Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ADCOLOR Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Fostering Diversity in the Advertising Industry

Tiffany R. Warren, Founder, ADCOLOR Industry Coalition and SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom; George Lopez, comedian, actor and philanthropist; and Soledad O'Brien, CNN, attend the ADCOLOR Industry Awards and Conference in Los Angeles.

By Akira Barclay
Contributor, BlackGivesBack.com

On September 16, 2011 the ADCOLOR Industry Coalition held its signature event – the ADCOLOR Industry Awards and Conference at the legendary Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Among the 2011 honorees were comedian, actor and philanthropist, George Lopez, who received ADCOLOR’s All-Star Award presented by Omnicom Group, and director and advertising agency founder Spike Lee received the Catalyst Award.  For the first time, GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) presented an ADCOLOR Advocate Award in recognition of industry influencers from the LGBT community. The 2011 Advocate Award was presented to two industry pioneers – Laurence Boschetto, president and CEO of Draftfcb and Aaron Walton, Co-Founder, Walton Isaacson.

Other event highlights included a special presentation by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and a performance by NBC’s “Sing Off” season two winners, Committed. Grammy®-nominated singer/producer/DJ/lifestyle event curator Vikter Duplaix also provided his musical talents to the event.

The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition is a 501(c)(6) organization that was founded in 2005. The coalition seeks to support and inspire professionals of color and diversity champions within the advertising, marketing and media industries by celebrating the accomplishments of diverse role models and industry leaders. The ADCOLOR Awards and Industry Conference is the signature event presented annually by the Advertising Industry Coalition. As its first initiative, The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition launched the ADCOLOR Awards in 2007 to promote increased diversity in the advertising, marketing and media industries.

Photo credit: Dana Underwood, Danaseye

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