Here are all the black people

A multicultural creative career fair


The highly controversial and emotional discussion between the two creatives [Jeff Goodby and Jimmy Smith] sparked a wave of action as a response to the very serious question regarding the lack of diversity in the creative field.

HAATBP has come a long way from the 2011 organic question posed by advertising greats Jeff Goodby and Jimmy Smith. The highly controversial and emotional discussion between the two creatives sparked a wave of action as a response to the very serious question regarding the lack of diversity in the creative field. Quickly The One Club seized the opportunity to move beyond words and created action. In 2012, The One Club developed a diversity-focused event titled “Where Are All The Black People? A Creative Career Fair.”

A few short years later, the “W” from Where Are All The Black People was removed changing the question to an answer. Now in its seventh year, HAATBP is a highly regarded event giving participants numerous opportunities to interact with top creative professionals for networking, interviews, portfolio reviews and mentoring.

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

Click here to see the Here Are All The Black People 2016 wrap up


Championing diversity in the world of advertising, design and creativity is more important today as it was 6 years when Where Are All The Black People began.

The One Club's Annual Here Are All The Black People is a one-day event that provides a space for multicultural students, recent graduates, and creative professionals to enrich their careers through training and exploring new opportunities.

This year, in addition to programming for young creatives, HAATBP 2017 will offer a separate track with topics designed for mid-level creatives. This new event format builds access and exposure for entry-level talent, and provides professional development opportunities for diverse mid-level creative professionals.

This is not your average career fair! HAATBP gives attendees interested in exploring and developing their careers in advertising and design access to:

  • Educational and Diverse sessions lead by top industry professionals
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Student / Participant Portfolio Reviews
  • Recruiting booths
  • Networking
  • Live Talent Pitch Competition

Panels, Sessions, Workshops & More!

Keynote Speaker

HAATBP is a space for people of all walks of life to convene, learn and network. The One Club for Creativity invites some of the industry’s creative legends, rising stars and sometimes celebrities to participate in the ONE-ID Career Fair as keynote speakers. Each speaker gives their unique perspective on diversity in relation to the creative industry while also adding their personal experiences and advice. Previous keynote speakers include impressive personalities such as Issa Rae, Francesca Ramsey, and Dr. Cornel West.

Live Talent Pitch

A must-see event during HAATBP is the Live Talent Pitch. Students and young professionals audition for a chance to be one of eight (8) Live Talent Pitch Participants. Each contestant produces a “3-minute elevator pitch” of their own concept showcasing a unique talent, skill or elevator pitch on “Why You Should Hire Me.” All attendees are encouraged to watch and cheer-on their favorite contestant.

In the style of a true competition, a panel of judges made up of top creatives and recruiters judge each contestant pitch and chooses the top three winners. All three will win the opportunity to interview with the participating judging panel agencies. The first-place winner also recieves a cash prize of $500.00.

The next scheduled date for in-person and virtual auditions for the Live Talent Pitch are August 23–26.

Apply Here for the Live Talent Pitch


Mid-Level Creative Professional

After 6 years of successful HAATBP career fairs we have a large base of professionals who are hungry for professional development opportunities and expanding their networks. The One Club for Creativity hopes to engage mid-level professionals by incorporating development sessions during HAATBP that are relevant to this pivotal time in their careers.

The Mid-level professional series is only for working creatives with up to 3-7 years of working experience. Tickets include professionally focused sessions and an exclusive cocktail hour for executives, mid-level professionals and working industry professionals.

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HAATBP 2017 Kick-Off Party

If you are a HAATBP 2017 Mid-level ticket holder you are invited to a closed pre-reception only for our Agency C-Suite Special Guests, Agency and Corporate HAATBP Sponsors, HAATBP Panelist and Speakers ONLY! This is an exclusive event for guest to network, celebrate, and network over snacks and an open bar while learning about the newest developments and initiatives of The One I.D department and One Club for Creativity overall. Take advantage of this special opportunity! Get Tickets now.

September 27th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Talent Pool of Stars

Mid-level professionals are also invited to opt-in to the Talent Pool of Stars. If you chose to opt-in you will be asked to provide your resume, contact information, creative discipline and website/portfolio for review. The Talent Pool of Stars is a closed recruiter tool for entry level and working professionals looking to network or advance their careers.

Separate talent pools include:
Internship / Entry Level seeking participants with 0-3 years of experience.
Mid-Level creatives with 3-7 years or more of experience.


Mentoring Workshops and Sessions

Mentoring workshops are lead by top creatives from leading agencies and focus on the most relevant industry topics.


Portfolio / One-on-One Reviews

Top creative leaders including Chief Creative Officers, Executive Art Directors and Recruiters & Strategists volunteer their time to review portfolios of students and young professionals.

Portfolio reviews last about 15-20 minutes where the conversation is structured around:

  • The presentation and organization of the work
  • Constructive criticism on design and layout
  • Tips to improve or further develop the campaign or concept
  • This is an invaluable opportunity for students and young professionals to have organic insightful conversations with top creatives in the industry.

Speakers and Panelists

Simeon Cocker

Senior Copywriter,

Tiffany Edwards

Senior Programs & Outreach Manager,

Felicia Giger

Human Resources Director,
Mission Media USA, Inc.

Mariam Guessous

Creative Director/Creative Entrepreneur

Keni Thacker

Senior Event Technology Specialist/Program Creator Young Commodores,
J. Walter Thompson

Rich Tu


Tentative Schedule

8:15 - 9:00 AM

Coffee, Networking & Check-In

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Opening Remarks & Keynote

10:00 - 10:45 AM

Panel Discussion

10:45 - 12:45 PM

Portfolio Review Session 1

10:45 - 11:45 AM

Mentoring Session

11:45 - 12:45 PM

Speaker Presentation

12:45 - 1:30 PM


1:30 - 3:00 PM

Live Talent Pitch

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Portfolio Review Session 2

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Mentoring Session

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Speaker Presentation

5:15 - 6:00 PM

Panel Discussion

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Networking & Cocktail Hour


Metropolitan West, 635-639 West 46th Street (Midtown West), NYC

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