Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, August 22
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Toledo Zoo - Great Hall - Museum of Science

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AAF is excited to host its second annual Mosaic Seminar, featuring keynote speaker Margarita De Leon (bio below.) Margarita’s address will focus on “Building a D&I Strategy for D&I Success.”  Many organizations embark on diversity initiatives without understanding the steps necessary to ensure success. This conversation will focus on best practice strategies, and frameworks, needed for diversity, equity and inclusion to be part of the organization’s long-term vision. Margarita will also be accompanied by four expert panelists, who will share their industry insights on how D&I tactics impacts their daily work: From analyzing a company’s diversity before buying their products, to appropriately marketing to various communities.

Attendees can also enjoy a continental breakfast in the Toledo Zoo’s recently renovated Great Hall within its Museum of Science.

Our goal is to educate advertising professionals on their responsibility to cultivate, and advocate for, diverse talent within their fields. For our industry to stay competitive and lucrative; this requires the creative intelligence of all individuals, from all backgrounds and walks of life.


  • 8:00-8:30 a.m. | registration, breakfast and networking
  • 8:30-9:15 a.m. | presentation from keynote speaker, Margarita De Leon, VP of The Kaleidoscope Group
  • 9:15-9:55 a.m. | panelists will give a 10-minute, accelerated presentation/overview of what D&I means in their respected fields
  • 9:55-10:25 a.m. | panel discussion with keynote speaker, Margarita De Leon
  • 10:25-10:30 a.m. | Q&A/final remarks
  • 10:30 a.m. | event concludes


Keynote Speaker:

Margarita De León is Vice President for The Kaleidoscope Group, a global, full service diversity and inclusion consulting firm, based in Chicago. She has worked with The Kaleidoscope Group over the past 20 years securing, leading and managing clients on their Diversity & Inclusion journeys. She facilitates diversity and inclusion training throughout various locations in the United States and other parts of the globe.  In 2013 through 2014, she facilitated Inclusion Training while on a 4 month global tour of 19  different countries.

Margarita has enjoyed an impressive career that spans close to 40 years, including 17 in the healthcare industry.  Margarita has experience in the areas of Hispanic marketing, advertising, nonprofit development, corporate communications, publishing, fundraising, special events, diversity and public service. Her professionalism and leadership has elevated the presence of Ohio’s Latino community as a strategic and important partner in all segments of the state.  She is the former publisher of BRAVO Magazine, Ohio’s first Hispanic magazine introduced in the fall of 1997 as a newspaper and then in 2003 as a magazine.  
Margarita has Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from The University of Toledo.  She enjoys contemporary Latino music, art and literature. Her hobbies include cycling, cooking and yoga.  She is most proud of her three children and their accomplishments:  Tito, Jose and Elisa.

Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Margarita is one of 14 siblings. She attributes her innate desire to serve others to her upbringing.

“To serve others is a gift that comes to all of us if we are open to accepting it.”


Brandy Jones is the Vice President of External Affairs at the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority/Metro. In this role, she serves as the organization’s spokesperson and is responsible for overseeing media relations, digital media, employee relations, marketing and advertising, government affairs and community engagement efforts.

Mrs. Jones has more than a decade of experience in the public relations industry. She has held several leadership roles at Metro, including external affairs director, public relations manager and internal communications coordinator. Prior to Metro, she served as an Account Coordinator at Kevin Wilson PR Agency.

Among her numerous volunteer roles, Mrs. Jones is a member of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Links, Inc., serves as Vice President of Programming for the Public Relations Society of America (Cincinnati Chapter), and previously served as president of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (Cincinnati Chapter). She is 2016 graduate of C-Change, a Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Leadership program.

She has been recognized as a “Forty Under 40” by the Cincinnati Business Courier, a “Top 40 Under 40” by Mass Transit Magazine, and is a recipient of numerous PRSA Blacksmith awards for her professional body of work, including being a member of the 2016 PRSA Communications Team of the Year.

Mrs. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Xavier University. She is an Accredited Public Relations professional.

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.

Jennifer Rader is the Diverse Supplier Development lead with Dana Corporation.  Jennifer regularly interfaces with diverse suppliers and large automotive OEMs.  Jennifer is a strong believer in developing suppliers to their fullest potential and creating the most profitable outcome for both the supplier, the customer and Dana.

As one of the leading Tier 1’s to the auto industry supplying every major auto manufacturer, Dana Corporation has a commitment to its customers and supplier base that is driven by its own success in the industry.  Dana has been a Top 50 Supplier to General Motors for four consecutive years and recognized by the Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) and Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (GLWBC) for excellent performance and participation within the diverse supplier space.  Dana’s accomplishments are possible by leveraging core business values to drive continuous improvement and exceed customer expectations.

Vince Rocha




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AAF Toledo

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Holland, OH 43528
Phone: 419.866.4199
Fax: 419.868.3746
Email: director@aaftoledo.org

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