How It Started. How it's Going...
In 2019, the Cannes Can: Diversity Collective hosted the first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion full scale activation at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Due to Covid19 we could not gather on the Mediterranean Sea to share our creative best practices. So we decided to bring the Inkwell Beach - Cannes Lions experience to Martha's to the original Inkwell Beach on Martha's Vineyard.
Featured Speakers Include:
Simon Cook - Ascential/Cannes Lions
Dwan White - Aunt Jackie's
Carmichael Lynch - A Year In Review
Carmichael Lynch presents: A Year In Minneapolis Doing More and Doing Better in the workplace, community and for our clients.
Featured Speakers Include:
Audra Lowe - Celebrity Page TV
Marty Senn - Chief Creative Officer, Carmichael Lynch
Carol Frazer Haynesworth - Head of Multicultural Strategy and Inclusion, Director, Carmichael Lynch
Ed Huerta Margotta - Director of Recruitment
Mothering: The Intentional Building of Communities
The best creative ideas have been birthed into existence in some for or fashion. Nurturing them to success is a critical and delicate balance that is an art form mastered only by a few .
Mara Brock Akil - Chief Storyteller
Jodie Patterson - Author, Chair, Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board
Michelle Miller (Moderator) - Anchor CBS
Widen the Screen to Widen our View
The stories we see in film, tv and advertising shape how we see ourselves and each other. When these stories, and the storytellers that create them, don’t reflect the world as it truly exists, we are led to incomplete and often misguided notions about the people and the world around us.
Damon Jones, Chief Communications Officer, P&G, leads a conversation with filmmakers Cai Thomas, director of Queen Collective short Change the Name and Gibrey Allen director of Pearl & Henry, part of the 8:46 Films program, and Eric Austin, Global Brand Building & Media Innovation, P&G, about the urgent need to improve representation of “Black Life” on screen and expand inclusion efforts for Black creators behind the screen, as well as sharing learnings, inspirations and reflections on their new creative projects which serve to widen the screen through their portrayal of a complete and inclusive view of Black life – one that is layered, beautiful, vast and dynamic.
Cai Thomas - Director, Change the Name
Gibrey Allen - Director, Pearl & Henry
Eric Austin - Global Brand Building, P&G
Damon Jones (Moderator) - CCO, P&G
Young Leaders Rebranding the C-Suite
An unfiltered conversation from four women of color who are moving the needle. They’re not only working in the corporate world, but creating their own approach for injecting more diversity into the pipeline, and helping them get to the top. Meet Women Who Create – the mentorship and events platform for women of color, built by women of color.
Kai Déveraux Lawson, SVP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dentsu (Moderator)
Shaunah Margaret, Co-Founder, Women Who Create
Freya Dumasia, Board Member, Women Who Create
Danielle Colin-Thome, Events Manager, Women Who Create
Sora Lee, Strategist, Women Who CreateYoung Leaders Rebranding the C-Suite
DE&I Leaders discuss ways to make the DEI the center of any organization
Rakia Finley - Copper and Vine
Tasha Gilroy - VMLY&R
Caralene Robinson - Executive Director, 220th Street
Mica Alexis - Audacy
Sarah Harris - Audacy
Keeping The Urgency on Equity
In the wake of last summer’s long-overdue reckoning on race, companies across the country made sweeping promises to improve the diversity makeup of their workforces. More than one year later, many worry whether that initial, intense dedication will remain sustainable. Even if we assume the best intentions, that fear is not unfounded as we have lessons from past moments of inflection.
Admittedly, this work is hard, and activities don’t always mean progress. We are the ones who took to the streets, signed pledges, spoke up and spoke out at work. We are what we have been waiting for, but we cannot rest and let up. So, what can we do in this space and beyond to keep leaders’ feet to the fire, continue the momentum, and press the urgency of equity?
To prevent the onset of diversity fatigue and distraction, and stay the course for racial justice, we will discuss four strategies to embed DEI thinking into our current business challenges:
Mark Prince - Dentsu
Christena Pyle - Dentsu
Reema Elghossain - 4A's Foundation
Trisch Smith - Edelman
"Black Is Damn Good Business"
Walter Geer (Moderator)- VMLY&R
Andre Gray - Grey
Ezinne (Kwubiri) Okoro - WundermanThompson
Shalaya Shipman - Salesforce
Akil Bascombe - WPP
Imagining New Futures: Visualizing the Black Community Past, Present and Beyond
What stories are we looking to tell now:
Rev. Branden Polk - Charles Koch Institute
Carol Frazer Haynesworth - Carmichael Lynch/Black in the World
Tristen Norman - Getty Images
Critical Race Theory
The Intersection of Race, Culture and Creativity. Unpacking the true definition from scholars and activists to determine what role it should play within both academia and corporate spaces.
Marc H. Morial - CEO, National Urban League
Rev. Dr. Dante Quick - Sr. Pastor First Baptist Church - of Lincoln Gardens, NJ
Adrianne C. Smith (Moderator) - Founder CC:DC, CDIO FleishmanHIllard
Myron King - VMLY&R
Tasha Gilroy - VMLY&R
Lisa Skeete Tatum - Landit
DE&I Leaders discuss ways to make the DEI World Bending Activism: How Creativity Defined a Culture of Activism Around The World:
The last year has undoubtedly brought activism to the front and center of culture. With so much happening around the world – including a global pandemic – the past 18 months have demonstrated how creativity has influenced and made a tremendous impact on activism. It has united causes, voices and people across the globe to make waves and in some cases important policy changes. This session will explore the creativity expressed in activism to drive change both online and offline, the benefits and hurdles that have come with it and how the communications, media and advertising industry can play a role in changing the course of history.
Emily Graham - Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Omnicom
Gwendolyn Pointer - Executive Vice President, GLAAD
XiaoHwa Sydney Ng - Cultural Content Director, ADMERASIA
Karlie Thornton - Founder, froSkate
Michael Eric Dyson
Walter Geer - VMLY&R, Executive Creative Director
April Ryan (Moderator)
Rodney Williams - Belvedere
The Impact of Female Storytellers as Change Agents
Sarah Harris (Moderator) - Audacy
Wendy Credle - TV Producer, Music Attorney (Credle & Associates)
Pat Prescott - On-air personality on Audacy’s 94.7 The Wave (KTWV-FM)
Jerika Richardson - National Urban League
Fe Noel - Fashion Designer
Ro Kalonaros - Omnicom
Zaire Garrus - Anima8orz
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