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THE ADCOLOR FUTURES Go-Getters, Big Dreamers, Hard-Workers and Overall Amazing Individuals

ADCOLOR FUTURES is a unique program that is dedicated to identifying and nurturing the next generation of leaders in the advertising, marketing, media, and public relations industries. The program offers sponsorship to attend the ADCOLOR Conference & Awards, career training through ADCOLOR University, short and long term mentorship, as well as activities designed to inspire creativity and build camaraderie.

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WE SEE YOU FUTURES

by DEUTSCH

2018 Futures Class

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Media Planner at Mediacom

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Strategist at Ogilvy

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Art Director at FCB, New York

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Partner Account Manager at Microsoft

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Assistant Publisher at Wieden+Kennedy

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Partner Manager at Facebook

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Account Manager at Microsoft

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Strategist at R/GA

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Programming and Communications Coordinator at Athlete Ally

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Account Planner at Marcus Thomas LLC

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Junior Designer at 72andSunny

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Integrated Comms and Media Planner at Wieden+Kennedy

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Product Marketing Manager at YouTube

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Assistant Account Executive at Geometry Global

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Assistant Account Executive at McCann New York

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Account Manager at Facebook

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Technology Performance Improvement Consultant at Ernst & Young

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Business Product Specialist Manager at Facebook

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Account Executive at Ogilvy

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Social Media Coordinator at Dieste, Inc.

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Creative Strategist at Facebook & at Instagram

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Social Media Strategist at MRM//McCann

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Broadcast Production Coordinator at FCB, New York

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Research & Analytics Strategist at Goodby Silverstein & Partners

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Digital Team Lead at iProspect

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Strategy Intern at Translation, LLC

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Account Executive at FleishmanHillard

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Media Planner at Wieden+Kennedy

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Sales Coordinator at Spotify

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Media Planner at Ogilvy

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Assistant Account Executive at +GMMB

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Senior Account Executive at Leo Burnett

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Digital Production Designer at Hasbro

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Art Director at Wunderman

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Jr. Copywriter at McCann New York

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Associate, Marketing Strategy & Analysis at SapientRazorfish

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Account Manager at Twitter

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Brand Strategist at Arnold Worldwide

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Jr. Copywriter at Ogilvy

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Producer at Google Creative Lab

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Aaron Francois

Mediacom

Aaron is a media enthusiast who enjoys being able to put products/services in front of the eyes of a consumer in ways they have never seen before. In his years time of media planning he has had the opportunity to work on a large category of brands which includes Sprite, Jordan Brand, Toys R' Us, Estee Lauder, NYPD and most recently Voya. In addition to working his way through the media world he mentors through various programs aiding aspiring young professionals of color like myself, gear up and get ready for the challenges that life has in store for them while acting as an emotional support system when needed as well as a career coach.
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Alicia Harris

Ogilvy

Alicia began her career in advertising during the summer after her sophomore year of college. This is when she landed her first internship at BBDO’s New York headquarters and interned in account management for the AT&T client. After the summer ended she returned to Radford University as a junior and was one of the four students selected to participate in the prestigious Kirk Scholars program. As a Kirk Scholar, Alicia learned Mandarin Chinese and flew 17,000 miles across the world to travel throughout China and experience the culture firsthand. After a month of traveling across the country, Alicia returned to New York City to begin her second internship at Ogilvy as a strategist and also a 2017 MAIP Fellow.

During her time there she worked across a myriad of Fortune 500 brands including: Starbucks, Gerber, Comcast, American Express and Showtime Networks. After spending a full summer diving deep into the craft of strategy through both her time at Ogilvy and the 2017 Griffin Farley’s Search for Beautiful Minds contest hosted by BBH, Alicia was determined to make her mark as a brand planner. After completing her final internship during the summer of 2018 at Droga5 and winning the 2018 MAIP Fellow of the Year award, Alicia accepted an offer to return to Ogilvy and is now working to develop strategy for IBM.
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Anjali Rao

FCB, New York

Anjali Rao is an Art Director at FCB New York focusing on FDA, Nivea, Eucerin, and OneMain Financial as her main accounts. She hails from the West Coast where she received a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Practice of Fine Arts and interned at David LaChapelle studios. Post-graduation, she worked in a slew of different roles ranging from an investment banking recruiter to an in-house copywriter/campaign manager for ThirdLove and The Shelf. In between changing career paths to become a creative in advertising she tried her hand at stand-up comedy, gracing the stages at The Comedy Club, Flappers, and The Comedy Cellar. During her time in Hollywood, she won the Price Is Right and used the prize money to attend portfolio school. While attending Miami Ad School, Anjali was cast in the 32nd season of The Real World. She is ecstatic she decided to keep her dignity and instead pursue a fruitful career in advertising.
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Austin Ogletree

Microsoft

Ironically, being different and standing out is something that Austin Ogletree has, over the years, grown accustom to. His passion for people and technology led him to attend North Carolina A&T, where he studied Industrial & Systems Engineering and served as the Student Body President. Yet from his first Silicon Valley internship at 19, he knew that this precedent of "only-ness" had just begun for him as a black, male engineer.

Today, Austin is the youngest Partner Manager for Microsoft Search Advertising, commonly referred to as Bing Ads. Since joining Microsoft, Austin has naturally become a catalyst for diversity and inclusion by recruiting top talent from HBCUs across the nation, by hosting over 100 students for the 39th annual Minority Student Day, and by re-chartering the southern California chapter of Blacks at Microsoft (within weeks of joining the company).

In the future, Austin hopes that his background in innovation and passion for empowering others will position him at the nexus of both the legal and tech communities. As an aspiring intellectual property attorney, he hopes to understand how disruptive technologies can be used to solve the world’s most complex socio-economic concerns as they relate to both media and technology.
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Becca Ramos

Wieden+Kennedy

The last weekend of April 2018, Wieden+Kennedy sponsored me and two other members of W+K Latinx Club to go to a Courageous Conversations-hosted Latinx Racial Equity Leadership Retreat in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was there that I learned immensely about myself, my culture, my racial identity, and how systemic racism has shaped the Latinx narrative in the United States as well as Latin American countries. I also had the opportunity to connect, heal, and train with amazing Latinx leaders from all across America. I was the youngest to attend the conference, so to me it was beyond inspiring to see such a vast number of Latinx leaders strive to better themselves in order to improve their work environments and communities. Because of what I learned there, I feel more confident than ever to speak my truth daily and to utilize the tools I gained from the conference to support and lift up fellow students and women of color in the historically white male- dominated space that is the advertising industry. In the era of TIME'S UP and #MeToo, woman of color are the strongest changemakers, and I plan to be a part of that change throughout my professional career.
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Blue Bookhard

Facebook

Blue Bookhard is a marketing professional and music producer starting his career at Facebook as a Partner Manager in Chicago.

Born in New York City - Blue started his career interning at MATTE Finish, a creative shop based in NYC, where he worked on their Chelsea Hotel account. The following year he worked in Google's APMM program, crafting campaigns aimed for businesses to grow on the platform.

In the fall of 2014, Blue Co-Founded the Collctve, a DJ and music production group based at the University of Pennsylvania. As CMO, he landed strategic partnerships with Red Bull, Cosmo’s Midnight, and Rob $tone while shaping the Collctve’s brand and heading the club’s in-house content production studio. Blue was a member of Friars Senior Society and President of the student television network.

Blue’s creative knack stretches farther than marketing. His music group Eleven has opened for Kiiara, Waka Flocka Flame and Aminé. Eleven’s latest single, “All Mine,” (produced with French group Sense) debuted on New Music Friday in over a dozen playlists worldwide, peaked at #24 on Spotify’s Viral 50 and has amassed 2+ Million streams.

Blue holds a B.A in Communications and French from The University of Pennsylvania.
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Brandon Clark

Microsoft

Brandon Clark is an account manager at Microsoft working in Paid Search on their Global Corporate Sales team. Brandon is originally from Marietta, Ga where he resided until going to college at the University of Alabama. Brandon is a strong advocate for community utilizing most of his time outside of the classroom serving in roles committed to bringing diverse groups of individuals together. This led him to be a founding member of his university’s first diversity center and served as director over the center. Since joining Microsoft, Brandon has continued his passion for building community through his active participation in Microsoft recruitment efforts of diverse talent specifically from colleges and universities for Microsoft’s MACH program. Brandon also prides himself on being a strategic thinker focusing on ways to grow business at scale. He’s showed his commitment to this through continued success by continuing to surpass sales goals set before him. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys expanding his knowledge on the digital media space and its influence on today’s businesses. He often serves as consultant to his friend’s small businesses on how to expand their reach online.
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Brandon Lee Heard

R/GA

Brandon Lee Heard is a dynamic and intuitive thinker who is passionate about people, culture, knowledge and all things unfamiliar. Throughout his career, Brandon has demonstrated his technique behind leveraging diverse, yet integrated approaches across world-class brands and portfolios. Brandon graduated from Marist College after studying International Business and Psychology - taking on a unique set of courses under a Cognitive Science Pathway, which seeks to examine current empirical and theoretical research on the nature of cognition. He believes that the best strategies tell a story - a story that takes people, places, and ideas to the next level; and with the right stewardship, is never finished - keeping you on the edge of you seat wanting more. Outside of work, Brandon sits on the Next Generation Committee of Facing History and Ourselves - an international educational and professional development organization that engages people of diverse backgrounds to examine racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. He is also a member of the New York Immigration Coalition and Athlete Ally. Brandon is currently a Strategist at R/GA and when not at his desk or volunteering, Brandon is likely to be out exploring and partaking in the local (or global) community or going on (very very) long runs.
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Brit Fryer

Athlete Ally

Brit Fryer currently works as the Programming & Communications Coordinator at Athlete Ally, a nonprofit using sport to end homophobia and transphobia. In his role, he is responsible for Athlete Ally's Campus Chapters Program, producing educational tools, and developing the stories of LGBTQ athlete, coaches, and fans. Before Athlete Ally, Brit worked in LGBTQ peer support and programming, advertising, and film at various institutions and organizations like Carleton College, Wieden + Kennedy, Space150, and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. He holds a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from Carleton College and is currently obtaining his MFA from the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. His films and projects have gained attention from The Sundance Institute, The Independent Filmmakers Project, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and Seed & Spark. He is a 2015 MAIP Fellow, a 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellow, and an alum of Griffin Farley's Beautiful Minds.
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Carlin Dixon

Marcus Thomas LLC

Carlin graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Media Production & Studies. Originally, Carlin's career goals included working in social media as an influencer (#yikes). After taking a deeper dive into the industry, Carlin found the relationships between influencers and brands are crafted through the advertising agencies. After researching careers in advertising, Carlin developed an interest in advertising strategy roles, as in this role he would utilize the storytelling skills learned during his undergraduate education. Senior year of college, Carlin participated in the Marcus Graham Project, as a participant of the "ICR8 Winter Bootcamp" in Detroit. Through this experience Carlin was able to gain experience and exposure in the ad industry. This process quickly cemented his interest in an advertising strategy role.

His experience during the Marcus Graham Project allowed Carlin to see a diverse group of professionals working in the advertising. Experiences like the Marcus Graham Project, motivate Carlin to work to create diverse atmospheres within the advertising industry. While working at Marcus Thomas, Carlin has led the charge of the company's Culture and Inclusion Initiative. This involves creating programs that promote diversity and inclusion within the agency-including sourcing diverse talent.
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Chelsea Ceasor

72andSunny

Like a Roman emperor, Chelsea Ceasor is just trying to build an empire. (Without the patriarchal violence, destruction, & colonial mentality, of course.) She currently works as a designer at 72andSunny in Los Angeles, California by day. Then spends the rest of her time having “I wonder if…” moments that turn into personal projects & collaboration with friends. Endlessly curious & compassionate, she strives to make work that truly matters in culture. Whether that’s creating short films, inventing & designing new products, or anything in between— it doesn’t matter. Because she believes that if you chase after the things that interest you, the right people & tools for the job will fall into your lap.
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Cherish Xinyi Lee

Wieden+Kennedy

Cherish is from the sunny island of Singapore and is currently based in Portland, Oregon working as an integrated communications and media planner at Wieden + Kennedy. Her unique role has accorded her the opportunity to understand and impact culture in many different ways by leveraging a thorough strategic understanding of the evolution and growth of how different audiences consume and view media today. She does this specifically for the Old Spice account across their portfolio in US and Canada. Her work for Old Spice has played an important role in pushing for the evolution of branded content through her close partnerships with large media companies like Turner media, Complex, Vice, Hulu, Twitter, Facebook, Google and Twitch.

Through her different experiences in life, Cherish is constantly driven by the question “What is my purpose in being here and how can I live up to that?” Through her personal journey of navigating this industry as a foreign citizen, she has found her purpose in the advocacy of other talent of color and immigrants. She does this in an effort to continuously shatter the limitations the industry has put on the people who can have a seat at the table. In doing so, she strives to provide the foundational impetus for more authentic and powerful movements to exist in the world.

On top of her 9-5, Cherish plays an active role in the Asiancy organization both in the W+K chapter and the Portland chapter at large. The group exists to further connect Portland advertising’s Asian & Asian-Americans with one another, strengthen knowledge and ownership of our racial and ethnic heritages, and build awareness within their respective agencies and the local community of Portland. She is also a huge podcast fan who will love to break it down with you in a friendly debate over a good meal and some drinks anytime!
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Dan Knapp

YouTube

Dan Knapp is a Product Marketing Manager at YouTube, currently based in Singapore covering APAC and Emerging Markets. He works on marketing innovative products like YouTube Live, Community, Superchat, Channel Memberships, and YouTube Go, an app which helps people in emerging markets overcome access and affordability barriers to use YouTube.

Before moving to Singapore, Dan worked on YouTube brand marketing, based in London and San Francisco. His campaigns have been viewed by hundreds of millions of people in over 190 countries, including powerful work on LGBTQ+ identity, the Refugee Crisis, and Gender Equality. His work has been covered by the likes of Adweek, NBC, Bloomberg, Wired, GLAAD, Fortune, Huffington Post, ET, and Business Insider, and has been honored by The One Show, The Shortys, The Drum, The Marketing Society, The Lovies, The Streamys, and The Webbys. He is actively involved in YouTube’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group (Pride@YouTube) launching the group in APAC.

When he’s not marketing YouTube, Dan enjoys dancing, cycling, hiking, traveling, and protesting. He lives by the motto “Find a way or make a way.”
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Dayana Dominguez

Geometry Global

Dayana Dominguez is a Ted Talk fanatic, Tasty enthusiast and amateur yogi. She recently joined Geometry as an Assistant Account Executive, where she will be overseeing the sampling division for Beam Suntory. As a daughter of two immigrants, and an immigrant herself, she values justice, education and volunteering.

She serves on the committee of Coalesce Chicago as a Communications Lead, is an active alumna of Chicago Scholars, and a huge fan of We Are Next. During her spare time she explores Chicago’s vibrant food scene and relaxes with her dog, Leyla.
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Destanee Bonds

McCann New York

Destanee Bonds currently serves as an assistant account executive at McCann New York. It is her ultimate goal to contribute to shaping an inclusive community in the advertising industry. Since graduating from the University of Missouri in 2017, she has assisted in the launch of the new brand platform for the HomeGoods home decor retailer. Bonds participates in the IPG Women’s Leadership Network, the Where Are the Boss Ladies Mentorship Program and serves as a 2018 MAIP coach as well. When she is not watching documentaries, reading novels or writing poetry, she devotes her time to being an active advocate for people of color to be their authentic selves and speak their truth.
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Ejeb Dema

Facebook

As the first of four in a Cameroonian household, Ejeb’s upbringing has uniquely shaped her dedication to society, desire to do what's right, and change-agent aspirations. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s ILR (Industrial and Labor Relations) program, an interdisciplinary study of political, social, and economic influences in the workforce. Throughout her time at Cornell, Ejeb rooted herself in scholar-activist work, bridging communications between university administrators and underrepresented communities namely with first-generation student resources and sexual assault discourse around women of color.

A humanist at heart, her talents lie in creating people experiences fueled by connection and empathy. Ejeb’s focus on people and action is at the core of her success with mid-market ecommerce clients at Facebook. She believes in the power for technology to be a societal equalizer, if media content can incite action and if tech products advance civic initiatives. Join her as she embarks upon this quest.
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Fanta Dicko

Ernst & Young

Fanta Dicko is a Technology Performance Improvement Consultant at Ernst & Young. At EY, she’s responsible for designing and implementing technologies that drive business performance for Fortune 500 companies. Fanta also works as the Product Marketing Manager for an early-stage startup called Jetpack as well as the Director of Web Development for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides mentoring and empowerment programs for high school girls. Prior to EY, Fanta has worked as a Summer Associate for Viacom on the Marketing Strategy Trends & Insights team. She was selected as one of ten to participate in the program focused on digital and emerging media. In an effort to expand her knowledge of brand strategy, Fanta had the experience of working with brands such as Dunkin' Donuts, Zipcar, Kaplan and Eatstreet to combine her knowledge of marketing and technology to engage with college students and increase fan-base. Fanta believes in choosing passion over probability. Growing up with two immigrant parents, she was taught that reaching one’s goals is more about one’s desire rather than the odds. As a result, she’s consistently chosen projects that are aligned with her passions and values. Her long-term goal is to combine her three passions: technology, marketing, and education for girls.
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Felix Navarro

Facebook

Felix Navarro is a Manager on the Business Product Specialist Team within Facebook’s Global Marketing Solutions Business. He oversees a team of product specialists that leverage data to gather insights and influence product improvements within Facebook’s advertising tools. Aside from his day-to-day, Felix co-manages Facebook’s Community Partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, and is the Social Good Co-Chair of Facebook’s “Latin@” Employee Resource Group.

Prior to Facebook, Felix was an Associate within Goldman Sachs’s Compliance Division, specializing in futures and commodities algorithmic trading regulations. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Felix graduated from the City College of New York as Valedictorian of the Division of Social Sciences.

Outside of work, Felix is a motivational speaker that has spoken in front of audiences of 500+ and has won at the Club, Area, District and Division levels of Toastmasters International Speech Competitions. With a focus on empowering our next generation of leaders, Felix is in the process of establishing a non-profit be called “Voices Empowered,” which will focus on empowering underprivileged youth with the confidence and leadership associated with an expertise in public speaking. On his down time, Felix can be found salsa dancing, scuba diving, riding his motorcycle, or visiting family in Florida.
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Fontaine Bland

Ogilvy

Fontaine roots herself in authenticity, consistency, and generosity. As the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor and daughter of a former politician, she learned early on the strength within her own voice, need for social justice, and the power that lies within strengthening our community through public service. These lessons have afforded her the opportunity to create her own path in shaping the views of others through public relations. As an Assistant Account Executive at Ogilvy, she works in the social change sector to enhance the understanding and bridge gaps between the nation and various government organizations. Her professional accomplishments include chartering the Ogilvy Young Professional Network in Washington, D.C., leading the development and execution of multiple virtual reality experiences which are designed as educational tools for non-technical community decision makers and the general public, but most importantly - investing in minorities and advocating for them within the field of public relations, advertising, and technology. As a woman of color, Fontaine does not have the privilege of being silent. However, it is her distinguished honor to stand and speak on behalf of people of color, advocate for them, and pave the way for those who are preparing to follow in her footsteps. She is working daily to shift the narrative surrounding "diversity and inclusion" and refocus organizations on enhancing "expression and equity" for all minorities.
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Gabriela Sosa

Dieste, Inc.

Gabriela is a first-generation Salvadoran-Mexican-American and self-proclaimed jack of a lot of trades, master of maybe one. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Dallas, Gabriela spent the majority of her time involved with organizations aimed at empowering students of color. For three years, she worked at (what is now) the Galerstein Gender Center of UT Dallas, whose goal is "promote a prosperous environment, representing and emphasizing the needs of women, LGBT+ people and all communities facing gender-based oppression." As an undergrad and now a young professional, Gabriela has translated her passions for the empowerment of WOC, LGBT+ peoples (and the intersection of those identities) and media into conversations about representation and identity at Dieste. She is driven, passionate and believes in the power advertising and and her own impact on the industry.
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Grace Sun

Instagram

Grace Sun is a Creative Strategist at Facebook & Instagram, based in New York City. In this role, she builds creative campaigns with entertainment brands that aim to connect audiences with the stories, communities, and cultural moments that matter most to them. She works across film, television, streaming, branded content, sports, and publishing with the goal of using the most innovative technology and creative ideas to bring brands’ content to life. Before joining Facebook & Instagram, she was a Communications Specialist at Google in Mountain View, California. She studied Psychology and Government at Harvard University.
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Greg Hines

MRM//McCann

Greg is a Social Media Strategist who works with brands to build meaningful relationships with people.

Greg knows the right social media strategy gives a brand purpose and identity. His expert content strategies, grounded in social listening insights, have garnered astounding results. For example, the launch of an evolved Twitter voice for IHOP® earned a 35% increase in earned user-generated conversation.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications from Penn State World Campus, which he completed while traveling throughout North America as a professional dancer with Sesame Street Live. Additionally, Greg interned between touring contracts at Young & Rubicam NYC through the MAIP Fellowship program.

At MRM//McCann, Greg has progressed through four roles in just two years. From Front Desk Receptionist to Social Strategist, Greg’s achievements can be attributed to his drive to excel at any task set before him.

In addition to his professional achievements, Greg is a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador for MRM//McCann East. As a creative and comedic outlet, he also co-hosts a podcast focused on Black influences in popular culture.
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Iliana Ortega

FCB, New York

Iliana Ortega is an Afro-Latina first-generation college graduate with a dual degree in Communications and English Literature. Along with creating great work for clients, Iliana’s goal is to change how we recruit talent of color in advertising and to make it more accessible to those from lower-income backgrounds. Her dream is to create spaces for students who didn’t go to name-brand colleges, so that they can succeed and overcome the barriers to entry within advertising. As a Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) and Most Promising Multicultural Student (MPMS) alum, Iliana has seen the importance of initiatives that open the door for students of color. Iliana aims to use her voice and personal story to challenge the status quo and foster change.
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Jack Sloman

Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Jack Sloman is a Research & Analytics Strategist at Goodby Silverstein and Partners passionate about using data to develop better content, uncover deeper brand insights, and identify audience passion points. Jack’s background in design gives him a unique perspective on how data strategy can be used to enhance creative development. Outside of work he enjoys leveraging instagram to prove to everyone from high school that he is actually cool now. Currently he is based in San Francisco working day to day across both the Xfinity and Cheetos accounts, along with managing Voices, GS&P’s first diversity and inclusion initiative. Jack graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Media Studies and Political Science. Throughout his career he has made it a personal goal to incorporated social justice into his day to day work. In particular, he wants to continue promoting diversity in creative and building more inclusive workplaces. Also, he wouldn’t complain if he got a few new Instagram followers along the way.
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Jesse Meza

iProspect

This is Jesse. His mom calls him Chuy, his brother calls him brother, his friends call him J, the government calls him Jesus Meza, but he’s just Jesse. Outside of being a Houston Non-Profit President, and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Latino community champion, he has a decent stop-jumpshot. He’s the proud result of an overburdened public school system, a community of under resourced immigrants, and one amazing mother. After 3 years in the NYC ad industry, he's currently leading Microsoft's global Direct Response Small Business digital display efforts. When he’s not searching to find or give inspiration, he enjoys long runs, long reads, and long conversations about Northside Houston, Texas.
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Joon Park

Translation, LLC

As a Gemini, Joon has an innate thirst to maintain creativity and excitement amidst an increasingly routine and predictable world. As a strategist, Joon is incredibly grateful that the world of advertising and media will provide a conducive environment to cater to that Gemini-need.

Joon firmly believes that brands play a pivotal role in shaping the narratives of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities. Through brand strategy, they are excited to f*ck sh*t up and reshape the status quo.

In their off-hours, you can find Joon reading Teen Vogue. While in college, Joon was one of the founding members of GLAAD’s Campus Ambassador program and is a recipient of GLAAD's first Rising Stars Grant, which annually honors LGBTQ+ changemakers across the nation. Since then, they’ve been featured in publications like Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and the Huffington Post, where they continue to bring visibility to the next generation of leaders. Stay updated with Joon’s latest advocacy project on Instagram @joonyoungpark.
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Kristen Ingram

FleishmanHillard

Kristen Ingram is a strategic public relations and communications professional whose organizational and analytical skills support global biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Kristen serves as an Account Executive at FleishmanHillard.

Along with her professional endeavors, Kristen is passionate about impacting her community through social change and empowering the next generation. She was appointed to lead the diversity and inclusion efforts at FleishmanHillard Kansas City. She demonstrates her leadership skills by serving as an intern supervisor and mentor. While not at work, Kristen volunteers her time as a Girl Scout leader.

Kristen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and communications from Vanderbilt University, with a minor in Spanish.
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Natalia Naranjo

Wieden+Kennedy

Natalia is a Media Planner at Wieden+Kennedy on the Old Spice team. Previously she worked on the paid social team for Bank of America at GroupeConnect. As a not-so recent graduate of Advertising and Psychology from the beautifully weird University of Texas at Austin, finding solutions to advertising problems is her passion. This was strengthened by her experiences in the Texas Media program, where she got to experiment with real world budgets and clients, in a creative, yet analytical environment. She is a mix of a salsa dancing Colombian and a “y’all”-saying Texan. If Natalia is not at her sticker-covered computer, you can find her enjoying the outdoors on her bike or binge watching Arrested Development. She loves talking to new people, everyone has a story to share, and she definitely has a few.
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Nicole Godreau

Spotify

Nicole is a native New Yorker, travel enthusiast, brunch lover, and Solange fan. Once an intern, she is now an experienced sales coordinator who works with clients to help them realize the power of Spotify. A storyteller at heart, she helps convey the message to clients that music is a mirror for users. Nicole hopes to contribute, engage, and implement change in the media industry to focus on inclusion and bringing diverse voices to the forefront. She received a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College.
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Nikki Moorer

Ogilvy

Originally from Daphne, Alabama, Nikki Moorer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and now lives in New York City. Nikki is currently a Media Planner at Ogilvy, where she plans and executes digital advertising campaigns for clients including UPS, CareCredit, and Iberostar Hotels and Resorts. Within her first year as an assistant, Nikki was tasked with leading a challenging and short-staffed account. However, Nikki stepped up to the plate, led the (limited) troops, churned out client deliverables on time, and was ultimately promoted to a Media Planner position within 5 months of being on the account. Nikki’s accomplishments stem from her innate optimism and drive, and she goes after every goal with enthusiasm and her infectious smile. Outside of advertising, Nikki is also a certified Zumba instructor, a recent ukulele enthusiast, and a Blasian. What’s a Blasian you wonder? Well, just ask Nikki.
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Nimra Haroon

+GMMB

Nimra Haroon, a South Asian communications activist, brings a multi-disciplined background in advertising, brand strategy, and nonprofit management to +GMMB’s earned media team in Washington, D.C. Nimra embraces her textured heritage, socio-cultural experiences and mission for social justice to deliver account, earned and social media success to her cause-driven clients.

Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Nimra interned in the communication and nonprofit sectors, with organizations like NPR, Team One, The Black Sheep Agency, and Houston Arts Alliance, providing marketing, brand, and project management support to teams. Nimra is committed to advancing gender and racial equity in the workspace and is an active member of ColorComm, The LAGRANT Foundation and the 4A’s MAIP Program to recruit, recognize, and sustain diverse talent in the communications industry. In addition to working, Nimra is attending Georgetown University where she is obtaining her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications.
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Paanii Annan

Leo Burnett

A first generation American by way of Ghana, Paanii is a charismatic and driven leader. As a Senior Account Executive at Leo Burnett, Paanii works on Global Brand Management for Samsung.

His passion is to help people realize their full potential; in their personal lives or professional careers. He lives by the mantra "Be the best you, that you can be". To fulfill his passion, Paanii is an active mentor to aspiring marketers and advertisers.

At Leo Burnett, Paanii has accomplished many feats in his short time at the agency. He started on the Intel account, where he helped launch a Global digital point of sale retail solution. Transitioning to Samsung, Paanii has worked on global advertising that has won multiple awards. He has risen to the level of Senior Account Executive, just after three-and-a-half years at the Agency. His relentless work ethic is attributed to his goal to open up his own consulting firm in the future to help small businesses reach their full potential.

Paanii also is very passionate about diversity in the marketing/advertising field and helps lead diversity initiatives in his workplace, as well as, in the community at-large.
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Raquel Ortega

Hasbro

Currently located in the pacific northwest, Raquel is a Digital Production Designer at Hasbro most recently awarded The One Club / MAIP CreativeFellow of the Year for her time as an Art Director Intern at WongDoody. Raquel is currently a mentor for students this year applying for the MAIP program at her alma mater. If she had it her way, her title would be professional treasure hunter because of her passion for thrift shopping for vintage items on the weekends.

Raquel’s most notable campaign work comes from her involvement with Advertising for Change ATL and Reset the Code. Through her work, she strives to shine a light on issues that people don’t realize exist outside their own life. Raquel believes finding the right mix of strategy, emotion, and storytelling has created some of her best work.
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Samyu Murali

Wunderman

Samyu Murali holds an M.A in Advertising from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta and graduated in 2016. Originally from Chennai, India, she is currently an Art Director at Wunderman in Austin, Texas.

She is a strong believer in creating work that is thought provoking, memorable and, most importantly, helps the people around us. She'd probably describe her personal brand as a mix of 90's cartoons, a crippling caffeine dependency and a lifelong vendetta against the un-ironic usage of Comic Sans.

When she's not pushing pixels, Murali enjoys breakfast food, hikes through national parks, puns and taking way too many photos.
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Sandy Sanchez

McCann New York

Sandy Sanchez is a junior copywriter at McCann New York. A Salvadoran-American originally from Texas, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and then moved to NYC, where she bounced from apartment to apartment for months until finally settling in East Williamsburg. She’s a two-time MAIP Fellow and has interned at DDB Chicago and Y&R NYC, where she ended up landing her first post-grad job. Lover of all forms of writing, Sandy is also on the editorial team for Novella, a women’s writing salon in New York City. She loves to overshare, so she’s been published on Refinery29 for her money-spending habits and on Man Repeller for her untamable frizzy hair. She wants to see more women of color in advertising, especially in creative roles, so she’s a Women Who Create mentor, a mentorship program for creative women of color. On weekends, Sandy is usually in SoHo eating a slice of pizza (and getting sauce all over her face), taking French classes, Tweeting, and buying plants. Talking in third-person makes her feel detached.
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Sarah Dossani

SapientRazorfish

Sarah Dossani is an Associate of Marketing Strategy & Analysis at SapientRazorfish_, infusing her passion for dynamic storytelling and uncovering human truths in marketing strategy. Constantly asking, “why,” she contextualizes, deducts, and extracts insight to uncover human truths. Sarah seeks to solve clients’ challenges by making the complex, clear, to deliver strategic thinking that lead to success.

Over the course of her career thus far, Sarah has provided strategic direction for clients across multiple industries, for clients such as Freddie Mac, Bridgestone Tires, International Market Centers, UPS, Dove and SunTrust. In her role, Sarah provides insight by conducting qualitative and quantitative research, analyzing industry and consumer trends, behaviors, and attitudes.

As a Muslim-American woman of color, Sarah is an ally who advocates for diversity and inclusion both inside and outside of her professional life. She has served as a committee lead for Publicis’ Viva Women of Color and a team member for the American Advertising Federation and Zeta Phi Beta’s “Change the Narrative” initiative, analyzing the pervasive depictions of Black women in media. Outside the industry, Sarah proudly stands as the marketing chair for a national nonprofit for high school students, Muslim Interscholastic Tournament.
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Shelby Clayton

Twitter

Shelby Clayton is a Client Account Manager at Twitter in New York City. She is responsible for collaborating with Fortune 500 advertisers to understand their objectives, recommend best practices, and develop effective campaigns. Previously, Shelby was a Programmatic Analyst at ESPN where she provided programmatic solutions to the Digital Account Executives within the Customer Marketing and Sales Department.

Shelby has been featured in multiple media outlets. Most notably, Shelby appeared live on CNN as a Generation Y panelist with Don Lemon, Poppy Harlow, and Jim Sciutto. During her time on CNN, Shelby gave her perspective as a millennial on issues such as race relations and the Middle East crisis. Shelby has also been featured in the Disney Professional Internships campaign, appearing on marketing materials for the highly renowned program.

Shelby graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism with a degree in Advertising and minor in Sociology.

In addition to Shelby’s career in media, she has a passion for sports as she roots for the Cleveland Browns and Georgia Bulldogs every fall. She enjoys volunteering at community events and spending time with her friends and family.
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Taylor Brodie

Arnold Worldwide

Taylor Brodie is a vibrant, passionate leader who understands the impact of connection and the value of empowerment. Upon earning her Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Missouri, she was awarded mentor of the year through the National Association of Black Journalists, an organization that supports Black Journalism majors as they prepare for their careers in media and advertising.

She is an Alumna of the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), which exposed her to strategy internships at BBH New York and Arnold Worldwide Boston. Through these internships, she facilitated quantitative and qualitative research while developing cultural insights and strategic direction for brands like PlayStation, Progressive Insurance, CFP and Jack Daniels. These opportunities fueled her passion for strategy and pursuit to become a Brand Strategist at Arnold Worldwide.

Within her first 7 months at Arnold, she implemented efforts to help others Rise Up. As the strategic lead, she raised awareness for female equality with The Empower Pit—an interactive metaphor for corporate female leadership—at Boston’s tenth-annual Women’s Leadership Forum. Currently, she’s spearheading a new internal organization at Arnold called Let’s Talk About which helps employees discuss societal issues and topics that are often left at the door.
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Taylor Reeves

Ogilvy

Taylor Reeves has always been passionate about all things creative. From a young age she knew she loved to do two things--write and watch tv (just for the ads). She began her career in advertising back in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. Since then, she has expanded her love for storytelling and social listening in various positions around the nation. From interning at agencies like Ogilvy and R/GA to starting her own photography business, she is well-versed in the industry. A member of the Alpha Delta Sigma Honor Society and recent MAIP Alum, Taylor is eager to become a force to be reckoned with. As a black woman, she recognizes the importance of reaching up to make a change for those who are often overlooked in the market. She’s ready to build diverse and all-inclusive communities in creative spaces. Taylor plans to use her skills of copywriting and photography to start a conversation.
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Tiona Langley

Google Creative Lab

Tiona Langley is passionate about people. Prior to graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric, Tiona began her career by writing for social change across genres, from grants for nonprofits dedicated to feeding the homeless, to newsletters on behalf of the Mayor of Orlando, with press releases, film treatments and theses in between. She decided to pursue a career in advertising, focusing on account management.

Tiona has consistently found a way to connect the dots in her career. In 2015, during her MAIP internship, Tiona realized that she was interested in producing, and with the help of her mentor, interviewed and shadowed producers in Chicago, ultimately deciding on a career change by the end of the summer. She believes that every experience holds a treasure chest full of knowledge, connections and transferable skills, even as her career goals evolve. Her interests and skills intersect in her career as a producer, currently working at Google Creative Lab in New York City.

While working at the Creative Lab, Tiona has taken an active leadership role in diversity and inclusion initiatives, including producing the first ever ADCOLOR + Google Creative Lab Hackathon, working closely with the LGBT+ Center on the Stonewall Forever archival project, and another prominent project that hasn’t yet launched, but features some very notable women. Her desire is to continue to exist in and create spaces where everyone’s experiences are valid, but most importantly, heard.

*Tiona also bakes a mean sweet potato pie.

2018 Agenda

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  • 19 Sep
  • 20 Sep
  • 21 Sep
10:00am - 3:30pm
ADCOLOR FUTURES Orientation Presented by 72andSunny

Open only to FUTURES

1:00pm - 3:00pm
ADCOLOR UNIVERSITY Presented by UCB@Work

Open only to FUTURES

6:00pm - 8:00pm
ADCOLOR FUTURES Welcome Dinner

Open only to FUTURES

9:00am - 4:00pm
We See You FUTURES Presented by Deutsch

Open only to FUTURES

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Meet the FUTURES Mixer Presented by Google

Open only to FUTURES & Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Presenting Badge Holders

8:00am - 3:00pm
ADCOLOR FUTURES HACKATHON Presented by Apple and TBWA Media Arts Lab

Open to FUTURES, Coaches and Judges only.

3:30pm - 4:30pm
ADCOLOR FUTURES HACKATHON PRESENTATIONS: “MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE” Presented by Apple

Platinum H–J

UNIVERSITY

Launched in 2012, with the belief that even the most successful professional can learn, be inspired, and share their knowledge, ADCOLOR University is an intensive training facilitated by top-ranked leadership and talent consulting firms. The FUTURES learn how to meet business objectives, increase their performance in corporate settings, excel in a professional environment, and take control of their career path. In the past, the program has introduced FUTURES and conference attendees to management and efficacy training and had special HR and management tracks focused on D&I. Currently, University is laser-focused on the FUTURES – giving specialized content to develop soft and hard skills during and around the conference.

2018 HACKATHON Mental Health in the Workplace

The Hackathon gives FUTURES a platform to tackle a huge problem—in a not-so-huge amount of time. Working in teams of six, FUTURES will be paired with two coaches who will help them sharpen their skills in collaboration, design thinking and rapid prototyping. Teams will have seven hours to come up with a creative solution to a social issue and present that to a panel of judges.

“ADCOLOR FUTURES 2018” BY DEUTSCH

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2016 HACKATHON WHITE PAPER: "STANDING FOR SOCIAL ISSUES"

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2015 HACKATHON WHITE PAPER: "Cultural Appropriation"

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