During this one-day event, participants have unprecedented opportunities to interview, network, learn, interact with and gain invaluable knowledge from top creative professionals.

The One Club's Here Are All The Black People is our highly anticipated annual multicultural creative career fair. The one-day event provides multicultural students, recent graduates, and creative professionals who are interested in exploring careers in advertising and design the opportunity to showcase their talent to top agencies in the industry.

HAATBP was created after a panel discussion between advertising greats, Jimmy Smith and Jeff Goodby, as they discussed the lack of diversity in the creative departments in advertising agencies. At which time, Jeff asked, "Where Are All The Black People?" Jimmy, Jeff, and The One Club decided to answer the question and launched the event, "Here Are All The Black People." HAATBP provides real-world solutions to the lack of diversity in the advertising and design industry's creative departments. This year, we are opening this event up to aspiring Strategist and Account Planners/Managers.

During this one-day event, participants have unprecedented opportunities to interview, network, learn, interact with and gain invaluable knowledge from top creative professionals, as well as attend portfolio-building workshops, portfolio reviews, and participate in our popular live "elevator" pitch, which awards the winners with interviews with all of the sponsoring agencies. Many participants have walked away from the event with a second interview or a lead to an internship opportunity.

HAATBP is fully sponsored by agencies and companies looking to hire diverse creative talent. For sponsorship information, please contact Traecy Smith at


We all win when we cultivate work environments where diversity of thought, experience, education, talent, and culture are encouraged to flourish. We win when we acknowledge that the best ideas are often born out of a team with diverse perspectives. When we work together to embrace diversity and create a culture for everyone to bring the best aspects of ourselves to work, we create a better company.

The One Club, along with our partners, champion this belief and each year we present "Here Are All The Black People," as a forum for the next generation of diverse creative professionals to showcase their creativity. These students, recent graduates, and transitioning professionals, travel in force to this event demonstrating their desire to gain entry into our industry. Courageously, they present fresh ideas to the best agencies and creative leaders in the industry.

Join us for another great year at Here Are All The Black People!

8:15-9:00 AM
Coffee, Networking & Check-In
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Opening Remarks & Keynote
10:00 - 10:45 AM
Panel Discussion - Advertising For Good
10:45 - 12:45 PM
Portfolio Review Session 1
11:00 - 12:00 PM
Mentoring Sessions A & B
12:00 - 12:45 PM
Hillary Black & Leslie Kay Recruiter Session / LinkedIn Session
12:45 - 1:30 PM
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Live Talent Pitch
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Portfolio Review Session 2
3:15 - 4:15 PM
Mentoring Sessions C & D
4:15 - 5:00 PM
How To Succeed In Advertising Session / Kay & Black Session 2
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Panel Discussion - The New Advertising
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Networking & Cocktail Hour

Londell McMillan

We're excited to announce producer, publisher and entertainment attorney Londell McMillan as our keynote speaker! Londell is publisher of influential hip-hop magazine The Source and represents several high-profile entertainers including Prince, Stevie Wonder and Lil' Kim.


Advertising For Good

The advertising industry for years has created campaigns that improve our lives, raise awareness on an issue, or aim to make the world a better place. It has now however, become quite common for companies to use their brands to promote something for the greater good. Hear from some of the top creative professionals in the industry who will share how their campaigns were created and hear them discuss whether socially responsible advertising will be more than just a trend.

The New Advertising

The "new" advertising goes beyond just billboards and TV commercials. Now we're seeing films, video games, music videos and live events that are all advertising. Learn about the different forms advertising has taken and hear from the key players outside of the traditional agency model, including branded entertainment executives, music producers and filmmakers.


Inside the Head of a Headhunter - Tips on Landing a Gig

Join leading advertising Talent Managers and Recruiters, Leslie Kay & Hillary Black, as they share invaluable insight on what it takes to get hired! These sessions are a crucial opportunity to get the inside perspective on how to land a job. Topics will include: Using your creativity to properly brand yourself, how to present your work, the do's and don'ts of interviewing, the importance of first impressions, how to land that coveted job and most importantly, how to remain humble and sane during the process. We hope to see you there!

How to Succeed in Advertising: Lessons from the Ad Legends

What would the industry legends do to find a job today? Yes, the times have changed and have perhaps gotten tougher, the specialties have expanded, and the competition for jobs has gotten smarter. But, we bet, they’d still be successful if starting today. Learn from their varied approaches, attitudes, and insights—as well as their failures. Join us for this interactive discussion to gain ideas on how to launch and advance your career.

Mentoring Sessions

The Mentoring Sessions offer great opportunities for students and industry professionals to interact with creative at the top of their career. These coveted sessions will consist of intimate groups of 30 participants along with key creative professionals who will share advice on select topics. This is a rare opportunity to get invaluable support and insight into the advertising industry. The goal of these sessions is to help attract and retain top talent in the industry through mentorship.

Portfolio/One-on-One Reviews

The Portfolio/1-on-1 Reviews are for attendees looking for specific portfolio feedback, or for more general career/mentoring advice. Reviewees will have the opportunity to sit for multiple mini-sessions with their choice of a range of industry professional reviewers. These face-to-face reviews are helpful in building a strong portfolio that will land you that coveted job.

Live Elevator Pitch

A uniquely fun opportunity for selected participants to give a 3-minute elevator pitch to top creative professionals and recruiters on why you should "Hire Me." The elevator pitch is open to people from a variety of creative disciplines - actors, artists, singers etc., are encouraged to participate. The more creative your pitch, the better! Learn more!

Get LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become one of the most relevant sites for networking in business. Whether you have a LinkedIn account or you are thinking of opening one, the information shared in the LinkedIn sessions will certainly be of value to you. Join LinkedIn representatives, Brian Araujo and Gabrielle Faessler, as they share tips on the many great ways to benefit from their service. Whether it is tips on how to make your profile more appealing to recruiters in the industry or connect with mentors who could help you advance in your career, this session will ensure that you know how to structure your page most effectively. Also, come camera ready to have your professional photo taken by our outstanding photographer, Bob Fagan.

  • Brian Araujo
    LLS Relationship Manager,
  • Hillary Black
    Kay & Black Talent Management
  • Jason Campbell
    Senior Creative
    Wieden & Kennedy
  • Will Chau
    Creative Director, GSD&M
    Founder/Instructor, The Austin Creative Department
  • Andreas Dahlqvist
    Chief Creative Officer
  • Jordan Dinwiddie
    Wieden + Kennedy
  • Icaro Doria
    Chief Creative Officer,
    DDB New York
  • Gabrielle Faessler
  • Robert Familetti
    The Marketing Arm
  • Jon Gothold
    Executive Creative Director,
    Amusement Park Entertainment
  • Greg Hahn
    Chief Creative Officer
    BBDO New York
  • Leslie Kay
    Kay & Black Talent Management
  • Barbara Lippert
    Contributing Editor,
  • Sal Lombardo
    Art Director
  • Erin Lynch
    Group ECD, Experience Design
  • Thomas Martin
    Enterprise Relationship Manager
  • Larry Minsky
    Columbia College
  • Jordan Muse
  • Ted Royer
    Chief Creative Officer
    Droga5, New York
  • Sara Shelton
    Senior Copywriter
  • Leslie Sims
    Chief Creative Officer,
  • Jimmy Smith
    Chairman, CEO, and CCO
    Amusement Park Entertainment, Los Angeles
  • Claudia Steer
    Strategy Director,
    Leo Burnett
  • Max Stinson
    Creative Director,
    Wieden + Kennedy
  • Kheri Tillman
    VP of Global Brand Development
    Harman International
  • Blake Winfree
    Associate Creative Director of Art
    Mullen Lowe US