The 4A’s Hosts Eighth Annual The Face of Talent Event

Jonathan Jackson, Blavity Co-Founder and Harvard University Neiman Fellow, to Keynote the Event’s Diversity Leadership Luncheon

NEW YORK CITY (July 12, 2018)—Next month, the 4A’s will host its eighth annual The Face of Talent, a weeklong series of events celebrating and showcasing a vibrant and diverse pool of aspiring advertising hopefuls, bringing them together with agency leaders and their clients who advocate and champion diversity across the advertising and marketing communications industries.

The Face of Talent will take place Aug. 6–10 in New York. This year’s event marks the coming together of the 4A’s various diversity and inclusion initiatives under the 4A’s Foundation, which now includes the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP)and its alumni network, 4A’s scholarship program, and its high school initiatives, including two New York City–based public high schools: the High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media (iAM)and the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA).

The marquee event of The Face of Talent is the Diversity Leadership Luncheonevent, Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Ziegfeld Ballroom. Some 750 educators, scholars, high school graduates, MAIP fellows, MAIP alumni and the industry will gather to welcome and award new faces of talent in the industry. The luncheon will feature talks from keynote speaker Jonathan Jackson, co-founder of Blavity and current Harvard University Neiman fellow; Jean-Baptiste; and 4A’sPresident and CEO Marla Kaplowitz.

Other events at this year’s The Face of Talent include:

  • Diversity Career Fair + MAIP Greenhouse (Aug. 6): This is an opportunity for agencies to recruit from the #MAIP2018 fellow class.
  • Society of Excellence Reception (Aug. 6): High-potential advertising and media professionals will be honored with awards, including the new Philosopher Award, the Paragon Award, the coveted MAIPers to Watch and more.

You can find complete details on the week’s programming here.

“With the 45th anniversary of MAIP, the 10th anniversary of iAM, and the first-ever graduating class of MECA with a 96 percent graduation rate, we have so much to celebrate this year,” said Keesha Jean-Baptiste, the 4A’s SVP of Talent Engagement and Inclusion. “We have a long history of helping to fuel a diverse talent pipeline for the industry. There’s never been a better time to bring these programs together under the 4A’s Foundation, and there’s never been a better place than The Face of Talent to demonstrate the power of our new unified mission: With the belief that possibilities are endless for everyone given the right access and exposure, the 4A’s Foundation exists to connect the industry to talent for today and tomorrow.”

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About the 4A’s
Founded in 1917, the 4A’s was established to promote, advance and defend the interests of our member agencies, their employees and the industry at large. The organization serves 700+ member agencies across 1,300 offices, which control more than 85% of total U.S. advertising spend. As the leading trade organization for marketing communication agencies, the 4A’s purpose is to help empower its members to deliver insightful creativity that drives commerce and influences culture, all while moving the industry forward. The organization provides community, leadership, advocacy, guidance and best-in-class training that help enable agencies to innovate, evolve and grow. The 4A’s Benefits division insures more than 160,000 employees, and its D.C. office advocates for policies that best support a thriving advertising industry. The 4A’s Foundation fuels a robust diversity pipeline of talent for its members and the marketing and media industry, fostering the next generation of leaders. The organization is dedicated to, and vested in, our members’ success just as they are dedicated to helping brands create, distribute, and measure effective and insightful advertising and marketing. Visit the 4A’s at

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