The 2012 ADColor Awards and Industry Conference will be underway on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

This year actor, philanthropist and entrepreneur Boris Kodjoe will join an illustrious group of industry innovators when he receives the 2012 ADCOLOR All-Star Award presented by Omnicom Group, in recognition of his exceptional work with his charity dedicated to his daughter Sophie and his contributions to film, TV, stage, business and media.

Additionally, Soledad O’Brien, Host of CNN’s “Starting Point” and co-founder of the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation will also receive The CATALYST award presented by Draftfcb in honor of her exceptional track record in the media industry.

Now in its sixth year, ADCOLOR® is making additional strides to empower diverse professionals at every stage of their careers with programs designed to arm them with what they need to excel in their respective industries. The first of these programs is ADCOLOR® University, an extensive training program intended for agencies and individuals. The thinking behind the program is that continued growth is essential at every level. The program teaches entry- and mid-level professionals to take control of their own career paths. In partnership with training powerhouse Global Novations, ADCOLOR® University will offer six classes for two modules in 2012 titled “Managing Inclusion™” and “Efficacy for Professionals™.”

In addition to the organization’s new training program, 2012 brings the launch of ADCOLOR® FUTURES. In partnership with ADCOLOR® Diversity Summit (ADS) member organizations, the program will offer alumni from recognized industry diversity programs the chance to attend—and receive an insider experience at—key ADCOLOR® events throughout the weekend and year. This group of young professionals will be the first class of ADCOLOR® FUTURES and will attend the ADCOLOR® Awards and Industry Conference and related events.

ADCOLOR seeks to support and inspire professionals of color and diversity champions within the advertising, marketing, media and related industries by celebrating the accomplishments of diverse role models and industry leaders. Since 2007, the ADCOLOR Awards and Industry Conference has become their signature event presented by some of the most prestigious brands and organizations in the nation to celebrate and promote diversity in the industry. —yvette caslin

Yvette Caslin

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