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November 2016 Print

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Advertising execs gathered to select 50 high-potential undergraduate seniors for the Most Promising Multicultural Students Program.

WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2016—Since its first class in 1997, the Most Promising Multicultural Students Program has had over 850 participants, aiding them in their pursuit of careers within the advertising, media and marketing industries. Most Promising students represent the top of their class and have passionately demonstrated their potential for future success in the industry through internships, leadership activities, community service, innovation and creativity. With alumni holding mid to upper management positions across the country, Most Promising has become a nationally known program for helping organizations find stand-out talent poised to become future leaders.


On Tuesday, October 25, industry professionals representing Arc Worldwide, Bloomberg, Droga5, FCB, fluent360, mcgarrybowen, Momentum Worldwide and Omnicom Health Group gathered at the American Advertising Federation National headquarters to select the 2017 class, adding another 50 outstanding individuals to this impressive pool of talent.

"The Most Promising Multicultural Students Program has become a very reliable source to find top-tier talent. These aspiring students of diverse backgrounds represent the future of marketing and advertising. We look forward to them forging their way, finding their voice and making a mark on our industry,” says Danielle Austen, Managing Partner & CEO, fluent360 and the AAF Mosaic Center Chair.

The program takes place over four days and includes professional development workshops, agency visits and a recruiter’s expo. Leading agencies and companies have utilized Most Promising year over year as a recruitment tool including BBDO, DigitasLBi, Google, Leo Burnett, Omnicom Group, Pepsico, Turner and Wieden+Kennedy, among many others.

Students from AAF’s college chapter network were selected through a vetted application process that included essays, letters of recommendation, resumé and specific academic requirements. With an average GPA of 3.6, this year’s class of students represents 34 schools and 20 states across the country including Alabama, Hawaii and South Dakota. 

2017 Most Promising Multicultural Students Class 

Chantelle Aguilar
Bria Benjamin
Marquis Burch
Victoria Castro
Alexandra DeCespedes
Catharine DeLong
Joanna Diaz
Carlos Estrada
Linnea Goodman
Niel Guaman
Nimra Haroon
Dylan Hermosillo (The Art Institute of Tucson)
Samuel Higdon
Chardonnay Ismail
KaJuan Jackson
Dominique Johnson
Venezia Jones
Kenny Kang
Esther Knox
Amanda Koontz
Emily Laramy
Brittany Lee
Monica Lopez
Jamison McDermott
Christina Mevs

Simran Mirchandani
Alexis Monroe
Marisol Moran-Sendra
Adriana Moreno
Jalen Mosby
Nadia Mousa
Joeleen Moy
Elyse Murray
Rachel Nagpal
Iliana Ortega
Wesley Paez
Ashley Paulmeno
Veronica Penaloza Wolfermann
Irma Perez
Sabriana Pimentel
Savannah Rabin
Sofia Rosell
Breonna Ruffin
Skylynn Sandoval-Nanoo
Jan Song
Kennedy Studdard
Alexander Studer
Jalilah Sultan
Dulce Vazquez
Angelic Williams

For over two decades, the AAF has offered a myriad of programming that promotes and advances multiculturalism within the advertising industry including the Mosaic Awards, Mosaic Career Fairs and AdCamps.

For more information about the AAF’s diversity programs, please visit the AAF website or contact Kai Jones at kjones@aaf.org


About the American Advertising Federation
The American Advertising Federation (AAF), acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership is comprised of nearly 100 corporate members made up of the nation’s leading advertisers, agencies, and media companies; a national network of nearly 200 local clubs representing 40,000 advertising professionals; and more than 200 college chapters with 5,000 student members. The AAF operates a host of programs and initiatives, including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the Advertising Hall of Achievement, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism and summer AdCamps for high school students. For more information on the full range of the AAF's programming, visit aaf.org. For the latest news and updates, connect with us on  and LinkedIn, and follow us on  and Instagram

About the AAF's Mosaic Center 
The AAF's Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism implements all of the AAF’s diversity initiatives and is an established leader on multicultural marketing/advertising and inclusion issues. It is responsible for the development of new programs and services to recognize and cultivate diverse talent and promote broad and realistic portrayals of multicultural communities. Mosaic Center programming includes the Most Promising Multicultural Students ProgramMosaic Career FairsMosaic Awards and an array of research surrounding diversity and inclusion.

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