Recognize emerging leaders, expanding diversity within the advertising industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Join the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in celebrating a milestone, the 15th Class of Most Promising Minority Students program in New York City from February 1 – 3, 2011. Since its inception, the Most Promising Minority Students program has honored 488 talented multicultural advertising professionals. 

Recognized as the advertising industry’s premier recruiting program, the Most Promising program will bring 50 finalist and their nominators to New York to participate in a three - day conference at the historic New York Athletic Club. “We do not live in a society that is becoming multicultural, we live in a society that is multicultural.  The Most Promising Minority Students program has been vital in helping the multicultural face of the advertising industry mirror that of our society.  So we are pleased and honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of these exceptional students from the varied backgrounds that make up our national Mosaic” says James Edmund Datri, President and CEO of the AAF.

 “We are committed to recognizing deserving students who have shown academic excellence, leadership potential, community service activities and a desire to pursue a career in advertising,” said Tiffany Foxworth, program manager at AAF.   "By honoring these students who exemplify such a great commitment toward their educational endeavors, our hope is to impact the numbers of diverse talent entering into the advertising industry and provide them with the tools to succeed. 

It is up to students to take full advantage of the opportunity and to demonstrate that they are prepared. This approach has attracted the attention of Fortune 500 executives, several of whom have supported the program since its inception. For more information about sponsorship, please contact Connie Frazier at cfrazier@aaf.org or (202) 898-0089.  

Most Promising Minority Students, Class of 2011

Nedal Ahmed, University of North Texas – Nominator, Sheri Broyles
Foluso Akinkuotu, Johnson & Wales University – Nominator, Oscar Chilabato
Maria Alvarez, University of Florida – Nominator, John Kalimtzis
Neena Amarnani, University of Wisconsin – Madison – Nominator, Debra Pierce
Rebekah Andrews, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nominator, Steve Hall
Angela Antonio, Grand Valley State University –Nominator, Roy Winegar
Nicholas Archibald, University of Oklahoma – Nominator, David Tarpenning
Tanya Assar, University of Texas at Austin – Nominator, John Murphy
Jessica Austin, University of Alabama – Nominator, Susan Daria
Anna Berlett, University of Nebraska at Omaha – Nominator, Hugh Reilly
Arielle Calderon, Florida State University – Nominator, Barry Solomon
Nicole Cardoza, Pace University – Nominator, Larry Chiagouris
Christopher Carlon, Ithaca College – Nominator, Scott Hamula
Candace Carson, Pennsylvania State University – Nominator, Ken Yednock
Sean Casa, Southern Methodist University – Nominator, Kartik Pashupati
Maria Cerruto, University of Florida – Nominator, Kevin Guthrie
Lauren Cheng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nominator, Steve Hall
Aran Coleman, University of Oklahoma – Nominator, David Tarpenning
Nicholas Corotan, Brigham Young University – Nominator, Douglas McKinlay
Maria Correa, Florida State University – Nominator, Barry Solomon
Ravon' Simone Crawford, Chaminade University – Nominator, Cliff Bieberly
Avriel Epps, College of the Canyons – Nominator, Bianca Maria Philippi
Sabrina        Fraley, The Art Institute of California - San Diego – Nominator, Donna DiGioia
Taylor Frank, University of Oklahoma – Nominator, David Tarpenning
Liliana Garcia Schultz, Brigham Young University – Nominator, Kevin Kelly
Ashlee Harris, Oklahoma State University – Nominator, Roy Kelsey
Brittany Herdman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nominator, Steve Hall
Jason Houze, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nominator, Steve Hall
Martina Igberaese, University of Memphis – Nominator, Sandra Utt
Maiya Kinoshita, Emerson College – Nominator, Douglas Quintal
Sang-Ching Lintakoon, Pennsylvania State University – Nominator, Ken Yednock
Desiree Mahr, University of Alabama – Nominator, Susan Daria
Kirsten McRae, Howard University – Nominator, Sheryl Oliver
Thais Moraes, George Washington University Nominator, Lynda Maddox
LaWanda Nunley, University of Missouri - St. Louis – Nominator, Kristy Tucciarone
Jaclynn Parizek, The Art Institute of California - San Diego – Nominator, Donna DiGioia
Zai-yu Elisia Phua, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nominator, Steve Hall
Stephanie Quach, University of Texas at Austin – Nominator, John Murphy
Tsilavo Ratsimbaharison, University of South Carolina – Nominator, Bonnie Drewniany
Kebrina Robinson, Medgar Evers College – Nominator, Yla Eason
Valentina Rodriguez de Almeida, Brigham Young University – Nominator, Tom Robinson
Amanda Roselli, Ithaca College – Nominator, Scott Hamula
Rachel Ross, Hampton University – Nominator, Minerva Garcia
Mai Mijoe Sahiouni, University of Nebraska – Lincoln – Nominator, Stacy James
Alejandra Santamaria, Pennsylvania State University – Nominator, Ken Yednock
Chelsea    Spratling, Savannah College of Art and Design – Nominator, Art Novak
Darunee Tasanaprasert, University of South Florida – Nominator, Harold Vincent
Christina Thomas, University of Central Florida - Nominator, Joan McCain
Andrew Tiu, Brigham Young University – Nominator, Jeffrey Sheets
Dora Ulysse, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nominator, Steve Hall

About Most Promising Minority Students program
AAF's Most Promising Minority Students Program is the premier advertising industry award program to recognize and recruit outstanding minority college graduates in advertising; marketing; media and communications. The program connects the advertising industry with the nation’s top multicultural college seniors. This premier event provides opportunities to recruit fresh talent, to further prepare advertising’s best young prospects and to help the industry's workforce better reflect the multiculturalism of today's society. The program not only honors the students, but enhances their knowledge and understanding of the advertising industry by offering networking, interviewing and industry immersion opportunities with industry professionals. For more information about the program, visit
www.aaf.org/mpms.

About the American Advertising Federation
The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 40,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 214 college chapters, the AAF provides 7,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has nearly 100 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. For more information, visit the AAF's Web site at
www.aaf.org.