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ADCOLOR FUTURES Class of 2017: Kim Chau & Justin Ollivierre

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Kim Chau & Justin Ollivierre

ADCOLOR FUTURES Class of 2017: Kim Chau & Justin Ollivierre

Four DigitasLBi unicorns were honored and inducted into the ADCOLOR® FUTURES Class of 2017 at this year’s Annual Conference, held September 17-19 in Los Angeles. ADCOLOR is a nonprofit organization that celebrates and champions diversity in the advertising, marketing, media, public relations, and entertainment industries. 

We asked our FUTURES three questions about their ADCOLOR experience and to share one image that best represents their time in Los Angeles. Check out our two other honorees' answers here

Kim Chau, Designer, DigitasLBi New York 

What does it mean to you to be recognized as a member of the ADCOLOR FUTURES Class of 2017? 

First, it’s an honor to be an ADCOLOR Future, whose motto and mantra is “Rise Up. Reach Back.” Second, it’s such an interesting and unique opportunity to be able to learn, be mentored by, and have the opportunity to meet a diverse range of industry leaders who are here to help us champion diversity. To be a Future means that we are what’s next. We must come together to push our industry forward to make the workplace not only diverse, but inclusive of people of color. We don’t want to just be working in the kitchen. We want a seat at the table. 

Why is it important for the industry to have a devoted organization like ADCOLOR?

ADCOLOR calls the industry out for what it is without losing focus of its goal and why it was founded. It’s important because we are in the creative field — and when you have a homogenous field of talent, ultimately the creative work isn’t going to be as great as it could be if you included people of color who have diverse thoughts and views. ADCOLOR also recognizes those of us who are pushing diversity and inclusivity forward and acknowledges us for our struggle and work. 

What are your top three learnings you’ll share with your teams and colleagues back home?

#1: It’s important to recognize how far we’ve come as people of color. It’s easy to forget that as we continue to fight, but we’ve made such progress and we need to at least give ourselves some credit. But there’s still lots of work to do. We’re just at the beginning. #2: No one is born “woke.” Most people have an awakening at some point in their lives. So if you see that your brothers and sisters don’t understand, help educate and help them learn and evolve the conversation. #3: People of Color cannot fight the fight alone. We can’t dismantle an institution that was not created by us. We’re in this together — and when I looked at the room of 1,000 in attendance at the ADCOLOR Awards Gala, I was reminded and firmly assured: I am not alone. 

Share the one image that best represents your ADCOLOR experience:  

 

Justin Ollivierre, Sr. Associate, Social Strategy, DigitasLBi New York 

What does it mean to you to be recognized as a member of the ADCOLOR FUTURES Class of 2017? 

To be recognized as an ADCOLOR Future is both a huge honor and a huge responsibility. As an ADCOLOR Future I must RISE UP and give recognition to those who have helped my career grow – people like Ronnie Dickerson Stewart, and organizations like ADCOLOR and MAIP. As an ADCOLOR Future I must also REACH BACK and give guidance to young talent in the industry who may not be granted the same opportunities that I’ve been privileged to experience.

Why is it important for the industry to have a devoted organization like ADCOLOR?

ADCOLOR is a remarkable program because it provides a very specific platform for People of Color and LGBTQIA+. ADCOLOR not only recognizes the issues that these people face, but provides the tools to overcome the many obstacles these communities face. Additionally, ADCOLOR truly serves as a family of creative thought leaders coming together to support one another’s passions. 

What are your top three learnings you’ll share with your teams and colleagues back home?

The ADCOLOR Futures have been exposed to an incredible amount of knowledge from companies like Google and Twitter, to individuals like Jezzika Chung and Snoop Dogg (yes, Snoop was at ADCOLOR!). I’m still unpacking all that I’ve been taught, but the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to always look for optimism in trying times.

Share the one image that best represents your ADCOLOR experience:

Kim Chau & Justin Ollivierre

Senior Associate, Social Strategy; Designer

Justin Ollivierre is a Senior Associate in Social Strategy at DigitasLBi New York, and Kim Chau is a Designer at DigitasLBi New York. 

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