|Washington, DC, August 31, 2023—The 2023 Mosaic Awards will recognize and honor organizations and individuals that have shown commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their creative work, advocacy, and company-wide initiatives. Included will be the launch of the inaugural Mosaic Awards Scholarship Fund to support the next generation of diverse talent. The 2023 winners will be celebrated at a gala event which will be held on September 22, 2023, at The Capitale in New York’s historic Bowery neighborhood. Hosting the awards ceremony for a second year in a row, is Quintessential Harlem girl, Gracie Award winner and life-long New Yorker, Bevy Smith.
Each year, the Mosaic Awards receive entries from companies and agencies across the country that are reviewed and judged by senior industry leaders. This year’s Council of Judges included senior industry leaders from fluent360, LinkedIn, OMD, Redscout, SANTA Productions, Snap, Spotify, TEAM Enterprises, TikTok and Weber Shandwick. Among the award sponsors are SiriusXM (Presenting), ClearChannel Outdoor, dentsu, IPG, Google, Meta, Omnicom Group, Publicis Groupe, P&G, Sony Music Group, TikTok and The Trade Desk.
The American Advertising Foundation will honor the following campaigns, industry leaders and programs during the 2023 Mosaic Awards:
Mosaic Champion – Individual
Chief Diversity Officer, Publicis Groupe US
Mosaic Champion – Organization
Multicultural Talent and Suppliers in Advertising
“Widen the Screen”
Agencies: Grey, Cartwright, H&K and Carat
“The Gentle Giant”
Client: Ad Council, Love Has No Labels
Integrated Creative Campaign
“We Can Talk About It”
Client: Ad Council
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Student Program
Program: Detroit Experience Studio
Workforce Inclusion Program
Initiative: Inclusivity Product Council (IPC)
Agency: Leo Burnett
Allyship to Advocacy
“Pampers Maternal Health Equity Initiative: Raise Care, Deliver Joy”
Client: Pampers, P&G
Agency: MSL Group
Student Impact Award
Client: National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
School: Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Oklahoma
Data Driven Transformation
“Beyond the Rainbow, an Investigation into LGBTQ+ Marketing and Its Future”
Agency Network: WPP Unite
“This year’s Mosaic Award recipients are a glowing representation of the Mosaic Principles we strive to champion daily. Each campaign, initiative, and leader, illustrates the necessity of accurate and intersectional stories in our industry, and the leadership required to accomplish that goal. Our honorees serve as a North Star for leveraging the power of advertising and media to promote systemic change through equity and inclusion,” commented Candace D. Queen, VP, AAF Mosaic Center.
In addition, this year marks the inaugural launch of the Mosaic Awards Scholarship Fund, an initiative dedicated to supporting the next generation of diverse talent pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and media. “For two decades the Mosaic Center has celebrated the changemakers driving our industry forward. This felt like a logical next step as we reimagine how we create a strong pillar of advocacy with the Mosaic Awards by removing financial barriers to entry into the industry,” said Ms. Queen.
For further details regarding this year’s Mosaic Awards, including a list of winners and judges, visit aaf.org/mosaicawards; or contact Candace D. Queen at firstname.lastname@example.org or LeAirra Lacey at email@example.com.