More than 120 invited guests attended the second annual Diversity Affluence Brunch in the Hamptons on Sunday, which honored a trio of media and entertainment pioneers.
The event was created by Diversity Affluence, the New York-based consultancy specializing in diversity marketing communication, research and business development. This year’s brunch was presented by JPMorgan Chase, Belvedere Vodka, Draftfcb and jeweler Baume & Mercier to celebrate individuals who have achieved success as a minority or who have advanced the diversity agenda in America.
This year’s honorees were Madeline Nelson, chair of the board of FFAWN.org and senior vice president of artist and label relations at Sony Music Entertainment; Emil Wilbekin, managing editor of Essence.com; and Keith Clinkscales, senior vice president of content development and enterprises of ESPN Inc. and its head of publishing and the magazine divisions.
The event was hosted by broadcaster and journalist Lola Ogunnaike, the newly appointed entertainment contributor to NBC’s “Today.”
Inspired by the highly touted book, “Black is the New Green: Marketing to Affluent African-Americans,” co-written by Diversity Affluence founder Andrea Hoffman with Len Burnett, the brunch provided the corporate sector with access to some of the most influential leaders and key tastemakers of the affluent African and African-American communities.
“Diversity Affluence is committed to raising awareness about the vibrant, affluent, ethnic economic sector that people of color and other minorities occupy in contemporary society,” says Hoffman.