiences are drawn to. In 2016, The Akils moved their company, Akil Productions, to Warner Bros. Television with a multi-year overall deal. The pair have been busy since making the move and, in 2018, launched 2 new series under the pact – Black Lightning, which premiered in January on The CW, and Love Is__ , which debuted on OWN in June. Both series have resonated with critics and audiences alike, and have each earned second season renewals.
Beyond her work as a writer and producer, Akil has consistently been recognized by her peers as a leader in the industry. In 2013, she was honored by Essence magazine with their Visionary Award during their annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, as well as being recognized as an honoree during that year’s Black Girls Rock Awards. Additionally, Akil has been named to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter’s Showrunner Power List multiple times, and has made The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power100 for the past 3 years and running.
Akil’s impact transcends entertainment as she dedicates a great deal of time to philanthropic efforts. She held leadership roles and contributed to LAXArt, The Underground Museum, The Samburu Project, Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Studio Museum of Harlem. In 2014, Girls, Inc. honored Akil for her work inspiring and advocating for girls everywhere. Additionally, she serves on several boards, including the advisory board for the Humanitas Prize, WGA West’s Board of Directors, and Northwestern University’s School of Communication National Advisory Council. In the Fall of 2017, Northwestern honored Akil for the positive impact she has made in television and film by presenting her with their prestigious Medill Alumni Award and inducting her into the Medill Hall of Achievement.
Akil currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Soulful doula and celebrity wellness-lifestyle expert and bestselling author Latham Thomas is transforming how women give birth — and how they rise up to become the confident, radiant, ultimate best version of themselves.
One of the most sought after doulas in the world and one of the most celebrated figures in wellness, Latham empowers women to give birth to their dreams as she leads a revolution in radical self-care. Described by Dr. Oz as a “fitness and nutrition powerhouse,” Latham helps women embrace self-care, reclaim their bodies as sacred, and tap into the glow power that resides within.
On the vanguard of transforming the maternal wellness movement, Latham is the founder of Mama Glow — MamaGlow.com — an explosively popular lifestyle brand and highly regarded boutique offering inspiration, education, and innovative holistic services for new and expectant mothers. Mama Glow’s globally recognized Doula Immersion program boasts doula trainees from around the country and 6 continents.
Known as the Glow Maven, Latham has revolutionized the doula concept and has both elevated the field and educated the masses on women taking better care of their bodies and minds through dynamic wellness concepts. Her new audio program, Beditations: Guided Meditations and Rituals for Rest and Renewal, helps listeners reboot their lives with best practices and daily rituals to improve rest, increase optimism, boost energy, and enhance health and mental clarity.
A creative matrix and self-care sorceress, Latham was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100 — an enlightened group of leaders elevating humanity with their amazing work. Her highly anticipated new book, Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living And Crowning The Queen Within, sold out within two weeks and is currently in its third reprint. Her first book, Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy has served as an essential go-to wellness guide for expecting mothers — endorsed by Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Mark Hyman, Christy Turlington Burns, and others. Latham has recently moderated panel conversations on the often unnoticed disparity of Birth Equity and the black maternal health crisis.
Cultivating her wellness practice over nearly a decade, Latham has served as a lifestyle guru and doula for celebrity clients such as Alicia Keys, Debra Lee, Rebecca Minkoff, Tamera Mowry, DJ Khaled, Venus and Serena Williams. She’s appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News LIVE, Good Day NY, CBS News, and Inside Edition, and has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, Essence, O Magazine, New York Daily News, New York Post, Vogue.com, Whole Living, and on the covers of Experience Life Magazine, Thoughtfully and New York Family.
A peerless presence in the world of wellness, Latham holds dual degrees from Columbia University and is a certified holistic health counselor. A grassroots inspirational leader and motivator, she leads mass meditations, speaks to large groups about entrepreneurship, self-care and birth, leads a coaching accelerator program for mom entrepreneurs, and serves on the Tufts University Nutrition Council and on the Wellness Council for Well + Good.
At its best Hip-Hop is driven by strong, unforgettable personalities that present as three-dimensional artists. For 15- years, Joe Budden has brought the excitement of golden-era Rap to the culture. While he has expanded his brand to television, video games, podcasts, battle rap, and social media, Joe Budden’s trademark has always been music rooted in honesty, fueled by interpersonal relationships, and presented with precise lyricism. The Jersey City Slaughterhouse contingent has amassed a cult career out of slicing his life and soul open, for all to digest.
Budden’s professional rise took shape right around Y2K, care of standout tracks and freestyles at the pinnacle greater New York City’s mixtape era. Back when top Rap artists were not showing vulnerability, the Desert Storm affiliate (Fabolous, DJ Clue, DJ Envy) outspokenly rapped about addiction, his estranged father, depression, and relationship woes. This confessional style of songwriting was only enhanced by Joe’s convicted deliveries, complex rhyme patterns, and aggressive vocals. 2003’s Top 3 self-titled debut provided some with party music (Top 40 single “Pump It Up”), and others with unforgettably reflective headphone Hip-Hop (“Calm Down”). That dynamic quality would earn Joe a Grammy nomination as a rookie, and make him the biggest New Jersey Hip-Hop product since The Fugees.
Even with proven success and acclaim early, Joe Budden would suffer the slings of a changing label guard at Def Jam. It would be five years before stores would get a proper follow-up album. However, the MC’s cult following was fertilized with a stream of off the books work, including songs like the multi-part “Who Killed Hip-Hop?” and his legendary Mood Muzik mixtape series. Through appearances on his project and others’, Joe would be on the ground floor for careers including Kendrick Lamar, his longtime affiliate Emanny, and the late Stack Bundles. Some of Joe’s romantic interests have also moved on to modeling and television careers, propped by their origins to Joe’s lyrics and video content.
Upon returning to studio albums, Joe drove the independent class with successful works such as 2008’s Halfway House and 2009 Padded Room. Without major label budgets, radio, or traditional video platforms, the MC cultivated a market out of using online resources—including vlogging, Twitter, and Facebook. The rapper who so many felt like they knew through his real verses found new ways to give access to supporters. When Budden had confrontations with Raekwon, Consequence, or some crazed teenaged trespassers, it was captured, analyzed, and followed up on social media. Every time Joe could be canned in an interview, he instead chose to be candid—at any cost. Even though Joe’s career is speckled with peer conflict, he’s famously turned negatives into positives, teaming with onetime Rap foe Royce 5’9” in the highly successful Slaughterhouse, plus eventually collaborating with The Game.
Slaughterhouse would prove to be a game-changing vehicle for Joe. The lyricist joined Royce, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz as four apparent industry castaways bringing mutiny to the tactless Rap at the wheel. Eventually welcomed to Eminem’s Shady Records, Joe’s brand of bully-rap would again surge to the top of charts care of the group’s 2012 #2 LP welcome to: our HOUSE. In promotion, Joe would be integral to freestyles, ciphers, and compilation work that with his label-mates showed a return to form for lyrical Hip-Hop. With renewed mainstream interest, Joe spent two seasons as a key support on Vh1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York reality series. He would stay with the network and merge into Couples Therapy for season 6, alongside Dr. Jenn Mann. The artist who’d been making therapeutic, self-analytical music his whole career put his couples counseling sessions on top-rated TV. At the same time he led a Rap renaissance, Joe put his life in front of lenses—for all to see. Like his career thus far, when things did not go as planned, Joe moved on—tougher, wiser, realer.
“Love” as it were, was a driving force in Budden’s early 2010s solo work. As a flagship artist at eOne, Budden released 2013’s No Love Lost, and 2015 follow-up All Love Lost. Both Top 30 releases, Joe evolved into thematic LPs about his dealings with women. Here, Budden showed his range, alongside a different crop of artists, including Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and French Montana. One of those singles, “She Don’t Put It Down,” f/ Lil Wayne & Fabolous would be supported through a video reaching more than 10 million YouTube streams—and becoming Joe’s biggest solo hit in a decade. Never tucking in his own style and personality, Joe has proven that he fits into any corner of Rap music. That earnest quality explains the tireless musician’s incessant stream of cult-collected material.
Like Tupac Shakur—another pioneering emotional MC, Joe Budden seemingly never sleeps. He engages with fans and haters on various social platforms. Joe regularly releases standalone tracks, and has maintained his mixtape output. From a lyricist who is regularly in the headlines, Joe has enjoyed being a vocal fan and cultural participant, unafraid to speak openly and subjectively about those around him—at any cost. However, since his career inception, there is no one in the industry that Joe is harder on than himself.
In 2016, Joe Budden drove headlines and audio/video platforms. In a year marching up to Rage & The Machine with producer araabMUZIK (Slaughterhouse, Cam’ron, A$AP Mob), Joe has never been more in the middle of the music industry. In the run up to Rage & The Machine Joe launched an onslaught of verbal jabs (“Making A Murderer, Pt. 1,” “Wake,”) at acquaintance Drake after social media yielded a rift between the two. Joe premiered “Making A Murderer, Pt. 1” with Pitchfork and both songs reached multi-million Soundcloud plays each; and doubled that on YouTube. As that real-time Rap dispute developed, Budden aimed to let his music speak the loudest, at a time when his brand never appeared bigger. Like he was on those definitive DJ Clue and Cutmaster C tapes at the top of the millennium, Budden is still an emcee’s emcee—indicative of his massive 2016 Funkmaster Flex spot. In the studio and out, he still speaks his mind any chance he gets, and refuses to be a predictable, conventional celebrity. Lead video single “Flex,” featuring Fabolous and Tory Lanez is Budden owning this shining moment. For 15-years in a career of chutes, ladders, and no shortage of excitement, Joe has been anything but an average. Rage & The Machine made simultaneous #1 debuts on the iTunes and Billboard (Rap/Hip Hop & Independent) Charts upon its release and Joe raged his way thru a sold out 20-city trek (The Rage Tour) in support of it.
When you hit #1 (in multiple creative genres), there is usually no place to go but down. That adage isn’t applicable to Joe Budden. No longer bound by the confines of being solely an “artist,” Joe expanded his ever-growing brand and metamorphose into a true three-dimensional icon, rising to the top of three vastly different arenas; music, television and media. And he’s accomplished it all by remaining the same ole’ Joe---authentic, raw, vulnerable, unfiltered and unflinchingly honest.
Joe Budden’s brand has never been bigger. His tenure on Complex’s Everyday Struggle transformed the daily show into an industry staple (with over a 100 million views on YouTube alone—check stats) and resulted in some of the most ubiquitous and captivating moments in pop culture with Lil Yachty, Migos & Chance The Rapper; transforming Joe into a virtual Trending Topic.
With his top rated, listened and viewed weekly groundbreaking podcast (The Joe Budden Podcast) he continually dominates headlines and timelines resulting in millions of Soundcloud and Youtube streams with exponential growth from new subscribers; including selling out a recent bi-coastal 9-city tour of his podcast weeks in advance. Further, Joe has appeared on six episodes of Hip-Hop Squares, as a special guest on Charlamagne’s MTV 2 show Uncommon Sense and Viceland’s The Therapist.
In May 2018, after a long courtship, Sean “Diddy” Combs announced that he had signed Hip Hop’s preeminent creative to his REVOLT MEDIA & TV Network which gave Joe the freedom to create, executive produce and host “State Of The Culture,” a brand-new talk show due to premiere this summer, where he’ll lend his distinctive voice and unique perspective on current topics, politics, social issues, and more, all through the lens of hip hop. Compared to standard talk shows, “State of the Culture” will deliver raw, unfiltered, and informative debates and interviews where Budden digs deep with prominent celebrities, artists and personalities. “Finally, Joe Budden is officially part of the REVOLT family,” said REVOLT Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs. “Joe has an authentic approach and he’s never afraid to speak the truth. His many talents deserve a platform that pushes the culture forward and we are excited to produce next-level content with him.” In addition, Joe also unveiled a new YouTube show “The Pull Up” and the intimate concept show has already become a hit, amassing over 500K views per episode.
The same characteristics Joe Budden exhibited to standout in the musical arena and amass a cult following are still the primary attributes he has displayed during his meteoric ascension as a media creative. Authenticity—true authenticity, is the purest form anyone has with his, or her own, audience and a major component of Joe’s allure’s is that while you may not always agree with him, or what he says, there is no denying that he has engaged and captivated the digital age audience who can’t wait to see what he will do—or say next. That unique brand of candor continues to evoke emotion, from Joe, his topic matter and his guests—and this is merely the beginning of his renaissance.
Eschewing convention, Joe has refused to be a predictable or conventional celebrity. In bringing his own flavor and vision to the media and television arenas, Joe Budden has ensured his brand of entertainment will be complicated, enlightening and yes---sometimes messy. And his audience will always be given a front row seat.
Amanda Butler currently serves as Spotify’s Global Assoc. Brand Director, Artist and Original Content. She oversees a team of Brand Management and Experiential Managers focused on Artist & Label Marketing and Content initiatives leading the global creative development process, execution, delivery of artist and consumer experiences and brand strategy working closely with internal/external partners. In addition, she partners closely with Spotify’s Social Impact department to deliver programs and initiatives that leverages Spotify as a vehicle to amplify diverse stories from a breadth of communities in celebrating and amplifying artists and creators of color - both on and off-platform.
Prior to joining Spotify in 2017, Amanda has over a decade of experience developing worldwide go-to-market strategies that range from acquisition, retention, communication, branding, experiential, advertising and strategic partnerships. She’s established and grown teams across Brand Marketing, Product Management and Product Marketing disciplines for a wide range of industries such as tech, consumer electronics, consumer packaged goods and for lifestyle brands such as Beats by Dr. Dre, Red Bull and Microsoft.
Amanda has earned a Bachelor of Sciences from Hampton University and an M.B.A. from Emory University, Goizueta Business School.
Current digital media entrepreneur, investor, and co-founder of Gold House (the exclusive collective of top Asians in culture). Previously YouTube Global Head of Creator Development & Management, empowering 500MM creators worldwide to creatively express. Honored by Forbes 30 Under 30; The Hollywood Reporter Next Gen; and Magic Johnson 32 Under 32. Special skills include Buffeting and Pokemon Go (Team Instinct, Level 40). Reluctant social media participant: @BingChen
Brandon Schram, aka B.Motiv8ed, is a fitness entrepreneur, motivator, social media creator and trainer to a hefty list of celebrities and CEO’s. Born and raised in LA, he’s paved his way through the fitness industry with positivity and unique training techniques which focus on strengthening mind, body and soul collectively. He truly lives up to his name as he motivates hundreds of thousands of individuals daily through his social platforms.
As Vice President of Public Relations at Cashmere Agency, Brianne Pins oversees targeted publicity campaigns and building brand awareness for all clients. With over a decade of PR experience, Brianne boasts an attuned knowledge of public relations in the fields of entertainment, technology, consumer and corporate arenas.
Brianne began her career focusing on corporate communication, consumer, health care and public education campaigns for The Rogers Group. There, she extensively worked on media relations and strategic communications for clients, including the State of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kellogg’s. She eventually transitioned to 5WPR, where she honed her skill set in the entertainment and technology industries. Brianne then joined Myspace Music as Communications Manager, where she spearheaded PR efforts for the company’s consumer and business offerings, as well as their content initiatives. Brianne holds a BA in Communications from the University of Iowa.
Brianne also sits on the Board of Directors for The League of Young Voters – a national organization which empowers young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process and create progressive political change on the local, state and national level – with a focus on non-college youth and youth from low-income communities and communities of color.
Outside her passion for music and entertainment, Brianne loves cooking (she makes a mean Lasagna) and traveling. She enjoys everything LA has to offer; including music, entertainment and diverse culture. Brianne is originally from Des Moines, Iowa and can usually be found singing a song from her favorite artist, Mary J. Blige.
Candice Morgan is the Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Pinterest, where she leads strategies to build a more inclusive and diverse global company. She is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and was recently honored on Fast Company's list of Most Creative People in Business & The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans of 2017.
Cashmere Nicole founded Beauty Bakerie with the mission to be sweet and sweeten the lives of others. During a challenging but successful fight with breast cancer, Cashmere became extremely health conscious and research driven about the products that she uses. As an eternal optimist, Cashmere’s professional and philanthropic efforts are a direct reflection of her perseverance and passion for enhancing the beauty in everyone, every day.
Christena J. Pyle
Christena J. Pyle currently serves as Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Omnicom Group and Director of ADCOLOR. In these roles she is responsible for executing an Omnicom-wide inclusion strategy focused on the recruitment, advancement and retention of diverse talent. She serves as a cross-network liaison aligning the strategy with each company’s business objectives.
Christena launched her career in advertising as an account manager on IBM at Ogilvy New York, before transitioning to Wieden + Kennedy where she produced award-winning campaigns for multinational clients including Nike, ESPN and Heineken. In 2012, she helped build Wieden + Kennedy’s mobile capability by partnering with ADCOLOR to develop their first-ever mobile app.
In addition to her roles with Omnicom and ADCOLOR, Christena serves on judging panels for the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Mosaic Awards, AAF Most Promising Minority Student Program and on ADCOLOR's Advisory Board. She is currently a member of the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) Alumni Board after serving as President from 2013–2015.
In 2011, Christena was named one of NV Magazine's 2011 Movers & Shakers. In 2012, ADCOLOR presented her with their Unsung Hero Award. Additionally, in 2014, she was recognized with the JWT Innovator of Change Award.
Prior to her advertising career, Christena was a cast member on MTV's Road Rules, where she went on to win the Real World vs. Road Rules Challenge. She holds degrees in both aviation flight science and communications and now resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Concentric Health Experience
Innovation evangelist with 20 years of healthcare marketing experience, Colleen is an unrelenting advocate of experience design that motivates health seeking behavior and delivers on wellness. Colleen is an HBA Luminary recipient, MM&M speaker, Rock Health Summit workshop leader and Edward Hopper House Trustee. Colleen would say her greatest achievement, for sure, has been raising 2 curious and kind young adults intent on changing the world.
As President, Colleen DeCourcy leads Wieden+Kennedy's eight-office global network. Colleen joined the agency in 2013 and became partner in 2014. Under her leadership, W+K has been named Global Agency of the Year by Adweek and Agency of the Year by Creativity, as well as included in AdAge’s A-List and Fast Company’s list of Most Innovative Companies. Before W+K, Colleen founded Socialistic, a social media content and design shop. While at Socialistic, she won coveted accounts including Red Bull and Fast Company, two of the leading content marketers in the world, and led work for Showtime and General Electric. Prior to founding Socialistic, Colleen was the first chief digital officer for TBWA Worldwide, chief experience officer at JWT New York, and chief creative officer at Organic.
Los Angeles Times
Gerrick D. Kennedy is an award winning journalist and author covering pop music for the Los Angeles Times, where he’s profiled music’s biggest players,
including Ice Cube, Nas, Sean Combs, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj, and the Weeknd. His
debut book, “Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap” was released in December 2017 through Atria.
Gio is responsible for leading the agency’s attack on the ‘Last Silo’ – the Latino Marketing silo. Working as part of the broader agency leadership team, the mission is to ensure that Anomaly is fully equipped to talk to ALL of America, equally. While representing the Latino audience as critical, active, progressive contributors to the country’s overall cultural and economic landscape.
Gio’s efforts impacts recruitment, internal culture, and the processes through which work is created – all with the purpose of ensuring Anomaly’s client partners receive holistic answers to business challenges at the intersection of multicultural strategy and progressive ideas that lead to hyper-cultural activation and execution.
Most recently his team’s efforts have led to award winning, business driving, critically acclaimed campaigns for world class brands Johnnie Walker, Buchanan’s, and Telemundo World Cup, among others.
He's a graduate of St. John's University, Emerson College, and Harvard University’s Extension School. Originally from Ecuador, Gio currently resides in Manhattan, NY.
Courageous Conversation by PEG
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 Conversation™, a protocol and framework for sustained, deepened dialogue, and Beyond Diversity™, the curriculum that has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to use it. Singleton is the President and Founder of Pacific Educational Group (PEG), an agency that guides leadership development in education, government, business, law enforcement, and community organizing. Glenn has consulted executives at Wieden + Kennedy (W+K) Advertising, Google, the Stavros Niarchos, and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundations, and along with W+K, received the 2017 Most Valuable Partnership (MVP) Award by AdColor. 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. Most recently, Mr. Singleton was awarded the George A. Coleman Excellence in Equity Award by the Connecticut State Education Resource Center and was cited in the June 2018 edition of the Hollywood Reporter for his work with 21st Century Fox Animation. He has trained law enforcement leaders with the U.S. Embassy in Western Australia, established the Institute for Courageous Conversation in New Zealand, and guided scholars at Harvard University, the University of Minnesota, New York University School of Medicine, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Glenn Singleton is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and resides in San Francisco.
Jabari Hearn is the Global Marketing Director of Mobile Hardware. Prior to joining Google, Jabari worked at Nike for over 10 years, creating and executing on some of Nike’s largest campaigns, including: Nike Women’s Half Marathon and the Nike x NFL partnership. Jabari currently serves on the advisory board of the Marcus Graham Project, an organization aiming to increase the representation of diverse individuals in the media and marketing industries. Jabari holds a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University where he played basketball.
Jake serves as the Global Head of Artist Marketing for YouTube, where he works with a diverse array of artists and partners to break new ground at the intersection of music and technology. Before stepping into this role, he was at the forefront of shaping the YouTube Music brand and product offering. Prior to joining YouTube, Jake held local, regional and global brand management roles at Procter & Gamble across its beauty care businesses.
Jean-Rene – or JR – is a dynamic and innovative executive with comprehensive experience leading Talent/HR for regional and global organizations such as PepsiCo, Gillette, L’Oreal, Accenture and Ogilvy.
Currently, he reports to the Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy USA, working across all regional operating business units that include those focused on creative advertising, design, sponsorships and events, digital, public relations, production, and more. He’s responsible for leading talent management strategy and execution – in alignment with business strategy and goals – for 3,000 employees.
Given Ogilvy’s talent management needs across its multi-discipline offerings and non-Ogilvy branded specialist companies, JR is always partnering with leaders and employees to innovate around the critical factors impacting talent, culture and business today. With deep experience working at leading global companies, JR understands that competitive advantage in the marketplace is very much influenced by a company's ability to attract, develop and retain high caliber talent that is in touch with and able to successfully deliver within changing market dynamics.
Prior to his current role, JR led Ogilvy’s Talent Management function in the NY office, a role he assumed after several years as Global HR Director for Neo@Ogilvy, the agency’s digital and direct media company. At Neo, he led HR strategy across key markets including North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining Neo, JR held various HR generalist and consulting roles at such companies as L'Oreal, PepsiCo, Accenture and the Gillette Company.
He has a B.S. in Communications from Boston University, and an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business.
Karla is the Undercover Bada$$ at Digitas aka the Talent Engagement & Inclusion Manager for North America.
In her past life as a Student Affairs professional, Karla facilitated workshops for 1400+ students, faculty, and staff, created and executed events for students at a handful of universities, and she racked up a bountiful amount of free t-shirts along the way!
Kelz is a top tier social media influencer hailing from South Florida, he makes comedic and relatable skits that supporters find humor in he decided to take his talents else where. Moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue his acting and modeling skills. Kelz has been on top shows such as The Real, Laugh Mobb and Complex TV. Apart of the LGBTQI community he wants to use his platform to become the voice of the young black gay community.
Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism.
Her debut book, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual was an instant New York Times best-seller. It’s a collection of essays that critiques our fame-obsessed, social media-centric lives, while encouraging us to do better. The 15-year blogging veteran uses her blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com to covers all things pop culture with razor sharp commentary and wit. She recently launched a podcast called Rants and Randomness where she shares her most pressing rants, raves and faves while interviewing some of the most interesting people you know (and some you might not).
The University of Illinois alum is a sought-after speaker who has spoken at the Obama White House, MAKERS Conference, SXSW, Social Media Week, among others. She has interviewed bosses like Oprah Winfrey, Geena Davis and Shonda Rhimes.
Luvvie was selected to Oprah Winfrey’s inaugural Supersoul 100 list, voted as the Influencer of the Year at the 2016 Iris Awards and was chosen as a Black Innovator by XFINITY Comcast. She is committed to using her voice for pop culture critique and gender and racial justice.
Madeline Di Nonno
Geena Davis Institute
Madeline Di Nonno is the CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research driven nonprofit working within entertainment and media industry to improve gender equity in children's entertainment. Di Nonno leads the Institute's strategic direction, management, financial and operational activities. Nonno brings 30 year of executive leadership in the entertainment, nonprofit, digital & consumer packaged goods industries.
The Procter & Gamble Company
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.
Marc is a veteran of P&G for more than three decades, joining the company in 1982 as a cost analyst in the Paper Division, followed by a move into marketing in 1987 on the Sure anti-perspirant/deodorant brand. He has 20+ years of progressive experience in the Health & Beauty categories which earned his appointment to president of Global Cosmetics and Personal Care in 2003. Known for his pioneering approach to product and operational innovation, Marc also served as president of Global Strategy for three years, driving sustainable growth and expanded productivity for P&G. He was appointed P&G’s chief marketing officer in 2008.
As P&G’s top brand builder, 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 the media, marketing and creative industry.
Margaux Joffe is the Associate Director of Accessibility & Inclusion at Oath, a global media company with brands such as Yahoo, HuffPost and MAKERS. In 2018 she launched The Disability Collection, a landmark partnership between Oath, Getty Images and The National Disability Leadership Alliance to change how the world sees disability. She also founded and leads Oath’s Neurodiversity Employee Resource Group and Kaleidoscope Society for ADHD Women.
Maya Shankar is Google Marketing's Head of Behavioral Science. Prior, she was a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House and also served as the first Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations. She completed post-doctoral work in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford and received her Ph.D. at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and a B.A. from Yale. She has been profiled in the New Yorker and studied at the Julliard School under Itzhak Perlman.
Michele Thornton Ghee
Having managed over a billion dollars in revenue for some of the biggest media companies in the world, Michele Thornton Ghee currently serves as the SVP of Media Sales for BET Her (formerly Centric TV). She joined BET Her, a Viacom-BET Networks Company, in July of 2012. BET Her is a 24-hour African American lifestyle network designed for Black Women. She is charged with the vision and execution of all sales functions for the network. She has led her team to success by continually figuring ways to grow the revenue base for the network in various economic environments.
Thornton is also a creative. She was instrumental in the rebranding of Centric as ‘The First Network Designed for Black Women’ and then again into BET Her.
Thornton has worked for CNN, A&E, The History Channel and The Weather Channel. She began her career at SBC Communications in Oakland, California. Over a 20-year career she has honed her skills in the following areas: leadership, diversity and inclusion, strategy, work life balance, revenue generation, and relationship building.
Thornton has received honors from numerous organizations including; Multichannel News 2018 Women to Watch, Working Mother of the Year Award Class of 2018, The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award, The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award, the Jesse Banks Humanitarian Award and numerous others. Thornton served as the chair of the Mosaic Executive Council from 2011-2013 and continues to play an active role in the media and advertising community while advocating for diversity in the communications industry.
Thornton has authored two books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women and Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose.
After losing her dad to cancer in 1997, Thornton decided to go back to school and received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University at the age of 30. In May 2017, she was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater. She resides in New Jersey and is a proud wife of Antony Ghee and mother of Taylor and Jordan Ghee.
After graduating from WVU, Nicole started her career at WKTU in NYC. Nicole has worked in many areas in entertainment - iHeart Radio, BET Networks, RCA Records and now in tech. Nicole recently accepted a position at Pandora as the Director of Artist Marketing and Head of Urban Relations. In the short time she has been with Pandora, Nicole has brought amazing artist to the Pandora stage with events around the country.
Raphael Diallo is a brand strategist at Google. He currently leads Google's inclusive marketing initiative, dedicated to ensuring all of our users see
authentic, relatable, and positive portrayals of themselves in our ads. Over the past four years at Google, Raphael has also worked on AdSense growth marketing, Chromebook go-to-market strategy, and the company's first popup store for Pixel phones.
The Raben Group
Robert Raben is a man on a mission – one that he has shared with the seventy or so people who have joined him in the unique public policy firm he created. Robert works to drive public policy in a humane and sensible direction; to bring diversity and equity to the boardrooms and think tanks and corporations of America; to create a fair judiciary and influence legislation to broaden civil rights, reform our criminal justice system, and improve education for all our children. And that’s just for starters.
Robert’s aggressively bipartisan approach was honed during an impressive legislative career that began on Congressman Barney Frank’s (D-MA) staff and culminated in House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde’s (R-IL) endorsement of his appointment as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. While at the Department of Justice, Robert drove Attorney General Janet Reno’s legislative initiatives and handled the political challenges of Congressional oversight of the Department.
Robert does it all – sometimes by orchestrating big, sweeping victories; sometimes by taking small incremental steps. He is a leader with the intellect, capacity, and courage to make things happen. He serves his clients by helping them to identify what they need and how to achieve it in a complex environment where policy and politics are always in play, where legislation is susceptible to a thousand influences, and the media are hungry for new twists to their stories. Robert knows the Washington landscape and expertly navigates it with his clients to attract allies, defuse crises, anticipate challenges, effect change, and ultimately, achieve their goals.
Robert insightfully articulates the big picture and drills down to identify its crucial parts. He wants his clients to develop their strategies before talking about tactics. Whether consulting with Google or the Fisheries Survival Fund in New Bedford, whether advising the Center for Reproductive Rights or the Black Church Center, he is unfailingly honest, direct, focused, and educated about every nuance of his clients’ reality — and the challenges they face as they go forward. He is as practiced and effective at working with conservative faith leaders as he is working with LGBTQ activists. He knows that unlikely coalitions and partners are often the answer to policy paralysis.
Robert founded The Raben Group in 2002. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and New York University Law School.
A 2x ADCOLOR Award winner, Ronnie Dickerson Stewart is Vice President/Group Director of Talent Engagement & Inclusion at Digitas. In her role she leads Digitas’ Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility practice across North America. Additionally, Ronnie is Co-Chair of the 4A’s (American Association of Advertising Agencies) Diversity Steering Committee.
Sherice is an inspirational leader with nearly 25 years of experience in marketing, brand management, strategic planning, and change management. She currently serves as a Marketing Director at Google, leading brand programs for Crisis Response and Sustainability. She previously led marketing for Google Pay, Google Express, and Family Link. Prior to Google, Sherice served as a Senior Vice President of Consumer Products and Digital at Nickelodeon.
Former NFL player Wade Davis is a public speaker and corporate advisor. Wade advises and consults for Fortune 500 companies, including Google and Netflix, on creating inclusive cultures. He is a UN Women Global Champion for Innovation and partners with Planned Parenthood, the Ms.Foundation, and Facebook. With the UN, he built a Men’s Gender Equality Development Program. Wade is a former professor at NYU and national surrogate for President Obama.
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