2017 HAATBP Speaker

Christena Pyle

Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Christena J. Pyle currently serves as Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Omnicom Group and Director of ADCOLOR. In these roles she is responsible for executing a global Omnicom-wide inclusion strategy focused on the recruitment, advancement and retention of diverse talent. She serves as a cross-network liaison aligning the strategy with each company’s business objectives. Christena launched her career in advertising as an account manager on IBM at Ogilvy New York, before transitioning to Wieden + Kennedy where she produced award-winning campaigns for multinational clients including Nike, ESPN and Heineken. In 2012, she helped build Wieden + Kennedy’s mobile capability by partnering with ADCOLOR to develop their first-ever mobile app. In addition to her roles with Omnicom and ADCOLOR, Christena serves on judging panels for 4A’s Advertising 100, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Mosaic Awards and AAF Most Promising Minority Student Program. She is currently a member of the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) Alumni Board after serving as President from 2013 –2015. In 2011, Christena was named one of NV Magazine's Movers & Shakers. In 2012, ADCOLOR presented her with an Unsung Hero Award. Additionally, in 2014, she was recognized with the JWT Innovator of Change Award and in 2017 recognized as a MAKER. She holds degrees in both aviation flight science and communications from University of South Florida.


FCB Global Presents “Creativity In Color,” an Authentic Conversation on Diversity in Advertising
Closing Panel - 5:15 - 6:00 PM -

Join FCB Global and The One Club for “Creativity In Color,” an intriguing conversation and Q&A about the current state of diversity and inclusion in marketing and advertising. Learn firsthand from award-winning black creatives on how their diverse perspectives positively impact their day-to-day roles, as well as about their personal career stories, challenges, and triumphs.


We want to thank everyone who made Here Are All The Black People 2018 happen! This year's event was an amazing success, with the biggest turnout of agencies and attendees to date.

Many feel that events like HAATBP pay lip service to the topic of diversity, but we are committed to creating actual change within our industry. This year, we supported diverse creative talent by providing $25,000 in travel stipends for students and recent graduates to attend. HAATBP is a space for talent to be found, developed and molded, and seeing students and creative professionals advance their careers is why we do what we do!

With your support, HAATBP's programming was taken to new heights in 2018. This year's event contained 30,000 square feet of opportunity, including portfolio reviews, recruiting tables, student/entry-level workshops, mid-level/industry professional sessions, two keynote speakers, and a closing reception sponsored by Facebook. Our exclusive HAATBP kick-off reception not only had a surprise performance, but also allowed mid-level and senior staff to network and discuss important topics that impact our industry.

We can honestly say that this year, HAATBP made its largest impact to date. Thank you, and we look forward to doing it all again next year!

Best Regards,
– The One I.D. Department, Art Directors Club and One Club for Creativity Teams!


Chioma Aduba

SVP; Group Account Director,

Ibra Ake

Childish Gambino's This is America

Christina Amazan

Senior Copywriter,

Bayyina Black

Production Coordinator,

Lynn Branigan

President and CEO,
She Runs It

Vince Chang

Comedian and Actor

Tracey Coleman

Owner and Creative Director,
Show and Tell Creative

Noel Cottrell

Chief Creative Officer,

Emily Elyshevitz

Creative Manager / Recruiter,

Kerry Feuerman

Last Hurdle

Dawn Fitch-Mitchell

Director of Diversity,
DDB Worldwide

Laura Forman

Executive Director of Brand Strategy,
Forsman & Bodenfors

Jeff Gipson

Director of North America,
Facebook’s Creative Shop

Kat Gordon

Founder & CEO,
The 3% Movement

Vann Graves

Executive Director,
VCU Brandcenter

Piper Hickman

Group Creative Director,

Love Malone

Founder and Managing Director,
The Group

Jason Marks


Andrew McCaskill

Senior Vice President - Global Communications,

JD Michaels

EVP Director of Creative Engineering, Director of Diversity,
BBDO New York

Nadine Michel

Creative Awards Manager, North America,

Margenett Moore-Roberts

Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer,

Matt Neale


David Prince

Senior Strategist,

Mary Pryor


Ryan Robertson

Brand Director,

Michael Roth

Chairman and CEO,
Interpublic (NYSE: IPG)

Jimmy Smith

Chairman, CEO, and CCO,
Amusement Park Entertainment, Los Angeles

Derek 'Fonzworth Bentley' Watkins

Producer, Musician, Author, Philanthropist

Franklin Williams

Senior Vice President, Director of Technology,

Juan Woodbury

SVP, Executive Producer & Experiential Creative Director,
Leo Burnett USA, Inc.


8:00 AM

Coffee & Registration

9:00 AM

Keynote Speaker
Derek 'Fonzworth Bentley' Watkins  

10:15 AM

Opening Session
The Power of Privilege
Heide Gardner, IPG; Margenett Moore-Roberts, Golin; Noel Cottrell, Fitzco; Jd Michaels, BBDO; Andrew McCaskill, Nielsen  

11:00 AM

Portfolio Review Session 1
Mentor Session A
Don't Get Stuck: Plan Your Career for How the World Really Works
Vann Graves, VCU Brandcenter; Jimmy Smith, Amusement Park; Juan Woodbury, Leo Burnett/HKX; Piper Hickman, 360i  
Mid-level Session 1
The Last Hurdle: Selling Your Work
Kerry Feuerman, Last Hurdle  

12:00 PM

Portfolio Review Session 1 (cont.)
Mentor Session B
Creativity Abounds: Career Paths and Entry Points Beyond Traditional Advertising
Love Malone, The Group; Tracey Coleman, Show and Tell Creative; Jeff Gipson, Facebook’s Creative Shop; Ryan Robertson, Diageo
Mid-Level Session 2
Letting Crabs Out the Barrel: How We All Can Win​
Chioma Aduba, McCann; Emily Elyshevitz, Ogilvy; Christina Amazan, Edelman; David Prince, Y&R

1:00 PM


2:00 PM

Live Talent Pitch
Vince Chang, Comedian and Actor  

3:00 PM

Portfolio Review Session 2
Mentor Session C
Finding Your Purpose in the Tech Age – Navigating the Changing World
Laura Forman, Forsman & Bodenfors; Jason Marks, POSSIBLE; Bayyina Black, R/GA; Franklin Williams, CDM  
Mid-level Session 3
Don't Let this Young Face Fool You: Unpacking Ageism in Advertising
Dawn Fitch-Mitchell, DDB; Nadine Michel, Digitas  

4:00 PM

Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Ibra Ake, CD/Producer of
Childish Gambino's This is America

5:15 PM

Me Too, Times Up, Now What
Kat Gordon, 3%; Lynn Branigan, She Runs It;
Matt Neale, Golin; Mary Pryor, Cannaclusive

6:00 PM

Closing Remarks
w/ Cocktails & Networking


HAATBP would not be possible without the support and resources of an incredible group of sponsors from across the advertising industry and beyond. These partners believe in our commitment to a more inclusive and diverse creative industry.

Interested in sponsoring HAATBP? Please contact Stefanie Smith, The One Club for Creativity's Director of Inclusion & Diversity, at stefanie@oneclub.org

Carmichael Lynch
VCU Brandcenter
Fitz & Co.
Leo Burnett
Omnicom Health Group
She Runs It
Arts & Letters
Bold Culture Co.
Amusement Park
The 3% Movement
The Group
Giant Spoon
Last Hurdle



"Where are all the black people?"
-Jeff Goodby to Jimmy Smith

We've come a long way from the 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. Immediately, The One Club for Creativity seized the opportunity to move beyond words and created action. In 2012, The One Club developed a diversity-focused event entitled “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 emphatic statement. Now in its seventh year, HAATBP is a highly regarded event, giving young participants numerous opportunities to interact with top creative professionals for networking, interviews, portfolio reviews and mentoring, and those with more industry experience to develop professionally and help shape the diversity conversation from within.

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