2017 HAATBP Speaker

Vann Graves

Executive Director,
VCU Brandcenter

Vann Graves joined the VCU Brandcenter as executive director in August, 2018, bringing 20+ years of creative and executive leadership experience. His work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including Cannes Lions, Grand London International Awards, a Grand Clio and the D&AD Graphite Pencil.

Prior to joining the VCU Brandcenter, Vann served as Chief Creative Officer at J. Walter Thompson ATL; EVP, Global Executive Creative Director at McCann New York; VP, Creative Director at BBDO New York; and CoFounder at FL+G, a full-service branding agency in Denver Co.

Vann brings together creative and business expertise to the VCU Brandcenter, having worked on some of the world’s leading global brands (Coca-Cola, MasterCard, the U.S. Army, GE, M&M’s, Snickers, Visa to name a few). Throughout his career, he has put a high value on collaboration and commitment to support innovation and high-quality creative work.

A Fulbright scholar, Vann holds degrees from Howard University, the Pratt Institute and Harvard University.


Diversity is your Unique Selling Proposition
Mentoring Session D - 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm -
From a talent perspective, agencies are in need of diverse talent today more than ever. It's our voices that help sell products and services to each brand’s respective audiences, but how can you leverage your diverse perspective and make it work for your creative team and the bottom-line. Hear from Neisha Tweed Bell of Facebook, Daniel Rodriguez of McCann and Vann Graves of J. Walter Thompson on the best ways to utilize your personal brand and experiences as a rich and insightful currency for hire.

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 stefanie@oneclub.org

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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