Founded in 2005 by Tiffany R. Warren, the ADCOLOR Industry Coalition is designed to inspire professionals of color within the fields of advertising, marketing and media industries. In 2007 that evolved into the ADCOLOR Awards, a yearly celebration of the accomplishments made by diversity champions within the ad sector.
This yearâ€™s awards took place in California at the Beverly Hilton (Sept. 16-17). Honorees included comedian/actor George Lopez, who received the All-Star Award, director and advertising agency founder Spike Lee, who received the Catalyst Award, and Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves, Sr., who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Philanthropist and CNN correspondent Soledad Oâ€™Brien also put on a special presentation on the importance of diversity in advertising and the power of an increasingly diverse consumer population. The next few pages feature some highlights from the Awards.