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WAATBP 2020 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. Circumstances have caused this year's edition to move online, but we took those circumstances as the opportunity to make WAATBP 2020 bigger and bolder than ever!

This year's action is spread out over three 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. In addition, we have tirelessly worked to replicate WAATBP's famous portfolio reviews and recruitment stations in a digital space, making it possible to get advice on your book and chat with your dream agencies from the comfort of your couch. Finally, this year introduces our very own Masterclasses, a series of small expert-led workshops where you will be able to not only listen and learn but contribute. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Keynote
Van Jones
Van Jones - REFORM Alliance
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Panel

WAATBP founders Jimmy Smith and Jeff Goodby will discuss how the event came to be 10 years ago and what the future holds for diversity in the advertising industry.

Jeff Goodby Jimmy Smith Sherina Florence
Jeff Goodby - Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Jimmy Smith - Amusement Park
Sherina Florence - Ogilvy
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Panel

BLM shook Corporate America to its core. Some companies got the message right while others seriously fumbled the ball. During this panel you'll hear from brands and agencies about what it means to truly stand in solidarity and put your money where your mouth is.

Chris Miller Amber Chenevert, PhD Bennett Bennett André Branch God-is Rivera
Chris Miller - Ben & Jerry's
Amber Chenevert, PhD - Culture Studio Lead
Bennett Bennett - Aerialist
André Branch - Esteé Lauder Companies
God-is Rivera - Twitter
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Recruiting Session

Choose a recruiting day and then pick 10-minute slots during that day to meet with recruiters from our sponsoring agencies in small group sessions. You must complete both steps to secure available spots.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
All Attendees
Keynote

In today's social, political, and business climate, there is an even more urgent need for anti-racist leadership at this moment in the United States' history.  Michelle Wonsley-Ford's keynote will explore the complexities of leading and managing during this time as well as the importance of developing a critical racial analysis, regardless of your industry or role.

Michelle Wonsley-Ford
Michelle Wonsley-Ford - Center for Racial Justice
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Panel

George Floyd died on May 25, 2020 and his death stirred the world. While most of Corporate America saw us for the first time, black creatives, per usual stepped into action. During this conversation, we'll highlight three black creatives who created movements to improve diversity, celebrate blackness, and protest anti-racism.

Elisha Greenwell Nate Nichols Lincoln Stephens Reonna Johnson Carol Dunn
Elisha Greenwell - 72andSunny
Nate Nichols - Palette Group
Lincoln Stephens - Marcus Graham Project
Reonna Johnson - RPA
Carol Dunn - Human
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
Entry Level, Students & Recent Graduates
Masterclass

The conversation of diversity in the advertising industry is as old as The Gap, the moon landing, and Sesame Street, all of which are over fifty years old. So yes, a long time. Talent has been a revolving topic around many initiatives, programs, conferences, and water coolers for the same amount of time. In a virtual world we need virtual solutions to get entry level talent past the job boards into the interview chair and eventually landing a role.

 

Keni and Rebecca are two thirds of an advertising talent tricycle along with Ericka Riggs from the Ad Club New York formed to develop and prepare young BIPOC advertising talent for the challenge that comes with entering the diversity deficient industry.

Keni Thacker Rebecca Rivera
Keni Thacker - 100 Roses From Concrete
Rebecca Rivera - CCNY, NYCCT, Save The Internships NY
Mid-Level
Masterclass

Amber Guild and Walter Geer will provide attendees with 5 critical skills leveling up in your career.

Walter Geer Amber Guild Vann Graves
Walter Geer - VMLY&R
Amber Guild - T Brand
Vann Graves - Virginia Commonwealth University
Executive
Masterclass

Sponsored by Pace Communications. 

In the Navigating Racism, Becoming Anti-Racist Masterclass, we focus specifically on the development and delivery of key strategy and offer insights on how to identify where your organization is in its anti-racism work and what you can do about it.  Participants will leave with an understanding of the history of systemic racism; an awareness of your individual orientation towards anti-racist leadership and tactics to help build your anti-racist leadership and anti-racist organization.

Please note: This session has very limited availability. If you are unable to register, but are interested in attending please email one-id@oneclub.org for more information.

Michelle Wonsley-Ford
Michelle Wonsley-Ford - Center for Racial Justice
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Panel

Angela Davis said, “I have a hard time accepting diversity as a synonym for justice. Diversity is a corporate strategy.”

While having a diverse workplace is vital, diversity cannot exist without equity and inclusion. Hear from industry leaders about how to retain diverse talent and create a workplace that makes space for everyone.

Ete Davies Denise Horn Patrice M. Palmer Evita Puente Jason Rosario
Ete Davies - ENGINE Creative
Denise Horn - WarnerMedia
Patrice M. Palmer - eROOT Consulting, LLC
Evita Puente - Security Service Federal Credit Union
Jason Rosario - BBDO Worldwide
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Recruiting Session

Choose a recruiting day and then pick 10-minute slots during that day to meet with recruiters from our sponsoring agencies in small group sessions. You must complete both steps to secure available spots.

Thursday, September 24, 2020
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
All Attendees
Keynote

An inpiring speaker begins the day with intention.

Cheryl D. Holmes Miller
Cheryl D. Holmes Miller - Cheryl D. Miller Design | Cheryl D. Miller Fine Art
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Recruiting Session

Choose a recruiting day and then pick 10-minute slots during that day to meet with recruiters from our sponsoring agencies in small group sessions. You must complete both steps to secure available spots.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
Senior & Executive
Masterclass

Learn how to develop successful diversity pipeline initiatives for high school and college students.

Brian Collins Oriel Davis-Lyons Yocasta Lachapelle Bridgid Moore
Brian Collins - COLLINS
Oriel Davis-Lyons - Spotify
Yocasta Lachapelle - COLLINS
Bridgid Moore - The One Club for Creativity
Mid-Level
Masterclass

More than craft, schooling, or frameworks - a unique point of view on the world is what every star strategist has. It’s the intangible that sets you apart. However, learning to harness and weld isn’t easy. In this Masterclass, you will be given three places to start as you begin bringing your unique POV to every brief, audit, and study you do.

Iyana Sarrafieh
Iyana Sarrafieh - Deutsch LA
Entry Level, Students & Recent Graduates
Masterclass

Learn the early steps you can take to get on track to becoming a Chief Marketing Officer. 

 

Jill Estorino Dawnyell Bowen
Jill Estorino - Disney Parks International
Dawnyell Bowen - The Walt Disney Company
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Panel

Black women face a unique struggle in the workplace: combating both racism and sexism. On this panel, Black women at all stages of their career will discuss obstacles, triumphs and how to make it to the top.

Shannon Washington Krystle Watler Jendayi Smith Tiffani Swanston-Giles
Shannon Washington - R/GA
Krystle Watler - VIRTUE
Jendayi Smith - Mattel
Tiffani Swanston-Giles - FCB Health
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM (EDT)
All Attendees
Panel
DJs Amira & Kayla
DJs Amira & Kayla - Entertainment