Magic Makers

Adrianne C. Smith

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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.

Laura Mignott

Laura Mignott

Laura Mignott is the CEO of DFlash, a New York-based experience communications agency and creator/host of the Reset Podcast, . DFlash creates experiences that make people feel welcome, from pop-ups to private dinners, to multi-city tours, for brands like Netflix, Amazon, Samsung, Bose & many more. Laura is a creative storyteller, with a strategic mindset and relentless hustle. She's affectionately known as the #Bosslady, with the warm smile. She believes in hard work and good karma. Her work has been featured in Essence, Forbes, Huff Post, Thrive Global, USA Today, Black Enterprise as well as multiple TV appearances on Arise America as a marketing/branding expert. She holds a BA from NYU and MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She lives in NYC and is always on the hunt for the next great cocktail bar.

Mike Warner

Mike Warner

Mike Warner has had an illustrious and exciting career that, over the last two decades, has spanned music, entertainment, marketing, fashion, business development and tourism. Integrity and authenticity are the two qualities that he values the most, and these qualities are woven throughout every facet of his career, enabling Mike to collaborate with some of the world’s best known brands and influencers.  

As the Chief Relationship Officer of Egami Group, Mike utilized his creative experience and business acumen in partnership with his wife and business partner, Teneshia Warner, to position Egami Group as one of the industry’s most awarded agencies in 2018 including an Emmy and a Cannes Lion Grand Prix… a first for an African American, woman-owned agency.

Mike continues to fuel his passion for tourism and music as a Tourism Ambassador to Antigua & Barbuda and partner in a prominent music licensing company.

Lincoln Stephens

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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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