November 25, 2008

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Leo Burnett USA, The Walt Disney Company and USA TODAY to Host 2009 AAF Mosaic Career Fairs

Fairs Connect Top Corporations With Qualified Minority Candidates

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) announced the dates and locations of the 2009 Mosaic Career Fairs. Mosaic Career Fairs are spin-offs from the AAF's Most Promising Minority Students Program, which acknowledges those minority students who are deemed exceptional by their college professors and advisers. Due to the success of the Most Promising Program, the AAF was asked to develop a similar program that would assist corporate members with hiring a diverse group of students, which led to the first Mosaic Career Fair in April 2004.

The objective of the Mosaic Career Fairs is the same as the Most Promising Program—to connect talented minority students with leading advertising, marketing and communications companies seeking to hire entry-level candidates.

The 2009 fairs will be held as follows:

  • Thursday, February 19, Leo Burnett USA, Chicago, Illinois
  • Friday, February 27, the Walt Disney Company, Universal City, CaliforniaThursday, March 5, USA TODAY, McLean, Virginia

In 2008 nearly 500 college students from across the country and representatives from 80 top advertising, marketing and media companies participated in the fairs. Mosaic Career Fairs feature career development workshops, panel discussions with industry professionals, one-on-one résumé and portfolio critiques, a recruiters expo with some of the country's top advertising, marketing and media companies and on-site interviewing.

"The career fairs are special opportunities for students to learn practical skills from top industry professionals and to connect talented students with top advertising, marketing and media companies; they provide a real jump-start to the careers of the student participants," said James Edmund Datri, AAF president and CEO.

For more information on registration and participating recruiters, go to or contact Candace Elliott at

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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 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 215 college chapters, the AAF provides 6,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 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