TORCH Alum Jennifer Vasquez reflects on her experience at ADCOLOR 2013

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JenniferVasquezTORCH Alum Jennifer Vasquez, who now works at PR Agency Edelman as a Senior Account Executive along with fellow TORCH Alum and current TORCH Programming and Alumni Coordinator Francis Carrero attended ADCOLOR® 2013 in September. They both participated in the ADCOLOR® Futures Class. Launched in 2012, ADCOLOR® FUTURES is a program geared towards nurturing the industry talent of tomorrow.

Jennifer reflected on her experience on her agency’s blog: .


3 Tips to Getting the Most Out of a Conference

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Conferences are a great way to network and meet experts in your specific fields of interest. However, it is overwhelming and impossible to attend all the conferences scheduled throughout the year, and interact with everyone that attends them.

Below is a quick video from that brings up 3 of the best tips on getting the most out of a conference.

Always On-board to Give Back: TORCH Alum Steve Bryan Receives 2012 L.I.G.H.T. Award

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MARC SIDEN, TORCH Board Member & Co-Founder & CEO of Onboard Informatics,
STEVE BRYAN, TORCH Alum & Associate Developer at Onboard Informatics

TORCH alum, Steve Bryan has been part of the TORCH family for twelve years. During high school, in college, and now as a young professional, he has always been on-board for selflessly giving back and constantly staying connected.

During his senior year at Washington Irving High School (now known as Gramercy Arts H.S.) Steve received a scholarship for college from the Prescott Fund for Children & Youth. They were so amazed with Steve’s high achievements as a student at City College studying Political Science and Electrical Engineering, that they decided to extended the scholarship and offer it to more TORCH students throughout the years. Later on, after being introduced to TORCH board member Marc Siden, Steve landed an internship at Marc’s company, Onboard Informatics. Ten years later, Steve is now an Associate Developer there. From mentoring current TORCH students to simply helping us pack things up and lift boxes after TORCH events, he always finds a way to be a LIGHT and give back to TORCH.

On Thursday, November 15th Steve was honored at our 2012 TORCH Benefit and L.I.G.H.T. Awards alongside Regina Ebel, Executive Vice President at BBDO New York, and Keni Thacker, Senior Event Technology Specialist and Executive Producer of Differenter at JWT. To read more about the 2012 TORCH L.I.G.H.T. Awards honorees visit

Check out the Video Highlight Reel from the 2012 TORCH Benefit and L.I.G.H.T. Awards below!

TORCH Alumni Reunion at JWT

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On Wednesday, August 1st TORCH alumni gathered at JWT for a casual evening of networking, reminiscing and playing games.

TORCH alumni from the first TORCH graduating class to this years recent grads were present. Representatives from JWT spoke to TORCH alumni about the many opportunities they offer professionally and philanthropically.

After, everyone chatted the rest of the night away over pizza, scrumptious Ruby Cakes cupcakes (made by TORCH alum Nordia Eldemire-Wright), games of Foosball, Pool, Jenga and Wii.

See below for photos!

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TORCH Rings the Opening Bell at Nasdaq!

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On Friday July 27th, TORCH alumni, Onboard Informatics and other TORCH supporters were up extra early making history! TORCH visited the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square and our very own Executive Director, Debi Deutsch and TORCH alum Steve Bryan alongside theMADMEDIAGroup‘s Michelle Diaz had the honor of ringing the opening bell. The event was televised in Times Square and on several TV stations including CNBC, CNN International and Fox.

See below for photos!

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TORCH Alumni & MAIP Interns Tell their College Tales!

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On Wednesday, July 25th TORCH alumni and the 4A’s MAIP (Multicultural Advertising Internship Program) Intern’s gathered at Deutsch Inc. for TORCH Tales from the Campus College Fair X. TORCH alumni and MAIPers spoke to high school students from all over NYC and gave them advice on the in’s and out’s of college life.

Feedback from the high school students that attended the event show how important it is for us to reach out to students who are now in the position we used to be “I’m terrified of the college process but being able to interact with numerous college students and ask them questions helped me not to feel so overwhelmed. ” – High School Student Attendee

Check out the highlight reel from the college fair below.

NYC Teens Light Up the Stage at TORCH Music Fest 2012!

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All the lights were shining extra bright on the TORCH Music Fest 2012 performers at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College this past June 8th, 2012. The TORCH Music Fest 2012 crew worked with mentors from Draftfcb to create an advertising campaign that would get some of the most talented NYC teens off their couches and on the stage!

After weeks of rehearsals the TORCH students, alongside the dynamic performers put on an exceptional show that made this TORCH Music Fest the highlighting event of the 2012 school year.

Check out the TORCH Music Fest 2012 highlight reel below.