Candace D. Queen is a Sr. Visual Designer + Art Director with a vivacious entrepreneurial spirit. With that said, she wears many crowns.
Candace’s work is centered around social media marketing, experiential design, and art curation. She’s worked with a range of brands and organizations, like Cantu Beauty, ALDI, Sprint, the American Advertising Federation, ADCOLOR®, and the 4A’s.
Her accolades include being recognized as one of the 4A’s 100 People Who Make Advertising Great, a 4A’s MAIPer to Watch, Bill Sharp Award Recipient, and an ADCOLOR® FUTURE. She champions diversity within the advertising and media industry through her work with Blacks in Advertising, as well as ADCOLOR®, the 4A’s and the AAF.
Candace leads as the Co-Chair for the Thought Leadership Committee, on the AAF's Mosaic Media Image Taskforce, an initiative dedicated to addressing Black Women's representation in the media, and is a part of the Mosaic Next Generation Leadership Council. She serves on the ADCOLOR® Advisory Board, as the FUTURES Planning Committee Co-Lead, managing the overall application and vetting process for the FUTURES program, as well as the program's content and schedule. Candace is also an active MAIP alumni member, contributing to the MAIP Alumni Association Executive Council, developing programming for alumni and current interns.
Candace’s ventures consist of: A social initiative, Hansberry Group, dedicated to driving impact within the Black community, through art, branding, and design. Kale & Collards, a food platform, launching in 2018, dedicated to educating Black multicultural millennials about taking a plant-centric approach to their diets and raising awareness about food deserts.
Passionate about all things Trill, Chopped and Screwed, her work reflects her Creole roots in Southeast Texas, and her love for exploring new technology and hacking culture codes.
Select Press + Speaking Engagements
IRL: Building Authentic Brand Relationships with Experiential Marketing + Ethnography (2018) | Michigan State University - Guest Lecturer
SXSW Interactive Stay Hungry: Increasing Diversity in Food with Hip Hop (2017) | Panelist
Chicago Advertising Federation Career Day - Creative Panel (2017) | Moderator
Black Growers and Farmers Conference: “Growing a Sustainable Brand” (2015) | Speaker
Austin Area Urban League: “Personal Branding 101” (2015) | Workshop Leader
Blogging While Brown: “Cultivating a Strong Visual Identity (2015) | Solo Speaker
PBS Screening Panel: “America By The Numbers: The New Mad Men” (2014) | Panelist
ADCOLOR Conference: “We Are Here: The ADCOLOR FUTURES Speak Out” (2014) | Panelist
Awards + Accolades
4A's 100 People that Make Advertising Great (2017)
4A's MAIPer to Watch Shortlist (2017)
Google AdByte Competition (2016) - 1st Place
Bill Sharp Award for the Future of Advertising (2015)
American Advertising Federation NextGen Mosaic Leadership Council
4A's MAIP Alumni Association Executive Council
ADCOLOR Advisory Board
Chicago Advertising Federation - Young Professionals
This project began as a visual anthology of Blacks in Advertising who paved the way for a more diverse industry, inclusive of all cultures. Since our initial Black History Month campaign, we've received an immense amount of interest and offerings of support to evolve the campaign into a full platform, filled with resources and opportunities to continue sharing narratives and perspectives of Blacks in the ad industry. The beta website is set to launch at the end of January 2017, with a full website launching in February 2018.