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EVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Sony Music Group
Global EVP, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at McCann Worldgroup
Tiffany R. Warren
Sony Music Group
Recognized as a leader in the field of diversity, Tiffany is a talent strategist with 22+ 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.
Marc Stephenson Strachan
Coach Marc Consulting
Constance Cannon Frazier
Cardinal Change Consulting
Michele Thornton Ghee
EBONY & JET Magazines
Prior to Microsoft CP spent more than a decade in the video game industry, starting as a Game Tester, moving to Associate Game Producer and ultimately co-founding game company Zero Sum Software. Zero Sum's flagship title 'Prelude to Darkness' is still recognized and discussed for its creative achievements within niche gaming communities.
The ADVERTISING Club of New York
In her 20+ years at The AD Club, Gina has transformed the Club into the voice of the modern ad industry which, in turn, shaped the conversation around diversity of thought, start-up innovation, support of Young Professionals, cultivated the importance of bravery in advertising, and has become a platform to the entire advertising, marketing and media community in New York. The Club, now in its 120th, year remains a reliable and trusted source for thought leadership, giving back to serve the community and fostering young and diverse talent.
Through i'mPART, the Club’s diversity initiative that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of diversity in business and the importance of increasing and retaining a diverse workforce, The AD Club has made a $2 million investment in the nation’s leading diversity programs thus far.
Gina is a force to be reckoned with – she oversees the International ANDY Awards and is on the NYC Virtual Enterprise Advisory Board. She is a Founding Member of the ADCOLOR Industry Coalition and serves on their Board of Directors, she is also a member of Advertising Week’s Board of Directors, both of which focuses on strengthening the industry and advocates diversity retention and driving business forward for the entire advertising and marketing industries.
Gina also works closely with the prestigious industry leaders who comprise The AD Club’s Board of Directors to support the Club’s mission to move the advertising industry forward. Prior to joining The AD Club, Grillo held positions at Young & Rubicam and MTV Networks. A St. John’s University graduate and native New Yorker, she resides here with her husband and three children.
Before joining Hearst, she was senior vice president of talent, engagement and inclusion at the 4A’s. While there, she represented talent issues impacting the industry and oversaw the 4A’s Foundation.
Keesha spent six years at Wieden+Kennedy Portland as director of talent and HR, while there she led a strategic refocus of the HR function. Prior she held various senior-level HR roles at Digitas. She started her career in marketing at Wunderman.
Jean-Baptiste is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a Master’s Degree from Emerson College.
Kim is an advocate for inclusion and diversity in the marketing industry and has spoken at leading conferences such as Cannes and Advertising Week on the role advertising plays in gender equality. She’s been a force at driving the conversation on media’s impact on gender bias and has been frequently featured in Fast Company, Adweek, Los Angeles Magazine and Ad Age, among many others. Kim has made progressive parenting policies a priority during her tenure as president, championing both mom and dad in the workplace by extending leave time for dads and creating a 4-day work week for both, upon returning from leave. She’s also advocated for unlimited PTO, flexible work schedules and remote years and sabbaticals. In 2018, she was honored by She Runs It as one of the top Working Mothers of the Year.
Committed to nurturing young talent, Kim serves as an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School and also sits on the board of directors for ADCOLOR and The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She’s passionate about creating change in our industry and has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in advertising by Business Insider, a top LA executive by the Los Angeles Business Journal and has earned the American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Award for Industry Career Achievement. Kim is a regular contributor to Fortune and Entrepreneur. She’s a California optimist and a proud mom of two daughters.
After two decades working as a writer and Chief Creative Officer in advertising and media, Mark joined Facebook in 2011 to better explore the creative potential of the Facebook platform.
As part of this effort, last year he founded the Facebook Creative Council. Comprised of some of the most highly regarded and influential creative voices in the world. The council provides Facebook with invaluable perspectives and ideas to better engage and educate the global creative community, Identify and celebrate breakthrough work and influence how Facebook develops to be an even richer and more engaging place to connect brands with the people they serve.
Prior to joining Facebook Mark spent seven years at Time Warner in New York, as Chief Creative Officer of its Global Media Group. Here he co-developed the first truly creative media arts practice within a global media company designed to better leverage the company’s extensive television, film, print and digital assets for its key marketing partners. In 2009, Mark was also named President of the Group and Senior Vice President of Time Warner.
Mark has been widely recognized for his creativity and leadership in the creative industries and regularly speaks all around the world on the subject of creativity in social media, the transformation of marketing, the communication arts and the role and purpose of brands in society. Mark has served as a juror on numerous international awards shows including the CLIO Awards, LIA Awards, The International ANDY Awards and in 2013 served on the inaugural Innovations Lions jury at the Cannes Lions Awards.
Mark currently lives in London, mainly Heathrow.
Mark has spent the majority of his career working in the Advertising/PR industry. Prior to Edelman, he worked at D’Arcy Advertising and Publics Worldwide, where he led the HR function through three separate mergers and honed his skills in change management and cultural development.
Being a very active member of the industry, he had served on the AAAA committees for Human Resources and Diversity for 14 years. He currently serves on the ADCOLOR Board of Directors and is proud to be a founding member.
Prior to joining Google, Michael has been a part of the Diversity & Inclusion efforts at Aetna, MassMutual, EY and ESPN where he’s led several Women’s Leadership Development efforts, launched ERG’s, created D&I Scorecards, developed and delivered company-wide trainings and influenced Diversity Staffing efforts. Michael has also been active in facilitating Anti-Defamation League’s ‘A World of Difference’ Training for the last 20+ years.
Michael has a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Masters in Human Resource Management from Cornell. He and his wife Courtney currently live in York, Maine with their children Ariana and Noah.
In 2020, Nicole founded Kol Consulting, a comprehensive executive coaching firm built on the principle of partnering with clients to reach their professional potential and business goals. A proponent of transformative employee development. her work is fueled by the Columbia University Coaching Methodology. Nicole's practice focuses on mid-to-senior level professionals.
An avid mentor and industry influencer, Nicole currently serves on the Board of ADCOLOR, and a member of the AD Council’s Diverse Leaders Taskforce.
Sedef considers herself as one of those very fortunate people who absolutely love what they do, and the opportunity to help create the same experience for those around her is her passion. She proudly serves on ADCOLOR Board of Directors, and is a member of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) for ADCOLOR steering committee. As a first generation immigrant herself, Sedef helps support women new to the U.S to start or enhance their careers through her involvement with the Turkish Women’s Initiative Ignite program.
Previously, Singleton was EVP, Diversity Strategy and Talent Development at the 4A’s where she provided leadership and advice to senior advertising and media agency executives working to create and activate a strategic approach to D&I. Singleton was the visionary and architect of high-profile initiatives including The Face Of Talent symposium and the Ad industry’s only Talent Leadership Conference, Talent@2030. She also led the transformation of the renowned Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) and the 4A’s Foundation. And, after assuming P&L responsibility for Talent Development and Diversity related revenue streams, Singleton consistently delivered on revenue and margin growth targets for the organization.
Singleton received a MS from Fairleigh Dickinson University and serves on several non-profit boards including the Brand Erwin Center for Brand Communications, AdWeek’s D&I Council, the AAF’s Mosaic Council, NYWICI, Own The Room and Figure Skating in Harlem as well as the Advisory Board of the Brand + Integrated Communications program. She has received numerous awards and accolades from the AAF, the 4A’s, the ADCOLOR Coalition, the National Diversity Council, the World Diversity Leadership Summit. Additionally, Singleton was named one of 2019’s Most Influential Women In Corporate America by Savoy Magazine, one of AdWeek’s 2020 Women Trailblazers and one of New York’s Most Outstanding Corporate Citizens.
Stephen received his B.A. from Brown University and holds an M.A. in Communications and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.levision violence.
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He began his career as a Copywriter in the Marcus Graham Project’s iCR8 Summer Bootcamp, where he learned that representation is the key to breakthrough creative.
Since then, he’s led award-winning campaigns for brands like PNC Bank, McDonald’s and Toyota. He’s also held creative and diversity, equity and inclusion leadership roles at Match.com and RAPP, a global CRM agency.
He currently serves as an Advisor to the Marcus Graham Project Alumni Board, member of the Strava Anti-Racism Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board, where he and 30+ other DE&I champions create a holistic career development program for ADCOLOR FUTURES.
In April of 2021, Kevin joined Cashmere Agency to further his mission of authentically telling the stories of BIPOC communities.
Kevin is also an emerging speaker and thought leader, sharing his insights on podcasts and national industry conferences.
Kevin finds his greatest fulfillment, however, as a mentor and ally for colleagues and emerging talent in the industry.
When he’s not working, you can catch him spending quality time with his three favorite people in the world: his wife Jasmin and daughters Audrey and Autumn.
Candace D. Queen
Aaron was first exposed to the Industry via the 4A's MAIP program, where he began his journey into the world of Advertising. Over the years he's had the ability to service clients within the retail, finance and tech industries, leveraging his cultural currency and strategic thinking to build effective communications strategies for clients.
A year into his career he was honored as a part of the 2018 ADCOLOR Futures class where he has since continued his involvement through mentorship of incoming classes. In addition to his role as an Senior Connections Planner, Aaron has experience developing internal infrastructures for employee development such as Employee's Resource Groups & internal/external workshops highlighting building upon skill sets such as personal branding, interviewing & resume building. Aaron prides himself on being a voice to the voiceless while continuously opening doors for aspiring professionals that come from under-served communities.
From a DEI perspective, Aaron has maintained relationships with the MAIP program via mentorship and workshops for incoming interns. He has also played a major role in bringing forward initiatives to support under-served communities, similar to the modern adaptation of "Black Wall Street," where he collaborated with many peers to recreate the original Black Wall Street while bringing together Black entrepreneurs to promote their product in a corporate setting.
In addition to being an enthusiast for all things innovative, Aaron is a lover of comics and some would also say a pretty good dancer.
Sony Music Group
Amoya is currently an Account Supervisor at RAPP where she leads the retail banking CRM/email communications for one of the top 5 largest banks in the U.S.
She is a graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas where she earned a degree in Journalism with a focus in Public Relations and minor in Marketing.
Amoya lives and breathes by these words of wisdom: “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” And, if she isn’t masterfully managing client relationships and internal teams with a smile, you can find her vaccinated and safely traveling with her identical twin sister, attending a live (or virtual) concert or basking in culture at the latest art exhibit at a Dallas museum with her fiance.
Amazon Web Services
She currently calls Spotify her home, where she works on global campaigns as an Associate Creative Director. Prior, she worked with talented folks at Grey, McCann and Droga5— working on award-winning projects including a dog adoption campaign for Facebook, an immersive art installation for Thorne, an at-home Broadway musical fundraiser for essential workers and a film for Shine, a self-care app geared towards issues faced by marginalized communities. As a side project she campaigned to Diversify The Handshake, an initiative to include multi-racial handshakes in the emoji library (coming to a phone near you in 2022).
Most recently she was named Next Creative Leader 2020 by the 3% Conference & The One Club. She’s a proud member of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board, a mentor at ONE School and The Knowledge House.
Although her mom paved the way for her career path, like all parents, she still doesn’t quite “get it” but agrees it beats selling souvenirs.
Her accolades include being selected for the 2018 ADCOLOR FUTURES class, where she was recognized as part of the next generation of leaders in the advertising, media, and marketing industries.
Cherish also believes in serving the local communities where she is based and often volunteers with local nonprofits such as Embrace Oregon, aimed at standing in the gap to meet the needs of local DHS offices, their workers, and the families they serve. Cherish is also passionate about uplifting the immigrant and refugee communities and is working with organizations like the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) to establish greater accessibility to creative industries for groups that are underrepresented.
Cherish has a B.S. in advertising communications from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Cherish, who currently resides in New York city, hails from the sunny island of Singapore.
Currently, E.J. serves as Director of Culture & Operations at R/GA, an international innovation firm that helps companies and brands grow by enabling them for a more human future. In his role, E.J.’s mission is to democratize the work and accountability of ED&I across every level of the organization. The goal is to fully embed the ideals of ED&I into the operating system and heartbeat of R/GA.
E.J. established his roots in advocacy through the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) and ADCOLOR FUTURES, and has become a recognized champion for marginalized communities. Previously, he was recognized with the Unsung Hero award for his contributions on the ADCOLOR Content Team. He now serves as an acting member on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board. In addition, his leadership in R/GA’s corporate ED&I efforts were acknowledged when he received three R/GA Cube’s for Innovation, Collaboration, and Culture by breaking down silos and establishing space for meaningful and inclusive conversations around race relations and gender inequality. Furthermore, E.J. is co-author of R/GA’s Make / Change playbook, which serves as the foundation for the organization to build equitable opportunities with accountability at every level.
In his spare time, you can find E.J. twirling on a dance floor, eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant with an emergency bottle of hot sauce, or digging through the crates of your favorite music streaming service.
Previously, Fontaine was an Account Executive at Ogilvy, where she worked in the social change sector to bridge gaps between audiences, various government organizations, and private sector brands.
Her professional accomplishments include being named a Diversity Distinction Outstanding Young Professional by PRWeek in 2019, being awarded a member of the ADCOLOR Futures 2018 Class and becoming an ADCOLOR Futures Ambassador in 2019.
As a minority in this industry, it is Fontaine’s distinguished honor to stand for and with 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 "authenticity and equity" for all.
Prior to WhatsApp, Ghada Soufan was a Management Supervisor at Wieden+Kennedy NY and Portland, working on brands like Ford Motor Company and Old Spice. She is most proud of pushing both of these brands into new areas of growth, audiences and creative that unlocked more inclusive worlds for both brands. On Ford, Ghada successfully launched a visual and strategic rebrand for Ford Trucks, influencing the brand to pivot from a less inclusive campaign that ran 12 years strong. On Old Spice, her work not only included iconic global campaigns with Terry Crew, Deon Cole and Von Miller – but also pushed platform boundaries like the first-ever live Twitch video game and the world’s first paper blazer print ad. Ghada also worked alongside P&G to innovate in the men’s grooming space with the launch of Old Spice Beard Care collection and Men’s Dry Shampoo.
As an Arab-American, Ghada is a dedicated advocate for diversity & inclusion efforts within her organization and through ADCOLOR. In 2019, she co-founded and launched MENA for ADCOLOR, the first community group providing a platform and authentic representation for Middle Eastern/North African voices in our industries. Ghada also serves on the Advisory Board as the Community Council Co-Lead, leading and shaping the future of community groups for the organization. These efforts were recognized in 2020 when awarded the ADCOLOR Community Unsung Hero award. Outside of ADCOLOR, she dedicates her time to championing MENA art, rhetoric and history through co-chairing an initiative with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Ancient Near East wing.
Ghada graduated from The University of Texas with a B.S. Advertising with Honors. Last year, she was selected and graduated as one of 30 scholars for the 2020 Marketing Academy class.
When Ghada isn’t working, you can find her on an urban hike, hosting a dinner party or planning her next scuba trip.
Digitas North America
sparks & honey
Kia’s work and passion lives at the intersection of culture and community building. No matter how big an idea is, her focus is to ensure it is culturally appropriate and provides consumers with a sense of community and belonging.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Kia is a social butterfly at heart and is always looking for ways to bring people together in the spirit of culture and fun. In her spare time, Kia loves traveling, journaling, discovering the best happy hours and re-watching episodes of Girlfriends (because it’s the best show ever created).
Kia is a graduate of Hampton University and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is thrilled to serve on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board and is excited about furthering her commitment to increase diversity in creative industries.
New York University (NYU)
Mefah’s passion for tech and entertainment led her to internships at Google and BET Networks and working full time at Facebook where she leveraged her digital advertising prowess to accelerate the growth of her multimillion-dollar portfolio of B2B advertisers. Mefah also co-led the Black Employee Resource group where she helped spearhead programming and operations to uplift and share the black experience at Facebook.
Mefah is currently a product marketing manager at TikTok where she focuses on bring TikTok’s small to medium business solutions to market. Mefah is also a co-lead of TikTok’s Support Black initiative committed to support and amplifying black owned businesses on the platform. She is excited to be part of the AdColor Advisory Board in 2021 and hopes to continue making positive impact to people of color pursuing careers in the media, entertainment, advertising and tech industries.
sparks & honey
Ever since she learned to edit video and audio, Nicole has always been an advocate for creating spaces for diverse voices to be heard. Whether it’s inviting brown bodies to be represented on her podcast, or creating a package on brown girls who dance, Nicole has always made it a point to lift up people of color through her craft.
She hopes to continue to lift as she climbs as she moves forward in her career endeavors. Outside of her 9-5, Nicole enjoys working out, traveling, and more importantly, teaching herself choreography from all of Beyonce’s music videos. As a former 2019 ADCOLOR FUTURE, Nicole is excited to serve a second term on the ADCOLOR Advisory Board as Co-lead on the Planning Committee.
Robert H. Tate
Roo Yeshpaul Johnson
Before discovering her passion for social media and digital marketing, Roo worked in television production for companies such as Endemol, MTV and Tiger Aspect. She has a bachelors with honors in TV and Film Production from Bournemouth University, one of the UK’s premiere institutes for media and broadcast degrees.
Her years of varied work in social strategy, digital marketing, and film production with worldwide brands has trained her well in understanding the needs of clients with diverse audiences, industries, and products; all skills that she now lends to her role as a Senior Social Strategist at Adobe.
Outside of work, Roo is a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity in creative and tech industries, in pursuit of which she has lent her time and expertise to ADCOLOR as an advisory board member for the last four years. Additionally, she helped to launch Living Color Utah, an organization commissioned by Salt Lake City Corporation to provide business and community resources for Utah’s diverse populations.
Reaching back to and representing for up-and-coming marketers is equally important to Roo, demonstrated by her active mentorship of younger industry professionals and students, and her involvement with national youth development nonprofit, Mouse, as a judge for Emoti-Con.
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Grammy-nominated rapper, DJ, actress and philanthropist
Photographer, Filmmaker and Music Director at Adewole Photo + Film / Akande Music
Grammy Award Winner, Singer, Songwriter, Entertainer, Philanthropist and Activist
SVP, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer at Universal Music Group
Grammy-Nominated Artist and Actor
Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Sony Music Group
Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Spotify; Co-Founder and CEO at Zeal Culture
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Recording Academy®
Emmy-nominated event producer; Chief Experience Officer and Founder at Captivate Marketing Group
Grammy Award Winner Producer, DJ, Lecturer, Professor, Executive and Harvard Fellow
Michael L. Bivins
Adewole Photo + Film / Akande Music
Akintayo's career work as an audio-visual design engineer in the corporate sector has helped to inform his creative work musically, photographically and through film. For the past 14 years, he has served as the music director and portrait photographer for ADCOLOR, an organization that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion within the advertising, marketing and media industry. His photographic subjects have spanned from the music industry, to Hollywood, to corporate and includes the likes of Snoop Dogg, Eva Longoria, Becky G, Jesse Williams, Wilson Cruz, Laz Alonso and Aisha Tyler. He has been published in Elle, Vogue, Upscale and Essence magazines. All of his work can be seen at http://www.adewole.com/.
Akintayo is forever a student, always pushing both technological and creative boundaries. His latest entreprenurial venture, Darker Pixels, is based around telling high production value stories cost effectively by using a virtual production (VP) workflow. VP tools include immersive and experiential technologies such as real-time 3D rendering and virtual/augmented/mixed realities. You can follow his chronicle into this space on his vlog, http://becomingdope.com and at http://darkerpixels.com.
Akintayo is the proud father of three amazing teenage children and husband to a patient, kind and loving wife of 20+ years, who has been supportive of him and all of his creative quests.
Dr. Maurice Stinnett
Warner Music Group
Universal Music Group
Tiffany R. Warren
Sony Music Group
Valeshia Butterfield Jones
Captivate Marketing Group