‘Where Are All The Black People’ Conference Returns

The One Club Is The Organizer

Back in person for the first time since 2019, the 12th edition of The One Club for Creativity’s free hybrid Where Are All The Black People (WAATBP) diversity conference and career fair will take place on October 6-7  in New York.

WAATBP is an annual gathering that exists to address and correct the lack of diversity within the ad industry, bringing together Black voices from across the ad community – from eager students to C-suite leaders –  to celebrate successes, examine setbacks, and assert their rightful place at the table alongside their allies.

This year marks the first time WAATBP will be a hybrid event, with the first day taking place online and the second in person at Convene at Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan. In order to make the event as accessible as possible, WAATBP is free to attend.

WAATBP provides one-on-one portfolio reviews by top agency creatives, and recruiting opportunities for mid-level creatives who want to advance their careers, as well as students looking to break into the industry. For the first time, a wellness and meditation room will also be available.

Virtual panels (including one specifically focused on industry people of color in Europe), portfolio reviews, and recruiting sessions will happen on October 6. The second day kicks off with a special keynote speaker TBA, followed by additional panels, recruiting booths and portfolio reviews.

Also new this year will be a pair of workshops hosted by Allies in Recruiting (AIR), which recently became part of The One Club For Creativity. WAATBP Champion and Platinum sponsors will have access to an interview prep workshop before the conference, and an inclusive hiring workshop afterwards.

The event concludes with a paid-admission networking after-party featuring a live performance from RNBHouseparty.

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