African American Chamber Hosts Juneteenth Business Awards Luncheon

Carol H. Williams

By Carla Thomas The San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce is holding a Juneteenth Business Awards Luncheon at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, Wednesday, June 19 at noon. In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the chamber will honor community leaders, descendants of great African Americans. The featured keynote speaker will be Carol H. Williams, who founded Carol H. Williams Advertising more than two decades ago after recognizing the need for advertising that speaks to the sophisticated and influential African-American and urban markets. Early in her career, Williams created some of the most memorable advertising campaigns in history, including the Secret Antiperspirant campaign “Strong Enough for a Man, But Made for a Woman” and the Pillsbury “Say Hello to Poppin’ Fresh Dough” campaign. Started in 1986 in Williams’ living room, the agency now has offices in Oakland, Chicago, and New York producing award-winning advertising and marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies with annual billings exceeding $100 million for more than a decade. Before establishing the agency, Williams started her career at Leo Burnett Company in Chicago and quickly earned a position as the first female and first African-American Creative Director and Vice President. After 13 years at Leo Burnett, she served two years as senior vice president, creative director at Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco. Now, as the leader of her own team of marketing experts at her agency, Williams continues to develop captivating advertising for dozens of clients including the “Poetry in Motion” campaign for General Motors and “Imagination” for The Walt Disney Company. Williams is passionate about community service and has used her talent and resources to help dozens of philanthropic endeavors, including the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, U.S. Dream Academy, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and several local community organizations in Oakland and Chicago. “Celebrating Juneteenth with the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce is an honor as we celebrate our rich legacy, culture and community leaders,” she said. For more information and to purchase tickets and tables for the luncheon visit or call (415) 749-6400.
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