Dear Black Talent

A Project by 4As Foundation and VMLYR

Whether you’re looking to break into a career in advertising or are scouting for your next ad agency job, we’re making space for your voice to be heard in the industry. Not sure where to start? Take our survey to find marketing job roles that may fit your skills and interests.

Explore Careers

There are dozens of different career paths in the advertising industry. Here you can explore brief overviews of the types of roles available to you or scroll down to see some Black industry leaders in these roles.
Walter Geer

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Walter Geer

Walter is responsible for creating innovative design solutions within the health practice and beyond, and synergizing brand and customer experiences across a broad range of clients. As the cofounder of Diverse Creatives, he has worked to create a diverse and inclusive culture for Black and brown creatives in advertising. A veteran of digital advertising, Walter holds six U.S. patents for digital ad formats and has implemented creative products and strategies for companies including Google, Viacom, The New York Times and MySpace. 

Amber Chenevert

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Amber Chenevert

Amber has over 15 years of experience executing and interpreting mixed methods researchextracting user experience and brand insights that inspire powerful campaigns. She is also a former adjunct professor in the Steinhardt school Department of Media Communication and Culture at New York University.

Fatima Winfrey

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Fatima Winfrey

Fatima has 13 years of experience in the media industry, leading OOH strategy and investment across PayPal, Essentia Water, Burger King, Popeyes, and more. Fatima recently made a career pivot into the DEI space where she is leading Horizon’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts. The career change was fueled by Fatima’s realization that her love of people, curiosity and empathy could shift the way organizations engage with and support a truly diverse workforce. She is personally passionate about creating spaces for people of varying life experiences to feel accepted in their wholeness, artistic expression, personal development, volunteering, and health & wellness.

Laronda Davis

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Laronda Davis

LaRonda is versatile creative with a specialty in copy, beauty, and multicultural representation. During her long tenure at Publicis, she has led or contributed to campaigns for Garnier, Nestle, and SoftSheen-Carson among others. She currently serves as the National President of the Black Rock Coalition and happily served on the Board of Directors for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls for twelve years. Community-minded, she uses her salary to fund the revolution. World rockers… stand up.

Nick McCord

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Nick McCord

Nick has worked in finance for nine years and was originally drawn by Performic’s focus on corporate finance with an agency feel. He has not only elevated the FP&A department with automation, but has led the team to drive profitable results. On the side, he is a DJ named Quicktastic and plays funky, soulful tunes throughout Chicagoland.

Terea Shaffer

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Terea Shaffer

Terea has worked in the ad industry for 17+ years. Her passion is in investigating how we tell stories around behavior and how certain groups aspire to live. Spending most of her career in Project Management she found herself being the only person of color in the room during briefings, creative reviews, and client presentations so she pitched the idea of a new role for the agency, a Cultural Curator. Today her work focuses on investigating the lived experiences of Black people and other marginalized groups. Her mission is to harness insights and her degree in Curatorial Studies, to lead to greater foresight, relevancy, and business impact for the agency, clients, products, and services. The main objective is consumers seeing themselves portrayed authentically in the work the agency creates. She is also a proud board member of the Publicis Groupe BRG, Viva Women of Color. 

RJ Wicks

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RJ Wicks

RJ has spent over six years at UM leading multi-disciplined, award-winning teams with a focus on driving client business objective across CPG and automotive accounts. Throughout his 19-year career, he has worked on globally recognized brands including Applebee’s, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, T. Rowe Price, Coca Cola, BMW, Energizer, and J&J. In his free time, RJ enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and cooking. 

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Partner Commitment

We’re proud to have partners who support the vision of strengthening the role of Black voices in advertising. Going beyond lip service, they value the contributions of Black professionals and seek to become a welcoming space. These are the agencies that have made a commitment to bring more Black talent into the industry.
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Partner - VMLYR

VMLY&R

VMLY&R is a global brand and customer experience agency that harnesses creativity, technology, and culture to create connected brands. The agency is made up of nearly 12,000 employees with principal offices worldwide. VMLY&R’s pledge as a principal agency of Dear Black Talent aligns our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) mission, which…

Partner - 4As

4A’s and 4A’s Foundation

The 4A’s Foundation has been a leader in the advertising, and creative space for more than 15 years. Our #365BLACKPRINT initiative elevates Black talent by designing a blueprint for them to utilize in the industry. Born from this strategy, Dear Black Talent is a strategic platform to ensure Black talent…

Yahoo

Yahoo

At Yahoo we connect our brands and partners with an audience of nearly 900 million. Whether you’re looking to write mobile app code, engineer the servers behind our massive ad tech stacks, or develop algorithms to help us process trillions of data points a day, what you do here will…

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Partners + Napier

Our work is influenced by the culture that surrounds us, and we want our company to reflect that. Our goal is for our employee diversity to better represent the U.S. population by 2025. And we don’t just want to hire diverse talent, it’s a priority for every employee to feel…

Partner - Kettle

We commit to be an agency where talent thrive. To champion and learn from a wide range of perspectives. We aspire to be supportive teammates and inspiring mentors. When we include everyone, everyone wins.

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Hill Holliday

At Hill Holliday, we are committed to hiring more Black talent, and more senior Black talent, and more senior Black client-facing talent. The agency’s #1 goal is to increase Black representation at our agency, resulting in at least 13% Black representation among our officers (VP and above) by 2023 in…