2021 Schedule

Over the years, the Where Are All The Black People diversity conference and career fair has become renowned for its incredible keynotes and panels, as well as for its many opportunities for attendees and agencies to get to know each other better. This year's action is spread out over two insightful days and includes an all-star lineup of speakers, panelists, and presenters, all covering a variety of topics. No matter if you're a student who has yet to set foot in the advertising industry or a longtime veteran of the business, you're sure to find something that will appeal to your interests. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)

We're excited to announce Emmy Award-winning host, writer and performer Amber Ruffin is this year's keynote speaker! She'll help kick things off live on Wednesday, September 29th at 11am EDT to talk about her meteoric rise to fame and the lessons she's learned along the way.

Amber Ruffin
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (EDT)

Money makes the world go 'round, yet we don't discuss how it impacts Black creatives enough. This conversation is all about finances — we'll cover everything from pricing your work, student loans, and negotiating your salary and contracts.

Jasmine Gibson Julien Saunders Kiersten Saunders Neisha Tweed Bell Jon Contino
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM (EDT)

Join us to hear how a great idea became a Capital One phenomenon. We can’t wait for you to meet some of the team and experience firsthand this fast-paced and upbeat creative ideation workshop. We’ll disrupt the norm of the daily grind, unite professionals of all backgrounds and talents to inspire and challenge each other to say YES instead of no. This session was created for entry-level talent, but all are welcome to attend.

Lauren Alexander Christine Creery Jerome Frederick

Creating meaningful connections between brands and consumers has never been more critical or more difficult. Consumer trust is at an all-time low, the traditional agency model is officially disrupted and the expectation of brands to “do well by doing good” is the new normal, meaning brands must ensure they are taking a stand on social issues and using their resources to make an impact. In this workshop, hear from leaders at Beats By Dre and 19th & Park on how they’ve developed a program that empowers Black creators to drive forward conscious content and utilize the brand’s global platform to spread awareness.This session was created for executive-level talent, but all are welcome to attend.

Tahira White Michael Refuerzo

Join us for a candid conversation with four Black advertising executives about their journey to success. They'll share their wins, losses, and advice for mid-level professionals aspiring to C-Suite roles.This session was created for mid-level talent, but all are welcome to attend.

Jayanta K. Jenkins Jimmy Smith Anastasia Williams sherina florence
2:15 PM - 5:15 PM (EDT)

Recruiting Sessions are your opportunity to meet with our partner agencies and learn more about their current openings, initiatives, culture, and company. 


Portfolio Reviews are an opportunity to receive feedback on your book. Portfolio Reviews are primarily gauged towards students and recent grads, but are open to everyone. This session link will redirect to our Portfolio Review Site. Once you've reached that site, please join the "Lobby". These sessions will also require additional registration.

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)

Sharing a conversation about the lessons and perspectives gained working both in corporate America and building personal brands. Attendees will learn from Minda and Jerry's frank talk and honest advice on how to deal with microaggressions, heal from racialized trauma, and find relief from invisible workplace burdens.

Minda Harts Jerry Won
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