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Under The Influence: The New Reality in the Future of Advertising 

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You are cordially invited to a private celebration of the new school of culture creators, brand builders, thought leaders & social change agents entitled

Under The Influence: The New Reality in the Future of Advertising
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | 7pm until 10pm
330 Ritch | 330 Ritch Street (San Francisco)

The event is the culminating event following a panel discussion on diversity & inclusion at the 4A's Leadership Conference, announcing the debut of the The Marcus Graham Project (MGP). The Marcus Graham project is an emerging network that is strategically focused on building the next generation of diverse leadership in the advertising, media, marketing and entertainment industry. The network will facilitate its initiatives thru mentorship, training & career development.

Held in association with Diversity in Media, Aquent, and a host of other industry relevant organizations, the event is hosted in conjunction with a local event, Pacific Standard Time, a cultural union of Left Coast artists, activists, and party people. The event is musically programmed by nationally renowned disc-jockey DJ SAKE1 and hosted in partnership with Souldeluxxe Snd, LLC, Ankh Marketing, Inc. and Local 1200.

Special guest DJ for the event will be Quannum Projects founder and legendary hip-hop artist Chief Xcel. Complimentary cocktails will be served, provided by Ty Ku Asian Wine & Spirits.

The event will feature a brief discussion & book signing by Erin O. Patton, author of Under The Influence: Tracing the Hip Hop Generation’s Impact on Brands, Sports & Pop Culture. As the original architect behind Nike’s Jordan brand, NBA star Stephon Marbury's groundbreaking Starbury launch and Edelman Worldwide's Diversity Marketing practice, Patton is widely regarded as one of the nation's foremost authorities on multicultural marketing and the mainstream urban audience. The book is currently available.

Other Confirmed Guests Speakers to include:

  • Jodie Blum, Executive Director of hip-hop artist Common’s foundation, The Common Ground Foundation
  • Tiffany R. Warren, Chief Diversity Officer at The Omnicom Group & Founder of the ADCOLOR(R) and The ADCOLOR(R) Awards
  • Chris Surrey, Founder of Project54Tour/Diversity In Media
  • Carol Wyatt, Director of Human Resources at Carol H. Williams Advertising
  • Akili Lee, Director, Digital Youth Network at Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago
  • Audie Vergara, Marketing & Development Manager at Quannum Projects

Please inform us of your attendance by contact emailing us at

For more information on The Marcus Graham Project visit or contact founder Lincoln Stephens at

*Attendance at this event is your implied consent to be videotaped or photographed.

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