Allyship & Action for the Ad World

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On Thursday, the Freelancer Cyber X community is hosting a virtual event aimed at providing tangible anti-racism action for those in the ad world.

As the group details, “We’re still not past the systematic racial challenges of the advertising industry. How do we sustain racial conversations and educate beyond ‘black tile Tuesday’?”

The Allyship & Action Summit—a Palette Group production sponsored by Picter, Lance, Radcat, The Avail List, Working Not Working and The One Club for Creativity—is free and will be broadcast as a Youtube stream and a series of Zoom workshops from 12:50–4:05 p.m. (EST) June 18.

Here's the current agenda. To register, click here.


Waiting Room Fun


Welcome Remarks


Fireside Keynote by Jayanta Jenkins, co-founder, Saturday Morning


Q&A with Jayanta Jenkins


"Round Table: How Can White Leadership Be Allies in the Ad Industry?" A panel moderated by Bennett Bennett (principal/content lead) featuring Jim Moriarty (Brand Citizens), Rob Schwartz (TBWA) and Kathryn Guess (Microsoft Game Stack)


Panel Q&A




Breakout Sessions

  • Main Hall–Round Table II: "How TF Will Agencies Be Allies Going Forward?" A panel moderated by Yorlene Goff (Global HR/talent leader), featuring Kai Deveraux Lawson (Mixed Company Podcast), Chaucer Barnes (Translation LLC) and David Angelo (David&Goliath)

  • “A Dialogue About Privilege & Systemic Oppression,” with Damian Madray (founder/CEO)

  • “Marching Daily, a Lifestyle,” with Yelda Ali (Camel Assembly)

  • “Reinforcing Empathy in Your Life and at Your Workplace,” with Michael Tennant (Curiosity Lab)

  • “Rallying People 101: How to Start a Community and Take Action Together,” with Kevin Huynh (People & Company)

  • “How to Design an Equitable Organization,” with Kiana Pirouz (We Are Rosie)

  • “Unpacking Beliefs About Race,” with Vienna Pharaon (MindfulMFT)

  • “Black Resilience: A Conversation About Black Mental Health,” with Farah Harris (psychotherapist)


Breakout Session Q&A

3:10–3:35 Fireside Chat: “Let’s Talk Race, Protests and Workplace Culture,” with Nate Nichols (Palette Group) and Benish Shah (Loop & Tie)

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These are just a few gems from the summit last week… so many more were dropped, and we have some dope plans for the community lined up… stay tuned. Thank you @steffliiii for being the dopest partner and producer, @edemkwakumey for the live stream op flex and
@brienelermitte for joining the circus with us last minute and being And helluva love to all the partners and freelancers that slid through. Go follow @freelancercybersummit ! #wtf #wtfgonstopus? #freelancerlife @oneclub @workingnotworking @palettegrp @nadiolson @mykimdang @aaronricketts_ @jermcohen @wolfmantrev @oonarokyta, @theproducerdotcom @neighborhoodfilm @jbeezytaughtme @virtueworldwide @DavidGriner @richardnblack @justintoby

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Closing Keynote: TBA


Closing Remarks

Register here!