When Julius Dunn isn't picking fights with the older generation, he's running The One Club-Adversity Program, one of those entities created to address what's called the "pipeline issue" in the ad industry. (That's the argument that one of the root causes of the industry's lack of diversity is a lack of awareness by college and high school kids that the industry doesn't even exist.) Julius and the gang are heading down to the Morehouse Marketing Symposium this weekend to try to stir up interest.
Let's be clear. I don't think the pipeline argument explains everything that's wrong with the ad industry when it comes to diversity. But it is an issue. That Morehouse hosts such an event -- which is meant to provide "attendees with insight into what a career in marketing has to offer -- lends credence to the argument. The event is your usual round of workshops, panel discussions, company booths and lectures from ad men.
But One Club-Adversity is also teaming with Atlanta-based portfolio school The Creative Circus to host portfolio review, school tour and panel discussion for participants attending the Morehouse Marketing Symposium. Those available for interested students to talk to include Gabrielle Johnson, art director, BBDO, Atlanta; Melvin Hale, art director, R/GA Motion; Kembo Tom, VP-ideas and innovation, GTM; Marques Gartrell of Fallon; Julius Dunn; and Creative Circus faculty members Dan Balser, Ron Moore, Heddy Lunenfeld, Berwyn Hung and DC Washington, as well as Creative Circus co-founder Carol Vick Bynum.
Morehouse Marketing Symposium starts tomorrow. The Creative Circus event will be held on Saturday afternoon.