LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2011 ADCOLOR® Awards and Industry Conference is being held today and tomorrow at the legendary Beverly Hilton. Hundreds of the most talented influencers, tastemakers and rising stars are expected to attend the two-day event, which is supported by a roster of corporate sponsors and leaders who embrace and understand the importance of diversity in advertising and the power of an increasingly diverse consumer population.
Among the 2011 honorees are comedian, actor and philanthropist, George Lopez, who will receive ADCOLOR's All-Star Award, presented by Omnicom Group and director and advertising agency founder Spike Lee, who will receive the Catalyst Award. For the first time, GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) will present an ADCOLOR Advocate Award in recognition of industry influencers from the LGBT community. The 2011 Advocate Award will be presented to two industry pioneers – Laurence Boschetto, president and CEO of Draftfcb and Aaron Walton, Co-Founder, Walton | Isaacson.
"The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition is thrilled to bring our signature event – the ADCOLOR Industry Awards and Conference – to the legendary Beverly Hilton as we reinforce our commitment to celebrating and shining a spotlight on those individuals and companies whose work influences our industry and has a positive impact on our culture and society," says Tiffany R. Warren, Founder of The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition and The ADCOLOR Awards and Industry Conference and senior vice president, chief diversity officer for Omnicom Group Inc.
Other event highlights include a special presentation by CNN's Soledad O'Brien and a performance by NBC's "Sing Off" Season Two Winners, Committed. In addition, Grammy®-nominated singer/producer/DJ/lifestyle event curator Vikter Duplaix will add his musical talents to the events.
For Panel Details: http://2011.adcolor.org/schedule/
For All 2011 Honorees: http://2011.adcolor.org/honorees/
The 2011 ADCOLOR Awards & Industry Conference is presented by The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition and sponsored by ameredia, inc., American Advertising Federation, 4A's, The Advertising Club of NY, Akande Music + Publishing, Arnold Worldwide, Creative Artists Agency, CNN, Deutsch, DIAGEO, Draftfcb, Google, Grab Network, GTM, Inc., Iced Media, Interpublic Group, Omnicom Group, The One Club, McCann Worldgroup, Microsoft Advertising, Pepsi, Publicis USA, RAPP, The Results Driven Agency, Ruder Finn Multicultural & Image Marketing, SBS Studios LLC, Sonicbids.com, TBWA\Chiat Day, Time Warner and Wieden + Kennedy.
The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition is a 501(c)(6) organization that was founded in 2005. The AIC 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.
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