COMMIT TO CHANGE

Events


December 10, 2020
PRWEEK Racial Equity Summit 2020

The implications of recent incidents of white privilege and police brutality against Black people have heightened the focus on issues around diversity across the whole of society, including business, brands and the PR industry. What do these events say about modern-day America and what needs to be done to break the never-ending cycle of racism and brutality against BIPOC individuals? What is the role of business in leading change? And how can active listening within organizations turn talk into meaningful action? PRWeek’s Racial Equity Virtual Summit will shed light on these topics and discuss how brands should respond in an authentic manner, the danger of opportunistic behavior and the toll this continued injustice places on BIPOC employees in their work and personal lives.

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December 8, 2020
AAF Membership Diversity Webinar Series: "Recognizing the Significance of Black Voices in Advertising"

Photographer and photojournalist Lynsey Weatherspoon shares insight from the perspective of her lens. Often called on to capture history and heritage in real time, plan to join us as Lynsey shares her story and imagery from the front lines of the fight for justice and equality. Her work is exception. Her images will captivate you and take you on an emotional journey. Using photography and filmmaking as tools to tell stories, Westherspoon's work has been features in print and online in such publications as The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, ESPN and ESPN-owned The Undefeated.

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December 4, 2020
The Unaccounted: Adweek MENA Summit

Join Adweek for an insightful discussion featuring marketing and industry leaders of MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) descent who will share their experiences of feeling unaccounted for, especially when it comes to U.S. standards and how they are personally and professionally navigating today’s heightened discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion. Hear their stories, how they’re leading today and the solutions we can all work towards to better welcome, involve and advance this community.

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September 21-24, 2020
The Atlantic Festival

From September 21 to 24, 2020, The Atlantic brought its marquee festival directly to its viewers, going completely virtual and free of charge to attendees. We examined the magnitude of the events of 2020, who we are as a nation, and what we might become, through in-depth interviews with some of today’s biggest thinkers and leaders in technology, politics, business, and the arts.

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September 8-10, 2020
ADCOLOR Everywhere

ADCOLOR Everywhere is our chance to go beyond a physical event. To invite more people, more industries, more countries. We’ll have tough conversations and amplify the voices of our community to create a virtual event that will help us navigate the challenges and emotions of 2020 and keep us strong in our fight. ADCOLOR remains true to our goal of creating a community of diverse professionals who support and celebrate one another. This year will be no different. We will set the bar virtually with innovative content, a live main-stage, cutting-edge breakouts and networking opportunities that will live on long after the conference. Join us as we virtually convene top innovators, experts and thought leaders from multiple creative industries: advertising, marketing, media, entertainment, public relations and tech.

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August 19, 2020
Ad Age Town Hall on Racism

A forum exploring advertising and marketing's role in systemic racism and whether progress has been made. Three months since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers that sparked protests and roused the ad world to look internally at its role in perpetuating systemic racism, Ad Age brought together Black business leaders to assess the progress being made and the next steps that need to be taken to end racial injustice.

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July 21, 2020

Unfinished Work: Women and Democracy

As the nation prepares to decide its future in November, the notion of “the women’s vote” remains persistent — but it’s an idea that many say actually undermines the power women hold. Why has America latched onto this idea? What can be done to change it? This Unfinished Work conversation, hosted by New York Times deputy Politics editor Rachel Dry, will give political minds and voting rights leaders an opportunity to shed light on the true voting power of women—and how that power, particularly that of women of color and women from underserved populations, is under attack. Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, will join discussing her advocacy for Puerto Rico to have full voting rights and political representation.

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June 30, 2020

Corner Office: Creating the Modern Museum

Museums can help us better understand our past, and make sense of this moment. But how will they change in the years ahead, in the face of uncertain federal funding for the arts? This week, we discuss all this and more with Lonnie Bunch, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Hosted by David Gelles, New York Times Corner Office columnist.

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June 29, 2020

Inner Change & Social Justice with Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams

Our worlds have been upended by coronavirus, economic upheaval and a historic movement demanding social justice. Join the founding editor of Well, Tara Parker-Pope, for a conversation and mindful meditation with Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, about the inner work we all must do to cultivate a liberated life and usher in social change.

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June 24, 2020

How to Raise a Socially Conscious, Anti-Racist Child

Sponsored by PayPalWith race, equality and empowerment dominating the national conversation, helping kids navigate today’s complex world can be a formidable challenge. How can parents teach why diversity, equity and critical thinking matter? How should privilege be addressed? And how do you use childhood curiosity to develop empathy? Hear the perspective of Amber Coleman-Mortley, director of social engagement for iCivics, a nonprofit focused on improving civics education for children. Hosted by Tara Parker-Pope, founding editor of Well.

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June 18, 2020

2020 Juneteenth Music Festival

The 2020 Juneteenth Music Festival invites all to join, online, for a positive, educational and entertaining day celebrating African American history and the mission to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Our scheduled program, on June 18th, will feature our sixth annual DREAM BIG Awards highlighting individuals who have made a positive impact in our community. In between awardee interviews we will feature musical performances, live podcasts, a virtual cypher, virtual dance competition, comedy, financial literacy segments, and more.

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June 18, 2020

Comfort, Cocktails and Conversation with Veronica Chambers and Toni Tipton-Martin

New York Times' Veronica Chambers sits down with award-winning food journalist Toni Tipton-Martin, the day before Juneteenth, to discuss how every dish tells a story.

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June 18, 2020

The 1619 Project: Historical Roots of the Pandemic's Racial Disparities

Moderated by New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein, with New York Times writers, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Jeneen Interlandi, and Linda Villarosa, author of How False Beliefs in Physical Racial Difference Still Live in Medicine Today.

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June 16, 2020 

Corner Office: Changing the Conversation

New York Times' David Gelles talks with Live Nation director and SpringHill Entertainment CEO, Maverick Carter about the protests and empowerment in entertainment.

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June 16, 2020 

Still Processing: So Y'all Finally Get It

America just won’t let us rest. Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, hosts of the Still Processing podcast, reunite (once again) to unpack the reckonings of these past few weeks.

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June 16 

Offstage: Opening Night

We kick off with a "pre-show" conversation with New York Times' Wesley Morris, Broadway stars Adrienne Warren and Daniel J. Watts (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) Celia Rose Gooding (Jagged Little Pill) and director Kenny Leon (A Soldier’s Play), to hear their perspectives on the global protests shaping the lives of creators and fans alike.

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June 16

America, Inflamed

Inside the protests with John Eligon, New York Times national correspondent covering race; Audra Burch, New York Times national enterprise correspondent; and Richard Fausset, New York TimesAtlanta bureau chief. Hosted by Jamie Stockwell, New York Times deputy National editor.

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