Candace D. Queen is a multidisciplinary creative rooted in design and nourished by a passion for cultural archival + preservation. Her portfolio spans several spaces, including social media, digital, print, experiential, urban planning, and product design. In addition to building brands from the ground up, she’s worked with a range of established entities like Dove, Cantu Beauty, ALDI, ADCOLOR®, and the 4A’s.
She's been recognized as one of the 4A's 100 People Who Make Advertising Great, a MAIPer to Watch, a Bill Sharp Award Honoree, and an ADCOLOR® FUTURE. Candace champions diversity through her work with ADCOLOR®, MAIP, the AAF and as the founder of Blacks in Advertising an organization dedicated to empowering and preserving the narratives of Black professionals in advertising.
Passionate about all things Trill, Chopped and Screwed, her work reflects her Louisiana Creole heritage and Southeast Texas upbringing, as well as her love for exploring new technology and hacking culture codes.
Select Press + Speaking Engagements
ADCOLOR This is ADCOLOR (2019)
3% Conference Creativity at Scale (2018)
Michigan State University - Guest Lecturer: IRL: Building Authentic Brand Relationships with Experiential Marketing + Ethnography (2018)
Chicago Advertising Federation Career Day: A Creative Perspective (2018)
Awards + Accolades
4A's 100 People that Make Advertising Great (2017)
4A's MAIPer to Watch (2017)
Google AdByte Competition (2016) - 1st Place
Bill Sharp Award for the Future of Advertising Presented by J. Walter Thompson (2015)
ADCOLOR FUTURE (2014)
4A's Foundation OJS IV Award (2013)
American Advertising Federation NextGen Mosaic Leadership Council
American Advertising Federation Media Image Taskforce Co-Chair
4A's MAIP Alumni Association Executive Council
ADCOLOR Advisory Board
Clinton Global Initiative U (CGIU) Ambassador
COALESCE Chicago Commitee
Blacks in Advertising
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. In 2018 our goal is to build a strong board to help drive these initiatives.