2 Ad majors honored as Promising Minority Students

Two Florida State University advertising majors were among 50 honored in New York on Feb. 2 at the annual American Advertising Federation Mosaic luncheon celebrating diversity in advertising.

Nicole Narvaez and Melissa Young, both advertising majors from Hillsborough County, were selected as two of the 50 top minority advertising students in the country to participate in the Most Promising Minority Students Program, Feb. 1–3 in Manhattan. Nicole also was the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Pepsi corporation.  This was in addition to a $5,000 scholarship she won from Home Depot.

“These two talented students have bright futures ahead of them, and the publicity they bring to our program is one more reason that our graduates have tremendous success when they venture into the job market,” said Barry Solomon, an associate and advertising instructor in the School of Communication.

Over the past 15 years, more than 500 multicultural students have experienced the Most Promising Minority Students Program, the advertising industry’s premiere recruiting event, which is part of the American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism.

The three-day conference includes professional development workshops, industry immersion experiences and an exclusive recruiters expo. This event draws hundreds of the top advertising executives in New York to honor the best of the best of new advertising talent around the country.

“It is the American Advertising Federation’s belief that only by utilizing diverse talent can the industry reach its full potential. The Most Promising Minority Students Program has been vital in helping the multicultural face of the advertising industry mirror that of our society,” AAF President and CEO  James Edmund Datri said. “We are honored and excited to welcome the 16th class of Most Promising Minority Students to the AAF’s strong and exceptional network of multicultural advertising professionals.”

To learn more about the American Advertising Federation and the Most Promising Minority Students Program, visit www.aaf.org/