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Carol H. Williams Advertising is the largest African-American, female-owned agency in the US, and was founded more than two decades ago by Carol H. Williams to create advertising that speaks to the sophisticated, influential African-American and urban markets. The agency has offices in the San Francisco Bay area and Chicago, and a satellite office in New York. A highly diverse and skilled staff produces award-winning advertising and marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies and other major entities, including General Motors, the U.S. ARMY, General Mills, Kraft, AARP, Gilead Sciences, HP, Nationwide Insurance, Procter & Gamble, The Walt Disney Company, and Marriott.


The HistoryMakers is an organization that was founded in 1999 by Julieanna Richardson to record, preserve and share the life stories of thousands of African Americans. Its archives hold the stories of significant African Americans from President Barack Obama to the oldest living black cowboy. The HistoryMakers is a leader in helping to educate and enlighten millions worldwide through refashioning a more inclusive record of American history.


Diversity MBA Magazine provides corporate executives answers to the most pressing questions of the day to help them deal with the demands for workplace innovation, creativity and high performance. The publication, founded by publisher Pam McElvane, focuses on multiple dimensions of the diversity experience as it delivers compelling strategies and best practices to ensure ultimate success. For recent graduates, Diversity MBA Magazine offers job opportunities and market research on the best companies to work for that focus on diversity.


Miles Ahead Entertainment is a boutique entertainment and marketing firm founded by media and marketing expert Sheila Eldridge. Miles Ahead specializes in lifestyle cross-marketing campaigns, endorsements and public relations while providing hands-on services and focused execution.


Amethyst Entertainment is an award-winning minority and woman-owned entertainment company specializing in developing and producing mega events and television productions, including the Essence Awards, the Essence Music Festival, and music festivals in Cancun and various Caribbean countries. Its Consulting Division provides strategic planning for brand enhancement by meshing corporations with entertainment ventures. Valerie Norman Gammon is CEO and president of Amethyst.


Jerry Thomas PR is a multiracial, multicultural team of public-relations and communications professionals uniquely situated to provide expert strategy and counsel to business, community, government, cultural, and nonprofit organizations. The agency, led by former journalist and media strategist Jerry Thomas, also represents individual clients, including business executives, politicians, entertainers, athletes, and public figures.