ADCOLOR, the premier organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, announced its 2021-2022 ADCOLOR Advisory Board (AAB) and Board of Directors. Composed of highly regarded leaders, innovators and diversity, equity and inclusion experts from a wide range of creative industries, the AAB and Board of Directors will support the organization in its goal of creating a community of diverse professionals who support and celebrate one another.
The primary focus of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board is the ADCOLOR FUTURES program, which had its most competitive year in 2020 with nearly 400 applicants and an acceptance rate of approximately 9%. The AAB also oversees the organization’s growing list of Community Groups, which includes Asians for ADCOLOR, Black at ADCOLOR, Disability at ADCOLOR, LatinX for ADCOLOR, MENA for ADCOLOR and Pride at ADCOLOR. Community Group sign-up is available for registered members of ADCOLOR Everywhere.
To better meet the increased scope of the ADCOLOR FUTURES program and the ever-growing ADCOLOR communities, the Advisory Board introduced three new committees this year: The Alumni Engagement Committee, the Creative Committee and the Community Council. These were added to its existing structure of the FUTURES Planning Committee, the Learning & Development Committee and the Hackathon Committee.
Marketing Technology News: Avtex Wins 2021 Pandemic Tech Innovation Award
The Alumni Engagement Committee will foster connectivity between previous FUTURES classes, which has grown to include nearly 300 alumni over the course of 10 years. The Creative Committee will shape and maintain a consistent narrative for the FUTURES brand. And the Community Council will oversee the Community Groups, providing guidance and support across their various initiatives. The roster for these committees and the entire AAB is provided below.
“We are a group of diversity, equity and inclusion warriors who fiercely believe that our industry is only strong when emerging talent is uplifted,” said Kevin Green, Co-Chair of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board and Group Creative Director at Cashmere Agency. “That’s why our team is filled with so many ADCOLOR FUTURES alumni who want to have a hand in shaping the experience that changed their lives and careers. We also have professionals from culture-shaping agency networks and brands who know that reaching back is deeply important to the way they rise up. It’s an honor to serve alongside such a talented, passionate and focused group.”
“As a FUTURES alum and a member of the AAB for the past 5 years, I’ve watched the trajectory and impact of the FUTURES Program transform in ways that I couldn’t have imagined,” said Candace Queen, Co-Chair of the ADCOLOR Advisory Board and Creator-In-Chief of Tabernacle. “Our new Alumni Engagement Committee and Creative Committee will ensure we continue to raise the bar for this program just as each class of FUTURES seems to do. I’m also excited to establish our Community Council so we can maintain engagement and provide resources for the communities year-round, beyond just the conference and awards.”
Marketing Technology News: MarTech Interview with Gary Burtka, VP U.S. Operations at RTB House
Alongside the AAB, ADCOLOR also unveiled its 2021-2022 Board of Directors. This esteemed group of leaders will provide direction and strategic focus to ensure the organization meets its goals and establishes a sustainable future. New to the Board this year is Singleton Beato, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer at McCann Worldgroup; CP McBee, Senior daver Director at Microsoft; and Michael Munoz, Global Marketing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead at Google. The full list of Board Members is provided below.
“This year’s Board of Directors is full of mentors and industry titans whose guidance and feedback I regard to the highest level,” said Tiffany R. Warren, Founder and President of ADCOLOR. “And of course, our incredible AAB is the engine that keeps ADCOLOR going, full of alumni who have a natural inclination for leadership and embody our mission of ‘Rise Up, Reach Back’. I look forward to seeing how these two incredible groups strengthen our organization as we enter a year of growth and opportunity.”