SOURCE: The One Club

The One Club

October 05, 2011 18:42 ET

"Where Are All the Black People?": One-Day Creative Job Fair for Minorities Draws Hundreds of Attendees and Recruiters

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 5, 2011) - "Where Are All the Black People? Part 2," a groundbreaking one-day career fair for graduating seniors and young professionals from multicultural backgrounds who are interested in a career in advertising, drew hundreds of attendees yesterday during Advertising Week.

The event hosted by The One Club attracted 420 people, which included hundreds of job seekers and dozens of recruiters representing 18 different agencies. Four winners of a "live talent pitch" were selected and awarded interviews at 10 major agencies present at the event. Participants had an opportunity to tell a panel of recruiters and creative directors why they should qualify as their next creative hire with a 3-minute "elevator pitch." The winners of the competition are Douglas Bourne (Doug E. Doug) of Brooklyn, New York; Vinson Muhammad of Macon, Georgia; Rashida Prattis of Brooklyn, NY; and Linda Yang of New York.

The event also featured keynote speakers Jeff Goodby of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Jimmy Smith of Amusement Park Entertainment, Neal Arthur of Wieden + Kennedy and advertising pioneer Roy Eaton, who offered an eye-opening assessment of the lack of diversity in advertising, as well as advice for aspiring creatives.

The event was a follow-up to the highly successful panel discussion, "Where Are All the Black People?" held during Creative Week in New York last May.

"The event was hugely successful and afforded hundreds of participants an invaluable opportunity to connect with a mentor, meet important industry contacts, and establish a network," said Kevin Swanepoel, President of The One Club. "But more importantly, many were offered a second interview and the real possibility of a job, which was our ultimate goal."

One Club partners in this event were Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Wieden+Kennedy, The Martin Agency, CP+B, Leo Burnett, Omnicom Group, Y&R, Deutsch, Publicis, DDB, McCann NY, DraftFCB, BBDO, G2, Digitas and Burrell.

For more information on "Where Are All the Black People? Part 2" visit: www.wherearealltheblackpeople.com

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Art & Copy, a documentary film produced by The One Club, recently won an Emmy Award after appearing on PBS Independent Lens.