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THE 15th ANNUAL ADCOLOR AWARDS PRESENTED BY FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE | YOUTUBE

Since 2007, ADCOLOR has honored individuals and companies that go above and beyond to make a difference in the creative and tech industries. This is our night to celebrate their accomplishments and give them the recognition they’ve so richly earned.

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2021 HONOREES & NOMINEES

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Lifetime Achievement

Principal and Founder/Executive Fellow at 5S Diversity/Yale School of Management

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Lifetime Achievement

Principal at Cardinal Change Consulting

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Lifetime Achievement

Chairman and CEO at Epic Records

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Catalyst

Chief Brand Officer at Procter & Gamble

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Legends

Chief People Officer at Vice Media Group

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Legends

Chief Marketing Officer at JP Morgan Chase

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Legends

Global VP of Editorial and Publishing at Netflix

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Legends

Chief Executive Officer at TBWA\Chiat\Day\NY

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ADCOLOR in Music Honoree

Musical Artist at Sony Music Entertainment

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AAFCA | ADCOLOR Breakout Creative of the Year

Actress, screenwriter, director, producer and singer

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AAFCA | ADCOLOR Icon

Actress, Producer

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Advocate

Founder and CEO at The Mixx

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ADCOLOR | ADWEEK Beacon

Actor, Producer

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Change Agent

Brand Manager, Naming at Google

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Change Agent

SVP, Head of One Platform Marketing at NBCUniversal

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Change Agent

Executive Creative Director at Droga5

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Innovator

Image Equity Lead at Google

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Innovator

Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director at Color of Change

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Innovator

Multicultural Lead at TBWA\Chiat\Day\LA

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Most Valuable Partnership

at Edelman

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Most Valuable Partnership

at The One Club

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Most Valuable Partnership

at WhatsApp

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ADCOLOR in Music

President & CEO at Femme it Forward

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ADCOLOR in Music

General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Universal Music Group

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ADCOLOR in Music

Head of Urban Music at Columbia Records

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Mr. ADCOLOR

Copywriter at Kettle

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Ms. ADCOLOR

Partner Programs- Global Media Accounts at Facebook

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Rising Star

Senior Strategist at R/GA

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Rising Star

Senior Brand Strategist at Goodby Silverstein & Partners

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Rising Star

Creative Strategist at Snap Inc.

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Rockstar

VP, Influencer & Multicultural Marketing at Edelman

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Rockstar

Senior Vice President at Taylor Strategy

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Rockstar

Head of Brand & Reputation, MENA at Google

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ADCOLOR in Tech

Strategic Media Planner at Facebook

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ADCOLOR in Tech

Head of Google for Startups at Google

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ADCOLOR in Tech

Chief Marketing Officer at Innovid

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ADCOLOR | TikTok Creator

Journalist Intern / Content Creator

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ADCOLOR | TikTok Creator

Doctor, Medical Student

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ADCOLOR | TikTok Creator

Influencer, Content Creator at OHT Studios

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ADCOLOR | One Club Creative

Creative Director at Droga5

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ADCOLOR | One Club Creative

Founding Partner & Executive Creative Director at Sunday Afternoon

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Ad Of The Year

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Ad Of The Year

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Lifetime Achievement

Antonio Lucio

5S Diversity/Yale School of Management

With 40 years of marketing experience, Antonio is an experienced and successful global CMO and Marketing Industry leader who has worked with some of the most recognized companies and i conic brands, across multiple categories. He has held Global CMO roles for Facebook, HP Inc, and Visa as well as the role of Chief Innovation and Portfolio Transformation Officer for PepsiCo Inc.

 

Antonio is a recognized thought leader and global influencer in marketing transformation. He is known for his compelling vision and his commitment to action. Throughout his career, Antonio has been successful in driving growth by building businesses, brands and marketing teams that have stood the test of time. He is skilled in developing successful strategies that drive revenue by building high performing teams and marketing ecosystems, infusing deep analytics into effective communication strategies and driving meaningful innovation throughout the customer’s journey.

 

Antonio is also known for his inclusive leadership philosophy of driving meaningful results by driving diversity, inclusion and equity. For Antonio, Diversity i s a business imperative driven more by bold action than by words and pronouncements. In all his roles, he was able to deliver business results while significantly increasing the representation of women and people of color across seniority levels i n the entire marketing ecosystem: clients, agencies and production houses. Antonio Has been a regular feature in the Forbes Most Influential CMOs list throughout his career, achieving top 5 positions i n 2017 (#2), 2018 (#4) and 2019 (#3). He has been the recipient of numerous Champion of Diversity awards by organizations like the 3% Conference, Ad Color and PR Weekly among others.

 

At Facebook, Antonio was the first ever Chief Marketing Officer responsible for marketing across the family of apps (Facebook App, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp) and for the development and launch of the Facebook company brand. During his two-year tenure, Facebook significantly increased the marketing support of all its apps and the corporate brand to consumers, both on and off platform. Consumer’s value perception of all Facebook brands grew, as well as their understanding of the Facebook company ownership of all its apps and services.

 

Prior to joining Facebook, he spent three and a half years at HP Inc as the first Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the new, more focused company, born out of the split of the Hewlett Packard Corporation. In his role, he helped the organization reposition the HP Inc mission, upgraded its brand promise and multi stakeholder communications and significantly built marketing capabilities through enhanced focus on analytics and diversity.

 

Antonio also spent eight years at Visa as their first Global Marketing and Communication Officer. Antonio was responsible for the design and implementation of all global brand & product marketing platforms and corporate communications. He helped the company manage its highly successful IPO and created the company’s first-ever global positioning, brand architecture and campaign, through a global marketing and communication ecosystem of internal and external resources.

 

Prior to Visa, Antonio was the Chief Innovation and Health and Wellness Officer at PepsiCo, reporting to the CEO. He was responsible for building Marketing and Innovation capabilities for PepsiCo’s entire portfolio of food and beverages. He also has held Marketing roles of increased responsibilities in PepsiCo, Kraft and Procter and Gamble.

 

Antonio earned a B.A. i n history from Louisiana State University. He was born in Spain, raised i n Puerto Rico, and currently resides with his wife Ashley in San Francisco. Antonio is the proud father of five daughters. He is fluent in English, Spanish and has working knowledge of Portuguese.

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Lifetime Achievement

Constance Cannon Frazier

Cardinal Change Consulting

Constance Cannon Frazier is the founder and principal of Cardinal Change Consulting, a change management organization, with emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, and association management.

 

Prior to founding Cardinal Change, Frazier was a member of the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) staff for nearly seventeen years. Her stint with AAF commenced with her being responsible for the AAF’s Mosaic Center and Education Services departments. In that role, she oversaw, expanded and created numerous programs including AAF’s Most Promising Multicultural Students, Mosaic Awards, Mosaic Career Fairs, AdCamp, Mosaic Supplier Diversity Vendor Fairs, National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) and Student Conference.

 

In 2007, Frazier was promoted, and her responsibilities were expanded to include being responsible for all, of AAF’s programming, including the Advertising Hall of Fame, Advertising Hall of Achievement, and national conference.

 

She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) on August 1, 2010 and served in that capacity until July 2020. As COO, Frazier oversaw the organization’s strategic planning, administration and coordination of all services, programs, and operational activities. She also continued to be an integral part of the AAF’s programming to increase diversity and multiculturalism within the advertising industry.

 

To increase and innovate the organization’s industry DE&I presence, prior to her departure, she introduced three new Mosaic Center programs. The Mosaic10, The APEX Multicultural Speakers Directory and Mosaic Inclusion Tracker. Frazier’s work at AAF also included conducting research and writing white papers on the portrayal of African American women in media.

 

Prior to AAF, Frazier was a lecturer in the School of Communications at Howard University, where she gained national recognition as an advertising educator. While at Howard, Frazier’s students were the first to participate from an Historically Black College & University (HBCU) in the AAF’s NSAC. Frazier has also held the positions of Director of Community Affairs and Programming Director at Public Broadcasting television stations in Washington, DC and New Orleans.

 

Frazier was recently appointed to Quantcast’s Board of Directors, an audience intelligence and measurement company headquartered in San Francisco. She has also served on the AAF Board of Directors as the Chair of the AAF Academic Committee.

 

She is a former member of the Howard University School of Communications Board of Visitors, the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications Partnership Board, American Academy of Advertising Industry Relations Committee, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and American Society of Association Executives.

 

Currently, she serves as treasurer of ADCOLOR’s Board of Directors and the Quantcast Board of Directors.

 

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Howard University School of Communications Global Visionary Leadership Award and the Gerald Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication Education.

 

Connie Cannon Frazier is a sage.

 

After seventeen years at the American Advertising Federation, she knew it was time to share her wisdom, judgment, and experiences on a broader level. With a combined 40 years of work experience with AAF, Howard University, and the Rouse Company, Connie has spearheaded countless programs and initiatives, successfully managed budgets during economic downturns, and conceived numerous ideas resulting in increased revenue, earning the respect of colleagues across industries.

 

These successes are not least of all due to her tenacity and grit. Connie joined the American Advertising Federation in January 2004 to head AAF’s Mosaic Center and AAF’s Education Services departments. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer on August 1, 2010 and served in that position until July 2020. As COO, Connie oversaw the organization’s strategic planning, administration, and coordination of all services, programs and operational activities.

 

She also continued to be an integral part of the AAF’s programming to increase diversity and multiculturalism within the advertising industry. Connie has served on the AAF board of directors as the chair of the AAF Academic Committee.

 

She is a former member of the Howard University School of Communications Board of Visitors, the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications Partnership Board, American Academy of Advertising Industry Relations Committee, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and American Society of Association Executives.

 

Currently, she serves as the treasurer of the ADCOLOR Board of Directors, and she was recently appointed to the Quantcast Board of Directors.

 

Connie is the recipient of numerous awards including the Howard University School of Communications Global Visionary Leadership Award and the Gerald Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication Education.

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Lifetime Achievement

Sylvia Rhone

Epic Records

Sylvia Rhone is regarded as the most influential female executive in the history of the music business. Named Chairman and CEO of Epic Records in 2019, a division of Sony Entertainment, Ms. Rhone currently oversees a roster of chart-topping artists including Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, 21 Savage, Future, and others. In a career spanning more than four decades, Ms. Rhone has helmed senior positions at all three major record companies, including President of Universal Motown Records, Executive Vice President of Universal Records, and Chairman of the Universal Motown Record Group (2004-2011), Chairman/CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group, the first woman, ever, to be named CEO of a major record label owned by a Fortune 500 company and the first African American woman in history to attain such a title (1994-2004), and CEO/President of Atlantic’s EastWest Records U.S. division (1990-1994). Recipient of nearly three dozen honors and awards, she is to be honored with the City Of Hope’s prestigious The Spirit Of Life Award this October, and will receive the Midem 2019 Hall Of Fame Award, in association with Billboard, at their 53rd annual conference. Born and raised in New York City’s Harlem, Ms. Rhone graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, bucking the Ivy League route in her music business journey to take a job as a secretary at Buddah Records. During her career she has also been credited with pioneering policies that have created a gender-balanced, racially diverse environment reflective of the culture as a whole.

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Catalyst

Marc Pritchard

Procter & Gamble

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Legends

Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Vice Media Group

Daisy Auger-Dominguez has made it her mission to make workplaces more equitable and inclusive. A human capital executive and expert on diversity, equity and inclusion, Daisy inspires and equips global leaders and organizations to think inclusively, lead with purpose, embrace courage and shape the future of work. Her TEDx talk Inclusion Revolution and upcoming book with Seal Press by the same title calls on everyone, from an individual contributor to a CEO, to take on the work of dismantling inequity in the workplace.

 

Daisy is Chief People Officer at VICE Media Group where she leads the global human resources organization, diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and social impact practices. Prior to VICE , Daisy founded and led Auger-Domínguez Ventures, a consultancy that transformed the leading companies and organizations of our times by taking them from inclusive workplace culture theory to practice. She has designed and executed organizational transformations at Moody’s Investors Service, The Walt Disney Company, Viacom and Google. Her impact over the past 20 years at the intersection of finance, media, entertainment and technology reaches across the global business, social impact, entrepreneurial and philanthropic communities.

 

Daisy is an advisor to startups and social impact organizations, and serves on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Federation of America as Vice-Chair, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation as Chair of the Governance Committee, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and on the advisory board of Facing History and Ourselves.

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Legends

Carla Hassan

JP Morgan Chase

Carla is Chief Marketing Officer at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is previously Chief Marketing Officer at Citi where she led Citi’s unified branding and marketing organization in building distinctive, impactful campaigns that differentiate the brand and fuel the firm’s continued growth. In this role, Carla oversaw Citi’s Branding and Sponsorships, Global Consumer Banking marketing and elements of the Institutional Clients Group’s marketing and sponsorship activities. Carla joined Citi in 2018 as Chief Brand Officer, leading efforts to bring Citi’s mission of enabling growth and economic progress to life around the world and oversaw Corporate Branding, Advertising, Sponsorships, Experience and Media, as well as Insights and Analytics. Prior to joining Citi, Carla was Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer of Toys “R” Us. In this capacity, she served as a member of the company’s global leadership team and oversaw the vision for the company’s brands, marketing and media strategy, creative, marketing communications, digital marketing, CRM, Analytics, Insights and Loyalty Programs. Prior to joining Toys “R” Us, Carla served as Senior Vice President, Brand Management for PepsiCo’s Global Beverage Group. In this role, she was responsible for driving growth on PepsiCo’s beverage portfolio across 50+ markets around the world, including leading brands Pepsi & Mountain Dew, creating new brands, and expanding Gatorade internationally. During her 13 year tenure at PepsiCo, she held a number of strategic marketing leadership roles for Quaker and Gatorade in the US, and was Chief Marketing Officer for the company’s Middle East & Africa business based out of Dubai. Prior to that, Carla held several marketing roles at The Kellogg Company. Carla is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

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Legends

Michelle Lee

Netflix

Global Head of Editorial and Publishing at Netflix. Since first starting at Allure in 2015, Lee has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty. Lee and her staff declared the “End of Anti-Aging” in their September 2017 issue and took an oath to remove the term “anti-aging” from their own lexicon. It was a bold statement that challenged readers and brands to look at and speak about aging in a more positive way — and it has made ripples in the beauty industry and beyond.

 

She was named Adweek’s 2017 Editor of the Year while Allure won Magazine of the Year for their groundbreaking covers, such as the July 2017 This Is American Beauty cover featuring model Halima Aden in a hijab.

 

A notably digital-first editor, she spearheaded the relaunch of allure.com in 2016, revamping the site with innovative new tools like its product sampling “Try It” button along with a “Buy It” button. Allure won a Bronze Clio Award in 2017 for its inventive Allure Unbound app, an augmented reality experience that allowed readers of the magazine to make pages come to life and even take a selfie with cover star Gigi Hadid.

 

In addition to overseeing content at Allure, she also works closely with business teams on branded content and video, as well as ancillary businesses like the Allure Beauty Box, Best of Beauty seal licensing, events, and major partnerships like Allure’s Shop Like a Beauty Editor partnership with Ulta in 2017 or the Allure Incubator web series with Covergirl in 2018, produced by Bunim & Murray. Lee was previously the Editor in Chief and Chief Marketing Officer at NYLON, where she was in charge of content as well as branded content. While there, she expanded the scope of the 16-year-old brand aimed at 18- to 24-year-olds, doubling beauty coverage and adding new topics of interest, including politics and culture.

 

In 2015, she launched NYLON Studio, the company’s in-house creative agency, working on large 360-degree campaigns for global fashion, beauty, and tech brands (including Reebok, Clinique, and Tiffany).

 

Prior to those positions, she was Co-Founder and Chief Content and Strategy Officer at branded content agency Magnified Media. Lee, who was featured as a “Thought Leader” by Google in a 2013 series on video in the future, has launched brands and digital projects, both big and small.

Part of the launch teams for Us Weekly and The Daily Front Row, Lee also helped to launch CosmoGIRL, which won AdWeek’s Launch of the Year. She went on to senior positions at Mademoiselle and the ASME Award-winning Glamour.

 

She is a Board member at Gold House and ColorComm; and she sits on the Advisory Council at Act to Change. She is a member of Adweek’s Advisory Council and Twitter’s Content Council, the Sequoia Scout program, and was named to the Gold House A100 of most influential Asians, Digiday’s Glossy 50, and Create & Cultivate’s Creative 100 in 2017. She is a recipient of a 2019 ColorComm Circle Award.

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Legends

Nancy Reyes

TBWA\Chiat\Day\NY

Nancy Reyes is a 24-year veteran of the Marketing Industry. She is currently the CEO of TBWA\Chiat\Day NY, an award-winning advertising agency based in New York. During the course of her career Nancy has specialized in partnering with dozens of companies to develop their brands, create meaningful relationship with their consumers/customers and ultimately drive a more purposeful and profitable future.

 

Nancy’s experience spans a wide range of industries such as technology, healthcare, consumer goods, automotive, travel and financial services. Companies include IBM, HP, Adobe, Google, Facebook, Procter & Gamble, Henkel and Abbott.

 

Throughout her career Nancy has devoted her attention to pushing a robust Diversity, Equity and Inclusion agenda in the marketing industry. In 2018, she founded a program called Circle of Women which provides executive coaching to women on the cusp of leadership to build a pipeline of future female leaders — and more than half of the participants are women of color.

 

She is a founding member of Times UP and is in her fifth year of establishing a summer internship program for aspiring advertising young people of color which includes Prep for Prep students.

 

Nancy is also on the board of the Ad Council and Prep for Prep.

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ADCOLOR in Music Honoree

H.E.R

Sony Music Entertainment

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AAFCA | ADCOLOR Breakout Creative of the Year

Michaela Coel

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AAFCA | ADCOLOR Icon

Viola Davis

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Advocate

Robyn Streisand-Luppino

The Mixx

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ADCOLOR | ADWEEK Beacon

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim has captivated global audiences with his transformative performances across film, television and theater. His body of work continues to evolve with powerful roles and compelling narratives as an actor, director and producer.

 

Up first, Kim will appear in an episode of BJ Novak’s The Premise. The show is a fearlessly ambitious new series that uses comedy to engage with the biggest issues of our unprecedented modern era. His episode, “Butt Plug”, tells the story of a once-poor child of immigrants, who has now become one of the world’s richest men presents a chance at redemption to his former school bully: an uninterrupted hour with his board of directors to pitch a very specific product. Written by B.J. Novak and directed by Jake Schreier, Daniel’s episode premieres on FX on October 7th.

 

Following that, he will star in the second installment of Nat Geo’s scripted anthology series, The Hot Zone: Anthrax. The gripping series marks Daniel’s first leading role in his career and is based on the domestic terror attacks following 9/11. Kim stars as the federal agent on the case, opposite Tony Goldwyn. The show premieres on Nat Geo this Thanksgiving.

 

Next year, Kim can be seen in AMC’s Pantheon, the ambitious one-hour animated drama, based on a series of short stories by Ken Liu about Uploaded Intelligence. AMC has ordered two seasons of the timely drama, which also features the voices of Katie Chang, Paul Dano, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Taylor Schilling and Ron Livingston. Pantheon will premiere in 2022.

 

Daniel is currently in production of Apple TV+’s Roar. The anthology series, created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (GLOW) and executive produced by Nicole Kidman, is based on Cecelia Ahern’s book of short stories. The series features eight, half-hour episodes, each told from a female point of view. In Daniel’s episode, a best-selling author receives critical acclaim for her book on being Black in America, she’s flown to Hollywood and as her work becomes increasingly exploited for mass cultural consumption, she slowly starts to turn invisible.

 

Kim recently starred in Joe Penna’s Stowaway, opposite Toni Collette, Anna Kendrick and Shamier Anderson. After a stowaway is discovered on a mission to Mars, the crew is faced with an existential decision that may jeopardize all their lives. An intensely personal human drama, Netflix released the film worldwide on April 22. Kim also recently lent his vocal talents to Disney +’s Raya and The Last Dragon, which also features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Benedict Wong and Sandra Oh.

 

Kim’s imperative work as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion for Asians throughout the US, as well as in Hollywood, has been documented in the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News Nightline and a ground-breaking five-part PBS documentary. Kim has testified in front of Congress twice and was instrumental in the passing of the bill “Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act” In addition to Kim’s public-facing activism work, he is also a founding board member of the newly formed non-profit The Asian American Foundation, which aims to solve for the longstanding underinvestment in AAPI advocacy and power-building infrastructures. Since May, TAAF has already donated $125 million in support of AAPI causes and raised $1.1 billion in its first month.

 

Kim’s production company, 3AD, which specifically develops content featuring characters that are traditionally underrepresented, in front of, and behind the camera, is extremely active with several projects in development, through a first look deal with Amazon. For the past five years 3AD has produced the hit ABC show, The Good Doctor, which is a one-hour drama featuring a doctor with autism, which Kim adapted from a Korean format – he also serves as Executive Producer. Additionally, a dramedy series entitled Shoot the Moon starring Ken Jeong was just greenlit at Amazon. This is Always is set up at Amazon as well, with Mina Shum writing and directing and Daniel in talks to star. 3AD has several more projects in development, including a highly anticipated heist movie with Randall Park.

 

Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on the juggernaut series Hawaii Five-0, Kim was perhaps best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series Lost, for which he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble and was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. He has been repeatedly recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Driven Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment.

 

In 2016, Kim received a Broadway Beacon Award for his role as the King of Siam in Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning production of The King and I, as well as the Theater Legacy Award from New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theater.

 

Previous credits include the films: Hellboy, Insurgent, Allegiant, The Jackal, For The Love of The Game, The Hulk, Spider-Man 2, as well as the Academy Award® winning film Crash. Previous television credits include: The Legend of Kora, Flack, New Amsterdam, Crusade, and 24.

 

Kim has also lent his voice talents to animated series and films, such as the award-winning Studio Ghibli film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, as well as the PBS nature documentary series, Big Pacific, and Asian Americans. Kim has also voiced characters for several video games, most notably, Johnny Gat in the bestselling series, Saints Row.

 

Born in Busan, South Korea, and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting while a student at Haverford College. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he began his career on stage, performing in classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Ivanov and A Doll’s House. Despite early success, he chose to further his knowledge of the craft by enrolling in New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, where he earned his Master’s Degree.

 

When not working, Kim and his family make their home in Hawaii.

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Aubrie Lee

Google

Aubrie Lee is an artist with an engineering degree from Stanford University. In her activism at Stanford and now at Google, she has created spaces for Disability communities and has consistently encouraged organizations to embrace Disability inclusion.

 

Aubrie’s perspectives are shaped by her experiences as a multiply disabled woman of color. She dreams of—and fights for—a world in which Disabled people are not just accepted, and not just included, but welcomed. She is responsible for creating spaces for Disabled Googlers and building advocacy, leadership and community across the tech industry, including through a cross-company disability ERG group that includes Facebook, Apple and others. She invites senior executives to honor “Nothing About Us Without Us” (and her community’s expansion: “Nothing Without Us At All”). She formalized and now chairs the Disabled Leaders Advisory Board to continue working with Google leadership on the issues impacting the larger community.

 

Two of her artistic passions are 3D modeling and fashion modeling. You can follow her on Instagram (@aubrieality) and Twitter (@Aubrie_Lee), and you can learn more about her at aubrielee.com.

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Christine Maggiore-Escribano

NBCUniversal

Christine Maggiore-Escribano was named Senior Vice President, Head of One Platform Marketing, in September 2020. Proir to her current role, Christine was head of Portfolio Integrated Marketing (2016- 2020) and head of Integrated Marketing, Hispanic Group (2009-2016).

 

Christine is responsible for overseeing the development and activation of local to global strategic, holistic, and full-funnel marketing solutions for advertising clients across NBCUniversal, which consists of NBC Prime & Late Night, USA, SYFY, WWE, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, Universal Kids, NBC Sports, NBC News, Telemundo, Universo, NBCU digital properties, plus Sky Media, local, social, mobile, and strategic digital partnerships including Snapchat, BuzzFeed, Vox Media, and Apple News. In addition, she oversees alignment and partnerships with Universal Pictures and Universal Parks. By working with cross-channel and cross-platform sales, she creates, develops, and executes marketing and content solutions to drive top-line revenue and operating income growth for NBCUniversal, which concurrently provides measurable results for advertising clients.

 

With 24 years of marketing experience, Christine joined NBCUniversal from Home & Garden Group, Readers Digest Association. As Associate Publisher, Marketing, Christine handled the brand development and marketing for six of the Home & Garden brands. She was responsible for building corporate branding and marketing structure, handling partnership development, and implementing digital sales and marketing strategy. Prior to Home & Garden Group, Christine was Brand Director for People en Español magazine and PeopleEnEspanol.com, where she oversaw brand development, integrated and digital marketing, concert production, and red carpet events, as well as mobile and online content creation and research initiatives for both properties.

 

Christine led her team to 21 distinguished recognitions in marketing, branded, and native content from 2011–2016, including Cannes Lions shortlist, NAMIC EMMA, Portada, IAB Mixx, HMPE, and Social TV Industry Awards. Additionally, she was Executive in Charge of Production & Creator, Movimiento Música (#theMVTO) social series; Executive in Charge of Production for the Telemundo Upfronts from 2011-2013; Executive in Charge of Content Strategy, Partnership Development Meetings 2010–2016; Executive in Charge of Production & Co-Creator, Mia Mundo transmedia series, 2012 and 2013; Executive in Charge of Production & Co-Creator, Buscando Mi Ritmo on-air series, 2014; Executive in Charge of Production & Content Strategy, NBCUniversal Innovation Summit, 2015; and Creator of the NBCU CultureFirst™ insights study.

 

Christine is also the founder and executive champion of BOLD, the first Advertising & Partnerships initiative focusing on building opportunities for leadership and diversity at NBCU.

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Kevin Brady

Droga5

Kevin Brady has never wanted to make ads that could have been made in his absence. His work has consistently challenges the industry norms and tries to expand the reach of advertising to be more honest, memorable and inclusive. Beginning in 1995, he has created award winning work at Bozell, Lowe, Publicis, Y&R and has worked at Droga5 for over 13 years and as an ECD for the last eight. His most recognized work includes Prudential, Honeymaid, Google Pixel, Puma, Newcastle, Decoded, The Y and Allstate.

 

He is known for his emotionally powerful work, his music-driven work and for his various pro-bono causes including the Tap Project, Seize the Awkward suicide prevention, and the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Presidential campaign. He has won awards in every major advertising show including over 25 Cannes Lions. His viral videos have garnered over 50 million views and during his tenure at Droga5, the agency has been named Agency of Year nearly every year since 2007.

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Innovator

Florian Koenigsberger

Google

Florian’s mission as a creator is to spotlight and amplify diverse perspectives to drive scalable, tangible change. He aspires to spark empathy and economic growth by giving voice to underrepresented communities through storytelling and collaboration.

 

Purposeful impact has been the driving force behind his contributions for over a decade. In the last 5 years at Google, he has led digital marketing and D&I initiatives, launching powerful campaigns and innovative product experiences that have influenced organizational culture, executive leadership and the bottom line. Beyond Google, he creates spaces for meaningful narrative and conversation through visual media, fundraising, and community organization.

 

His inspiration comes from bold leaders like Bryan Stevenson, Anna Deavere Smith, and Colin Kaepernick who leverage their positions to illuminate truth and undeniably impact culture. He is always looking to collaborate with those who aspire to challenge what is possible and create real value.

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Kristen Marston

Color of Change

Kristen Marston is a narrative strategist and impact advisor who develops culturally-informed narratives for entertainment companies like Netflix, HBO Max, MTV, Amazon, Disney, ABC, NBC, Starz, Lionsgate, and more. To date, she has advised on over 100 major film and television projects including Grey’s Anatomy and the Emmy-winning series, When They See Us. Kristen works with development executives, writers’ rooms, researchers, advertisers, and racial justice advocates to create powerful media that’s reflective of the lives and issues of women, Black people, and communities of color.

 

Kristen has also given back to her community, volunteering her time and energy to supporting young women and people of color trying to break into the entertainment industry. She serves on the leadership committee of Yes And…Laughter Lab, an incubation lab designed to introduce diverse comedy writers and performers to the entertainment industry, social justice organizations, philanthropists and activists who can help bring their work into the comedy marketplace – and into movements for social change. She also advises the Full Story Initiative at CAA, the narrative project committee for We, As Ourselves, a collaborative campaign led by the Me Too movement, National Women’s Law Center, and TIME’S UP Foundation that seeks to change the conversation about sexual violence and its impact on Black communities.

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Innovator

Oyinda Elias

TBWA\Chiat\Day\LA

Oyinda Elias is the Multicultural Practice Lead at creative agency TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles. As a champion, facilitator and advocate of DEI principles in ‘the work’ and ‘the workplace,’ she launched the agency’s Multicultural Practice in 2020 to ensure insight-driven cultural relevance and inclusion are represented in the agency’s strategic and creative outputs. She also spearheads the agency’s Black at Chiat Affinity Group as well as the DEI Advisory Board – which helps ensure inclusion and authenticity at several touchpoints in a project/campaign lifecycle from brief to final product.

 

When George Floyd’s murder re-energized the BLM movement, Oyinda channeled her passion and emotions into co-leading the development of the ‘Racial Injustice Brand Examination and Response Guide’ – a framework for brands and clients to audit their business situation, amplify Black employees and their voices, and act with significance by prioritizing action over words – a guide we also executed on ourselves at Chiat\Day.

 

Throughout Oyinda’s professional career, she’s led and executed inclusive marketing strategies & initiatives, connecting brands authentically with underserved consumers and audiences – for good, for growth, and for innovation. She believes in the responsibility of media professionals to shift narratives, overturn stereotypes, and understand that the “general market” of yesterday is actually an “inclusive market” of today and tomorrow.

 

She is an experienced Brand Leader with tenure across various industries, including CPG, entertainment, technology, luxury automotive, pharmaceutical & financial services; serving brands like Moderna, Nestle, Toyota, Lexus, Volkswagen, Allergan/Actavis, AT&T TV, H&R Block, Blue Diamond, and more.

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Most Valuable Partnership

Edelman + Boris L. Henson Foundation

Edelman

Edelman is a pro bono partner to the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which combats mental health trauma in the Black community caused by systemic racism. The foundation was created by actress Taraji P. Henson in honor of her father who served in the Vietnam War and returned with mental health illness. Tracie Jensen, director of the Foundation, said, “Shining a light on issues that impact the mental health of Black people enables us to see and respond to the layers of darkness around it. Partnering with Edelman to expand our message will support those suffering in silence under the weight of racism and social injustice.”

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Most Valuable Partnership

The One Club for Creativity

The One Club

“The road into this industry is one with many tolls that only the most privileged can pay.”
— Oriel Davis-Lyons, LinkedIn, July 2020

 

That LinkedIn post spurred a conversation between Oriel and The One Club’s Bob Isherwood. Just a few months later, the result was The ONE School, an industry-changing initiative to specifically address the Black creative talent pipeline issue.

 

A CD at Spotify, Oriel has a decade of experience at top agencies, and over 100 major awards for work that often uses a non-traditional approach to highlight social issues. He intentionally uses his privilege as a way to foster diversity in the creative industry, speaking regularly on topics like approaching gun violence as a behavioral change issue and writing about racial discomfort in Adweek.

 

The One Club has long been an industry leader in championing diversity, providing actionable initiatives to help solve the complex problem. Examples include:

 

  • Creative Boot Camps and mentorship programs for diverse students and young creatives.
  • Where Are All The Black People, a tentpole diversity conference and career fair now in its 11th year, sparked by an emotional discussion between Board members Jimmy Smith and Jeff Goodby about the severe lack of diversity in advertising.
  • Paid Internship Pledge, to hold agencies accountable for providing paid opportunities for aspiring creatives from disadvantaged backgrounds who need an income to help pay for college or life expenses.
  • The One Show Fusion Pencil and ADC Annual Awards Fusion Cube, the industry’s first global awards to recognize DEI in both the content of the work and the teams that make it.

 

Identifying the cost of portfolio school as a primary barrier to entry, Oriel and The One Club came together to launch The ONE School in September 2020 as a free online portfolio school for a new generation of Black creatives.

 

Under the tagline “Unapologetically Black and Creatively Excellent”, the program goes beyond simply teaching how to put a book together. It keeps the student’s authentic voice in their books, guides them on how to navigate the industry while Black, and provides connections with other Black creatives and allies who understand where they are coming from and whose lead they can follow. And standards for creative excellence are high: ONE School is only helping students and the industry if portfolios are stellar.

 

Results are impressive:

  • An 80% hire rate, with the 30 inaugural graduates from NY and LA landing jobs at top-tier agencies.
  • Expansion to Atlanta and Chicago in 2021, with 60 new graduates entering the industry this August.
  • Graduates return to support the school and its new students.

 

Oriel and The One Club are now building upon this strong foundation, cementing program sustainability to bring creatively excellent Black graduates to the industry for years to come.

 

The color of creative departments can’t change if the talent isn’t there. The ONE School delivers that talent, not as a manifesto but as a tangible, industry-changing program.

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Most Valuable Partnership

WhatsApp + Vote.org

WhatsApp

“For many in the LatinX community, their voices are unheard and their future uncertain. Together, we can help members of this community realize their power to change the future of education, health care, economy and beyond”- Vote.org CEO Andrea Hailey.

 

The 2020 US Presidential Elections saw the nation divided like never before, contributing towards an overwhelming apathy amongst the Latinx community around voting. Historically overlooked, interest in the election declined amongst the Latinx community because they felt their vote couldn’t make a difference. With minimal information around elections and voting registration, and ample misinformation being forwarded on our platform at alarming rates, it was WhatsApp’s responsibility to educate and empower the 32 million eligible Latinx voters to realize their vote could decide the country’s future.

 

How could WhatsApp do that in a way that resonated with the community culturally, educated them, and made them go and vote?

 

WhatsApp formed a partnership with Vote.org and International Fact Checking Network to present “The Last Horoscope”, a final zodiac reading from the most iconic LatinX astrologer and cultural influencer—Walter Mercado. WhatsApp and GUT worked directly with Walter’s family to create an integrated campaign inspired by Latinx voters to show the community that the power was in their hands.

 

Once we empowered the Latinx community through this campaign with Walter Mercado, we needed to guide them toward the right information and help them with the voting process. WhatsApp collaborated with both these organizations, Vote.org and IFCN, to create firsts-of-its-kind voter registration and fact checking bots in Spanish and English. These FactChat bots lived exclusively inside WhatsApp, and effectively shared valuable resources regarding voting and fought election misinformation to make sure the community had the right information, and in turn gave them the power to influence the future of this nation through voting.

 

The campaign impacted more than 21.5M US users, almost 40% of the US Latino population with more than 2 million direct engagement to the bots and over 500K messages sent. “The Last Horoscope” became WhatsApp’s largest and most successful election campaign and fact-checking initiative in the history of the brand, while contributing significantly to bring the nation together.

 

“A last message that he would’ve loved to share with his community with mucho mucho amor.”- Walter’s family.

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ADCOLOR in Music

Heather Lowery

Femme it Forward

President and CEO Of Femme It Forward

 

Attributing her success to “years of hard work, perseverance and relentless determination,” Heather Lowery has forged her own path in the music business after spending time in many sectors of the industry, beginning with interning in the legal departments of LaFace Records and Fox Television stations while studying pre-law in college.

 

After joining the staff at a Philadelphia recording studio as a receptionist and working her way up to general manager, she broke into the live business as an assistant at William Morris. Lowery founded her own boutique agency, Agency For Artists, in 2005 and in 2017 she joined Live Nation as Vice President of Talent & Touring at Live Nation Urban, overseeing events including Roots Picnic and Broccoli City Festival. Lowery launched Femme It Forward as a multi-format series of all-female curated lineups in April 2019 and by December it entered a joint venture with Live Nation, which she points to as her greatest work accomplishment for “providing platforms and vast opportunities for women in live music as well as artists in hip-hop and R&B.”

 

Between April and December Femme It Forward produced more than 20 shows and panels across the U.S. with all female lineups including major stars like Cardi B and Jill Scott, along with newcomers like Kiana Ledé and Nicole Bus. As a joint venture, Femme It Forward is expanding with female-led music festivals, concerts, original content, comedy shows, philanthropic endeavors, college engagements and more.

 

“I had to work really hard and fight many battles to get to where I am today,” Lowery says. “My biggest challenges (some of which are ongoing) are overcoming fear, realizing my value, navigating politics, building a tribe, balancing family, and learning to always trust my gut.”

 

As to where her segment of the live business is heading – stay tuned because Lowery says Femme It Forward will be a “multi-faceted, multi-media business within the next five years.”

 

Heather has a mentoring program for young women to learn all elements of the music industry.

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ADCOLOR in Music

Jeffrey S. Harleston

Universal Music Group

Jeffrey Harleston is General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Santa Monica, California-based Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment with operations in more 60 countries. UMG’s labels include Capitol, Interscope, Republic, Motown, Island, Def Jam, Decca and Verve, as well as a leading global music publishing company, Universal Music Publishing and the industry’s leading merchandising company, Bravado.

 

Harleston is a member of UMG’s executive management board and he is responsible for overseeing all business transactions, contracts, and litigation for UMG’s operations worldwide. In addition, he is also responsible for the company’s government relations, trade and anti-piracy activities.

 

Harleston has been with UMG for twenty-six years and had held a variety of senior executive positions including Executive Vice President/Head of Operations for Geffen Records and Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for MCA Records. Before joining UMG, Harleston was Associate Independent Counsel during the investigation and prosecution of the Iran/Contra scandal. He also worked as a litigation associate at the firm of Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. and, before law school, as an Account Executive for Saatchi & Saatchi Compton Advertising in New York.

 

Throughout his career, Harleston has been recognized for his many achievements including receiving The Recording Academy’s 2020 Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award, Billboard’s 2018 “Lawyer of the Year,” the 2018 Diversity Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel for Southern California. In 2017, Harleston was named one of Ebony magazine’s “Power 100” and he is annually recognized by Billboard on the magazine’s “Power 100” list of the most powerful executives in the music industry.

 

Harleston serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Williams College and on the Board of the Harvard-Westlake School. He also serves on the boards of SoundExchange and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His charitable activities include serving as Chairman of the TJ Martell Foundation and as a board member of MusiCares. Harleston is proud to be a Founder of the Universal/Motown Fund, an endowment dedicated to providing financial assistance for artists from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

 

Harleston graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and holds a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley. He and his wife, Maria, live in Los Angeles and have four children.

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ADCOLOR in Music

Phylicia Fant

Columbia Records

Over the course of a career that spans nearly two decades, Phylicia Fant has established herself as one of the preeminent public relations executives in the music industry through her work with Prince, Andra Day, Kid Cudi, Bebe Rexha, Luis Fonsi, Daniel Caesar, and more. In 2018, she assumed the role of Head of Urban Music at Columbia Records where she oversees a robust roster of talent, including Lil Nas X, Raphael Saadiq, Pharrell, Chloe and Halle, Polo G, Lil Tjay, and many more.

 

Along the way, she has received personal recognition such as being featured in E! Online, Ciroc, and Variety, and the alumnae publication of her alma mater Spelman College. Moreover, she’s garnered several honors, including the NAASC NY chapter “Rising Star Award,” the Los Angeles NAASC chapter “Sister’s Awards Alumnae Honoree,” the She’s The Boss Award, the Culture Creators “Innovators Award,” the Urban Music Executive Award, the HBCU Power Award, inclusion in the 2019 Billboard Music’s New Power Generation: 25 Top Innovators List, the Billboard 2019/2020 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players List, and the Billboard 2019/2020 Women in Music Top Executives List, and recognition as the Bounce Trumpet Awards 2020 Corporate Executive of the Year. Additionally, she receives regular invites to speak on entertainment industry panels everywhere from Complex Con to Revolt.

 

Her diverse experience includes seven years at Warner Records, culminating as Senior Vice President of Media & Strategic Development. Prior, she spent 10 years at Universal Music Group. Simultaneously, she launched The Purple Agency as C.E.O. in 2008, heading a team of seasoned and professional media executives in bicoastal offices and shepherding campaigns for GRAMMY ® Award-winning, multiplatinum talent, top festivals, leading brands, athletic organizations, and philanthropic organizations.

 

Phylicia has been a member of the Recording Academy (formally the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS)) since 2004. She is a consultant for Music Unites, a lifetime member of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC), and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She continues to serve in leadership roles as a Governor – Recording Academy LA Chapter Board, Board of Directors – MusiCares Foundation, Member – GRAMMY® Television Committee, Leadership Council Member – Black Music Collective – Recording Academy, Board of Directors – Black Women Film Network, Advisory Board – Culture Creators, Executive Board – Harvard Diversity Project, co-founder of “Honorable Women in Music” in addition to founding and helping launch the Annual Entertainment Summit at Spelman College, and is active in a number of thought leadership communities. In 2018, she achieved an Executive Education Certificate from the prestigious Harvard Business School.

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Mr. ADCOLOR

Julian Soto

Kettle

Julian has over 5 years of experience crafting thoughtful and effective copy for clients across industries, from pharmaceuticals to fashion. Since starting his new role as a Copywriter at Kettle, Julian has cultivated his craft and creative problem-solving skills working on social and digital campaigns for global brands like Nike and Apple.

 

Prior to his current role Julian was a successful writer in healthcare advertising. While there, he was a part of the core launch team for Pfizer Oncology’s This is Living With Cancer, a multimillion dollar campaign that included a full-length documentary spotlighting extraordinary people living with cancer around the country. He also cofounded the diversity & inclusion committee, which increased diverse hires at the agency within the first year of its founding. And in 2019 Julian was recognized as an ADCOLOR Future.

 

When he’s not working, you can find him at a Yankees game, in the studio blowing glass, or searching Manhattan for the city’s best Italian sandwich.

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Ms. ADCOLOR

Nicole Dei

Facebook

Nicole Dei is a program manager working at Facebook, Inc. Her role involves tailoring programming to drive strategic initiatives and build relationships with media partners’ executive leadership. Before jumping head first into her first role in tech, Nicole had a passion for television and worked in various roles spanning across production, digital, and marketing at the Today Show, Bravo, and HBO. Her love for both innovation and media brought her to her current role at Facebook, where’s still able to work with the top global media companies, but now she’s able to create more impact at scale.

As a former 2019 ADCOLOR FUTURE and Hackathon winner, Nicole wanted to further her commitment to ADCOLOR and joined the Advisory Board in 2020. This year, she has stepped into a leadership role as Co-Lead for the Planning Committee.

Nicole is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In her free time, Nicole can be found modelling in a Glossier campaign, binge watching Law & Order: SVU, or teaching herself choreography from Beyonce’s music videos.

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Rising Star

Brandon Heard

R/GA

Brandon Heard is a pre-eminent thinker and boundary-spanning strategist. His role flexes across brand strategy, portfolio optimization, campaign development and culture and operations for established brands like Samsung, Shopify, American Express, and Ad Council’s Emmy-winning, Love Has No Labels.

 

Outside of work, Brandon is a key-launch National Training Facilitator and leads Community Intelligence for UNICEF USA, Child Friendly Cities Initiative he helped co-found ten years ago.

 

Previously, Brandon led editorial for ADCOLOR. In his role, Brandon worked with a multi-disciplinary team to help create a community where diverse professionals can support and celebrate one another.

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Rising Star

Briana Patrick

Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Before getting into advertising, Briana Patrick got an early start as a strategist while working as a traveling clerk at a 24-hour gas station. During that time she learned how to communicate with different kinds of people and how best to serve their needs.

 

She believes that the best way to serve different communities is by connecting to people in a way that is authentic and approachable. Her love for service has led her to become a mentor for programs such as MAIP, ADCOLOR FUTURES and the Nasdaq Mentorship Circle. Currently, she serves as a mentor at HBCUs, Howard University and Tennessee State University.

 

During her three years at Goodby Silverstein & Partners (GS&P), Briana has worked on clients such as SONIC Drive-In, Comcast, Pepsi and the Smithsonian Museum. Her most notable work is the award-winning “Get Real” campaign by HP.?The campaign questions the imbalance in society between digital technology and people’s real lives. Briana played a critical role in bringing to life the imbalance of the digital and the real for the launch, holiday, small business and education campaigns. And the campaigns were a success. While the home-printing category declined by 9% year over year in 2019, HP’s printer sales grew by 4%.

 

Briana’s talent transcends her work as a strategist.? Undoubtedly, 2020 was a year full of difficult conversations about race and equity. Outraged by the lack of conversation and change happening within the walls of GS&P, Briana led the charge to overhaul the processes and protocols that prevented employees of marginalized backgrounds from doing their best work. Briana changed GS&P’s approach to research, strategy and creative work. Most importantly, her work at the agency has made employees change the way they treat and communicate with one another. But she didn’t stop there. In addition to coleading GS&P’s employee-led ED&I program, VOICES, Briana also created GS&P’s employee resource groups. Not only is Briana passionate about creating spaces for community, but she is also passionate about providing resources and funding so that those groups are able to create, educate and feel fully supported within their identities. Her work with the groups has led to groundbreaking work, such as “TalkShop”, “Black&” and “Project Honor”—all of which have been recognized by Ad Age. Briana’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed, as she was most recently named GS&P’s Employee of the Year, the highest achievement that can be bestowed upon GS&P employees, who vote for the award.

 

While most people have one superpower, Briana has (at least) three. She is in touch with culture and knows how to keep ideas relevant and tonally spot-on. She is incredibly adept at articulating her point of view in a room. And she is also hugely thoughtful and perceptive and can spot different people’s energies and understand what they need to succeed. These are some of the many things that make her an amazing strategist and a true rising star in advertising.

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Rising Star

Jazmin Burrell

Snap Inc.

As an only child from Kansas City, my idea of community has always been very intimate, comfortable and immediate. Growing up, the concept of community was tangible in the sense that I could always see and feel the pieces working together to provide a sense of safety, transparency and resolution. With this as my foundation, my idea of giving back was originally rooted in the immediacy of resolution and the ability to bring comfort.

 

Six years ago, everything that I thought I knew and understood was questioned when I threw myself into the craziest and most beautiful place on Earth – New York City. This transition especially challenged my idea of community. Living in NYC, it didn’t take me long to realize that community can be scalable and no longer has to be defined by the level of comfort that it brings – but more so by the support you have in times where you are uncomfortable. Sometimes community has no immediacy or resolution and it’s there as a means to just be seen and felt. I realized that there is no community without vulnerability and humility and “showing up” looks differently than it did in Jackson County.

 

With that said, I have made it a point in my career to show up in both ways to truly make an impact that can be seen and felt from the people that I love most and those that I’ve yet to meet. Since being in the ad industry, I’ve been recognized for my words, my voice and my work. I’ve used these moments of visibility from publications such as Popsugar, Contagious and The Drum to show young girls that look like me that they can be themselves – or whoever they want to be – and make it. And while these accolades are points of pride, the work that means the most to me makes it directly back to the people – like founding a nonprofit in my hometown or being a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters NYC.

 

No matter how you choose to show up, the work of giving back never stops and is dynamic in its reach and impact because you never know who’s watching, listening and feeling empowered by what you say and do. Some days may require you to be vocal and stand for what’s right in the defense of others and other days may require you to sit in silence and give the floor to someone who is often overlooked. I pride myself on doing whatever I can – in whatever I do – to give back and make an impact.

 

Both of my experiences growing up in Kansas City and living in NYC have shaped my idea of community. Who knows? When I move to my next home, I may have another idea of what community looks like but that’s the beauty of it because at the end of the day, there’s no point in reaching back if you don’t take what you learn with you to continuously make a difference.

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Rockstar

Dani Jackson

Edelman

Build a Bridge. Tell a Story. Make a Friend. Be Magnetic. Sing. Shine. Smile Because You Can.

 

Dani Jackson is a powerhouse businesswoman and creative professional who currently serves as a Vice President of Influencer & Multicultural Marketing at Edelman. Born and raised in Chicago, The University of Illinois graduate landed her first opportunity in the advertising industry as an intern at Leo Burnett through the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP). After her internship, Dani decided to pursue her passion for storytelling after receiving a scholarship to SUNY Buffalo where she earned her MFA in Media Arts Production. While in graduate school, Dani returned to MAIP as an intern program coordinator at the 4A’s in New York. At the conclusion of the internship, Dani decided to stay in New York City. Without a full-time gig lined up, she tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit and her passion for music launching ADArtist, where she curated showcases for Sony Music and Universal Music artists at JWT NY, Deutsch, and Leo Burnett NY. Through ADArtist, Dani also provided ADCOLOR with some of its early music compilation features from Jazmine Sullivan, MC Lyte, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and Marsha Ambrosius.

 

During this time she also joined Street Knowledge Media, a marketing and production crew that consisted of Dani and two friends. While the trio ran a blog and covered New York celebrity events, their first big contract was with Sony Music – Cinematic Music Group, launching the career of Nipsey Hussle. The small but mighty team did it all including developing the social media strategy, pitching media, and creating content. While she had only taken one class in web design, Dani convinced Sony that she could also build Nipsey’s official website, which became the number 2 trafficked site for Epic Records.

In 2010, Dani returned to Chicago for an associate producer role at Leo Burnett. Over her five years at Leo Burnett, Dani worked on big brands including Kelloggs, Samsung, Nintendo, and Allstate. She also leaned into her D&I roots, leading the Chicago MAIP Alumni Association, joining the ADCOLOR Advisory Board, and eventually becoming the lead producer of Leo Burnett’s NO2.66 initiative.

 

In 2015, Dani joined Havas as a Sr. Producer to launch Havas Annex where she continued to work on big-budget integrated and experiential programs. Still, the highlight of her time at the agency was producing Havas’ premiere #BlackAtWork Jobstacle course that challenged people to consider how microaggressions impact the work experience of Black employees. The installation won a Chicago Addy Best in Category.

 

At the top of 2018, Dani transitioned into production at Edelman where she led work on Kellogg’s, Eli Lilly, Sanofi, and other brands. She also joined Edelman’s GRIOT employee network group board and the Off The Street Club Mentors program. In June 2019, took a leap and reduced her production responsibilities to lead DE&I at Edelman Chicago where she combined her years of experience with industry as well as community organizations and being a strategic creative producer. In this role, Dani became a DEI training facilitator; a Steward of Edelman’s Employee Network Groups; created The Chicago Inclusion Council to increase productivity against regional DEI goals, and implemented a protocol and programming that led to higher participation from senior leadership. Her impact spread beyond Chicago, with Dani launching the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) Multicultural Leadership Program across the US and Edelman’s Authentic 365 podcast across their international network.

 

Dani began providing clients with DEI and Multicultural consumer strategies in 2019. In 2020, with the COVID pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and continued violence, the counsel that she had been providing became a pivotal client priority. Her flexibility to work with C-suite execs during crises, provide employee engagement counsel, supplier diversity counsel, and strategically approach creative solutions led to her being promoted to VP, Multicultural with a specialty in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Most recently, Dani has transitioned to align her creative passion for artists moving onto Edelman’s Influencer team.

 

In 2019, Dani independently launched The Cre8tors to connect diverse high-level artists whose work impacts culture with opportunities to utilize their skills to reshape the world. Pairing changemakers such as David Banner, John Jennings, Shala Akintunde, and Indie 184 with brands and agencies that seek to elevate their experience. The Diverse Voices in Docs alumni also flexes her artistic muscle through Backside Stories, a project that personalizes the complex portrayals of Black and Latina women, deconstructing ideals of womanhood.

 

Dani continues to be a community leader as a part of the Chicago Ad Federation Diversity Thought Leaders’ Council and on the boards of Off The Street Club and Free Spirit Media. With storytelling and community at her core, Dani seeks to live her best life through championing diverse perspectives and people.

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Rockstar

Sabrina Lynch

Taylor Strategy

Sabrina continuously pushes for diversity within the marcomms industry – from her time as consultant for Saatchi & Saatchi, SVP at Daniel J Edelman Holdings (Zeno Group), and now at Taylor Strategy. Sabrina’s focus on diversity and inclusion sits in the intersectionality of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and marginalized audiences.

 

She was the creative architect of the Inclusivity Quotient, criteria to measure and evaluate levels of inclusivity for every piece of technology created for consumers, no matter their economic status, physical ability, background or location. She presented this concept to multinational technology company Lenovo who included the IQ as part of their global business D&I goals. https://news.lenovo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Diversity-AND-Inclusion-Report-2018-12-03-update.pdf Subsequently, Lenovo launched their Product Diversity Office, committed to driving the criteria and development of technology for diverse users and validating and minimizing bias inherent in the technology and/or the product itself. Lenovo Voice, the first product to have passed through the PDO’s pilot program, is set to launch across Lenovo X1 Fold devices worldwide.

 

She was handpicked to be the D&I lead and chairperson Parsons School of Fashion to identify challenges and spearhead solutions that improved educational diversity in terms of the school’s composition of its syllabi, student admissions, workforce, program design and access to financial aid support to avoid negative, disproportional impact among students. Sabrina was responsible for leading the research, organizing and hosting focus groups and omni-channel audits – now moving into building the School of Fashion’s D&I narrative, platform and executional framework to correct inequalities and increase educational equity. Her goal has not waivered – provide an unflinching assessment of fashion marketing today and guide Parsons to lead changes that positively impact its students, faculty and pushes the fashion industry to do more to support underrepresented minorities by leading by example.

 

Sabrina was also selected by New York City Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC to write and lead workshops for Office of the Mayor’s staff on racial equity. Thrive NYC is Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray’s commitment to mental health for all – and is the first time a large American city dedicated its own funding to supporting the mental health of people who had long been underserved. Sabrina is leading programs for the program titled B-HEARD (Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division) that enables EMTs and Social Workers to understand racial equity in their work, identify unconscious bias and access tools to manage bias while serving the communities of the city. She is also a consultant for the Andrew Goodman Foundation – founded by the parents of the murdered civil rights worker – leading DE&I training for their staff and campus ambassadors, encouraging youth (18-29 years old) to use their voice and vote as a powerful force in democracy.

 

Within Taylor Strategy, she is principle advisor for Diageo where she not only bears the responsibility of developing integrated marketing approaches for Smirnoff, Crown Apple and Captain Morgan but is also the custodian of D&I across this portfolio – ensuring its incorporation in campaigns and initiatives to ensure support of marginalized communities. She was instrumental to the launch of the $20MM Diageo Community Fund and subsidized initiatives, including supporting Vote.org’s efforts to simplify political engagement and increase voter turnout among Black, Hispanic/Latino and LGBTQ+ voters and supporting Black founded & owned businesses. She is a key leader in the company’s efforts with one of its biggest clients, P&G, on matters of diversity. One example being her involvement in P&G’s Take on Race – which builds a collection of resources, intended to shine a light on inequality, highlight bias and spark dialogue. She navigated the brand’s allyship of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace – the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top tier races- during the investigation into a noose being left in his garage pre a race on the Talladega Superspeedway. In addition, Sabrina has been co-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help reframe the purpose, meaning, and power of the vote as a world saving, future claiming, act of social activism, leading to more donor support, community activism and sway with political leaders. Committed to teaching inclusivity to the younger generation, she is lead for the development of an IP pilot program for Samsung Global that will encourage positive digital citizenship and champion diversity among Gen Z. She has been managing the design of a multi-channel, interactive ecosystem that teaches children and teenagers to collectively advocate for, participate in and embrace positive behavior, appreciate the perspective of others and learn about cultural competency. The experience will live across APP + OS in addition to online & offline platforms and new innovative tech, expand accessibility to the experience.

 

With a deepfelt understanding that supporting diverse communities comes through empowerment, Sabrina is creating the brand framework and strategy for the Boris Lawrence Henson Fund to support its mission in improving mental health in Black communities. Talking, discussing, or seeking mental health is taboo among People of Color, each generation – from Silent to Gen Z – hold misperceptions and mistrust of mental health services and programs. As a result, those who need help do not receive proper care or pursue therapy. Sabrina is a principle advisor for the non-profit organization, directing best practices they, and BLHF’s affiliate partners, should execute to strengthen relationships with People of Color and spur action among key decision makers to create, sustain and invest in the ushering of a new tradition of healing – lifesaving, life-changing, culturally competent mental health resources.

 

Sabrina took on the challenge of creating the DE&I program for PDC Beauty to enable the parent company to build a stronger action plan and highlight its crucial role in shaping beauty industry practices that are flawed and ultimately let down Black & Hispanic women. She is developing career development and self-care programs to support young college women ages 17-22 with Gyrl Wonder and curating a dedicated scholarship and mental wellness program to support non-traditional, female students (e.g. adults ages 25+, veterans, single parents) for the UNCF.

 

As an Adjunct Professor at Manhattan College and Facilitator at Fordham University, she has led over BIPOC 300+ students to graduation, teaching Advanced Strategy, Advanced Communications and Business Negotiation. Sabrina is also a volunteer GED tutor for The Bowery Mission, helping those facing homelessness and poverty achieve their goal of obtaining their diploma. She is an official Professional mentor for the Taylor Bennett Foundation, mentoring multiple Black, Asian and Minority graduates entering the industry where she talks openly about the ambitions and opportunities available to diverse students – from grassroots level and above, bringing a wave of change to an industry in need of better talent representation.

 

As a member of the United Nations Foundation Communications Corp, she works with the coalition to deliver the UN’s Development Goals to promote equality and wellbeing – such as co leading the prelude launch of the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit which saw Voices of Gen Z from around the world expressing their expectations and demands for a future in which leaders rise to the challenge through climate action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03fC-KBVjDE
On the back of all the efforts made to date, she is also a TED Talk Alumni. Her keynote TEDx speech in Los Angeles discussed the urgent need to bridge the gap in social equity through inclusive technology, ultimately democratizing access to information for everyone on a cultural, social and a professional level.

 

Her accolades include:
2014: Cannes Lions, Silver for the United Nations
2016: Cannes Lions, Gold for Intel
2016: Interviewed and included in the book “How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication” written by Kara Alaimo, former communicator at the United Nations and in the Obama administration
2019: Selected as Pitch Magazine’s “Super Woman”
2019: Selected as Yahoo! Finance & INvolve Ethnic Minority Executive Role Model
2020: Selected as a 2020 Innovator by Provoke Media
2020: Selected by Yahoo! Finance & INvolve as a Top Female Role Model Executive

 

Sabrina is a contributor to HuffPost, CultureBanx, Forbes and PR Week, providing insights on important issues affecting women and people of color today, including the widely recognized lack of diversity in marketing and the intersection of business, technology and innovation for minorities.

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Zain Masri

Google

Zain Masri is currently the Head of Brand & Reputation at Google in the Middle East & North Africa region.

 

Throughout her career, Zain shows brilliance and positive impact as a leader. She led the launch of programs such as, “Maharat min Google” a digital skills education program which helps youth, especially women, gain the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly digital economy. The program trained over 1,000,000 individuals, of which 50% are women, and over 50% found a job or grew in their business/career as a result of the program.

 

She led the launch of “YouTube Batala”, a content hub for female creators from all around the Arab world. It features more than 400 female creators categorized by genres such as comedy, education, fitness, and many more.

 

Many women are contributing to the innovation coming out of the Arab world, yet the region has among the lowest female economic involvement globally. Currently, women make up only 21% of the workforce and only contribute 18% to the Arab world’s GDP. There is a huge upside to supporting women, research suggests that GDP would grow by 47% in the Arab world if economies bridge the gender gap by 2025.

 

Zain is passionate about how technology can help people in the MENA region, and especially Arab women, overcome obstacles, forge their own paths and inspire others to do the same. Helping women in the region build careers and find success online is her core mission.

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ADCOLOR in Tech

Brandon Roots

Facebook

Brandon has extended himself beyond scope to create Success Circles to help to advance career aspirations of Black and LatinX employees through mentorships and identification of new growth opportunities. He has also held leadership positions on Facebook’s Inclusion and Representation Lens (IRL) panel to ensure that large scale advertising campaigns are inclusive and representative of the underrepresented communities. Finally, he also created and continues to lead monthly discussions around race in America since summer of 2020, based on a thoughtfully curated list of multimedia materials. Brandon’s efforts have made Facebook a better and more inclusive place to work at, increased retention of Black and LatinX employees within the company, built brand trust and brand perception of the brand with diverse consumers, and created an emotional sense of unity across teams by creating a safe space to talk about race.

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Jewel Burks Solomon

Google

Jewel Burks Solomon is the Head of Google for Startups in the US. In this role, Jewel works to level the playing field for underrepresented startup founders and communities by connecting them with the best of Google’s products, people and platforms. In addition to this role, Jewel also serves as Managing Partner at Collab Capital, an alternative investment fund she launched to close the funding gap for Black entrepreneurs. Jewel’s work and mission is about creating more access to the technology innovation ecosystem.

 

Prior to leading Google for Startups and Collab Capital, Jewel was Founder/CEO of Partpic, a startup that was acquired by Amazon in 2016, which streamlined the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision technology. After the acquisition of Partpic, Jewel became a product leader at Amazon’s Visual Search and AR team. She led the integration of Partpic’s technology and launched it as Amazon PartFinder in 2018 to the over 150M users of Amazon’s Mobile Shopping App.

Before founding Partpic, Jewel held management and sales roles at McMaster-Carr and Google, Inc. Jewel was named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016, one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 in 2018, and one of Atlanta’s 100 Most Influential People in 2020.

 

Jewel serves on the boards of reImagine:ATL, a non-profit that trains, equips, and inspires Generation Z to build careers in the creative and digital media industries and 12 Days of Christmas, Inc, a volunteer service organization committed to keeping the spirit of the holidays for less fortunate families. She is a member of the 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

 

Jewel received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Howard University. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Zekarias.

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Stephanie Geno

Innovid

Stephanie is Chief Marketing Officer at Innovid where she oversees the company’s global integrated marketing and communications efforts. She is passionate about helping brands excel in today’s data-driven marketplace, and utilizes her unique balance of strategic planning, partnership marketing and technical depth to help tell the stories of some of the most recognizable brands across the globe.

 

Stephanie previously co-founded and served as Partner, Head of Accounts at Transparent, a marketing automation consultancy, where she led the digital marketing enablement consulting practice. Prior to joining Transparent, Stephanie was Senior Vice President at Starcom MediaVest Group, where she drove clients’ communications and media strategies and designed high-impact consumer experiences for the media agency’s network as part of the Digital Center of Excellence team. She began her marketing career at Performics, where she designed optimization products that focused on user experience, content management, and SEO.

 

Stephanie is an advocate for promoting women and the next generation of marketers. She is the co-lead for the Denver chapter of mBolden, an organization championing women in leadership in the mobile, digital, and tech industries. She has also served as a board member, event chair, and mentor for Chicago HOPE, a non-profit providing four-year financial scholarships and mentoring to low-income students with the dream to graduate college.

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ADCOLOR | TikTok Creator

Carlynn Greene

Carlynn Greene is an education influencer and journalist with a primary focus on financial literacy for higher education, career development, and academic tips for student success. Having won 27 scholarships for herself, she has helped students from the U.S. and abroad win over $2 million in scholarships for themselves through her videos on YouTube and Tiktok, as well as personalized services, self-published book (The Scholarship Algorithm), and online video course. As a recent college graduate she has recently secured a summer internship working for the Walt Disney Company for ABC News Live.

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ADCOLOR | TikTok Creator

Joel Bervell

Joel Bervell is a third year Ghanaian-American medical student at Washington State University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. He is the co-founder of Hugs for, a non-profit that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of high school global leaders. Today, Hugs has mobilized hundreds of youth volunteers and fundraised over $500,000 worth of material gifts and monetary donations and successfully planned trips to Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.

 

In 2017, Joel graduated from Yale University, where he earned a BA in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology. There, Joel served as an elected member of Yale student government, and director of a longitudinal mentorship program based in low-income neighborhoods. After graduating, he completed a Masters in Medical Science at Boston University and spent a year working as a clinical research assistant at Providence Hospital researching best treatment modalities for appendicitis.

 

At Washington State University, Joel served as Medical Student Council President and the co-founder and president of a chapter of the Student National Medical Association. He is also the founder and director of the Coug Health Academic Mentoring Program (CHAMP), a mentoring program dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented students interested in medicine. Joel is committed to fighting health disparities in medicine through education and regularly shares topics about racial disparities/ biases in healthcare and other industries on his TikTok and Instagram (@joelbervell) where his platforms have over 300,000+ combined followers and 17,000,000+ impressions. He has been invited to speak on panels at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Clinton Foundation, Verizon, Open Society Foundations, Bank of America, General Electric and Coca-Cola. He has also spoken on well-known local and national media outlets including NPR, WebMd, regularly produces digital media content for Aljazeera and Brut Media, and has published work in prestigious academic journals such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He currently is working with the World Health Organization’s Digital Communications and a collection of health professionals combatting the spread of misinformation on social media about COVID-19, and on a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion project with the VA Hospital systems.

 

Joel is the recipient of the National Medical Association Emerging Scholar Award, the highest academic honor presented to a student by the National Medical Association. He was selected as one of 100 inaugural TikTok for Black Creatives, and is the recipient of the AdColor Awards. He has served in an advisory role on the boards of multiple organizations including the National Student Response Network, Hope in A Box, and the Ron Brown Leaders Network Council.

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Jonta Harris

OHT Studios

Jonta’ began his career as ½ of the Official Harris Twins, alongside his twin brother, Jamison.

 

Together, they launched their digital brand in 2013 as social media style influencers.

 

After graduating from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in 2015, Jonta’ and Jamison moved to Los Angeles, where they began working on what’s now become OHT Studios — a luxury loungewear line.

 

Aside from launching OHT Studios in 2020, Jonta’ has turned his passion for digital content into a full-time career as a content creator.

 

With nearly 500,000 combined followers, Jonta’s fashion-focused content has been featured on platforms including The Shade Room, FashionBombDaily and BET.

 

Thanks to his dazzling sense of style and keen eye for trends, Jonta’ frequently partners with brands to develop social media content.

 

His past collaborators include Reebok, Adidas, H&M, BRON Studios, L’Oreal, Svedka Vodka, Truly Hard Seltzer and more.

 

In 2021, Jonta’ was selected from over 5,000 applicants as 1 out of 100 creators to participate in TikTok’s three-month incubator program, TikTok for Black Creatives. The program, in partnership with MACRO, aimed to invest and support emerging Black creators.

 

As the world adjusts to post-pandemic life, Jonta’ hopes to continue pursuing his passions while creating content that inspires others to do the same.

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Courtney Richardson

Droga5

An award-winning Creative Director for powerhouse agency, Droga5, Courtney currently leads creative direction for iconic brands and icons including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Combs Enterprises, The Africa Center, Moët Hennessy, Chase x US Open and Chase Sapphire.

 

Formerly Creative Director of PAPER Magazine, it was there she led original ideas and disruptive thinking for brands like Nike, Samsung, American Express, GAP, Target, Hulu, HBO, VH1, BET, AMC, Sorel, Uniqlo and more; while working with celebrities including Zendaya, Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish, Laverne Cox, Michaela Coel, Janelle Monáe, Colin Kaepernick and others. A cultural conduit, she also spearheaded the editorial PAPER series, BOOKED x BUSY, a popular column spotlighting Blackowned brands and Black entrepreneurs.

 

Throughout her career, Courtney’s work has been nominated by ADCOLOR, shortlisted by the ADC Annual Awards, and honored by The Webbys and The Brandies; while racking up numerous awards, including a Gold ADDY, a Gold Davey and multiple Telly, Shorty and Muse Creative Awards. In 2019, she was named one of the ‘Top 150 Dope Women Doing Dope Things’ by The Well and inducted as a ‘Woman Worth Watching’ Honoree in 2021 by nonprofit, Black Girls 4 Gratitude.

 

Courtney is also co-Creator and Executive Producer of House Party, an award-winning podcast for Millennials that bridges local and national politics with pop culture. A proud Black in Corporate mentor and Black Girls Code creative marketing volunteer, she is also a TEDx moderator, lauded speaker and sought-after panelist.

 

Courtney has been featured by outlets, including AdWeek, Ad Age, Muse by Clio, PopSugar, Bustle, Refinery29, XONecole and more. Her creative thinking has also been acknowledged, praised and sought after by none other than the one and only, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

 

Courtney graduated from Howard University with a Master of Arts in Mass Communication & Media Studies and a Professional Certificate in Entrepreneurship. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Creative Collective, the American Marketing Association, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), Alliance for Women in Media and serves on the Board of KINFOLK, Droga5’s affinity group for Black employees.

 

Courtney credits her early beginnings watching her uncle direct music videos for the Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Master P & No Limit Records and others with igniting her passion for storytelling and birthing her creative intuitions. Always using her professional journey as a tool for pushing culture forward, Courtney is passionate about being an advocate for underrepresented creatives of color and female creatives. She continues to make it her life mission to being a change agent for diversity across creative industries while creating things that move people.

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Juan Carlos Pagan

Sunday Afternoon

Juan Carlos Pagan is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, creative director and typographer working in New York. He received his BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2006, and completed his postgraduate studies in typeface design at The Cooper Union in 2011. Juan has created iconic visual identities and campaigns for brands including Pinterest, Cîroc, Under Amour, and NPR. He has also designed cover art for publications such as The New York Times, and Variety Magazine. Some of his clients include Nike, The New York Times, Apple, Google, Disney, MTV, New York Lottery, Print Magazine, Google Creative Lab, Joan Creative, Jump Bikes, Youtube, and ESPN Magazine.

 

Juan has been honored for his work by The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, The ADC, The One Show, Graphis, Cannes Lions, Clios, D&AD, FastCo, AICP, 4A’s, and Print Magazine among others. In 2013 Juan received The prestigious Art Directors Club Young Gun Award, honoring vanguard creatives under the age of 30. That same year he was named the top of Adweek‘s Talent 100. He was subsequently nominated for Print Magazines New Visual Artist 20 Under 30. In 2018 Juan received the Type Directors Club Ascenders Award, which recognizes designers who are 35 years of age and under for their remarkable achievement in design and typography. In 2019 Juan was asked to join the board of directors of the Type Directors Club.

 

Juan has held Creative Director / Head of Design positions, leading creative departments at MTV, DDB NY, Deutsch NY, and 72andSunny NY. In 2017 Juan co-founded Sunday Afternoon. A hybrid creative studio & artist management agency. In four short years Sunday Afternoon has become one of the most well respected names in the industry. Winning receiving dozens of accolades, and capturing the attention of companies such as Adidas, Under Amour, NIke, NPR, HQ Trivia, Apple, and Bed Bath & Beyond to name just a few. Juan leads a team in both new business acquisition as well as running the internal creative studio. Under his leadership in 2020 Sunday Afternoon was just named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America.

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