Academy of Art University Hosts Advertising and Marketing Industry Diversity Job Fair and Leadership Conference

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Academy of Art University is partnering with Bay Area Interactive Group (BIG), Adrants and Business Development Institute (BDI), to bring the first ever Advertising Industry Diversity Job Fair and Leadership Conference to San Francisco on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 from 8:30a to 5:30p, at the Academy of Art University.

We are excited to partner with some of the industry's top influencers in producing an event that focuses on opportunities for under represented groups. Our students, alumni, and the community will surely benefit from this exciting partnership

Academy of Art University is partnering with Bay Area Interactive Group (BIG), Adrants and Business Development Institute (BDI), to bring the first ever Advertising Industry Diversity Job Fair and Leadership Conference to San Francisco on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 from 8:30a to 5:30p, at the Academy of Art University. This event was created specifically to address under-represented groups- minority, female, and GLBT.

As the Bay Area's population grows more diverse, the Academy of Art University strives to find career opportunities for all students in their chosen field. "We are excited to partner with some of the industry's top influencers in producing an event that focuses on opportunities for under represented groups. Our students, alumni, and the community will surely benefit from this exciting partnership," commented Melinda Mettler, Director of the School of Advertising.

This event is free for Advertising School students and job candidates. To register, please visit https://www.bdionline.com/diversitysf.

The morning session "Leadership Conference" features the keynote speaker Larry Harris - EVP, DraftFCB, a recognized thought leader in advancing diversity in the advertising industry. Other high-profile speakers and recognized thought leaders will be discussing the topic of diversity as well as educating job seekers on what it is like to pursue a career in advertising.

The afternoon session (2:00p to 5:30p) "Job Fair" will connect face-to-face, qualified job candidates who are interested in advertising careers with exhibiting industry employers. Some of the companies represented include: BBDO West, DraftFCB, Organic, Inc., Modem Media, Carol H. Williams Advertising, T-3, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, and Community Connect among others.

Reporters wishing to attend, please contact Tiffany Gragg at 415-618-6315; tgragg@academyart.edu

The Academy of Art University, founded in 1929 by artists for artists, provides aspiring artists and designers with career preparation, combined with academic excellence for the AA, BFA, MFA and Certificate programs in the areas of art and design. Academy of Art University is an accredited member of ACICS, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER), (BFA-IAD), and NAAB (M-ARCH).

The event is produced by Business Development Institute, the leading provider of diversity recruiting and event-based business development programs to the advertising, communications, media, and technology industries and Adrants (http://www.adrants.com), the most widely read advertising industry blog, created by industry veteran Steve Hall, provides marketing and advertising news with attitude in the form of a website and daily email newsletter. Bay Area Interactive Group (BIG), is a non-profit professional association dedicated to championing innovation in digital marketing to brand marketers, publishers and agencies through educational, networking, and association events, is also co-producing the event.

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