Writer, Producer, Director and Diversity Advocate
Keni Thacker is a pioneer of change and an award-winning diversity advocate devoted to creating outreach programs and mentorship within the advertising industry.
The impact he has made on future leaders does not go unnoticed. In 2017, Keni launched the Young Commodores program at J. Walter Thompson (now Wunderman Thompson), a diversity initiative that provides college and high school advertising students with an opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life advertising and business. Also, in 2017, he was named as one of the 4A's 100 People That Make Advertising Great. NV Magazine featured him as one of their Champions of Inclusion while also receiving a citation from the City of New York/Borough of Brooklyn for a long record of diversity, inclusion, and mentoring efforts in advertising in 2019.
He is also the founder of 100 Roses From Concrete, a network for men of color in advertising, marketing media, and public relations. Through the Roses, he recently created the G.R.O.W.T.H. Initiative that is a virtual agency program for multicultural college students who may have lost their internships due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Join the CSCA on Thursday, September 17 for Keni’s presentation, and visit kenithacker.com to read more about Keni’s work on diversity and inclusion.