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Icons,Rockstars,& Innovators

Celebrating “Icons, Rock Stars, & Innovators “of New York


The ACNY Foundation is proud to recognize outstanding industry professionals, during our 3rd Annual Black History Month recognition series titled, “Icons, Rock Stars & Innovators”.

It is our way of shining the spotlight on exemplary talent, integral to the evolution and growth of the advertising industry.Each day during Black History Month we profile a selected “Icon, Rock Star & Innovator” across all our digital platforms. In addition, our partnership with Mixed Company podcast, allows for our programming to further extend throughout the industry; introducing and promoting these luminaries to new audiences.

On February 26, 2020 – we will host our Recognition reception & program.

5:30pm - 9pm


Horizon Media

75 Varick Street

New York, NY 10013


RSVP here!


Take a peek at last year’s event.

P.S. Check out our other content from previous years

2019 - Online Exhibition

2019 - Icons, RockStars, & Innovators

2018 - Icons, RockStars, & Innovators



What makes you an Icon?

Your authentic and influential leadership style that has contributed to your trailblazing career success. You have broken barriers, overcome adversity, and as a result, are a role model to many.

See the profiles!



Danielle Lee, Global Vice President, Partner Solutions, Spotify

Katrina Craigwell, Head of Global Employer Brand, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Heide Gardner, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Interpublic Group

Shante Bacon, Founder & CEO, ONE/35 Agency

Cavel Khan, Senior Vice President, NA Client Partnerships, VICE Media

Judy Jackson, Global Head of Culture, WPP

Monique Nelson, CEO, Uniworld Group

Vita M. Harris, Chief Strategy Officer, FCB Global

Kirk McDonald, Chief Business Officer, Xandr

Sandra Sims-Williams, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Nielsen Media




What makes you a Rock Star?

You’re gaining momentum in your field and you’re on fire! Your hard work stands above the crowd and shines bright. By being engaged and curious, you are a producer of excellence.

See the profiles!



Minda Harts, Best-selling Author of The Memo

Arnetta Whiteside, Cultural Specialist and Inclusion Advocate, Publicis Media

Margarita Corporan, Culture Capturer, Photographer

Walter T. Geer III, SVP, Group Creative Director \ Digital Experience + Innovation, TBWA\WORLDHEALTH

God-Is Rivera, Global Director, Culture & Community, Twitter

Husani Oakley, EVP, Director of Technology + Innovation, Deutsch

Christena Pyle, Executive Director, Advertising at TIME'S UP

Andrew McCaskill, Culture & Economics Contributor, Sirius XM

Todd Triplett, Creative Director at Superfly

Gabrielle Shirdan, VP Creative Director, McCann NYC

Javid Louis, Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy at DKC




What makes you an Innovator?

You’re not the problem, you’re the solution!

You are traveling the roads not taken…being a pioneer of change…and fearlessly creating groundbreaking initiatives and solutions!

See the profiles!



Shameka Brown Barbosa & Julius Dunn, Co-founder & Executive Coach, The Only One There

Adrianne C. Smith, Founder, Cannes Can: Diversity Collective

Gary J. Nix, Founder & Chief Strategist, The BRANDarchist

The Mixed Company Podcast Team, Kai Lawson & Simeon Coker

Carl Desir, Founder, The Boom List

Love Malone, Founder, The Gradient Group


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