The Program

The AAF’s Most Promising Minority Students program connects the advertising industry with the nation’s top minority college seniors. This premier event provides opportunities to recruit fresh talent, to further prepare advertising’s best young prospects and to help the industry’s workforce better reflect the multiculturalism 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 industry professionals.


2014 Students

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Yiwei Zhu

A creative translator: connecting all the simple ideas.

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Leo Wong

Creative, open-minded hard worker who is fearless and is always the life of the room.

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Marian Taylor

A believer in the progress of the advertising industry by producing innovative ideas that resonate.

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Etti Susterman

Solving creative problems with a Latin spice and a drop of Judaism flavor.

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Taylor Stokes

You can only ride the wave of life with great balance.

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Ghada Soufan

Eight internships, three leadership positions, two languages and one relentlessly curious mind you Ghada know.

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Adrienne Soong

A blunt observer, a fantastical liar and a smidge of crazy.

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Fuatino Solaita

Team leader and team player, ready to get in the game.

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Ashley Small

Time is a clever problem solver, always changing and charismatic. So am I.

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Robert Shin

Start-ups, mobile apps, investments. Been there, done that. Next stop? Ad Man.

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Michelle Sanchez

I am more than my degree: I am dynamic, intuitive and inventive. I am Michelle Sanchez.

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Brittany Ruggiero

Knowledge seeker, social media enthusiast, positive thinker, passionate writer and aspiring advertising professional.

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Janet Rodriguez

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

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Jessica Robertson

A kinetic 21st century perfectionist filled with idealism and enthusiasm for the cross-cultural world.

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Lynette Rios

Left and right brain harmonizer.

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Reema Rao

I am an on-the-go go-getter!

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Niloufar Rajabi

The dark side love child of creativity and strategy, powered into a small, dark espresso.

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Kanoelehua Perreira

Bringing innovative ideas through a diverse background.

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Najja Pemberton

Failure is good. I can learn from it. But quitting — it is suicidal.

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Krisha Paz

My culture, a culmination of three others, is my weapon for creating extraordinary ideas.

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Sarika Patel

Discovering research that enlightens the situation, insights that illuminate the path and creativity that illustrates.

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Stephania Ortega

Storyteller, traveler and lifelong learner.

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Anayo Ordu

Inquisitive mind who loves the art of connecting brands and ideas with society and culture.


Brittany Nguyen

A designer, writer and lover of good, strong coffee. Constantly curious, always learning.

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Shar Ngauja

Shar Ngauja is a forward thinker, driven marketer and a curator of human experiences.

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Christopher Mejia

Leader like Caesar, adaptive like Darwin, creative like Dali and determined like Jordan.

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Stuti Mehta

It matters not how many people I talk to, but the people I listen to.

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Morgan McDaniel

Commander of attention, compassionate of others, detailed analyzer. Mac of all trades: methodical, assertive, consistent.


Sevara Mallyn

I was born under a dictator, but I dictate my life and I lead others.

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Chase Lucero

With this Latin chico, the creative is rico.

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Laura Linthicum

Not afraid to be a freak.

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Nicole Lee

A bicultural creative designer and strategist who aspires to solve problems for brands and issues.

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Diana Lee

Four countries in four years, I’m an avid explorer creating opportunities, making my own creations.

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Priscilla Lai

The strongest determination you’ll ever witness to revitalize difficulties that are out of this world.

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Jennifer Kim

Strategic thinking. Curious nature. Passion for advertising.

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Anne Javellana

A creative and innovative mind that never ceases to think with a culturally intuitive perspective.

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Safia Hurst

My undefined passion makes for a curious mind.

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Dennis Haynes

Savage imagination tamed by knowledge.

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Adrienne Gates

Nimble thinker. Daring thoughts. Unstoppable.

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Michelle Francisco

An intricate collaboration of energy and ideas.

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Joshua Fox

I’ve overcome addictions to Oreos, pudding cups and Pepsi. There’s one I can’t overcome – advertising.

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Sarah Espinoza

I am an aspiring digital marketing strategist, a risk taker and a trailblazer of ideas.

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Jaime Cheng

The work is her play.

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Princess Buenaventura

Powered by dreams, innovation, determination and some great Seattle coffee, I will challenge the industry.

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Michael Barrera

Bettering the world by delivering meaningful insight to consumers and connecting brands with creativity and compassion.

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Jacklyn Baillergeon

Strategic thinker and planner who uses ambidextrous-minded storytelling to connect analytics to emotions.

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Jamal Atwell

CURIOSITY defines me: Communicative, Understanding, Resourceful, Inquisitive, Open-minded, Strategic, Idealistic, Timely and Yearning for success.

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Kayla Ariza

I believe with hard work comes success. Take chances — giving up is not an option.

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Andrew Angstadt

Developing a strong creative strategy is an art and advertising is my canvas of choice.

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Mark Araya

Designer, illustrator and art director. Driven to make conceptual and well-crafted ideas come to life.