November 3, 2015
AAF of the Midlands is thrilled to announce that Cameron Kirksey, a student from the University of South Carolina, has been named one of AAF’s Most Promising Multicultural Students in the nation and will be recognized in NYC in February. Cameron is UofSC’s 26th student to win the award since its inception in 1997.
AAF’s Most Promising Multicultural Students was designed to promote diversity and inclusion within the advertising and marketing-related industries, the first class of Most Promising Students participated in the program in 1997. Since then, over 800 students have been a part of MPMS and many have advanced to hold mid to upper management positions within the industry.
On Thursday, October 29, nine advertising industry professionals representing agencies, media and clients gathered at the American Advertising Federation headquarters to select the 20th class of Most Promising Multicultural Students, adding another 50 outstanding individuals to this impressive pool of talent. The 2016 judges represented DigitasLBi, ESPN, General Mills, GSD&M, Lapiz, Omnicom Media Group, Omnicom Group, Razorfish and Wieden+Kennedy.
Students from AAF’s college chapter network were selected through a vetted application process that included essays, letters of recommendation, resumé and specific academic requirements.
2016 Most Promising Multicultural Students Class
With an average GPA of 3.6, this accomplished group of undergraduate seniors represents 21 states and 35 different schools across the country including Hawaii, Washington and Texas.
MPMS is a four-day industry immersion that includes professional development workshops, agency visits and a recruiter’s expo. Leading agencies and companies have utilized the MPMS program year over year as a recruitment tool including Deutsch, General Mills, Leo Burnett, McCann Worldgroup, Omnicom Group, Publicis Groupe and Starcom Mediavest Group, among several others. In 2015, 55% of this sought-after group of young professionals was offered a full time position or internship during or soon after the conclusion of the program. Most Promising students represent the top of their class and have passionately demonstrated their future success in this industry through internships, leadership activities, community service, innovation and creativity.
“MPMS has proven itself to be an exemplary program helping to fuel the continued diversification of our industry. Many MPMS alumni have gone on to become the budding leaders and trendsetters within the advertising business. 2016 will mark the program’s 20thclass and the caliber of excellence is once again higher than it has ever been.”
-Lori Hawthrone, Head of Talent Acquisition, Razorfish; 2016 MPMS Judge
For over two decades, AAF has offered a myriad of programming that promotes and advances multiculturalism within the advertising industry including the Mosaic Awards, Mosaic Career Fairs and AdCamps.