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The 7th Annual 3% Conference, November 8-9, Chicago, IL

Date: Sep 06, 2018


The 7th Annual 3% Conference, November 8-9, Chicago, IL


The creative industry’s leading voice for gender equality and diversity overall, The 3% Conference features over 85 speakers, half of whom are speakers of color.


Founder Kat Gordon was named Advertising Age’s Visionary of the Year in 2018 for her 7-year crusade illustrating that diversity = creativity = profitability.


Join us at Navy Pier for two days filled with inspiring keynotes, informative master classes and spirited networking.


This year’s theme Bring It encourages attendees to bring their wisdom, insights and colleagues for an event with more audience interaction than ever before.

The theme for the 2018 3% Conference is…BRING IT.

* A rally cry to bring and share your wisdom.

* An invitation for more peer-to-peer learning.

* A reminder to bring your men, your juniors, your leadership, your clients – a true cross-section of your company.


Our 7th annual conference will offer more opportunity for audience involvement than ever before, tapping the wisdom of the 1,200 people who gather to #changetheratio.


Early confirmed speakers include:

Shira Albagli, Communications Director, PL+US

Naz Arandi, Creative Director, Airbnb

Swati Bhattacharya, CCO, FCB Ulka

Rich Bina, Strategic Planning Director, RPA

Joanna Bloor, CEO/Founder, The Amplify Lab

Dawn Bovasso, Freelance Digital Creative Director

Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, Founder/CEO at The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership

Carrie Dunn, Freelance Writer/ACD

Tahirah Edwards Byfield, Senior Writer, 72andSunny

Corinna Falusi, CCO of Mother USA

Cindy Gallop, Founder, Make Love Not Porn

Heide Gardner, Chief Diversity + Inclusion Officer, IPG

Piera Gelardi, Executive Creative Director and Founding Partner, Refinery29

Elle Graham-Dixon, Group Planning Director, BBDO New York

Louise Green, Author Big Fit Girl

Gina Grillo, President/CEO, The Advertising Club

Rene Huey-Lipton, VP/Cultural Strategy, Sparks & Honey

Joshua Kissi, Co-Founder, TONL & Street Etiquette

Sallie Krawcheck, CEO, Co-Founder, Ellevest

Dr. Carl Marci, Chief Neuroscientist, Nielsen

Emma Mcilroy, CEO, Wildfang

Krystle Mullin, ACD, RPA

Elana Gorbatyuk, SVP Strategy, Partner at Sid Lee

Evita Puente, Senior Creative Director, Capital One

Candace D. Queen, Founder, Blacks in Advertising

Karuna Rawal, US President and Chief Strategy Officer, ARC Worldwide

Bernadette Rivero, Co-Founder/President, The Cortez Brothers

Reza Rostampisheh, Associate Director/Strategic Planning, Campbell Ewald

Nicole Sanchez, CEO/Founder, Vaya Consulting

Amy Small, VP/Creative + Brand Strategy, Media Cause

Eric Sollenberg, Global CEO, CP+B

Jason Sperling, SVP / Chief, Creative Development for RPA

Alain Sylvain, Founder/CEO, Sylvain Labs

Liz Valentine, Co-Founder/CEO, Swift

Madison Wharton, KBS Agency


This event sells out every year. So, if you’re not sure whether you should grab a ticket, here’s something to consider: we recently surveyed attendees from our 2017 and 2016 events to learn what impact 3% has had on them since attending. 71% reported they were inspired to take action or found their voice and 56% changed the way they advocated for themselves.


The conference includes four themed tracks: Creative Director, Emerging Creative, How-To and Leadership.

To register or for more information visit: and use code MULTICULTURAL for a 10% discount.


See you in November!