The countdown has begun for the advertising industry’s premier event celebrating diversity and the contributions of some of the industry’s brightest stars.

With less than one month remaining, the 2011 ADCOLOR Awards and Industry Conference will be held in Los Angeles at the legendary Beverly Hilton on September 16th and 17th. Hundreds of the most talented influencers, tastemakers and rising stars are expected to attend the two-day event, which is supported by a roster of corporate sponsors and leaders who embrace and understand the importance of diversity in advertising and the power of an increasingly diverse consumer population.

Among the 2011 honorees are comedian, actor and philanthropist, George Lopez, who will receive ADCOLOR’s All-Star Award, presented by Omnicom Group and director and advertising agency founder Spike Lee, who will receive the Catalyst Award. For the first time, GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) will present an ADCOLOR Advocate Award in recognition of industry influencers from the LGBT community. The 2011 Advocate Award will be presented to two industry pioneers � Laurence Boschetto, president and CEO of Draftfcb and Aaron Walton, Co-Founder, Walton | Isaacson.

“The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition is committed to celebrating and shining a spotlight on those individuals and companies whose work influences our industry and has a positive impact on our culture and society,” says Tiffany R. Warren, Founder of The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition and The ADCOLOR Awards and Industry Conference and senior vice president, chief diversity officer for Omnicom Group Inc. “The ADCOLOR Industry Awards and Conference continues to grow and expand with each passing year. We look forward to honoring this year’s group of industry leaders as we celebrate our fifth anniversary and look towards the future of diversity in advertising.”

The 2011 ADCOLOR Awards & Industry Conference is presented by The ADCOLOR Industry Coalition and sponsored by ameredia, inc., American Advertising Federation, 4A’s, The Advertising Club of NY, Akande Music + Publishing, Arnold Worldwide, Creative Artists Agency, CNN, Deutsch, DIAGEO, Draftfcb, Google, Grab Network, GTM, Inc., Iced Media, Interpublic Group, Omnicom Group, The One Club, McCann Worldgroup, Microsoft Advertising, Pepsi, Publicis USA, RAPP, The Results Driven Agency, Ruder Finn Multicultural & Image Marketing, SBS Studios LLC,, TBWAChiat Day, Time Warner and Wieden + Kennedy. Highlights of the 2011 event include a special presentation by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and a performance by NBC’s “Sing Off” Season Two Winners, Committed.

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