Marcia Cole started her journey as a student of the arts, with a deep love for fashion 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 a 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 re-launch 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 multi-million 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. Clients, past and present, include, L'Oreal's Mizani, AOL, BET, Ouidad, Mist Harlem, American Salon, and the AAFCA Awards, amongst others.
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). 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 like Arise Entertainment 360, Biography Channel, TVOne, BET, Nielsen, Urban Talk Radio, New York Women in Communications, NYABJ and NAMD.
Known for giving back to her community, Marcia has taught graphic design to students at Harlem School of the Arts and was the founder of the NYWICI conference, Careers in Media Day for High School students, which featured speakers from CBS, ABC, Mashable, BET, Latina, NBC, the New York Times and more. The first-ever conference attracted more than 100 young women from the tristate area, including those from underserved communities. Her most recent endeavor, Pose with Purpose, supports non-profit organizations that provide feminine hygiene products to women in need through wellness-based events. Since starting Pose with Purpose in August of 2015, she has collected more than 25,000 sanitary napkins to support women in homeless shelters.
Along the way, Marcia has been recognized by her peers. She is a recipient of the MEG Grant from New York Women in Communications; was named Woman of the Year by Golden Shears Awards for her commitment to the success of the beauty industry; has received the Young, Gifted & Black Award for Entrepreneurship; and was given the CHIC (Charitable, Hopeful, Impactful, Classy) award by JAMPACT for her outstanding contribution to professional excellence and commitment to philanthropy.
She is a former board member of New York Women in Communications, where she served for 10 years, and is currently a member of NYWICI, the Multicultural Committee of Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), CEW and ColorComm.
Marcia is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, has a Masters Degree in Publishing from Pace University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Photograph by Hosea Johnson. Makeup by Shameika Simmons