*Once again, Diversity Affluence, the New York-based consultancy specializing in diversity marketing communication, research and business development, returned to the Hot Hamptons for the second annual Diversity Affluence Brunch on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Dockers Waterside Restaurant & Marina on tony Dune Road, East Quogue.
Pop culture expert, broadcast journalist and event host Lola Ogunnaike welcomed over 120 luminaries in the philanthropic, business and entertainment communities to celebrate leaders, achievers and pioneers of diversity. The newly appointed entertainment contributor to NBC’s “Today” show set the sexy tone for the high caliber Hampton chic crowd by wearing a stylish red Calvin Klein dress with Louboutin “Red Bottom” shoes.
While they waited to be served their choice of Penne Shrimp Scampi, Classic Caesar Salad with Chicken, Crème Brulee French Toast or Simply Grilled Salmon by pristine butlers, the well-dressed tastemakers enjoyed complimentary specialty cocktails made from Belvedere Royalton, Chandon Mimosa and Terrazas Wine.
This year’s event was presented by JPMorgan Chase, Belvedere Vodka (the world’s first luxury vodka), agency network Draftfcb, and jeweler Baume & Mercier, and paid tribute to three excellent individuals who have achieved success as a minority or who have advanced the diversity agenda in America.
This year’s honorees were Madeline Nelson-Small, 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 & Enterprises of ESPN Inc. and its Head of Publishing and the Magazine Divisions.
The event attracted notable African American who traveled from near and far to listen to speakers and hear about the growing purchasing power of African American consumers — who currently possess almost $90 billion in purchasing power and still growing — from the Honorable Rodney Hood, vice president, JP Morgan Chase, and Moet Hennessey USA’s Noel Hankin who paid tribute to the honorees with a Chandon Mimosa toast.
Among the notables raising their glasses to toast the terrific trio were Laurence Boschetto, CEO of Draftfcb; Reggie Van Lee of Booz Allen Hamilton; New York Hospital renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Muri Raifu; and Ivan Kagame, son of the President of Rwanda.
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 provides 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 of the vibrant affluent ethnic economic sector that people of color and other minorities occupy in contemporary society,” says Hoffman.
Each year Hoffman organizes an incredible event committee to assist her. This year she worked with Princess Keisha Omilana, Diana Hilson, Latoya Henry, Nkrumah Pierre, Fabrice Armand, Keenan Davis, Dr. Erika Faust and Chuck Bone. (Photos by Margot Jordan)
Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.