Candace Queen

Founder, Blacks in Advertising and Meroe & Co.

Hailing from Port Arthur, TX, Candace Queen is an art director and designer based in Chicago, IL, with a vivacious entrepreneurial spirit. Passionate about all things Trill, Chopped and Screwed, her work and work ethic reflects her roots in Southeast Texas, as well as her love for exploring new technology and hacking culture codes.

In 2015 she completed her thesis, “The Value of Multicultural Marketing: Increasing Sustainable Behaviors Among African-Americans with Market Segmentation,” while pursuing a Masters’ degree in advertising at the University of Texas. After graduate school, Candace moved to the Windy City to take on an art director role at DigitasLBi. There she worked on a range of brands including Sprint, Miller Lite, Glidden, BP, and TransUnion. After DigitasLBi, she began freelancing on the ALDI account at SapientRazorfish, and working independently with brands like Cantu Beauty, as well as an array of start-ups. 

In addition to her day-work, she runs Hansberry Group, a boutique consultancy that drives impact within the Black community through branding and design. Under the Hansberry Group umbrella, Blacks in Advertising was formed, a collective that focuses on amplifying the voices of Black professionals in the advertising and media industries.

Over the course of her career, Candace has been recognized by the 4A’s as one of the 100 People That Make Advertising Great, a 2017 4A’s MAIPer to Watch, 2015 Bill Sharp Award Recipient, and 2014 ADCOLOR FUTURE. She’s currently a member of the 4A’s MAIP Alumni Association Executive Council, ADCOLOR Advisory Board and the American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Next Generation Leadership Council. 


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Last Updated: December 2017