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Opening Session - How it Started. How it's Going.
In 2019, CC:DC's Inkwell Beach launched the first DEI activation at Cannes Lions. Discover what happened & why it's so important for CC:DC's work to continue. Adrianne C. Smith, CC:DC/FleishmanHillard; Simon Cook, Lions; Kennedy Ogbanufe, Lions; Susie Walker, Lions
Adrianne Smith Susie Walker Simon Cook Kennedy Ogbanufe
2021-06-08T10:00:00Z 2021-06-08T11:00:00Z America/New_York Opening+Session+-+How+it+Started.+How+it%27s+Going. Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Unpacking the Inclusion Experience
Industry experts from VMLYR discuss Inclusion Experience, a new consulting and implementation practice that accelerates DEI progress for brands and businesses
Myron King Teresa Barnhill Louis Byrd Tasha Gilroy Zack Tomlinson Julie Martell
2021-06-08T11:00:00Z 2021-06-08T12:00:00Z America/New_York Unpacking+the+Inclusion+Experience Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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2020 Prom Season
2020 was a transformative year and diversity & inclusion has been at forefront. How are companies doing now, a year after those promises were made? What have we learned and we where do we go from here. Laura Mignott, Moderator; Jeremiah Owyang, Founder, Kaleido Insights & Catalyst Companies; Gary J. Nix, Founder & Chief Strategist, the brandarchist: strategy as a service; Keni Thacker, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of 100 Roses From Concrete; Lauren Thaman, P&G
Adrianne Smith Lauren Thaman Jeremiah Owyang Gary J. Nix Keni Thacker
2021-06-08T12:00:00Z 2021-06-08T13:00:00Z America/New_York 2020+Prom+Season Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Talent Protection Pipeline
Love Malone, Founder/CEO, Gradient Group; Ericka Riggs, Chief DEI Officer, OSMG; Arnicia Arrington, Chief People Officer, Wondros
Adrianne Smith Arnicia Arrington Ericka Riggs Love Malone
2021-06-08T13:00:00Z 2021-06-08T14:00:00Z America/New_York Talent+Protection+Pipeline Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Standing with the AAPI Community
Laura Mignott, Moderator; Clara Luo, Group Director, Strategy & Insights, VMLY&R; Mita Mallick, Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact, Carta; Jennifer Kohl, Executive Director of Media, VMLY&R
Mita Mallick Clara Luo Jennifer Kohl Laura Mignott
2021-06-08T14:00:00Z 2021-06-08T15:00:00Z America/New_York Standing+with+the+AAPI+Community Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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What does it REALLY take for diversity efforts to not fail on the creative side
Lani Dourado, Papel y Caneta U.S.; Oriel Davis-Lyons, Spotify; Chelsea Curry, Mother NY; Joana Mendes, YGB.BLACK; Felipe Silva, GANA
Chelsea Curry Oriel Davis-Lyons Lani Dourado Joana Mendes Felipe Silva
2021-06-08T15:00:00Z 2021-06-08T16:00:00Z America/New_York What+does+it+REALLY+take+for+diversity+efforts+to+not+fail+on+the+creative+side Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Where are They Now CC:DC/Cannes Lions
Kori Hale, CEO & Founder, CultureBanx; Ashley McGowan; Rashad Williams; Aryn Terry
Kori Hale Ashley McGowan Rashad Williams Aryn Terry
2021-06-09T10:00:00Z 2021-06-09T11:00:00Z America/New_York Where+are+They+Now+CC%3ADC%2FCannes+Lions Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Carmichael Lynch: A Year in Minneapolis Fulfilling a promise to Do More and Do Better
A Year in Minneapolis Fulfilling a promise to Do More and Do Better in the workplace, community and with our clients.
Audra Lowe Régine Labossière Orlee Tatarka Carol Haynesworth Marty Senn
2021-06-09T11:00:00Z 2021-06-09T12:00:00Z America/New_York Carmichael+Lynch%3A+A+Year+in+Minneapolis+Fulfilling+a+promise+to+Do+More+and+Do+Better Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Critical Race Theory - Understanding the Origins of Discontents of DE&I
Dante Quick, PhD, in conversation with Adrianne Smith
Adrianne Smith Rev. Dr. Dante R. Quick
2021-06-09T12:00:00Z 2021-06-09T13:00:00Z America/New_York Critical+Race+Theory+-+Understanding+the+Origins+of+Discontents+of+DE%26I Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Allyship - Brought to you by Dove
Lauren Wesley Wilson, ColorComm; Kelli Richardson Lawson, Joy Collective; Crystal McCrary, Crystal McCrary Productions, Leeza Singh, Renaissance Group
Kelli Richardson Lawson Crystal McCrary-McGuire Lauren Wesley-Wilson Leeza Singh
2021-06-09T13:00:00Z 2021-06-09T14:00:00Z America/New_York Allyship+-+Brought+to+you+by+Dove Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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DEI&B What Letter Do you Lead With?
Elise James DeCruise, Chief Equity officer, Ad Council; Courtney Oliver, VP, Viacom; Adrianne C. Smith, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, FleishmanHiillard
Adrianne Smith Courtney Oliver Elise James DeCruise
2021-06-09T14:00:00Z 2021-06-09T15:00:00Z America/New_York DEI%26B+What+Letter+Do+you+Lead+With%3F Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Four Two Creatives
Hanan Osman, Creative Production; Sinat Giwa, Experiential; Damola Durosomo, Communications; Antoinette Isama, Media; Oyinkan Olojeden, Brand Marketing
Sinat Giwa Damola Durosomo Antoinette Isama Okinyan Olojede Hanan Osman
2021-06-09T15:00:00Z 2021-06-09T16:00:00Z America/New_York Four+Two+Creatives Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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The Changing Face of Influence and the Faces Changing it
Sue Moore, Senior Booker, Zebedee; Claire Barry, Youth, Culture and Partnerships, UK Lead, FleishmanHillard; Christina Peach, Brand & Inclusion Specialist, FleishmanHillard
Sue Moore Christina Peach Claire Berry
2021-06-10T10:00:00Z 2021-06-10T11:00:00Z America/New_York The+Changing+Face+of+Influence+and+the+Faces+Changing+it Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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World Bending Activism: How Creativity Defined a Culture of Activism
Moderator: Jacob Porpossian, Panelists: Emily Graham, Omnicom; XiaoHwa Ng, Admerasia; Rich Ferraro, GLADD; Cheryl Guerin, Mastercard; Karlie Thornton, FroSkate
XiaoHwa Ng Jacob Porpossian Karlie Thornton Rich Ferraro Emily Graham Cheryl Guerin
2021-06-10T11:00:00Z 2021-06-10T12:00:00Z America/New_York World+Bending+Activism%3A+How+Creativity+Defined+a+Culture+of+Activism Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Do it for the Culture
Isiah Thomas, CEO; Rodney Williams, President + CEO, Belvedere; Len Burnett; Lincoln Stephens, Marcus Graham Project; Sarah Harris, VP Social Impact, Audacy; Mica Alexis, Director HR Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Audacy
Sarah Harris Mica Alexis Rodney Williams Len Burnett Lincoln Stephens Isiah Thomas
2021-06-10T12:00:00Z 2021-06-10T13:00:00Z America/New_York Do+it+for+the+Culture Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Walter Geer, VMLY&R; Monique Nelson, UWG NY; Gabrielle Shirdan, McCann; Roland Martin, Roland Martin Unfiltered
Roland S. Martin Monique Nelson Gabrielle Shirdan Walter Geer
2021-06-10T13:00:00Z 2021-06-10T14:00:00Z America/New_York Accountability Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Step In & Step Up: Allies for Action
Sheryl Goldstein, IAB; Jacqueline Hernández, New Majority Ready; Kalyn Wilson, Dream Forward Consulting; Oona King, Snap
Sheryl Goldstein Kalyn Wilson Oona King Jaqueline Hernández
2021-06-10T14:00:00Z 2021-06-10T15:00:00Z America/New_York Step+In+%26+Step+Up%3A+Allies+for+Action Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Don't Wash the Rainbow
Rahshib Thomas, Starwood Hotels; Rob Garrett Smith, The Phluid Project; Josh 'Zeke' Thomas, Cheurlin Champagne; Laura Mignott, DFlash
Robert Garrett Smith Rahshib Thomas Josh 'Zeke' Thomas Laura Mignott
2021-06-10T15:00:00Z 2021-06-10T16:00:00Z America/New_York Don%27t+Wash+the+Rainbow Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)


Kalyn Wilson

CEO - Dream Forward Consulting

Rodney Williams

President + CEO, Belvedere Vodka

Sue Moore

Senior Booker, Zebedee

Christina Peach

Brand & Inclusion Specialist, FleishmanHillard

Claire Berry

Youth, Culture and Partnerships, UK Lead, FleishmanHillard

Courtney Oliver

VP Human Resources, ViacomCBS

Rev. Dr. Dante R. Quick

Praxis Innovation Group

Elise James DeCruise

Chief Equity officer, Ad Council

Lauren Thaman


Keni Thacker

Founder and Chief Creative Officer of 100 Roses From Concrete

Gary J. Nix

Founder & Chief Strategist, the brandarchist: strategy as a service

Mica Alexis

Director HR Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Audacy

Sarah Harris

VP Social Impact, Audacy

Audra Lowe

Emmy-nominated TV Host, Media Trainer, VO artist

Arnicia Arrington

Chief People Officer, Wondros

Robert Garrett Smith

The Phluid Project

Jeremiah Owyang

Founder, Kaleido Insights & Catalyst Companies

Ericka Riggs

Chief DEI Officer, Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group

Jennifer Kohl

Executive Director of Media, VMLY&R

Love Malone

Founder/CEO, Gradient Group

Oona King

VP Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Snap

Sheryl Goldstein

EVP Member Engagement & Development, IAB

Clara Luo

Group Director, Strategy & Insights, VMLY&R

Mita Mallick

Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact, Carta

XiaoHwa Ng


Kelli Richardson Lawson

Joy Collective

Aryn Terry

Associate Director, Digital Partnerships, Initiative

Rashad Williams

Strategic Media Planning Manager, Mindshare North America

Ashley McGowan


Kori Hale

CEO & Founder, Culture Banx

Orlee Tatarka

Director of Integrated Production and Senior Partner, Carmichael Lynch

Régine Labossière

Associated Director of Media Relations and Co-Chair of Mosaic (ERG), Carmichael Lynch

Felipe Silva


Joana Mendes

Founder, YGB.BLACK

Lani Dourado

Strategist, Papel & Caneta U.S.

Oriel Davis-Lyons

Creative Director, Spotify

Chelsea Curry

Senior Copywriter, Mother NY

Jacob Porpossian

Creative Lead for New York, FleishmanHillard

Walter Geer

Executive Creative Director, VMLY&R

Lauren Wesley-Wilson

Founder and CEO, Color Comm Media Group

Karlie Thornton

Founder, FroSkate

Josh 'Zeke' Thomas

CMO, Isiah Thomas International

Rahshib Thomas

Director of People Operations

Isiah Thomas

CEO, Isiah Thomas International

Lincoln Stephens

Founder, Marcus Graham Project

Gabrielle Shirdan

VP Creative Director, McCann

Marty Senn

Chief Creative Officer & Managing Partner, Carmichael Lynch

Hanan Osman

Creative Production & Operations, Four Two Creative

Crystal McCrary-McGuire

CEO, Crystal McCrary Productions

Okinyan Olojede

Brand Marketing & Design, Four Two Creative

Monique Nelson

Chair & CEO, UWG

Roland S. Martin

Host, #RolandMartinUnfiltered

Antoinette Isama

Media & Editorial, Four Two Creative

Carol Haynesworth

Head of Multi Cultural Strategy & Inclusion, Director, Carmichael Lynch

Cheryl Guerin

Executive Vice President, MasterCard

Emily Graham

Chief Equity & Impact Officer, Omnicom

Rich Ferraro

Chief Communication Officer, GLAAD

Damola Durosomo

Communications & Editorial, Four Two Creative

Len Burnett

CEO, Uptown Magazine

Adrianne Smith

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, FleishmanHiillard

Julie Martell

Research Director, Strategy & Insights, VMLY&R

Zack Tomlinson

Inclusion Experience, Program Manager, VMLY&R

Tasha Gilroy

Executive Director, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, VMLY&R

Louis Byrd

Director, Experience Design, VMLY&R

Teresa Barnhill

Group Director, Strategy & Insights, VMLY&R

Myron King

Chief integration Officer, VMLY&R

Sinat Giwa

FourTwo Creative

Kennedy Ogbanufe

Cannes Lions

Simon Cook


Leeza Singh

Renaissance Group

Susie Walker

VP, Awards and Insights, Cannes Lions

Jaqueline Hernández

CEO & Co-Founder - New Majority Ready

Laura Mignott

CEO, DFlash

The event is over

In 2019, the Cannes Can: Diversity Collective hosted the FIRST beach activation to focus solely on the theme of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Inkwell Beach Cannes is a historical tribute to the infamous beach in Martha’s Vineyard (Cape Cod, USA). It is an activation to celebrate the contributions/perspectives of creative, media, marketing, entertainment, technology and communication fields from communities of color and underrepresented communities. Inkwell Beach panel discussions focus on topics that range from building talent channels from non-traditional pathways, creative pitch competitions, talent showcases, C-Suite – Gloves Off sessions and more! Whether in person or virtual, our goal is make everyone feel WELCOME and INCLUDED in the conversation. When you leave the Inkwell Beach: Cannes conversation, we hope that you will be inspired to embrace CC:DC's motto: "DON'T TALK ABOUT IT. BE ABOUT IT!"

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