The One Club, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting excellence in advertising and design, has confirmed that their one-day career and job fair event, “Where Are All the Black People?”, a multicultural career fair for graduating seniors and young professionals, was immensely successful.
The career fair drew hundreds of job seekers and dozens of recruiters from various advertising agencies. A followup to last year’s influential panel discussion (also titled “Where Are All the Black People?”) – the career fair featured keynote speakers Jeff Goodby of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Jimmy Smith of Amusement Park Entertainment, Neal Arthur of Wieden+Kennedy and advertising trailblazer Roy Eaton. The presenters discussed the distressing lack of multicultural diversity in the advertising industry and offered words of wisdom and encouraging advice for attending job seekers.
Also during the career fair, four winners of a live talent pitch competition were selected and awarded interviews with ten major advertising agencies. At the same time, hundreds of other attendees benefited from the event – forging business connections, pursuing job leads, and learning from established thought leaders.
“The event was hugely successful and afforded hundreds of participants an invaluable opportunity to connect with a mentor, meet important industry contacts, and establish a network,” said Kevin Swanepoel, President of The One Club. “But more importantly, many were offered a second interview and the real possibility of a job, which was our ultimate goal.”