Diversity Thought Leaders’ Council
The CAF Diversity Thought Leaders’ Council exists to champion diversity and inclusion in Chicago’s marketing and advertising industries. This happens across three critical initiative areas: recruiting to address issues with diverse pipeline; retention – to promote inclusivity; and advancement – to connect and highlight diverse talent.Contact us to get involved!
CAF Stands for Justice and Equality
As a Chicago community, we find ourselves at a time of profound sadness and pain. The Chicago Advertising Federation (CAF) unequivocally stands with the Black community and recognizes within the nation and in Chicago, racial inequality is real, and those realities impact each of us.
Being one of Chicago’s and the nation’s oldest and most established marketing and advertising communities, CAF has always been proud of our mission to foster and unite members within our dynamic industry and diverse city.
Four years ago, CAF founded a Diversity Thought Leadership Council as we realized the importance of being intentional and deliberate about our diversity and inclusion efforts. The Council works to ensure we are reflective of the Chicago marketing industry, reflect diverse perspectives, drive inclusivity and understanding, and most importantly dimensionalize issues important to Chicago’s diverse community.
CAF stands behind anti-racism as part of our commitment to inclusion and will increase our collective empathy and action for support of the Black community, locally on the South and West sides of Chicago, both of which have been greatly affected by the events of this past week.
To alleviate food shortages during this time, we will support Feeding South Shore (FSS) with a donation of $5,450, providing a week’s worth of groceries for 107 Southside families. FSS works to get food to low-income residents through a local grocer. With so many vulnerable community members losing sources for groceries due to the events of this past week, the need for help has never been greater.
We will also continue our long-standing partnership with and commitment to the Off The Street Club (OTSC), which is experiencing extreme challenges this year. As one of Chicago’s oldest boys and girls clubs, each year OTSC serves more than 3,000 children in West Garfield Park. The Club is a place for children to have a safe place to learn, laugh, and play without worry. Given the reduced funding OTSC will receive due to major fundraisers being cancelled this spring and summer, we’ve recognized OTSC children are in need of being supported and safe now more than ever. The CAF encourages your support for OTSC’s Camp Mathieu. Please donate here.
CAF’s commitment is to lead with empathy and action in this moment to support our Black community and continue to unite, by making meaningful progress for our industry and the city of Chicago.
CAF Board President
Chair, Diversity Thought Leaders Council
Co-Chair, Diversity Thought Leaders Council
How the Diversity Council supports CAF initiatives
The Chicago Advertising Federation is always seeking opportunities to foster thought leadership in the marketing community and our Diversity Thought Leadership Council ensures that thought leadership reflects diverse perspectives. Our strong community is reflective of the entire Chicago marketing industry, and we deliver experiences that dimensionalize issues important to the that community, supporting greater inclusivity and understanding.
Current members of the CAF Diversity Thought Leaders’ Council:
- Lizette Williams, McDonald’s Corporation, Chair
- Kristian May-Stewart, Ten35, Co-Chair
- Paul Dean, Ninth Decimal
- Jason Smith, Location Sciences
- Edna Uribe, Univision
- Susan Stefaniak, Ogilvy
- Christine Stepp, BET
- Kenard Gibbs, BET
- Wanda Sutherland, BET
- Dawn Mitchell, DDB
- Jeremy Hodges, Jack Morton Worldwide
- Felicia Fortenberry, Valence Media
- Johanna Lara, Google
- Qadree Holmes, Quriosity Productions
- Farissa Knox, RLM Media
- Baomy Wehrle, Turner
- Pepper Miller, Hunter-Miller Group
- Dani Jackson, Edelman
- Darryl Manuel, The Spin Artist
- Phil Lee, The Spin Artist
- Veronica Appleton, DePaul University
Connect with thought leaders in the Chicago-based marketing and advertising industry