LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- During the annual celebration of those working to champion diversity and inclusion across the advertising, marketing, PR, media and entertainment industries, ADCOLOR recognized exceptional leaders at the 13th annual ADCOLOR Awards ceremony. The event, hosted by NYTimes best-selling author, speaker and podcast host Luvvie Ajayi, honored producer, actress, and director of UnbeliEVAble Entertainment Eva Longoria, among many others. Additional attendees included presenters such as "Styling Hollywood" star Adair Curtis, author and musician Derek "Fonzworth Bentley" Watkins, and entrepreneur Tai Beauchamp, along with ADCOLOR Founder & President Tiffany R. Warren.
The ADCOLOR Award Nominees and Honorees are carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists are chosen by the individual's representation of ADCOLOR's motto, "Rise Up and Reach Back" and ways they took a stand in line with this year's conference and awards theme. Those honored not only excel in their own careers, but also give back to the community and support their peers. Their goal is to create a network of diverse professionals to encourage and celebrate one another.
Please see the below list of this year's honorees and winners:
Actor, director, producer and activist, Eva Longoria was recognized with the 2019 Beacon Award presented by ADWEEK, the leading resource for the brand marketing and advertising community. "There is no better honoree to set the tone of Adweek's inaugural Beacon Award than Eva Longoria," said Lisa Granatstein, Editor, SVP, Programming, Adweek. "From her formidable seven-year-old Eva Longoria Foundation that empowers Latinas via STEM education and entrepreneurship to her leadership role calling for diversity in Hollywood, Eva's remarkable accomplishments are both authentic and action-oriented." The inaugural Beacon Award honors talent who uses their celebrity as a catalyst to change the status quo in the quest for diversity and inclusion. In May, ADCOLOR and Adweek partnered on the first Champion awards and celebration recognizing the fearless leaders and rising stars in marketing and media who embody ADCOLOR's call to "Rise Up. Reach Back."
HONOREE: Eva Longoria, Actress, Producer, Director at UnbeliEVAble Entertainment
The ADCOLOR Catalyst Award is presented to an individual (or organization) of note who uses his or her platform to serve as the voice of a cause or community. Their provocative courage, professional brilliance and selfless community outreach have sparked change and propelled progress within their respective industries and the world.
HONOREE: Gold House
HONOREE: AdFellows, a program of Verizon
HONOREE: The Curly Girl Collective
The ADCOLOR Advocate Award is presented to an LGBT advertising, marketing or media professional who increases awareness of LGBT causes within and outside of the creative industries.
HONOREE: Emil Wilbekin, Chief Content Officer at Afropunk and Founder at Native Son
The ADCOLOR Legend Award is presented to a trailblazer who isn't afraid to be different and who showed brilliance in his/her actions, a singular leader in their industry.
HONOREE: Helen Lin, Chief Digital Officer at Publicis Media
HONOREE: Steve Pamon, Chief Operating Officer and President at Parkwood Entertainment
HONOREE: Ted Chung, Founder and Chairman at Cashmere Agency
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to inductees into the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement or individuals who are seasoned industry veterans who pushed the boundaries and created positive change, setting the stage for generations to come to take the opportunities made by these icons, even further.
HONOREE: Sheldon Levy, Former SVP, Deputy/Associate Head of Production at Saatchi & Saatchi (presented in memoriam)
HONOREE: Hector Orcí, Founder and Chairman at Orcí Advertising
ADCOLOR | ONE CLUB CREATIVE AWARD
The One Club | ADCOLOR Creative Award recipients are creative professionals of multicultural background who have demonstrated noteworthy talent and achievement within the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines.
HONOREE: Brandon Rochon, Managing Chief Creative Officer at Kastner and Founder & Chief Creative Officer at snkr INC
HONOREE: Robert Wong, Vice President, Google and Co-Founder, Creative Lab Google at Google
THE AD OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Ad of the Year is a campaign or single execution that is truly brilliant. That pushes boundaries, promotes conversation and highlights the lives of multicultural, LGBT and/or other under-represented Americans in the mass media.
WINNER: Wieden + Kennedy / Nike / "Dream Crazy"
ADCOLOR IN TECH
The ADCOLOR in Tech Award recipient is a champion of diversity & inclusion in the tech industries, who has pushed the boundaries and created positive change, setting the stage for other generations to take the opportunities made by this change agent, even further.
WINNER: Danielle Lee, Global Vice President Partner Solutions, Spotify
CHANGE AGENT AWARD
A Change Agent is the individual within a company who is using his/her talents and position to enhance the corporate culture and create a more inclusive environment – calling attention to the talents of all types of people. This can be part of or beyond the scope of that persons' primary role.
WINNER: Vincent Pierson, Diversity Client Partner, Bloomberg
An Innovator is an employee who embodies progress and imagination. He/she stands out among peers as an inclusion game changer and brilliant pioneer in their role, creating breakthrough developments and/or improvements, whether tangible or intangible.
WINNER: Antionette D. Carroll, Founder, President, and CEO, Creative Reaction Lab
A Rockstar is someone who, whether through their primary role or extracurricular activities, shows brilliance as a leader and visionary in the industry. He/she has a positive track record and the potential to accomplish so much more. Falling in between the Rising Star and the Legend, this individual is creating his or her own path and encouraging others to shine.
WINNER: Dhane Scotti, Integrated Market Lead, Pixel, Google
RISING STAR AWARD
A Rising Star is an up-and-coming young gun with less than seven years of experience. He/she stands out among his/her peers as someone who is brilliant, whose personality shines and whose differences only make him/her and those around them stronger as they move forward in their career.
WINNER: Mariano Pintor, Account Supervisor, McCann NY
MOST VALUABLE PARTNERSHIP AWARD
The Most Valuable Partners (MVP) are two people/companies that work together to provide exceptional and highly effective diversity solutions within their organizations and industries. They may be an agency, marketer, media company or diverse supplier with NMSDC or WBENC certification that teams up for a short or long-term project that furthers diversity and inclusion.
WINNER: Google & UN Women, "Courage To Question"
ADCOLOR® is a not-for-profit 501(c) (6) organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the creative industries. Our process is twofold. First, we help individuals and organizations RISE UP, letting their accomplishments and ideas shine. Then we teach these new leaders and would-be-mentors how to REACH BACK and find others who deserve to be noticed and promoted. Our goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who are here to support and uplift one another. Learn more by visiting www.adcolor.org.
ADCOLOR 2019 Partners: Facebook, Google|YouTube, Microsoft, Omnicom Group, Diageo North America, Procter & Gamble, Apple, Adweek, GSD&M, Verizon Media, Wieden+Kennedy, Spotify, SiriusXM and Pandora, American Advertising Federation, American Express, Deutsch, NBCUniversal, Ogilvy, SQUEAKY, Twitter, 72andSunny, BBDO, DDB Worldwide, Disney Advertising Sales, Edelman, OWN, Airbnb, Anomaly, Apple Music, Beats By Dr. Dre, BMW, BuzzFeed, CAA, Cashmere Agency, The Coca-Cola Company , DAS Group of Companies, Digitas, Dove, FCB, HBO, McCann New York, Omnicom Media Group, Pinterest, Publicis Groupe, Publicis Health, R/GA, TBWA\Media Arts Lab and TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, TBWA\Worldwide, TripAdvisor, WarnerMedia, and Zambezi.
ADCOLOR Corporate Members: 72andSunny, The ADVERTISING Club of New York, American Advertising Federation, BBDO , Deutsch, Dieste, Droga5, Facebook, Hearst Magazines Division, MSL Group, Omnicom Group, The One Club for Creativity, Stephen Kim, TBWA\Worldwide, and Wieden+Kennedy.
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