Diversity in the advertising industry is vital for creating stories that connect with all audiences. AAF Tampa Bay strives to foster diversity and inclusivity by opening a space for conversations on ethnicity, identity, and unconscious bias in the workplace. Our goal is to nurture a community of support, empathy, and respect which will inspire a diverse generation of up and coming advertising professionals.


AAF & our sister organization, Ad 2, are empowering all advertisers and professionals in Tampa Bay to speak up about ethnicity, identity, and unconscious bias in the workplace. We believe that conversations can break down barriers which is why our initiative highlights leading professionals of color in our community. Through our social media campaign called "Know Your Worth," they will share their stories, the struggles they overcame, and the resilience they gained through these experiences. This is the start of change.

If you or someone you know would like to be featured in this campaign send us an email along with your resume/LinkedIn to diversity@aaf-tampabay.com

Speak On It

“Speak on It” is an intimate speaker event held at The Raw Studios on Dec 5, 2019 where the audience will get to hear directly from accomplished professionals of color in the Tampa Bay ad community. They will speak about their professional journey to shed light on the triumphs and challenges of being a person of color (POC) navigating an industry that seeks to be diverse yet remains largely homogenous overall. Their stories will provide advice to fellow POCs still working to establish their career and will offer insight to those interested in developing a more inclusive workplace.

Whether you are an advertising professional, a student, an artist, or a nonprofit, you are connected to the advertising community in some way, and we hope you will join us in breaking down barriers.

Michelene Everett

Creative Event Partners Leadership

Ralphy Perez

Field Marketing Manager, Spectrum Reach

Alex Santiago

Creative Strategist & Leader

Maryann Akinboyewa

Public Relations Manager, The Penny Hoarder

Diversity in Art

In addition to featuring top professionals on stage, we seek to showcase local artwork that ties into the theme of diversity and inclusivity. We invite artists in Tampa Bay to submit artwork for display at the “Speak on It” event. We believe that art is a unique form of communication and want to showcase local talent as a piece of this initiative. To submit, please fill out the form and attach your artwork below.

One piece per artist. “Hang ready” means the art will be hanging on a wall. Artists will receive 100% of profits on sold work. Artists will be required to bring their art to the event with an easel to showcase. Artists are responsible for setting up and breaking down their work on the day and location of the event.