About the Conference

Since 2011, Where Are All The Black People? has been uniting and amplifying Black voices within the advertising community. What began as a joking-but-not-joking remark at an agency party so many years ago has become the advertising community’s preeminent diversity conference and career fair, pushing back against the ad world’s diversity deficit. Every year, industry talent from students to C-Suite attend WAATBP to celebrate successes, address setbacks, build community with their allies, and ultimately find their rightful place at the table.

WAATBP 2024 is back on Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27. Last year, we had a record 850+ in-person attendees and this year promises to be bigger and bolder. The conference will kick off virtually on Thursday with online versions of the recruiting sessions and portfolio reviews that have been a hallmark of WAATBP for years. In the evening, we will host an in-person networking reception for mid-level talent. The action will continue on Friday, October 27 (Should say September) at the bright and spacious Convene at Brookfield Place in downtown New York City. The recruiting sessions and reviews become that much more personal when they are face-to-face encounters!

Beyond the hustle and magic of those activities, the day will kick off with an inspiring keynote, and be followed by thought-provoking panels, eye-opening discussions, and workshops that are guaranteed to get you thinking about your role in the industry in new and exciting ways. Throw in plenty of activations and networking opportunities, a delicious lunch, and — if tradition holds true — a party that’ll send you into the weekend with style! Whether you’re a student looking for their first big break, a creative with some years in the game, or an executive with wisdom to bestow on the next generation, WAATBP 2024 promises to raise the bar — for Black talent and allies alike.

Check Out Our WAATBP Success Stories

Jordan Dinwiddie &

Devin Bradford


An art director and a creative director share their success after attending WAATBP

Devon Watkins


A copywriter’s career journey after attending WAATBP


Convene at 225 Liberty Street is located in Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan's Financial District. Nearly 73,000 square feet, this spacious venue makes the perfect large-scale event space for this year's conference.

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Nearby Bus Stations Vessy Street & West Street South End Avenue & Gateway Plaza Vessy Street & North End Avenue

Nearby parking SP+ Parking 225 Liberty Street New York, NY 10281

SP+ Parking 250 Vessey Street New York, NY 10281

Gateway Plaza Garage 339-345 South End Avenue New York, NY 10280

Meet The Team

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

Interested in becoming a Partner in 2024? 


Head of DEI & Strategic Partnerships


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Associate