Marcus Graham Project


  • Stirring It Up

    Every year we look for more ways to innovate. To influence. To expand our reach so that we can change the faces on the other side of the lens of advertising. With that being said we would like to introduce our second ‪#‎iCR8Chicago‬ winter boot camp, STIR Agency.
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  • Lavender Hill Recap

    Our annual gala was a success. Check out photos and details on the masquerade gala sponsored by PepsiCo, Hennessy and D CEO Magazine.
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  • NTX Giving Day

    The Marcus Graham Project would like to thank the 31 donors who helped us “Change The Game” by participating in North Texas Giving Day! Because of their generosity, we were able to raise $1200 on North Texas Giving Day
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  • MGP’s Clinton Global Commitment

    MGP Announced a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to action to increase diversity in our workforce by scaling to reach 300 students.
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  • iCR8 Class of 2015

    We are proud to announce a record number of finalists for the 7th Class of our Flagship Summer ICR8 Boot Camp Program, brought to you by PepsiCo. 15 talented individuals will travel to Dallas to create their own agency, starting June 1st.

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  • Coming to Cleveland

    The Cavs, in partnership with Hennessy, have teamed up with the Marcus Graham Project (MGP) to host a weekend-long Sports Marketing Workshop for diverse professionals (February 26th through March 1st at Quicken Loans Arena). One standout participant will be selected and sponsored by Hennessy to attend MGP’s iCR8 Summer BootCamp,

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  • Deadline Extended

    Applications for the 2015  iCR8™ Summer Boot Camp are now due on February 16th. All applications must be submitted online by 11:59 pm CST. If you are interested in working with brands such as PepsiCo and Beats by Dre as you learn what it is like to get in, stay in and become a leader in our industry, apply today.

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  • Changing The Face of Our Industry

    PepsiCo Americas Beverages and the Marcus Graham Project are Joining Forces to Build Leaders in the Field of Marketing, Advertising and Media, through the 2015 iCR8 Boot Camp and a committed partnership to making deeper impact.

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  • MGP Opens Doors in Chicago

    13 Selected to Participate in our inaugural iCR8 Winter Boot Camp Program in Chicago this winter. In partnership with Columbia College Chicago’s J-Term, the program kicks off on January 5th.

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  • Invest In Next

    On Giving Tuesday we hosted a national fundraising event inclusive of a Tweet-a-thon to kick off our capacity building campaign. Tweet-ups were held in multiple cities around the country including Dallas, Chicago, LA, Atlanta, DC and New York, raising over $4000 towards our efforts.

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  • Lavender Hill A Success

    Our 3rd annual fundraising gala honoring our corporate & agency partners, as well as our alumni and outstanding board members was a success. As we launched our capacity campaign at the masquerade themed gala, we did so with the announcement that we are halfway to our goal of raising $1.25 Million towards of efforts in launching our campaign.

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  • Introducing Prismatic

    The 6th installation of MGP’s iCR8 Summer Boot Camp has kicked of with 10 individuals who have communed in Dallas to turn the city and industry upside down. Please meet the team members of Prismatic, the agency built to crystalize imagination.

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  • Diversity By The Numbers

    MGP recently took a look at data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to examine the ethnic and gender diversity of the Advertising/Marketing occupation. Check out our infographic that discuss our findings and the alarming reality of diversity in our industry.
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  • Introducing the iCR8™ Compass

    The iCR8™ Compass is a Marcus Graham Project initiative that provides all iCR8™ participants with powerful technology & resources to help them navigate, not only through the training and experiential learning that our program offers, but also the marketing and advertising industry in general.

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  • Coming Soon

    Due to an increase in demand for career enrichment from aspiring marketing leaders from around the globe, MGP is currently working on the development of a new program taking the core of our flagship summer boot camp online. More information about this program’s launch later in 2014 will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please sign up so that we can keep you informed about the program’s launch.

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  • #AdLife Awaits

    We are proud to announce the launch of the Marcus Graham Project’s first PSA Video Campaign: #AdLife Awaits. The campaign, spearheaded by Marcus Graham Project alumni, is an effort to increase the interest and visibility of the advertising, marketing and media industry to emerging professionals. Check it out and share.
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  • Advertising Week 10

    The Marcus Graham Project took center stage at NY’s 10th Annual Advertising week along Lisnr CEO Rodney Williams, 4A’s CEO Nancy Hill and Microsoft executive Stephen Kim for a discussion entitled, “Cultivating the Next Generation: Innovation & People.”

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  • Ad Age 40 under 40

    Advertising Age honored innovative, young marketing leaders who have made their mark in the client, agency and media realms — all before their 40th birthdays. MGP Co-Founder and Executive Director Lincoln Stephens was included amongst the list of young leaders.

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  • MGP Featured on CNN

    The time is now to “turn up” the conversation on the lack of diversity in the advertising industry. Our program was recently featured on CNN and Headline News. Share our story.

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    Together, we will change the face of the advertising & marketing industry. And here, you can find everything you need to get involved in our movement and spread the word to everyone you know. Because our vision is to build a generation of passionate, empowered advertising leaders—our very own agency of change.

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    The Bill Sharp Award, an award presented by JWT and the Marcus Graham Project,  is named after the late advertising legend and industry diversity pioneer William “Bill” Sharp. His lasting devotion to helping young African-American students find careers in the advertising industry has been an inspiration to many in the field.



    We welcome you to stop by and visit our offices if you should find yourself in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. We are located in the Artist Quarters of the South South on Lamar Building at 1409 S. Lamar #108 in Dallas. Please contact us to make an appointment or to inquire about reserving our space for meetings.

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Our flagship experiential learning program that provides access to industry knowledge, exposure to industry leaders and experience working with real-world clients.



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A financial scholarship that allows members to attend costly industry conferences, seminars and
networking functions.



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    Brittany Allen, Deutsch LA

    We were incredibly humbled to receive a recent message from Brittany, now an Account Coordinator at Deutsch LA. “I was sitting in a meeting today with my client and I was sitting there thinking that I’d finally found a career for me. It was definitely a full circle moment…”  



The Marcus Graham Project Staff & Alumni recently held an information session and Q&A for our 7th summer boot camp program. The session provided applicants and volunteers with more information regarding the program, application tips and insight into the experience.




Eddie Murphy’s Long-Term Effect on Ad Agency Diversity

Advertising Age

November 12, 2009






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Lavender Hill is our annual gala, awards reception & alumni reunion filled with music, dancing, and laughter as we look back and move forward in our work in changing the face of our industry.  Join us on October 31, 2015 for this year’s gala, mean while click the link below to reflect on last year’s event.