ADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, returned to Los Angeles with their 12th Annual ADCOLOR Awards at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live Hotel on Sunday, September 23.

Jay Ellis at ADCOLOR Awards
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The ADCOLOR Award Nominees and Honorees were carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists were chosen by the individual’s representation of ADCOLOR’s motto, “Rise Up and Reach Back”. 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. The full list of honorees and nominees can be seen here.

Among the attendees were Host Bozoma St. John, presenters including Luvvie Ajayi (Author), Wilson Cruz (Actor, 13 Reasons Why), Jay Ellis (Actor, Insecure), James Lesure (Actor, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), honorees including Legend Award recipients Esi Eggleston Bracey (EVP & COO Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever) and Ann Mukherjee (Chief Global Marketing Officer, SC Johnson), Catalyst Award recipient Tarana Burke (Founder, #METoo Movement), Advocate Award recipient Lydia Polgreen (Editor in Chief, HuffPost), Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lisa Quiroz Garcia (SVP, Cultural Investments and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner (1961-2018)), ADCOLOR/One Club Creative Award recipients AJ Hassan (VP, Executive Creative Director, R/GA Chicago) and Shannon Washington (SVP, Creative Director, Deutsch), Special Recognition recipient James Edmund Datri (Outgoing President & CEO, American Advertising Federation), Mr. ADCOLOR Leo Wong (Industry Speaker l 4A’s 100 Honoree and ADCOLOR FUTURES Alum), Ms. ADCOLOR Michelle Almeida (Account Executive, Anomaly), and many more!

The 12th Annual ADCOLOR Conference & Awards was presented by Microsoft Advertising and Omnicom Group and sponsored by Apple, Deutsch, Google, Oath: A Verizon Company, GSD&M, Squeaky, Digitas, Viacom, Deutsch, HP, Pandora, 72andSunny, Concentric, DAS, ESPN, KBS. 2018 Corporate Members are 4A’s, 72andSunny, The Advertising Club of New York, American Advertising Federation, BBDO, BET, Deutsch, Dieste, Droga 5, Edelman, Facebook, OATH: A Verizon Company, Omnicom Group, Publicis Groupe, TBWA\ Worldwide, Wieden + Kennedy.

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