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Congratulations to the 2013 ADCOLOR® Honorees and



Class of 2013 ADCOLOR® Honorees:


The ALL-STAR Award presented by Omnicom Group

Nick Cannon, Actor, Comedian, Musician, Entrepreneur, NCredible Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA


The CATALYST Awards presented by CNN

Janet Mock, Writer & Founder of #GirlsLikeUs Project, New York, NY                                                                                           

Wendy L. Lewis, SVP of Diversity and Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball, New York, NY  


The MOST VALUABLE PARTNERSHIP Award presented by TBWA\ Worldwide

Saatchi & Saatchi and Run & Shoot Filmworks proprietors of Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival


The LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Awards presented by the American Advertising Federation

Byron E. Lewis, Sr., Founder, Uniworld Group

4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program, (est. 1973)

William “Bill” Sharp (1929–2013), Former VP/Advertising Manager, Coca-Cola USA, Former SVP & General Manager, Burrell Advertising; Founder, Sharp Advertising


The LEGEND Award presented by DIAGEO North America

Joe Lam, President, L3 Advertising, New York, NY


The CHANGE AGENT Awards presented by Draftfcb

Singleton Beato, EVP, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Development, 4A’s, New York, NY
Loren M. Monroe-Trice, Partner, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Ogilvy & Mather, Los Angeles, CA
Shanita B. Akintonde, Associate Professor and Advertising Program Coordinator, Columbia College, Chicago, IL


The INNOVATOR Awards by JWT North America

Perry Fair, Chief Creative Officer/President, JWT, Atlanta, GA
Brandice Henderson, CEO/Founder Harlem Fashion Row, New York, NY


The RISING STAR Awards presented by The ADVERTISING Club of New York

Julius L. Dunn II, Industry Education Liaison, 4A’s, New York, NY
Ashley McGowan, Account Manager, Microsoft, Chicago, IL
Monse M. Moreno, Media Supervisor, Starcom Media Group, Chicago, IL


The ADVOCATE Awards presented by GLAAD

Torrence Boone, Managing Director, Agency Business Development, Google, New York, NY
Ryan Tarpley, Executive, CAA Foundation, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CA


The ONE CLUB|ADCOLOR® CREATIVE Awards presented by The One Club & Publicis Kaplan Thaler

John C. Jay, Founder and Executive Creative Director of W+K Garage, & Partner of Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, OR
Geoff Edwards, Partner, Executive Creative Director, DOJO Advertising, San Francisco, CA


Ms. ADCOLOR® 2013

Gloria S. Alvarez, Master Class Moderator/Producer, The Ghetto Film School, 2012 ADCOLOR® FUTURES Alumna


ADCOLOR® FUTURES Class of 2013 :


Arielle Contreras, 4A’s MAIP Alumni Association, 2012

Samuel Malave, 4A’s MAIP Alumni Association, 2012

Leo Wong, 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program, 2013 (MAIP Intern of the Year)

Carla Johnson, 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program, 2013 (One Club/MAIP Creative Intern of the Year)

Fahima Al-Uqdah, AAF Most Promising Minority Student Program, 2013

Karen Madera, AAF Most Promising Minority Student Program, 2013

Jessica Chung, AAF Most Promising Minority Student Program, 2013

Susannah Welbeck, The Brotherhood Sister Sol, 2007

Elizabeth Acevedo, The Brotherhood Sister Sol, 2008

Melissa Murray, The Ghetto Film School, 2007

Naheem Kujenya, The Ghetto Film School, 2008

Alterrell Mills, I’mPART, A Program of The ADVERTISING Club of New York, 2008

Ruani Ribe, I’mPART, A Program of The ADVERTISING Club of New York, 2012

Empress Varnado, The LAGRANT Foundation, 2013

Pearl Steinberg, The LAGRANT Foundation, 2013

Alla Arutcheva, MAT (Multicultural Advertising Training Program), 2012

Shon Davis, MAT (Multicultural Advertising Training Program), 2012

Gbenga Obafemi, Madison’s Browne Fellowship, 2013

Mariam Guessous, Madison’s Browne Fellowship, 2013

Dai Cao, The Marcus Graham Project, 2013

Aidan Sykes, The Marcus Graham Project, 2013

Cesar Fonseca, PromaxBDA, 2012

Shanita Murray, PromaxBDA, 2012

Jesse Rugless, PromaxBDA, 2012

Jennifer Vasquez, TORCH (Together Our Resources Can Help), 2005

Francis Carrero, TORCH (Together Our Resources Can Help), 2006



Take a look back at the ADCOLOR® Futures Class of 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=milQ4ksFBUc


2013 ADCOLOR® Awards Council of Judges*:


Akintayo Adewole

CEO, Akande Music & Publishing, LLC

Andy Deaza

Art Director, McCann Worldgroup

Carl Desir

Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, 4A’s (’12 ADCOLOR® Rising Star)

Constance Cannon Frazier

Chief Operating Officer, American Advertising Federation

Daniel Cherry III

Vice President, Consumer Planning, Diageo-NA

Donna Pedro

Sr. Partner, Chief Diversity Officer, Ogilvy & Mather (’08 ADCOLOR® Change Agent)

Doug Melville

Chief Diversity Officer, TBWA\

Esther T. Franklin

EVP, Head of SMG Americas Experience Strategy, Starcom Media Group (’11 ADCOLOR® Legend)

Felicia Geiger

SVP, Diversity & Inclusion, Deutsch, Inc. (’11 ADCOLOR® Change Agent)

Gary Mack

Creative Director, National Basketball Association

Jd Michaels

SVP Director Tactile Production + Creative Engineering, BBDO NY (’08 ADCOLOR® Innovator,’10 One Club|ADCOLOR® Creative)

Jason Crain

Senior Account Manager, Shazam Entertainment

Karla Gray Mayers

SVP, Director of Supplier Diversity, BBDO NY (’09 ADCOLOR® Change Agent)

Karol Chang

Bilingual Strategist, Acosta Marketing Group

Laura Smith

Managing Director, U.S. Human Resources, Edelman

Louis Lemieux

Executive Vice President Human Resources, Edelman

Marc S. Strachan

Vice President, Brand Marketing at Diageo-NA

Mark Zangrilli

SVP, Director of Human Resources, Publicis Kaplan Thaler

Mike Warner

Chief Operating Officer, Egami Consulting Group (’09 ADCOLOR® MVP)

Minerva Garcia

Director of Diversity HR Manager, DDB New York

Neisha Tweed

Senior Copywriter, Publicis Kaplan Thaler (’12 ADCOLOR® Rising Star)

Nicole M. Hall

VP, Human Resources, Edelman

Pawan Mehra

Founder and Principal, Ameredia, Inc. (’11 ADCOLOR® Change Agent)

Peter Drakoulias

Global Chief of Staff, Draftfcb (’12 ADCOLOR® Change Agent)

Ralph Navarro

Director of Integrated Production, DDB New York (’12 ADCOLOR® Unsung Hero)

Renetta McCann

Chief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett U.S. (’08 ADCOLOR® Legend)

Ronnie Dickerson

Associate Director, Digital Media, DIGITAS (’10 ADCOLOR® Rising Star)

Sallie Mars

SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, McCann Worldgroup (’10 ADCOLOR® Change Agent)

Semhar Tesfay

Human Resources Manager, Publicis Kaplan Thaler

Shane B. Santiago

VP, Digital Director, St. John’s & Partners (’12 ADCOLOR® Innovator)

Shazeela Ali

Director, Talent & Corporate Development, DDB Worldwide

Tahia Harley

Marketing Specialist, Discovery Communications

Tiffany L. Edwards

Foundation & Inclusion Manager, The ADVERTISING Club of New York (’10 ADCOLOR® Rising Star)

Tim Allen

SVP, Global Executive Creative Director, Experience Design, R/GA (’12 One Club/ADCOLOR® Creative)

Vita Harris

Chief Strategy Officer, Draftfcb (’10 ADCOLOR® Legend)



















































Honorees for the ADCOLOR Rising Star Awards have less than 7 years of experience, these young guns are up and coming. They are carving a path, setting goals and pushing their talents and skills to achieve them.


Honorees for the ADCOLOR® Innovator Awards are champions of a new way of thinking. Novel, visionary and progressive are just a few words that describe the brainpower of these individuals.


Honorees for the ADCOLOR® Change Agent Awards are champions who are spurring diversity within their organization. These leaders have taken an off-the-beaten-path detour that enriches their many talents and allows them to bring a new point of view to their respective industries.


Honorees for the ADCOLOR® Legend Awards are seasoned industry veterans who have set the stage for others in the field to aspire to, all the while pushing boundaries and creating positive change.


Honorees for the Most Valuable Partnership are agencies, marketers or media companies that partner to provide innovative diversity solutions for their respective organizations and industries.


Honorees for the ADCOLOR® Catalyst Awards are those individuals who through their provocative courage, noted professional brilliance and selfless community outreach have created opportunities for and will continue to inspire current and future generations of advertising, marketing and media professionals 


In partnership with GLAAD, this award is given to a GLBT advertising, marketing, media or PR professional who increases awareness of GLBT advertising, marketing and/or causes within and outside of the communications industry.


The honorees of the 2013 ADCOLOR® Lifetime Achievement Awards are not only the latest inductees of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame whose inspiring stories of success will get a second viewing at this year’s award show but programs and professionals who have made an indelible and historic mark on the advertising, marketing, media and PR industries.   


In partnership with the One Club, The One Club|ADCOLOR Creative Award highlights creative professionals of multicultural background who have mastered all aspects of the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines. This historic collaboration recognizes those who have often times been overlooked in the creative archives of advertising history.


*Nominations are submitted through adcolor.org’s nomination portal from February through May 2013. Honorees are chosen by a panel of judges based on the criteria and award category characteristics listed above. The 2014 ADCOLOR Awards nomination portal will open in April 1, 2014.