Derek 'Fonzworth Bentley' Watkins

Producer, Musician, Author, Philanthropist

“Fonzworth Bentley”. The name itself invokes the very essence of coolness and elegance, and these two qualities are precisely what set him above the rest. Named by “GQ magazine” as the First Gentleman of Hip Hop, Fonzworth Bentley, born Derek Watkins, has a sense of style and impeccable manners which have earned him a reputation as a man of class and excellence as an artist, an expert in fashion, and as a pop culture figure. He was recently recognized for his music producer/ choreography accomplishments by being named Executive Music Producer on the ‘Juneteenth’ episode of the Emmy Award winning TV show “Blackish”, as well as being awarded a 2017 MTV “Moonman" award for Best Choreography for Kanye West’s hit song, “Fade”.

Graduate of Morehouse College with a degree in biology, Derek has a true passion for education and investing in the next generation of game-changing entrepreneurs and innovators. He provides leadership coaching, strategic guidance, and leverages his vast network to assist them with capital and partnership opportunities for growth. Derek currently serves on the Advisory Board for several early-stage startups and social enterprises led by award-winning entrepreneurs of color who's work has landed at The White House, International Embassies, in Forbes 30 under 30, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur Magazine, U.S. Black Engineers, and the Wall Street Journal. Inspired by his time working in the genetics lab after college, Derek's portfolio of tech-focused companies are creating innovative solutions in STEM + Arts Education, Workforce Development, Fashion, Hair + Skincare, and Sustainable Energy.

As producer and host of the hit MTV show, “From Gs to Gents”, and author of New York Times self help best-selling book “Advance your Swagger: How to use Manners, Confidence and Style to Get Ahead”, Derek has achieved worldwide acclaim. As host of “Lift Every Voice on BET”, Derek relished in the opportunity to inspire his viewers with an uplifting and in depth conversation with some of today’s hottest mainstream and gospel icons. He has been a guest on several daytime and late night talk shows, as well as a featured actor in films; “Think Like a Man Too”, “Honey”, and “Fat Albert”.

As a songwriter, music producer, and artistic director, Derek has produced, written, and created for some of the top headlining acts in the entertainment industry. He is credited with being an A&R on Kanye West’s album, “The Life of Pablo” and is a songwriter and co-producer on several tracks on this album including co-producing Kanye’s 2017 Grammy Nominated hit single, “Ultralight beam”, and co- writing the hit single, “Waves”. Additionally he has created for performances with artists “Chance the Rapper”, “2Chainz”, Television smash “Grownish”, and the upcoming film “The Wedding Year” directed by Robert Luketic starring Sarah Hyland and Tyler James Williams.

Driven by a deep faith and motivated to inspire others, Derek supports numerous charities and is a regular lecturer on the college motivational speaking circuit. The Joseph E. Lowery Institute, The White House Fatherhood Initiative, Know How 2 Go, and the UNCF “ Empower Me” tour are just a few of the organizations Derek has had the pleasure of working with over the years. Those combined experiences motivated him to launch the Fonzworth Bentley Leadership Institute (FBLI) to provide educational and mentoring opportunities for people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Derek currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Faune, daughter (Zoie) and son (Daniel).

Here Are All The Black People (HAATBP) is The One Club For Creativity's annual multicultural career fair and conference for advertising professionals and students of all levels. Now in its seventh exciting year, HAATBP brings together hundreds of individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences for a full day of panels and presentations from industry leaders, portfolio reviews, student mentoring, networking opportunities and more.

Friday, October 5, 2018
8:00 AM–7:00 PM
Penn Plaza Pavilion
401 7th Avenue, New York NY, 10001


In our ongoing mission to make Here Are All The Black People inviting to all experience levels, we are pleased to announce four different tiers of tickets.

  • The Student & Intern ticket is for those who are still in school, but with an eye towards graduation and entering the creative industry.
  • The Recent Grad & Entry Level ticket engages people who are just getting their foot in the door — and want to know what do with it once it's there.
  • Introduced last year, the Mid-Level Creative ticket is for professionals with a few years of experience who are still navigating their way up the ladder.
  • The new Senior & Executive ticket is geared towards higher level individuals who have as much to share as they have to learn.

All tickets include breakfast, lunch, beverages and a HAATBP swag bag. The Student/Intern and Recent Grad/Entry Level tickets are free. The Mid-Level Creative and Senior/Executive tickets include exclusive programming, including a private kick-off networking party the night before.

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Panels, Sessions, Workshops & More!

HAATBP provides a wealth of programming throughout the day, all designed to foster a space for real world conversations, connections, and solutions regarding the lack of diversity in the creative industry.

Depending on your type of ticket, you'll have access to panels and activities geared towards your career experience.

Student/Intern & Recent Grad/Entry Level Tickets

Mentoring Workshops and Sessions

Mentoring workshops are lead by top creatives from leading agencies and focus on industry topics most relevant to those early on in their careers. This is an ideal opportunity to gain insights that will help you to navigate your first years.

Portfolio / One-on-One Reviews

Top industry leaders including executive and senior-level creatives, strategists and agency recruiters volunteer their time to review advertising portfolios. This is an invaluable opportunity for you to have organic insightful conversations with top creatives in the industry.

These portfolio reviews, which last from 15 to 20 minutes each, will help you in the following areas:

  • The presentation and organization of your work
  • Constructive criticism on design and layout
  • Tips to improve or further develop your campaigns and concepts

Live Talent Pitch

A must-see event during HAATBP! Do you have a special talent or skill beyond your portfolio, one that you just know would wow creative directors if they could only see it? If so, sign up and audition for one of the eight spaces in the Live Talent Pitch!

Each contestant will showcase his or her unique talent in front of the HAATBP crowd as an innovative way to catch the eye of the industry’s top creative professionals and tell them “Why You Should Hire Me.” A panel of judges will choose a first-place winner, who will receive a $500 cash prize, while the top three presenters will will win the opportunity to interview with the participating judging panel agencies.

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Mid-Level & Senior/Executive Tickets

Advanced Workshops and Sessions

These exclusive panels have been created specifically for advertising professionals with more than three years of experience, and address issues and concerns that particularly affect this group. Together, these workshops will help empower you to change the industry from within.

Exclusive Kick-Off Party

Don't miss out on the pre-HAATBP kick-off party, held exclusively for Mid-Level and Senior/Executive ticket holders on Thursday, October 4. Come mingle and network with other advertising professionals, HAATBP sponsors and special guests as we pay homage to old school hip-hop.



6:00-6:30pm - Check-In
6:30-7:30pm - Open Mic/Mid-Level Live Talent Pitch Session
7:40-7:50pm - Live Talent Pitch winners announced
7:50- 8:30pm - Guided networking exercise - sponsored by R/GA's newest diversity networking activity - NotSoFrequentlyAskedQuestions
8:30- 9:30pm - Open networking

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Chioma Aduba

SVP; Group Account Director,

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, Brand Strategy

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
Heidi 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, KBS; 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 Run's It;
Matt Neale, Golin

6:00 PM

Closing Remarks
w/ Cocktails & Networking

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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

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



"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.

Previous Year's Info:
2017 wrap up 2016 wrap up

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