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 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 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 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.
Leeza Singh is the Founder and CEO of The Renaissance Group. An accomplished business maverick with over two decades of experience in business operations, information technology, sales, data and project management for Fortune 500 companies, Leeza has comprehensive analytical expertise in both the consumer goods and financial industries.
While working beside C-Suite executives, Leeza discovered her talents, gifts and desire to be of service to others and in 2012, she formed The Renaissance Group. With over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, she chose to embrace her natural ability for entrepreneurship. Her practical knowledge of technology, including database management, technical writing, software development, knowledge management, change management, and business analysis positioned her to deliver and execute. Additionally, Leeza’s ability to identify productivity and performance gaps and also provide solution driven feedback, elevated her offering to include strategic planning.
In 2014, Andre created Papel & Caneta (Paper & Pen in Portuguese) at 25 years old with the mission of connecting leading ad industry creatives with activists to solve some of society's toughest problems. Already featured in publications like GOOD, Adweek, Campaign US, ELLE, PAPER Magazine and Afropunk, for two consecutive years, his project has been the only collective mentioned in Fast Company’s list of 'Ideas That Are Changing The World' alongside brands and agencies like HP, Nike, R/GA, Microsoft, and Unicef.
Based in Brazil, he runs workshops in universities and places like Miami Ad School with the goal of mentoring young people who are getting into the industry, but want to make a difference through independent projects. Every year, he launches a list highlighting young Brazilian talent who are changing the ad industry on their own. The latest list reached over 12K views in less than 2 days.
Piyush is a startup professional who is skilled at scaling businesses from scratch. He joined SilverPush, an AI-based advertising startup as the first hire to lead all aspects of business operations. He successfully established the organization across ten countries.
He values candor and discipline as the top qualities. Before stepping into advertising Piyush headed Asia's biggest education and outreach program supported by UNDDD (UN Decade for Deserts (2010-2020) and the fight against Desertification). The program sensitized more than five thousand students in India about Water Cooperation and Sustainable development.
He is an AIESEC alumnus and works to promotes cross-cultural exchange. He was selected to be a part of Cannes Lions Young Media Academy 2019.
He lives in New Delhi, loves to travel and is always on the hunt for unique plants for his garden.
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