Advertising Industry Honors Excellence in Multicultural Advertising & The 2015 Diversity Achievement & Mosaic Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C.–For the past 13 years, the Diversity Achievement & Mosaic Awards (DAMA) has recognized and celebrated innovative agency work highlighting diversity and inclusion and those trailblazers who have propelled diversity towards the forefront of the advertising sector. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) and its District Two will honor the following industry leaders and award winning campaigns and programs at the 2015 DAMA:

2015 Diversity Achievement Winners

Industry Career Achiever
Name: Kim Getty
Title: President
Company: Deutsch LA
Industry Influential
Name: Wells Davis
Title: EVP, Head of Strategy
Company: Leo Burnett

Trendsetter
Name: Kelvin Joseph
Title: COO
Company: Steiner Sports
Name: Imari Oliver
Title: VP, Director of Creative Strategy
Company: Sparks & Honey

Role Model
Name: Leslie Wingo
Title: President & CEO
Company: Sanders/Wingo

Educator
Name: Ron Seichrist
Title: Founder, Global Creative Director
Company: Miami Ad School

2015 Mosaic Awards Winners

Multicultural Advertising Campaign
Agency: Richards/Lerma
Client: Pizza Patrón
Campaign: La Chingona

Multicultural Traditional Media Usage

Agency: Rezonate Media
Client: Toyota
Campaign: FY15 LGP (Let’s Go Places) RAV4

Multicultural Students Program

Agency: Leo Burnett
Program Name: Leo’s Vision

Multicultural Digital Campaign

Agency: Lápiz
Client: Allstate Insurance Company
Campaign: Envia Mala Suerte at the World Cup
Supplier Diversity
Agency: Leo Burnett
Program Name: Medley Showcase

Student Multicultural Advertising Campaign

Student: Kingel Mehta
School: Miami Ad School San Francisco
Client: Skype
Campaign: Never Leave

“It is amazing to see the work people are doing to make diversity not just a word in advertising, but an action. They continue to show us the talent and passion that lives within their halls and challenge the colors we are so used to painting with as an industry,“ said Brandon Rochon, SVP, Global Creative Director, Leo Burnett and 2015 Mosaic Awards Judge.
This year’s DAMA will take place at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on June 11. Each year top thought leaders in the advertising business convene for this program to connect with their peers and demonstrate their company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
DAMA is a part of the AAF’s Mosaic Center, a resource and advocate for the value of diversity and inclusion within the advertising industry. For nearly two decades, creating an inclusive industry has been a priority of the AAF. The racial makeup of the US is quickly shifting and the spending power of groups that were once in the minority is continuously increasing. To help the advertising industry reflect that change, the AAF has committed a substantial portion of its resources to implementing a myriad of programs that promote and advance multiculturalism within the industry.
For more information on the Diversity Achievement & Mosaic Awards, please visit AAF’s website or contact Kai Jones at kjones@aaf.org. To learn more about the ADMERICA conference, please visit http://admericaaaf.org/.
About the American Advertising Federation
The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the nation’s oldest national advertising trade association, and the only association representing all facets of the advertising industry, is headquartered in Washington, DC, and acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” The AAF’s membership is comprised of nearly 100 blue chip corporate members comprising the nation’s leading advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies; a national network of nearly 200 local clubs representing 40,000 advertising professionals; and more than 200 AAF college chapters with over 5,000 student members. The AAF operates a host of programs and initiatives including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism, and summer AdCamps for high school students. For more information on the full range of AAF programming, visit membership.aaf.org.