Most Promising Multicultural Students Class Announced for 2019

Most Promising Multicultural Students Class Announced for 2019
Senior advertising leaders gathered in Washington, DC to select 50 high-achieving undergraduate seniors for AAF premier D&I program.
WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2018— The American Advertising Federation (AAF) hosted eight leading advertising industry professionals in Washington, DC to select the 2019 class of Most Promising Multicultural Students on October 24. This year’s judging panel included representation from Edelman, EnergyBBDO, HZDG, Publicis Health, Rp3agency, Wunderman, VMLY&R and Yes&.

The Most Promising Program is part of the AAF’s Mosaic Center initiative to promote diversity and inclusion within the industry and provides a talent pipeline for organizations committed to creating change in the advertising, media and communications industries. Each year, multicultural students from the AAF’s 160+ college chapters apply for Most Promising and those selected participate in a four-day industry immersion program that includes professional development workshops, site visits, Building Bridges awards luncheon, and a recruiters’ expo.

“The Most Promising class of students is selected from multicultural talent that reflects the diversity of demographics, experience and mindset of America.  The 2019 class is comprised of exceptional talent across various disciplines who will lend their creativity and voices to inspire a more inclusive workforce,” says Danielle Austen, Managing Partner & CEO at fluent360 and Chair of the AAF’s Mosaic Center.

Leading agencies and companies, including 72andSunny, Apple, FCB, Google, IPG, Leo Burnett, Omnicom Group, Publicis Groupe, Wieden+Kennedy and more consider Most Promising to be an incredibly valuable program in recruiting entry level talent.

Students from AAF’s college chapter network were vetted by industry professionals and selected through a rigorous application process that included submissions of essays, letters of recommendation, resumé/portfolio submission and stringent academic requirements. With an average GPA of 3.6, this year’s class represents 31 schools and 16 states across the country, including Florida, Illinois, New York, Oregon, and Texas.

Taylor Camarena
University of Oregon

Leslie Carol
Ringling College of Art and Design

Ruth Carrion
Florida State University

Cynthia Castor
University of Memphis

Brooke Chai
St. John’s University

Jaime Chou
Penn State University

Cassue Chu
State University of New York College at Buffalo

Faith-Ashley Daniels
University of Texas at Austin

Hector De Leon
The University of Texas at Austin

Chukwuma Egbuzie
Clark University

Taqua Elleithy
University of Virginia

Abraham Escalona
Florida International University

Nour Feghali
University of Missouri – Columbia

Nailah Fisher
Saint Johns University

Amanda Flamerich
The University of Alabama

David Fraser
Washington State University

Erin Gazdik
Brigham Young University

Ivan Gomez
St. Bonaventure University

Michaeljon Greene
DePaul University

Gabrielle Grubb
Southern Methodist University

DeMornay Harper
Texas State University

Grace Heneghan
Ithaca College

Samantha Herrera
Texas Tech University

Ni Ho
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

Manal Jakhar
Johnson & Wales University

Rachel Kim
University of Missouri – Columbia

Meghan Lai
Marist College

Jiwon Lee
Washington State University

Jared Leong
Emerson College

Lizzy Levine
Texas Christian University

Alissa Llort
Southern Methodist University

Samantha Mendiguren
Ithaca College

Evan Neuhoff
University of Houston

Jennifer Nichols
University of Memphis

Jessica Nugent
Brigham Young University

Samantha Nuñez
Florida State University

Lorien Pereyra
Brigham Young University

Pablo Perez
Brigham Young University

Kevin Pham
University of Houston

Kainoa Reponte
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Rachelle Roldan
University of Oregon

Armando Sanchez-Monsivais
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Leah Santiago
University of Central Florida

Samson Selam
University of San Francisco

Jennifer Tang
New York University

Maegan Alexis
Trinidad University of Central Florida

Samiha Uddin
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Siena Walsh
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alicia White
University of Missouri-Columbia

David Yao
City University of New York, Baruch College

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 Fair & Conference and AdCamp.

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

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Established in 1905, 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 AdCamp for high school students. Follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.




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