Multicultural initiatives have long been a top priority of the AAF. Listed below are some of the organization's past activities:

video_icon Streaming Video: Congressional Summit on Diversity
In July 1998, AAF hosted the industry's first diversity summit in Washington, D.C. The event brought together members of Congress and executives representing minority advertising and media companies. Keynote speakers were Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI), At-Large Whip and member of the House Appropriations Committee.

AAF Forms AAF Center on Multiculturalism Awards Program, Trade Show to Promote Better Multicultural Advertising Practices
Answering the call for a more multicultural advertising industry and addressing corporate needs in that area, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) announced a number of new initiatives at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, July 18, 2001.

Together with congressional leaders, Wallace S. Snyder, AAF president and CEO announced the formation of AAF's new Center on Multiculturalism and the national rollout of the AAF's Mosaic Principles & Recommended Practices. Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI) were also present to discuss their support for the rollout.

Participants: Press Release: American Advertising Federation Forms AAF Center on Multiculturalism Awards Program, Trade Show to Promote Better Multicultural Advertising Practices

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From left: Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI), Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and AAF President and CEO Wally Snyder
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Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick presents the Mosaic Principles & Recommended Practices.
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Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) addresses the press.