Icons, RockStars, & Innovators: Carl Desir

What makes you an Innovator?

You’re not the problem, you’re the solution! You are traveling the roads not taken…being a pioneer of change…and fearlessly creating groundbreaking initiatives and solutions!

Carl founded The Boom List in 2018 with the simple mission to bring more awareness to the most talented creative professionals across different industries.

Throughout his career, Carl has participated in and led many diversity and talent programs, including the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), 4A’s Foundation, ADCOLOR, T.O.R.C.H., Marcus Graham Project, JWT’s Differenter, AEF’s speaker program, and The One Club Creative Boot Camp. Currently, as Global Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at R/GA, he builds strategic partnerships with organizations and programs that support emerging diverse talent and acts as the bridge between R/GA’s business resource groups, HR Business Partners, and senior-level management.

Carl graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics and afterward continued to Miami Ad School’s Boot Camp for Strategic Planning.

Carl has a deep passion for recognizing and developing Talent, especially with a lens turned to Diversity & Inclusion. His approach is modern and innovative. Coupled with his agency background in Strategy, Carl has a unique and progressive point-of-view that sees Talent as nothing less than an industry’s most valuable asset. 

In addition to his continued advocacy for diversity, Carl enjoys running, photography, brewing beer, taekwondo, and spending time with his family.

Follow Carl on Instagram and Twitter, and find him on LinkedIn!

The ACNY Foundation is proud to recognize outstanding industry professionals, during our 3rd Annual Black History Month recognition series titled, “Icons, Rock Stars & Innovators”.

It is our way of shining the spotlight on exemplary talent, integral to the evolution and growth of the advertising industry. Each day during Black History Month we profile a selected “Icon, Rock Star & Innovator” across all our digital platforms. In addition, our partnership The Gradient & Mixed Company podcast, allows for our programming to further extend throughout the industry; introducing and promoting these luminaries to new audiences. Follow the series on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn!

Meet our illustrious lineup of “Icons, Rockstars, & Innovators” on February 26, 2020. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/31q13Pc

Take a peek at last year’s event.

P.S. Check out our other content from previous years

2019 – Online Exhibition

2019 – Icons, RockStars, & Innovators

2018 – Icons, RockStars, & Innovators


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