Diversity Discussed, Careers Found


Yesterday's Advertising Industry Diversity Job Fair and Leadership Conference held at NYU's Kimmel Center had 300 conference attendees and 500 job fair attendees. In on of the panel discussions Deutsch Art Director Carlos Fernandez put things in perspective when he informed the audience advertising ranks 356 on a list of 357 or so industries ranked by diversity and comically wondered if industry number 357 involved wearing sheets. Although he didn't quite mean it literally, Draft/FCB EVP Director of Integrated Marketing Larry Evans spoke about the industry's chemistry and how those considering joining the industry must learn the ropes or risk having "the white cells spit you out."


The conference opened up a much needed dialog on diversity in advertising, a touchy subject no mater how you slice it or camouflage it. There were many fascinatingly eager students in attendance and several experienced industry insiders willing to answer attendees questions and offer advice on how to crack the ad industry. It was encouraging to see the throngs of students who took the rare opportunity to speak face to face with successful advertising people who very willingly answered the endless list of questions asked. Business cards were handed to students. Interviews were set up and, hopefully, jobs will ensue.

We were pleased to be part of this event and to enable the conversation. We hope to host more conferences on the topic in the future as well as, perhaps, in different cities across the country.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 9-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Industry Events, Opinion   

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I attended this event and must say that it was incredibly well-orchestrated, informative, positive, and helpful. The speakers offered tangible advice for success, frank opinions of the state of the industry, and helpful attitudes where they graciously answered our many questions. The career fair was well-attended by great firms, and overall, the event was a success- in my opinion.

Posted by: Kyonda Cooper on November 9, 2006 4:40 PM

Adrant might wish to avoid typographical errors like mispelling the name of the person chosen for coverage in your article...especially if that indivdual is a panelist of importance at the event Adrant co-sponsored...

Posted by: Stewart W. Bosley, Jr. on November 10, 2006 3:54 AM

Whose name did I misspell? And talking about spelling, it's Adrants, not Adrant.

Posted by: Steve Hall on November 10, 2006 11:20 AM