Adrianne C. Smith

Adrianne is the Founder of Vision Corps Media Group (VCMG), a media incubation company developed to create new content for current and emerging media outlets. Adrianne’s career has been primarily based on making the invisible visible by creating opportunities for under-represented communities. Her career spans 20 plus years in advertising, media and professional development. She has produced both documentaries and television programs as well as participated on the launch team for a digital sub-channel network. During her tenure as the Executive Director for the Center for Excellence in Advertising at Howard University, her training and development programs were the catalyst for the success of many advertising executives. Graduates trained in her program have received many awards and accolades including Cannes Lions awards. In 2017, Adrianne created the Cannes Can: Diversity Collective to support under-represented communities gain knowledge, exposure and networking opportunities at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Lincoln Stephens

Lincoln Stephens is a former Advertising Account Management Executive (Carol H Williams, Martin Retail, and TracyLocke) turned social entrepreneur. In August 2007, Lincoln quit his job to pursue his passion for mentorship and co-founded a non profit organization called the Marcus Graham Project. The organization which is focused on bringing more diversity to the advertising industry through mentorship, exposure and career development, has been featured in Advertising Age, Black Enterprise Magazine, and on CNN. Additionally, Lincoln has been acclaimed as one of Advertising Age's top 40 marketing leaders under 40, ADCOLOR® Change Agent, Ebony Magazine's top entrepreneurs under 34, the Dallas Business Journal's Minority Business Leader Award and a 2015 AT&T Game Changer. Lincoln most recently was honoured with the University of Missouri School of Journalism's Honour Medal for Distinguished Service in the Media Industry.

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