Marcus Graham Project


  • Invest In Next

    Join us on #GivingTuesday as we officially kick off our capacity building campaign, The Boomerang Effect and our goal of raising $1.25 Million in 2015. To kick off our campaign we will host a national event inclusive of a Tweet-a-thon driving donations towards our capacity building campaign, and Tweet-ups in multiple cities around the country including Dallas, Chicago, LA, Atlanta, DC and New York.

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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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  • Unlocking Imagination

    The Marcus Graham Project will be on the road this fall “unlocking the imagination” and inspiring students, recent graduates and young professionals who are eagerly looking for an opportunity to break into the advertising and marketing industry through our 2015 iCR8 Summer Boot Camp. Applications available beginning 9/12.

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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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  • Thanks for Kicking It

    On May 3rd the Marcus Graham Project and close to 100 supporters came out and kicked it for cause at our first annual Kick*ass Kickball Tournament and Fundraiser! We would like to thank all of those who participated and a special congrats to Team Ball Busting Kicktations on their Tournament Championship! They defeated Team Imaginuity in a nail biter 1-0!!! It was truly a great time and we look forward to next years event.

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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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  • #iCR82014

    We are proud to announce the finalists for the 2014 iCR8 Summer Boot Camp Program. As we prepare for the team of 11 to come to Dallas starting June 2nd, we hope that you will congratulate them and sign up to support their efforts. Please consider signing up as a volunteer or making a contribution to the Boot Camp Program. Stay tuned for more from #ICR82014!

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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, a scholarship 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 renting our space for events.

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The Bootcamp

A summer-long internship that provides access to industry knowledge, exposure to industry leaders and experience working with real-world clients.


The Sharp Award

The Sharp Award is a scholarship named after the late advertising legend and industry diversity pioneer William “Bill” Sharp


The Go Fund

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


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    Darren Nesbitt, Droga5

    I’ve never lacked drive, but I have been less determined in my career focus. I didn’t know which hat I wanted to wear. That was before I went through the immersion of MGP. The 2011 IC8 Boot Camp wasn’t just my opportunity to assist in the work of an agency and it’s clients. It was my opportunity to be partly responsible for my own clients, ideas and executions.




Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple.




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 & alumni reunion filled with music, dancing, raffle, and laughter as we look back and move forward in our work in changing the face of our industry. Take a look back at last year.


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