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28 Powerful Black Leaders in Marketing and Media

Published on March 8th, 2021

This article originally appeared in Marcom Weekly.

Having control and influence over people and events is a key attribute of being a powerful leader. Today’s leaders in marketing communications and media often climb corporate ladders despite racial bias and other red tape. They are recognized champions, titans and trailblazers not only in their profession but also  within their communities and Marcom Weekly recognizes their contributions. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most recognized leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary success in the industry, influence teams and are trusted by the c-suite. More importantly, their work continues to contribute back to people of color in meaningful ways. Marcom Weekly is proud to announce its inaugural list of 28 Powerful Black Leaders in Marketing and Media.

This year’s list of luminaries include American businessman Byron Allen, Clubhouse app superstar TerDawn DeBoe, New York Times’ Nikole Hannah-Jones, chief marketing boss Bozoma Saint John, and many more.

Carol Haynesworth

Haynesworth is head of multicultural strategy and inclusion at Carmichael Lynch. She previously served as vice president/executive director, diversity, equity & inclusion for IPG Mediabrands and senior consultant for corporate social responsibility at NBCUniversal. Haynesworth wrote “Co-author of Your Great Destiny,” a book about how ordinary people become extraordinary. In it, she references her meeting a not-yet-famous Anthony Facci as one of the featured individuals in her book. As a marketing executive, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Haynesworth previously founded and ran Flourish & Bloom Entertainment (FBE), a premiere management agency, where she worked with the Lisa Lopes Foundation, Usher’s New Look Foundation, and the International Governance Alliance in Uganda. In addition, Her storied career as a marketing executive includes stops at Mattel, Cartoon Network Latin America, Turner Broadcasting, and The Economist.