Marcia A. Cole started her journey as a student of the arts, with deep love for illustration and design. Her desire to work on magazines ironically led her to enter the media world as an assistant editor, rather than as a designer, for a small entertainment publisher. Discovering second love-the art of written communication-she built a career as an editor and writer, always tapping into her creative POV to launch or relaunch small titles and well established media entities.
Over the years Marcia became known as one of the publishing industry's go-to editors and development leaders with expertise in beauty, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle topics for multicultural audiences. As such, she has skillfully developed multimillion-dollar revenue-generating opportunities and audience-building partnerships for targeted markets.
After more than twenty years of executive-level tenures at leading media corporations such as Time Inc., AOL, Latina Media Ventures, Fairchild Publications and the now defunct Vanguarde Media, Marcia returned to her first love: art. As the CEO of Ivy Digital, she spearheads the agency’s creative decisions around product creation, content development and social strategy, ensuring that form always meets function.
As a sought-after moderator and presenter, Marcia speaks to audiences about multicultural leadership, careers in communications and provides commentary about style and entertainment for outlets such as Arise Entertainment 360, Biography Channel, TVOne, BET, Nielsen, Urban Talk Radio, New York Women in Communications, NYABJ and NAMD.
Her articles about entertainment and style have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, Essence, InStyle, Vibe, and in the anthology Where Did Our Love Go: Lessons on Love and Relationships in the African-American Community (Agate Bolden).
Marcia loves giving back to help groom the next generation of communicators. She is the founder of the must-attend speaker series, Survival Secrets of Game Changers, an intimate discussion with women who have disrupted their respective fields through vision, innovation and determination. And for the last nine years, Marcia has served as a member of the Board of Directors for New York Women in Communications, where she is currently on the Foundation's Board of Directors as Vice President of High School Outreach.
She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, has a master's degree in Publishing from Pace University and also teaches graphic design part-time to students at Harlem School of the Arts.
A native of the Caribbean island of Jamaica, Marcia, a self-professed spa junkie, is working on AfroScene, a Celebration of Big, Beautiful Hair, with photographer Hosea Johnson. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.
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