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Friday
Aug232013

Marcus Graham Project's iCR8 Summer Boot Camp Recap

 

A Summer with Y5 

The 5th class of the Marcus Graham Project's iCR8 Summer Boot Camp is officially complete. The team, Y5, spent their summer to utilize their instinctive abilities to communicate effectively and deliver creative, innovative, and digital services for their clients, including Falling WhistlesUberLisnr, and GlamouRX

Take a look back at the summer through the eyes of the 14 individuals that have come from around the country and the world.  Check out the link here to a video recap of their summer.

For more information on the students and the agency that they created for the summer visit: http://yfive.co/index.html

Wednesday
Aug142013

4A’s Celebrates ‘The Face of Talent’ by Kathleen Sampey for thehitboard.com

The 4A’s last week completed the 39th year of its MAIP (Multicultural Advertising Intern Program) activities for 2012 with a “Face of Talent” luncheon that honored the 103 young people who completed summer internships this year.

Held at the Edison Hotel in midtown Manhattan, the “Face of Talent” also consisted of a day-long summit in which MAIP participants and agency executives got to mix and mingle. For the interns, it was a chance to learn about job opportunities while the agencies got to size up potential new talent.

In her remarks during the luncheon, 4A’s President-CEO Nancy Hill told the MAIP “graduates” that they can always tap the association as a resource for education and job-search functions. “Our door is always open at the 4A’s,” Hill said. “Feel free to lean on us as you go through your careers.”

The two keynote speakers were J&J’s Michael Sneed, Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs at Johnson & Johnson, and Susan Credle, Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett USA.

Sneed told MAIPers that the career world they’re entering is quite different from the one he entered as a J&J intern in 1981. “When I was your age, what I wanted to do more than anything else,” he said. “Was to have an impact.” Through its various philanthropic efforts, J&J has enabled Sneed to have an impact, he said.

Credle showed some of her iconic creative work, including a commercial for M&M’s featuring the candy “characters,” as well as spots for Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, P&G and Kellogg’s.  “The great equalizer [in an agency] is the work,” she said while recounting the trajectory of her career. She began as a fill-in receptionist at BBDO in the 1980’s and rose through the creative ranks to become EVP, Executive Creative Director by 2009.

Read More at thehitboard.com

Tuesday
Jul232013

CNN’S DON LEMON TO HOST 2013 ADCOLOR® AWARDS

NEW YORK, NY (July 22, 2013) – ADCOLOR® welcomes CNN’s Don Lemon as host of the 2013 ADCOLOR® Awards, presented at the ADCOLOR® Awards and Industry Conference, September 19-21, 2013 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The ADCOLOR® Awards honor professionals of color, diversity champions and companies who work together to further diversity and inclusion efforts in the advertising, marketing, media and public relations industries.

Don Lemon anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend prime-time and serves as a correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming. He has reported and anchored on-the-scene for CNN from many breaking news stories, including the Boston marathon bombing (2013), the Philadelphia building collapse (2013), the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (2012), the Colorado Theater Shooting (2012), the death of Whitney Houston, the Inaugural of the 44th President in Washington, D.C., the death of Michael Jackson (2009), Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana (2008), the Minneapolis bridge collapse (2007) and the George Zimmerman trial (2013).  Lemon has won several industry awards, including being named as one of the Ebony Power 150: the most influential Blacks in America in 2009.

As previously announced, Nick Cannon will be honored with the ADCOLOR® All-Star Award for his achievements in music, movies, television and radio and charitable endeavors, Nick embodies the “Rise Up. Reach Back,” mission of ADCOLOR®. 

ADCOLOR® Awards honorees are nominated by colleagues or mentors, as well agencies and corporations, for awards in six different categories. Honorees were announced live on May 28 at ADCOLOR® Live! presented by Time Warner and Publicis Groupe. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the ADCOLOR® Awards and Industry Conference, which will take place September 19-21, 2013 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

To learn more about The AdColor Awards go to adcolor.org

Friday
Jul192013

Incentive Based Social Media Followings: Fair or Foul? [By Matlock Advertising]


Many companies are turning to incentives such as discounts and product giveaways with the hopes of increasing their social media presence, via a new Facebook like or Twitter follow. Pepsi recently debuted a Pepsi Like Machine in Antwerp, Belgium at a Beyoncé concert. The machine dispenses a can of Pepsi or Pepsi product of the user’s choice after he or she likes Pepsi’s Facebook page. Users were given the option to like the page using a touch screen on the machine or by liking the page on their mobile devices.

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Friday
May032013

One month from today... an industry changes

Good Morning All:

In exactly one month from today, 15 eager and promising leaders will arrive to TM Advertising here in Dallas to present the first assignment.  The assignment: "Develop your own ad agency brand".  Since the team was selected in March, they have been meeting with one another virtually to develop a brand identity and website for the agency that they will run for the summer.

We are eager for the 5th class of our iCR8 summer boot camp and truly know that this year's group is going to be incredibly dynamic and diverse, as they are coming from 5 different countries outside of the United States.   We are excited about the global perspective that they will share with one another and the insight that they will add to the clients that they will work with this summer.

We hope that you can aid in the success of the students by participating in our donation drive SUPPLY & DEMAND.  We are asking for those who are able to send gift cards from Walmart, Target, or local restaurants for the boot campers who will be spending their summer in an unpaid internship.  More details about the drive can be found on our website at:http://marcusgrahamproject.org/2013/03/supply-demand/

Also, please visit our site if you would like to make a monetary donation or sign up to volunteer.  We also accept positivity, well wishes and prayers for a successful summer. :)

Thank you continuous support of our organization and most importantly the future and changing face of our industry.  Please email us with any questions or if you need any more information.

Yours in service,

Lincoln

lincoln stephens I founder & executive director
972.897.9985 I cell phone
214.810.6475 l office
lincoln@marcusgrahamproject.org I email
http://about.me/LincolnSteffens
http://www.marcusgrahamproject.org