Gary j.
 NiX
bOARD MEMBER & G.R.O.W.T.H.  INITIATIVE STRATEGY MODERATOR

Years in the industry:  5 to 10 

 

Location: NYC

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyjnix

 

How I rose from concrete...

I took what I learned working in music, retail, magazines, and lifestyle to make the advertising industry take notice. Insights quickly become universal truths and this industry needs to integrate this approach in all of the things they do.

Derek  walker

Years in the industry:  15 plus

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/derek-walker-8741578

 

Location: South Carolina

How I rose from concrete...

Not on my own. The concrete was cracked by those who came before me. They created a wide enough crack for me to take root and grow. And slowly over time, I hope to make enough cracks for others.

Larry  gordon 

 

Years in the industry:  10 to 15 

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/larry-gordon-558a648/

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

By realizing that the concrete was not an obstacle. The concrete is a part of my environment, my story, and who I am. And I bring all of that into advertising.

Sherman  winfield

Years in the industry:  5 to 10 

 

 

Linkedin Profile: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/shermanwinfield/

 

Location: Atlanta

 

How I rose from concrete...

A very close friend.

alex

 SantiagO, Down south     roses Lead

Years in the industry:  15 plus 

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sosaic

 

Location:  Lakeland, Florida

 

How I rose from concrete...

I believe I rose from concrete and jungle coming from a mountain in a big town in Puerto Rico. Thanks to the strength of "familia" all I ever did was embrace change, live up to challenges and find ways to grow. I left my country as a teen because I believe I had something special to give. I've battled adversity, racism, and doubt by working my ass off from picking up trash to building teams for respected brands. How I did this was through education. I didn't need to be the smartest person in any room, but I surely didn't want to be the most ignorant. I'm still struggling, but my purpose is clearer than ever. Surrounded by family I love and good people I trust. My story will live through my children, but my legacy—I'm hopeful—will live through the lives I affect positively.

Dk

 Wright

Years in the industry:  0 to 5 

Linkedin Profile: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dk-wright-99969518

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

I rose from the concrete by creating programs for young people to identify their professional pursuit using their creative passions while working as a director of communications at an NYC nonprofit profit organization. Helping grow that local organization to a national level, I became a youth mentor and used my knowledge of storytelling and media to create a pipeline of digital media literacy for teens. I forged relationships with agencies to create internships for those young people and noticed that I was sending young people into spaces that didn’t look like them. So I decided to make a lateral move in my career and fought to enter the agency world. So they could see more faces that looked like them and more men who spoke their language when they start to imagine what their future could look like. I wanted to them to know what took years for me to learn, that when we look in the mirror we don’t just see our current selves.... we can see possibilities for the future.

Richie  aguilar,
CreATIVE webmaster LEAD

Years in the industry:  0 to 5  

 

Linkedin Profile: 

https://www.LinkedIn.com/in/richieaguilar

 

How I rose from concrete... 

I rose from concrete by being the first in my family to graduate with a bachelor's degree and getting a career in advertising. From being raised by a single mother with my twin brother. She took care of us, I couldn’t wait for the day that I’ll be taking care of her. Now I am, I was the rose. She was my soil. She gave my roots love and nutrients to help me to break through the concrete.

bruce  fields

Years in the industry:  5 to 10 

 

Linkedin Profile: 

http://linkedin.com/in/bruce-bo-fields

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

I rose from the concrete my being a voice and hand for the young black faces from my neighborhood and fought to make a space for myself in this industry.

Ruston  Spurlock

Years in the industry:  15 plus

 

Linkedin Profile: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruston-a-spurlock-a1283/

 

Location: Washington, D.C

How I rose from concrete...

On the shoulders of others.

Al
 Benoit,
G.R.O.W.T.H. INITIATIVE MEDIAM C0-MODERATOR

Years in the industry:  15 plus

 

Linkedin Profile: 

https://www.Linked.com/albenoit

 

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

Understanding office politics and outworking peers.

Tim

 austin

Years in the industry:  10 to 15 

 

Linkedin Profile: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/timraustin/

 

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

As a black male born to a single mother in the inner city of Baltimore, the odds were stacked against me. 29 years later I look back and know that I've been blessed with incredible experiences and opportunities many don't think are possible. 6 years into my career, I'm eager to invest the next generation with a dream eager to overcome against all odds.

Lawrence

 alexander

Years in the industry:  10 to 15 

 

Linkedin Profile: 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrence-alexander-6820697/

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

By focusing on developing my gifts, the learning and believing in myself and the power within along with help from a lot of righteous souls. I began my career in Dallas, TX overcoming many struggles and learning life lessons to being here in NY living my dream and working with my talents. The concrete is a part of the experience and story that makes this life worth living.

Dotun 
 bello
 

Years in the industry:  5 to 10

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dotun-bello-7b3371111

 

Location: San Francisco, California

 

How I rose from concrete...

I'm still rising.

Jamar
 Callendar,
Creative BRANDING CO-Lead
 

Years in the industry:  0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile: http://linkedin.com/in/jamar-callender-7bb199106

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

By becoming a MAIP alum and pursuing my creative passion at Ogilvy as an Art Director, but I’m still breaking through the concrete.

Cornelius

 Rosenbaum

 

 

Years in the industry:  0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile: https://linkedin.com/in/cornelius-kyle-rosenbaum-37514441/

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

I was born at the peak of the crack epidemic in the '80s. Mom's wasn't around, so my father raised me. Reginald Matthews was an immigrant living in Newark, NJ raising his first kid alone. At an early age, I can say that "I've seen it all" in a lesser of the evils type of way. My early school years were troublesome. My energy as a kid was not channeled into something productive. Instead, I was given Ritalin and/or Adderall and stuck in one classroom throughout early elementary and high school. At the same time, I was the star track and basketball athlete. Weird I know... Fast forward to now. I've traveled to over 20 countries, lived in Europe for 3 years, I own a video production company creating branded content for clients such as Hennessy, Uber, and Nike, and I facilitate a mentorship program with the Soho House in Nyc. My testimony is that the universe is not designed to get in your way. You are the sole captain of this ship and where you guide it there it will go. It won't be easy but with determination consistency and faith the world is ours! Born to Lose, Built to win. My rise from the concrete story.

Derrick 
 rodriguez,
CREATIVE branding CO-lead
 

Years in the industry:  0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/derrickrodd/

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

I’m rising through the concrete with the love and support from my family and friends. I’m a designer by trade and an aspiring art director at the heart. Who believes design and creativity can leave the world a better place for all people! Making cool sh*t is what I am in the game for. But what brings me the most joy is helping others along the way in the creative industry. Still learning and still growing to blossom into a full rose!

Muhammad    Floyd,

Production lead

 

 

Years in the industry:  0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/muhammadfloyd

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

I joined an internship program met mentors who believed in me.

Keni 

 Thacker,

Founder/Chief creative officer

Years in the industry:  10 to 15

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keni-thacker-82308b4/

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

I've been blessed to create a lot of things that give people that are considered “other” exposure and opportunities in the advertising business. However, I must say that it has come with a fair share of challenges, trials, and tribulations. I have been lied on, mistreated, straight up denied opportunities and talked about horribly, by the same people that smile in my face. All of which had me in a state of “Un”. Undervalued, unappreciated, and misUnderstood. There were many times I wanted to bury my head in the sand and never do anything again but there was a voice in the back of my head saying this is bigger than me and those that are standing in my way. So, as my foes, fell by the wayside I still remain standing strong and rising above the BS and continuing to rise like the rose from concrete.

george 

 garrastegui,   jr.,

Senior advisor 

 

Years in the industry:  10 to 15

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ggarrastegui/

 

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

I believed in myself. Of course, I had the help and support of friends, family, and mentors along the way. But I was also surrounded by strong personalities that I learned from. I examined the way they operated and how they pursued their ambitions. I was inspired by them and imagined myself on their level. In a society where it’s easy to look at the negative, I chose to focus on the positive and bet on myself. This allowed me the drive to focus on a creative career when no one else understood what it was. It allowed me to work in publishing, fashion, marketing, and education… all by staying true to who I am. And now it allows me the opportunity to pass on my passion and knowledge to others. I rose by being nurtured, but I grew by believing I belonged.

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David
 ross,
Partnerships and strategy Co-lead

Years in the industry:  15 Plus

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidrossbx/

 

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

Through diligence. Through determination. Through craft. Through an unwavering sense of belief that I belong. Through curiosity. Through never believing that I know everything. A hunger to be the best.

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Dorian

 bell,

PROJECT MANAGEMENT LEAD 

Years in the industry:  0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dorian-bell-8a7aa627

 

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

Being the only person of color in project management for my division on the east coast. On a daily, I have to manage my own expectations while making sure I don't fall into stereotype "traps" within my corporate workplace.

Walter 

 Geer

Years in the industry:  15 Plus

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/3rdgeer/

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

I'm still rising...

 

Ladan baba

 Ndanani

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ladanbn

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

With the velocity and vigor of 1000 suns.

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Dorion
 taylor

Years in the industry: 15 Plus

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/doriontaylor/

 

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

How I rose from concrete...

I rose due to the help and support of others who believed in me while working twice as hard and twice as long as those who don't look like me.

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Carlos

 Taylor,

partnerships and strategy Co-lead / G.R.O.W.T.H. Initiative art direction moderator

Years in the industry: 5 to 10

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlos-taylor-8836689/

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

During the summers of my youth, my escape from the blistering concrete was the local library. My mother’s default response when I asked for permission was always “Yes!” when she heard “library,” which came to be the magic word of my youth. I can only imagine now that she considered the best ways for me to navigate the gangs and streets, was to be off them. Ensconced in the solace of these marble columns, I discovered photographer Gordon Parks, Life, Popular Mechanics, and National Geographic to just name a few. There, I was transported to different worlds that not only sparked my imagination but filled my boundless curiosity. Within this fortress of knowledge, I became entranced with the fields of photography, travel, and invention. In these stacks of books and periodicals, many seeds were planted. From this, the need to travel and the desire to create were firmly cemented.

nick

 Duran

Membership intake

co-Lead

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/durannicholas/

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

With Persistence and Faith.

Marc

 morin

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-morin-b1787116b

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete..

By taking all of the negative around my life and the injustice in
today's world, and turning into a propelling force that will allow me
to reach my maximum potential in the industry; allowing me to find
success in my career while  paving the way and lead all those who will
come after me..

 

Douglas

 davis

 

Years in the industry: 15 Plus

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglasqdavis

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

By pounding the pavement.

 

Simeon
 Coker
 

Years in the industry: 10 to 15

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/simeoncoker

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

I surrounded myself with a squad that held me down, built me up, and still holds me accountable.

 

chukwuma

 egbuzie

 

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chukwumaegbuzie/

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

Growing up in a single-parent household in the Bronx and attending a PWI made me realize the miles I have run to catch up. I started connecting with different people and found that mentorship changed my life. It helped me get my first gig in advertising and even as I am about to get a FT job. While it's scary at first, it's great knowing you have friends and family that support your dream and mission that God placed you on this earth to do.

 

Ravi

 Singh,

creative co-lead& g.r.o.w.t,h.

initiative

creative moderator

 

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile:

http://linkedin.com/in/ravicantsingh

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

Refusing to submit to the status quo and proceeding ever so boldly against it.

 

kelvin
 medina
 

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelvinmedi31/

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

Every day I rise from concrete. Coming from the Bronx and being Dominican, I’ve always have had to overcome adversity and preconceived notions about me. Throughout college, I realized I was gonna have to hustle and grind more than most people if I wanted to make it as a creative. That’s why I joined, ran and expanded the design club at my school, went to every networking event I could attend, networked like hell and secured internships every summer. I also applied to the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program by the 4A’s (MAIP) and got my foot into advertising as an Art Director at Ogilvy. Now I’m holding the door open for other people from diverse backgrounds like me.

 

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DAvon D. 

 Thompson,

partnerships and strategyco-lead & g.r.o.w.t,h.initiative planning / strategymoderator 

 

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/davon-thompson/

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

I took a step back and examined the field that I was playing on. Through careful observation, I eventually began to understand what forces I could control and couldn't control. After stepping into many uncomfortable situations, I also began to understand that being uncomfortable can be more important than being comfortable and that resilience is key to maintaining composure. Every loss I took moving forward I flipped into a learning lesson and every victory became a blueprint for future victories. I broke through the concrete by molding it into what I wanted it to be before it settled and became hard.

 

Raphael  Henriquez

 

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/raphael-henriquez-ab8b41ba

 

Location: NYC

 

How I rose from concrete...

I honestly can't say that I'm a fully blossomed rose that's risen from the concrete. I'm constantly blossoming and withering with my cycle on repeat. BUT! My family, my education, the rugby community, and close friends have been kept me grounded and well-rooted. These influences have taught me to be more than a relative, more than an athlete, more than a friend, more than a student, etc.; they've taught me to be a citizen of the world- open-minded and forward-moving.

 

Jad-Evangelo
Nasser
G.R.O.W.T.H. INITIATIVE account management co-moderator / mentor coordinator

Years in the industry: 5 to 10

 

Linkedin Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jad-evangelo-nasser-5a657462/

 

Location: New York, NY

 

How I rose from concrete...

Coming as an immigrant to New York in 2016, All I had to bring with me was my background and culture as a Caribbean/Middle Eastern man, my passion for globalization, culture, and storytelling, and my 4 years of Advertising experience as a copywriter/account manager. I thought to myself: I have been pressured so much back at home to build who I am today and arrive at this stage. Now I have to pressure myself again and carry on my narrative and my growth in my career and in LIFE. What has helped me rise was my unconditional love for people and my eagerness to learn and immerse myself with different experiences/people. A rose does not blossom on its own and dies if it stays by itself...

 

Brandon  Williams

Membership intake

co-lead

 

Years in the industry: 10 to 15

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandon-w-01359813/

 

Location: Los Angeles, California

 

How I rose from concrete...

Being from Cincinnati Ohio in a single parent house-hold. I went to the school of performing arts and always wanted to be marketing. I moved to Los Angeles and was able to attend FIDM and then the Art Institute. In 2012 as an account executive, i helped scale the programmatic division of Engage BDR, leading to the company's IPO in 2017. Brandon's unique background highlights over 10 years of expertise in marketing and leveraging relationships into business. His passion for all things creative lead to the inception of 55 Media Group in 2017.

 

Melvin  Wilson

 

Years in the industry: 15 plus

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandphygital

 

Location: New York, NY

 

How I rose from concrete...

From running the streets of Camden, NJ to traveling the globe talking about media and tech.

 

Xavier

Rivera

Creative Program Manager/ G.R.O.W.T.H. Initiative creative moderator

Years in the industry:  5 to 10

 

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/xriveradesign/

 

Location: Brandon, Florida

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How I rose from concrete...

When I graduated from college, the struggle was real. It was 2008, and I lost my first design job as fast as I had gotten it. I was also dealt with confidence and perception issues, especially being a POC looking to break into the ad industry locally. around 2015, I was able to successfully get my foot in the door of a well-respected shop, and really take advantage of any opportunity that came my way. 5 years later, I have won over 14 international awards from Graphis International, The Obie Awards, and HOW International. Recent wins also include 4 Gold wins and a Best of the Bay at the Local addy awards in tampa bay. I have also been interviewed by both AIGA and AAF/AD2. This just proves that there will never be a right time to go for success, and you can command respect through your work and talent.

Aaron  Francois

g.r.o.w.t.h.

initiative Media moderator

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francoispr/

 

Location: Brooklyn, New York

  • Brandon, Florida

 

How I rose from concrete...

As a black male that comes from a low-income family, I've had the opportunity to transform what was once my struggle into my unique identity. In addition to taking on the role of a primary provider for my family, I ensure that I find a way to grow on a professional level whenever possible. One of my biggest passions is mentoring, which I have had the opportunity to do via a program such as MAIP, ADCOLOR and my involvement at my alma mater Baruch college. Whenever I am able to give back to either current or aspiring professionals of color and share my journey jump into the opportunity without a second thought. The presence of mentors and advocates in general are some of the biggest factors for growth specific to professionals of color and I will continue to make sure I am a part of the solution rather than the problem.

clifton

 simmons

Years in the industry:  15 plus

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliftonsimmons

 

Location: Chicago, Illinois 

How I rose from concrete...

Experiential marketing kept me on top of this ever-shifting business. Made moves and sacrifices over the years and I share my experiences with others to help grow a new generation of creatives.

Dwayne

 Smith

 G.R.O.W.T.H. Initiative social media manager

Years in the industry:  0 TO 5

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dwaynesmith7/

 

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

How I rose from concrete...

A desire to get to the next point, a vision to seek out opportunities and to blessed by the grace of others giving me a chance.

Anderson  Serrant

G.R.O.W.T.H INITIATIVE

PUBLIC RELATIONS

MODERATOR

Years in the industry:  5 to 10

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andersonserrant/

 

Location: New York, New York

How I rose from concrete...

Born in Guadeloupe but raised in Brooklyn, I'm the first member of my family to go to college. I knew "Advertising" was my dream from my freshman year of high-school and I've worked ever since to define what that means to me.

Nate

 Nichols

Years in the industry: 5 to 10

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thenichols/

 

Location: Brooklyn, New York

How I rose from concrete...

I rose from the concrete by the inspiration of my immigrant family’s hustle in America; and Fatherless experiences growing up teaching me empathy and light need to be present in every room. We have the opportunity to shine that light on many people with our presence and work in this industry. 

Bryan

 Dumas

Years in the industry: 10 to 15

Linkedin Profile:https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryandumas/

 

Location: NYC

How I rose from concrete...

Still, I rise! I stand on the shoulders of those who have come before me while extending a hand to young brothers on the ascent. Over 10 years of experience at NBC Sports, MSNBC Marketing, iCrossing, and Altice USA have shown me that our voices, while disappointingly underrepresented are desperately needed in many rooms across the advertising and marketing space. I want to continue to motivate and mentor the young brothers. I want to continue to apply pressure to agencies and organizations to embrace diversity and inclusion. I want to be a part of the solution. Excelsior!!

Harold

 Reid

Years in the industry: 15 plus

Linkedin

Profile:https://www.linkedin.com/in/haroldreid2

 

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

How I rose from concrete...

I’ve been in the PR & Marketing industry for more than 15 years and never had a mentor or black male colleague to even ask questions until 2017. Every role I’ve been in I had to learn from the ground up and chart my own path. Despite the lack of embrace from my industry and peers, I’ve been triumphant. I’ve made it a priority to serve as a mentor to young black male colleagues in the industry to let them know they belong at the table just like everyone else.

Eddie  

 Rhodman Jr

 

Years in the industry:  10 to 15

Linkedin

Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/eddierhodman/

 

Location: Miami

How I rose from concrete...

I never had a mentor so I had to work hard and learn everything on my own but I always want to empower others that seek knowledge to be successful.

Anthony

 Sanchez

G.R.O.W.T.H. INITIATIVE 

PROGRAm manager

Years in the industry:  0 to 5

Linkedin

Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonymarcosanchez/

 

Location: New York

How I rose from concrete...

I rose by not accepting spaces that were not designed with me in mind. I rose by lifting others; by taking time to create systems and spaces that celebrate diverse voices and empower others to go greater as a community. I am beyond thankful for the mentors that have supported me along my journey in the world of advertising that has helped me see that the concrete doesn’t hold me back: the concrete is part of me and my story.

Daniel

Reid

Years in the industry: 0 TO 5

Linkedin

Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielcreid/

 

Location: Miami

How I rose from concrete...

By remaining coachable and flexible. I've learned that the initial plan almost never works out so it's key to be ready to pivot at a moment's notice. That, and since my experiences are limited, I always aim to learn from other's experiences in addition to my own.

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Juan

 Cortes II

G.R.O.W.T.H.INITIATIVE CREATIVE MODERATOR

 

 

 

Years in the industry: 5 to 10

Linkedin

Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/juan-cortes-40593b3

Location: New York, NY

How I rose from concrete...

I came up from the concrete ... By remaining focussed and understanding where my priorities lie. Knowing I'm only limited by my opportunities. Keeping my circle tight, which in turn keeps the variables low. Knowing that the more variables the bigger the equation. The bigger the equation the harder the problem is to solve. However I'm able I try to set myself up for success.

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Jeremy 

 wood

 

 

 

Years in the industry: 0 to 5

Linkedin

Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremycwood/

Location: Austin, Texas

How I rose from concrete...

Born in Chicago and raised in Houston. I was completely on my own after losing my mom during my senior year in high school. I bounced from couch to couch before moving to Austin, TX where my journey was given a refresh. It took some time before I realized that my main goal in life is not to make others proud, but rather I should make myself proud of who I am and what I can accomplish. I've hustled and struggled my way into the industry, and I feel like as a POC it made it harder than it needs to be which has now become one of my passions. I want to help those little black and brown kids overcome the struggles I had found my way into the industry. As I continue to achieve my career aspirations, I want to equally make sure I'm reaching back to the next in line to do better than I did.

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James

 st. Louis

 

 

 

Years in the industry: 5 to 10

Linkedin

Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesstlouis/

Location: Florida

How I rose from concrete...

By being quick to listen and slow to speak. I listened to my Mentor and exercised what he preached.

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Roy

 milton

 

 

 

Years in the industry: 15 plus

Linkedin

Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/roymilton2/

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

How I rose from concrete...

I had mentors and men of integrity that saw my potential and invested in me. Someone took a chance on me and gave me a shot to show that I was more than worthy.

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Brandon

 Solis

 

 

 

Years in the industry:  5 to 10 

Linkedin

Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonsolis/

Location: San Francisco, California

How I rose from concrete...

I'm a kid of immigrants, dropped out of college twice, and hacked my way into the advertising industry without a degree or professional network. Starting through streetwear, then into social media, and finally into agencies, I did it against the odds. Not seeing people who reflect my background, values, or lifestyle, yet still managing to succeed, has been the primary reason I want to be a beacon for others. Not only to represent what can be but to help people make their own journey more efficiently, beyond their wildest expectations.

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Sean

 pitts

Years in the industry:   5 to 10 

Linkedin

Profile:

https://linkedin.com/in/pittscsean

Location: Milwaukee, WI

How I rose from concrete...

By embracing the concrete as part of my story, allowing it to make me more resilient and unique. And as I continue to learn and grow every day, I try to lead the way for others who are starting to rise.

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Artis

 emor

Years in the industry:   0 to 5 

Linkedin

https://www.linkedin.com/in/artistemor

 

Location: Florida 

How I rose from concrete...

With great vigor and a blind passion. I simply met as many people as I could, learned the personality of each city adjusted and followed suit for each event marketing myself and my craft as original and tempered authentically.

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Kaitlin-ann

 mulligan

Years in the industry:   0 to 5 

Linkedin

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaitlin-ann-mulligan-552a25149/

 

Location: New York

How I rose from concrete...

I started college knowing there may be a point in which I'd have to drop out of school because my parents didn't support me financially or emotionally. I felt alone working 3-4 jobs some full time in order to make ends meet just to continue school. Sometimes not even being able to afford food or sometimes rent while paying for school. I didn't know whom I can turn to. During my senior year, I noticed my passion for the advertising industry. Thankfully upon this epiphany, I received an advertising scholarship. I started as an Account Manager working at my school's ad agency Allen Hall Advertising at the University of Oregon and applied for MAIP with a hunger to learn more, to excel, to do more for communities, and make a difference to show others that anything is possible even when you feel you've hit rock bottom. My experience within the Advertising Program at the SOJC and within Allen, Hall Ad landed me my internship in MAIP and eventually my first official job in the ad world based on the networking opportunities I had during MAIP.

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Jaime

 chou

Years in the industry:   0 to 5 

Linkedin

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaimeschou/

 

Location: New Jersey

How I rose from concrete...

By believing in myself, staying focused on goals for myself and the industry and asking for help from those who came before me. I’m still rising but also reaching back as I go to break the concrete for others.

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Lisa

 heinsdale

G.R.O.W.T.H. Initiative admissions manager

Years in the industry:   10 to 15 years 

Linkedin

Profile:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-heinsdale/

 

Location: Oregon

How I rose from concrete...

It wasn't until later in life that I started believing in myself and trusting my capabilities. Concrete is thick, and I'm still rising because having the courage to believe in yourself is continuous work. 

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 catangui

Years in the industry:   0 to 5 

Linkedin

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-catangui/

 

Location: Los Angeles, California

How I rose from concrete...

I rose from concrete… When I realized that I was capable of so much more. It’s easy to feel like a tiny spec in the ad world. But I want to take ownership of my own skills and stand-up to what I know I’m capable of; this was the moment I decided to no longer be on the concrete. I’m at an intersection where I’m combining all my disciplines across music, design, and marketing and striving to create cool stuff. I love it all and I want to enter this industry with others who share the same passion. I’ve been lucky to have met incredible friends and mentors who’ve touched my life and shape my direction. It’s in my intention to contribute to communities - especially POC and BIPOC creatives. I want to equip others with the skills they need to go beyond the concrete. It’s like creating a rose garden in the concrete - a community where we can outshine the pavement.

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Joalid

 Fernandez

GROWN initiative Co-Lead / G.R.O.W.T.H. Initiative project management moderator

Years in the industry:   0 to 5 

Linkedin

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joalid-fernandez-46a557165/

 

Location: New York

How I rose from concrete...

I rose from concrete ~
By not letting stereotypes define me, and making of myself who I and only I wanted myself to be. By Taking everything in and making sure it comes back out 3 times stronger, in order to enlighten and become an ally to those who need it the most. I AM OUT HERE, WE’RE OUT HERE!

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Sam 

 herriges

GROWN initiative Co-Lead

G.R.O.W.T.H. INITIATIVE CREATEIVE MODERATOR

Years in the industry:   0 to 5 

Linkedin

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sammyhatrack/

 

Location: Minneapolis

How I rose from concrete...

“I’ve only just started rising.”

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Francis 

 jimenez

G.R.O.W.T.H. Initiative strategy moderator

Years in the industry:   0 to 5 

Linkedin

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/franciskjimenez/

 

Location: New York 

How I rose from concrete...

I rose from the concrete through the unwavering commitment of my mother and grandmother. They watered me, gave me sunshine, and everything I needed to grow. My mom and grandmother instilled in me fierce determination and humility and taught me that no matter what position I am in, there is always a way for me to give back.

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Rebecca

 rivera

BOARD MEMBER

G.R.O.W.T.H. Initiative

 curriculum advisor

Years in the industry:   15 plus 

Linkedin

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccarivera/

 

Location: New York 

How I rose from concrete...

I got to where I am by helping others get to where they’re meant to be.

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Lauren

 Tucker

Years in the industry:   15 plus

Linkedin

Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurensolutionhacker/

 

Location: Illinois

How I rose from concrete...

By asking three important questions: How do you feel? How can I help? What can I do? Then I work to design and build solutions that help people feel empowered, collaborate better, and achieve their desired goals.