Obama Strategist David Plouffe Featured Speaker at Howard University's Center for Excellence in Advertising Event May 14

Proceed of Kick-Off Fundraiser to Benefit CEA Programs

The inaugural fundraising event for Howard University’s Center for Excellence in Advertising will be held Thursday, May 14, at New World Stages in New York City.

David Plouffe, chief campaign strategist for President Barack Obama, will speak during a private, invitation-only breakfast on the topic of “Diversity: The Ultimate ROI.” Plouffe’s keynote will be followed by a general session featuring a panel discussion moderated by Donny Deutsch, chairman, Deutsch Inc., and CNBC Host. Along with Plouffe, panelists include Clifford Franklin, Fuse Advertising, and Cornell Belcher, Brilliant Corners.

» Visit the CEA website for more details.

If you are a member of the press and would like to attend, contact Kipp Cheng, SVP, Communications, 4A’s.

With an initial $250,000 grant from the 4A’s, CEA was established in September 2008, to help the advertising industry eliminate barriers and identify opportunities to achieve a more diverse and inclusive workforce at middle to senior management levels. CEA will be managed by Howard University’s John H Johnson School of Communications, which has the only accredited degree-granting program in advertising among the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). CEA’s vision is to become the advertising industry’s certified talent resource and pipeline for people of color. It will be the preeminent training facility for individuals who are interested in advancing their careers in the advertising industry.

About Howard University
Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, doctoral/research-extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American PhDs than any other university in the world. For more information about Howard University, call (202) 238-2330, or visit the University’s website at www.howard.edu.

About the 4A’s
The American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) is the national trade association of the advertising agency business. The 1,175 member agency offices it serves in the United States employ 65,000 people, offer a wide range of marketing communications services, and place 80 percent of all national advertising. The management-oriented association helps its members build their businesses, and acts as the industry’s spokesman with government, media, and the public sector. For more information visit our website at www.aaaa.org.

Primary Contact:
Kipp Cheng
SVP, Communications
(212) 850-0720
(917) 710-3916