This boss lady reign in Philadelphia. Yolonda Brinkley is a full-service marketing communication professional with extensive brand development, event production, and public relations experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University and an MBA from University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign. Ms. Brinkley is fluent in French with international experience. This beauty took a moment to share her voice with us!
“As a Black woman, I stand with Dr. King’s belief that life begins to end when we become silent about things that matter. Film plays an integral role in perpetuating negative stereotypes of people of color and other marginalized populations worldwide. In the current cultural and political climate, Diversity in Cannes is my effort to be the change I wish to see in the world. #timesup!”
A corporately trained marketer, Ms. Brinkley worked 10 years at the Ford Motor Company, including assignments with the Lincoln-Mercury and Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover brands. During her tenure, Ms. Brinkley established herself as a valuable resource within the branded entertainment community. She fostered relationships with Fortune 500 companies and other notable organizations including Nike's Jordan Brand, Jim Beam, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Magic Johnson Enterprises, New Jersey Nets, Madison Square Garden, Sybase Golf Tournament, United States Tennis Association, and Black Enterprise Magazine.
As an entrepreneur, the momentum continues globally. Since 2008, Ms. Brinkley has managed events for the NAACP Hollywood Bureau “Image Awards”, the Hollywood Black Film Festival and Filmmakers Alliance. She has represented actors and filmmakers at global film festivals including Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally, she has developed brand marketing strategy for sports and entertainment figures including Bill Duke, for whom she served as personal and production publicist for the "Light Girls" Documentary, which premiered on The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Ms. Brinkley constantly creates opportunities for herself and others by impacting the global entertainment industry as the creator of Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes, an independent filmmaker movement promoting inclusion at the Cannes Film Festival. Celebrating a decade of diversity in May 2019, the movement was established to promote the presence of underrepresented filmmakers sharing stories about marginalized populations during the Cannes Film Festival, in France.
In her personal time, Ms. Brinkley loves traveling, coordinating special events and all facets of the performing arts; especially dance. Most importantly, is her love of family. She understands the need for a solid foundation and appreciates those who have contributed to the woman she
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