THE FACE OF TALENT

The 4A's is excited to celebrate the sixth anniversary of The Face of Talent, the industry's premier event to celebrate and engage top diverse talent, with you this August.


The Face of Talent was established in 2011 as a catalyst for agency leaders, and their clients, to demonstrate their commitment to two of the most important issues facing our industry—Talent and Diversity. The multi-day symposium, including the Diversity Leadership Luncheon, attracts over 750 advertising and marketing executives. This series of events is designed to celebrate and showcase over 140 talented diverse college seniors and graduates that comprise the 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) and 4A’s Foundation Scholars.

 

The Face of Talent also serves as a community-building platform to inspire and retain more than 2,800 MAIP alumni and nearly 400 4A’s Foundation Scholars, who continue to advocate and champion diversity in advertising.

To view highlights from 2015, please click HERE.

Rudy Garcia-Tolson
Four-time Paralympian, Multiple-time Paralymic Gold Medalist

I wanted to introduce you to Rudy Garcia-Tolson, four time Paralympian, multiple time Paralympic Gold Medalist, long time triathlon teammate of Academy Award Winner Robin Williams and the only double above knee amputee to finish an Ironman Triathlon.

Rudy has been overcoming barriers and changing perceptions about the meaning of the word ‘disability’ his entire life. At the age of five, having already undergone 15 surgeries to correct a rare birth defect, Rudy was left to either crawl on the ground or live his life in a wheelchair. Instead, he asked his parents to have the doctors amputate both of his legs above the knee and that’s when Rudy began to change the world.

After losing his legs, Rudy was the victim of both verbal and physical bullying. That all changed when he was introduced to swimming and the playing field was leveled.

Rudy was able to excel as a swimmer and gain respect from his peers as not just a challenged athlete, but as an exceptional athlete.

Before Rudy, no double above knee amputee was able to run. Rudy ran his first mile in 19 minutes and eventually became a sub 6-minute miler. At a young age, Rudy became a role model for other kids dealing with challenges of all sorts. His story of perseverance, of overcoming the odds, touched a nerve.

He appeared on Oprah with Robin Williams, was showcased on The Disney Channel, has been showcased in numerous televised news stories and on dozens of magazine covers.

Throughout his amazing career, Rudy Garcia-Tolson has given hope, motivation and inspiration to thousands all over the world. His blend of energy and humor inspires organizations and individuals to connect to his two long time mottos: ‘No Legs… No Limits’ and A Brave Heart is a Powerful Weapon.

Rudy has a life story that connects with kids, teens and adults in a personal way and helps them to understand that the only real disability in life is a bad attitude. He helps young people make empowered decisions in the face of personal challenges like negative social pressures, learning disabilities, domestic problems and disadvantaged backgrounds. They will leave Rudy’s program motivated to set higher goals for themselves as students, and to become stronger leaders in their communities.