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The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. READ MORE
CES is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. READ MORE
On January 14, join nearly 200 MAIP alumni in New York City for a day of adaptive leadership workshops and skills-based learning at the third annual #MAIPSummit. The 2019 MAIP Summit will help you progress in your career. Hear from senior thought-leaders, in and outside of the industry, on innovations in our business, and review business briefings on the state of the industry. Get tools and strategies to help focus both your mental and financial well-being. This Summit is for MAIP alumni across all career stages but is geared especially for those in mid, senior and executive level roles. READ MORE
Join the Forbes BrandVoice team for a day of conversation on how brand journalism has become an essential part of every marketer's strategy to engage new and existing customer. READ MORE

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February is Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Super Bowl LIII, the 53rd Super Bowl and the 49th modern-era National Football League championship game, will decide the league champion for the 2018 NFL season. The game is scheduled to be played on February 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia READ MORE
MAKERS is a feminist media brand for newsMAKERS, historyMAKERS, and troubleMAKERS. We tell the stories of today's trailblazing women to inspire the changeMAKERS of tomorrow. READ MORE
The Grammy Awards are presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest.     READ MORE
The AAF's Most Promising Multicultural Students program connects the advertising industry with the nation’s top multicultural college seniors. This premier event provides opportunities to recruit fresh talent to further prepare the advertising industry’s best young prospects and to help the advertising and media workforce better reflect the diversity of today's society. The program not only honors the students, but enhances their knowledge and understanding of the advertising industry by offering networking, interviewing and industry immersion opportunities with advertising professionals, marketing and media professionals. READ MORE
The premier, national convening to build the awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices, and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field. READ MORE
The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. READ MORE
As we are confronted with a new era of workplace change, the 4A’s invites Talent and HR Leaders to join them in exploring and defining the agency of the future and the future of work. READ MORE
Lesbians Who Tech + Allies is the largest LGBTQ technology community in the world — committed to visibility, intersectionality, and changing the face of technology. The 40,000 non-binary, LGBTQ women, queer women of color (and our allies) in tech who make up our community come from every background and live in over 40+ cities worldwide. This year we become the largest professional LGBTQ event in the world and the largest event for women in tech in California. READ MORE

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March is Women's History Month

Women’s History Month is an annual celebration of achievements that highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It’s celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, and corresponds with International Women’s Day, which is March 8th.

In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March as Women’s History Month.

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery. Join the world’s largest gathering of creative professionals at the 2019 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas from March 8-17 READ MORE
WBENC’s Summit & Salute is a three-day event that consists of industry focused workshop sessions, procurement connection opportunities, inspiring keynote speakers, networking receptions and more. The Salute! gala is a festive evening that honors and celebrates various groups throughout the WBENC network. READ MORE

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April is National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Month is dedicated to honoring the volunteers in each of our communities as well as encouraging everyone to volunteer throughout the month.

Reframe, Company, Urban One, and UWG are partnering to host and lead a conversation about the future of work and marketplace at the inaugural Reframe Change Summit in New York City, April 3-4, 2019. New York City is home to many companies across multiple industries and is now the second highest performing tech ecosystem in the world behind Silicon Valley. The Reframe Change Summit will convene executives who are change management thought leaders and advocates to solve a long-standing human capital problem across the tech ecosystem, public, private and impact industry sectors. READ MORE
The ultimate event for the media, entertainment and technology industry, showcasing ground-breaking innovation and powerful solutions for professionals looking to create, manage, deliver and monetize content on any platform. READ MORE
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. They also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBTQ community that build support for equality. READ MORE
The Tribeca X Award is a juried award for storytelling supported by a brand recognizing the intersection of advertising and entertainment. The Tribeca X Award is open to all work produced between January and March of the following year, funded with support of a brand in collaboration with artists or filmmakers. The top projects will be highlighted by the Tribeca Film Festival, and a jury will award the winning selection at the Festival. READ MORE
Social Media Week, New York's premier Media & Marketing event, brings together marketing, media and technology professionals from more than 50 countries with a curiosity and passion for new ideas, innovations and emerging trends in social media.   READ MORE

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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific and Asian Americans of all ethnicities and languages come together to celebrate their heritage through many activities and observing and appreciating their rich history.

The Shorty Awards Awards Honor The Best of Social Media Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, Musical.ly, and the rest of the social web. READ MORE

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June is LGBT Pride Month

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world.

The AAF's Mosaic Awards recognize companies, agencies and individuals whose commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident through their creative work and organization-wide initiatives. Past recipients have embraced advanced marketing techniques and business practices and have developed diversity programs that not only help improve the bottom line, but also secure a relevant role in a continuously evolving corporate environment. READ MORE
ADMERICA is our national conference on advertising where our industry comes together for education, inspiration, innovation, collaboration and celebration. ADMERICA presents a wonderful opportunity for attendees to learn and discuss the latest developments in our industry—from new digital technologies to creative content development. READ MORE
AICP members account for the production of 80-85 percent of all nationally televised commercials. READ MORE
The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, is the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. READ MORE
Cannes Lions has been championing creativity since 1954. The Lions are the most established and coveted awards for the creative and marketing communications industry. Winning at the Festival puts you among the world’s elite. Our trophies are recognised globally as the ultimate achievement in creativity and we know that winning work from the festival "gives 54% higher ROI than non-creatively awarded work". READ MORE
Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Amplify is an invitation-only event convening the leading artists and executives of color from the most impactful organizations in entertainment, sports, media, brands, technology, and social justice, to accelerate the growth, value, and visibility of inclusion. CAA Amplify explores a variety of topics, including leadership, disruption and opportunity, technology, and the creative process, as well as criminal justice reform, civil rights, and immigration. READ MORE

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July is America's Birthday

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America.

C2 (short for ColorCommConference) is the ultimate business conference and retreat for women of color in communications. ColorComm is an essential organization for women of color in all areas of communications including Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising Print Media, Broadcast, Digital and more. READ MORE

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August

The 2018 NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair is the premier venue for journalism education, career development and networking opportunity that draws leaders in journalism, media, technology, business, arts and entertainment. Over 3,000 of the nation’s top journalists, media executives, public relations professionals and students will gather in Detroit READ MORE
The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses. READ MORE

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September is Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group’s heritage and culture. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

ADCOLOR champions diversity and inclusion in creative industries. Our process is twofold. First, we help individuals and organizations RISE UP, letting their accomplishments and ideas shine. Then we teach these new leaders and would-be-mentors how to REACH BACK and find others who deserve to be noticed and promoted. Our goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who are here to support and celebrate one another. READ MORE
A multi-day gathering of the world’s top leaders, innovators, and influencers in the talent space. Every year, thousands of our global customers come together to discuss the future of work, network with other forward thinkers, and leave inspired to make an impact. There’s plenty to look forward to: a provocative lineup of speakers, topics, and breakouts, three energizing days discoverin­g what’s new and what’s next in the workplace, and thousands of attendees across the entire employee lifecycle from recruitment to retention. Experience an exclusive opportunity to engage with some of today’s most progressive thought leaders and practitioners working on recruiting, diversity & inclusion, employee experience and culture, learning and development, artificial intelligence, and people analytics. READ MORE

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October is Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group’s heritage and culture. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The Anita Borg Institue envisions a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it. We connect, inspire, and guide women in computing, and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. READ MORE
The industry’s premier annual event, attracting more than 2,500 attendees. For five days, a who’s who of CMOs and other industry movers and shakers will share their remarkable stories of mastering brands and driving results in ways that didn’t even seem possible a few years ago.   READ MORE
Founded in 1980, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) is the premier organization that educates, advocates and empowers for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Our success stems from our ability to provide the resources that allow our members to cultivate their individual careers. Equally important, we partner with the country’s leading media companies that are committed to leveraging diversity as a business imperative. READ MORE

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November is Native American Indian/Alaska Heritage Month

On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month. This month aims to provide a platform for Native people in the United States to share their culture and traditions.

The ANA Multicultural Marketing and Diversity Conference is heavily attended by client-side marketers to discuss and debate industry issues and to network and celebrate our differences. READ MORE
Until The 3% Movement came along, only 3% of all U.S. Creative Directors were women. In a world where women influence upwards of 80% of consumer spending and 60% of social media sharing, this is business suicide. Through a mix of content, community and professional development, we've helped raise the number of female CDs to 11% while giving agencies a clear road map of ways to champion female creative talent and leadership. Our movement includes a 2-day annual fall conference, one-day MiniCons in cities around the world, a Certification Program, agency consulting programs, a vibrant online community, a live Super Bowl Tweetup, a student scholarship fund, a business blog and more. READ MORE
Afrotech is a conference where the founders and employees of some of the fastest growing tech startups will present the tactics & strategeis they us to grow thier products and businesses. Converstaions will range from raising venture funding, combining tech and culture, user design workshops and growth hacking. READ MORE
Ad Age’s largest annual event returns to take on innovation in a tech-obsessed world. From voice assistants to bread-making robots to self-driving cars, we'll dive deep into the ways that tech is already reshaping lives—and we'll inform your approach to what’s next. Expert and inspiring speakers from a variety of industries will unpack what’s next in areas such as AI, food, creativity, transportation, privacy, e-commerce and esports. With ample networking, candid debates and ideas you can use as soon as you get back to your desk. READ MORE
The Voice Arts Awards is a global competition celebrating some of the world's most brilliant media, where the voice is the a key creative element. Voice Actors, Creative Directors, Producers, Marketing Executives, Copywriters, Audio Engineers, Casting Directors, and Spoken Word Artists all have a voice. READ MORE

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December - Happy Holidays