ADCOLOR announces noms for 14th annual awards

(Awards will be announced virtually 9/8 – 9/10)

ADCOLOR announced the nominees and honorees for the 14th Annual ADCOLOR Awards. Since 2007, the awards have highlighted and honored the achievements of diverse communities in the advertising, marketing, PR, media and entertainment industries. They recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference and embody the organization’s call to “Rise Up, Reach Back.”

Of note this year, ADCOLOR, in partnership with Adweek, will be honoring the founders of Black Lives Matter with the 2020 Beacon Award. The award honors individuals of note who use their considerable platform to change the status quo in the quest for diversity, equity and inclusion.

“We are honored to present the second-annual Beacon Award to Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, the founders of Black Lives Matter,” said Lisa Granatstein, Editor and SVP of Programming at Adweek. “This is truly the year of BLM. We are blown away by how this remarkable group has transcended its early beginnings as a grassroots organization and become one of the most powerful political and cultural movements in U.S. history.”

ADCOLOR and The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) also teamed up this year to create a new award category: The AAFCA + ADCOLOR Creative to Watch Award.This award honors a creative of color whose career in its early stages demonstrates a vision and commitment to diverse and inclusive stories that reset and disrupt the industry across multiple platforms. The winner of the inaugural award will be announced at a later date.

In addition to the ADCOLOR awards, the organization today announced its 2020 class of ADCOLOR FUTURES. Building on the motto of “Rise Up, Reach Back”, the ADCOLOR FUTURES program identifies and nurtures the next generation of leaders who have one to three years of experience in their industry.

The program provides training, mentorship and empowerment to these young professionals with the goal of supporting the talent of tomorrow, today.

The full list of nominees, honorees and FUTURES can be found below.


Ad of the Year

Campaign: “The Look”
Client: Proctor & Gamble
Agency: Saturday Morning

Campaign: “True Name”
Client: Mastercard
Agency: McCann Worldgroup

Campaign: “Most Searched”
Client: Google
Agency: Brand Studio

Campaign: “All for 1”
Client: Nike
Agency: Paper

Campaign: “1619”
Client: New York Times
Agency: Droga5

Rising Star

Justin Hutchinson, Partnership Coordinator, ThreeSixtyEight

Nayantara Dutta, Senior Content Strategist, McCann Worldgroup; Founder, Unapologetically Muslim

Abu Ngauja, Manager, Talent Experience & Belonging, The Martin Agency


KR Liu, Head of Brand Accessibility, Google Brand Studio

Supriya Venkatesan, Director of Content Strategy, Critical Mass

Chantel George, Account Executive, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions


Tamika Newhouse, Founder, AAMBC Inc.

Kudzi Chikumbu, Director, Creator Community, Tik Tok

Steph Loffredo, Associate Director, Social Marketing, Huge

Change Agent

Darla Price, EVP, Executive Account Director, McCann Worldgroup

Judy Jackson, Global Head of Culture, WPP

Chanel Cathey, Founder and CEO, CJC Insights LLC


Andrea Belalcazar, Program Manager, Infra Diversity & Inclusion, Facebook

McKenzie Thomas, Product Marketing Manager, Google

Ty Heath, Global Lead, B2B Institute at LinkedIn

Most Valuable Partnership

AT&T & 360 Agency

HBO & The Atlantic

Google & Creative Theory


Beacon Award presented by ADWEEK

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor, Black Lives Matter

Alicia Garza, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter

Opal Tometi, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter

AAFCA + ADCOLOR Creative to Watch Award

To Be Announced

Legend Awards

Soon Mee Kim, EVP, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader, Porter Novelli

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, CBS Entertainment

Alvin Bowles, VP, Global Marketing Partnerships, Facebook

Catalyst Awards

Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, The Recording Academy

ColorComm, Inc., Woman of Color in Communications

Advocate Awards

Damon Jones, Chief Communications Officer, Proctor & Gamble

Don Lemon, Anchor, CNN

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Renetta McCann, Chief Inclusion Experience Officer, Publicis Groupe

Warrington Huddlin, Founding President, Black Filmmaker Foundation

ADCOLOR |One Club Creative Awards

Ivellisse Morales, Founder & CEO, bombilla

Soham Chatterjee, Senior Creative Copywriter, Leo Burnett


Bryan Stromer, Founder & Co-Lead, Disability in Marketing, Microsoft


Deborah Renteria, Manager, Multicultural Marketing, HBO

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“While we can’t gather anywhere physically this year, going virtual allows everyone everywhere to be a part of the 2020 event,” said Tiffany R. Warren, Founder and President of ADCOLOR. “With ADCOLOR Everywhere, we are reimagining how the industry does online events and aim to provide the same energy and premier experience we typically offer in-person. It’s shaping up to be something truly memorable, as is evident from the outstanding list of nominees, honorees and FUTURES announced today.”

Dana Blair

The host for this year’s ADCOLOR Conference is TV host and producer, Dana Blair. Blair is one of Hollywood’s most personable on-air talents, having covered everything from pop culture and celebrity interviews with EssencePeople and The Recording Academy to social justice pieces for BET.

Her one-on-one interviews have included the likes of Shonda Rhimes, Will Packer, Mary J. Blige, Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington, among many other top entertainers and powerhouses.

Comedian, actress and writer Aida Rodriguez will then close out ADCOLOR Everywhere as the host of the 14th Annual ADCOLOR Awards on September 10th. Rodriguez made history as the first Latina to appear in two comedy specials airing in one month on both HBO and Showtime and is currently developing a half-hour scripted series with Warner Media.

Aida Rodriguez

She was featured in the film The Comedian and has appeared on Tiffany Haddish’s breakout Netflix series They Ready, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, TRUtv’s Laff Tracks, Nickelodeon’s Moms’ Night Out and Parental Discretion.

As previously announced, ADCOLOR’s 2020 event, which includes the ADCOLOR Conference, ADCOLOR FUTURES program and the 14th Annual ADCOLOR Awards, will be going virtual this year due to the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The online event, which is the first in the organization’s history, will be rebranded as ‘ADCOLOR Everywhere’ and held from Tuesday, September 8th to Thursday, September 10th

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Registration for ADCOLOR Everywhere will open on Wednesday, August 12th at Please follow @adcolor on social media for additional updates and information.