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Lincoln Stephens and Jeffrey Tate decided four years ago that they wanted to start a program to help alleviate the lack of diversity in the advertising and marketing business world. They corralled a group of volunteers to help them teach the next generation about the businesses in which minorities were sorely underrepresented.

“We thought to ourselves that we could be change agents and immediately got to work,” said Stephens. Fast forward four years later — and not only has the idea expanded to include all ethnic minorities of both genders —but there are now 17 other men and women listed as founders of the organization. And they are all part of the advertising and media worlds — and all volunteers. “No one receives any form of compensation from this,” said Stephens. “We are a volunteer based organization and our compensation is helping to mentor the future.”

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