PULLMAN, Wash. — Elene Flores Davidson, a senior studying advertising at Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, received national recognition last month at the eighth annual Most Promising Minority Students program, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.

Davidson and 31 other senior advertising students from across the country attended a luncheon in their honor in New York City and were featured in a full-page AAF ad in the Feb. 18 edition of USA Today.

E. Lincoln James, communication professor at WSU nominated Davidson for the honor. “Being an advertising professional means you are assertive and Elene is every bit of that. She’s got talent,” James said “I’d put her in the top one percent of my students.”

Mary Hilton, public affairs director for AAF said, “The event offers a practical and comprehensive learning experience that helps shape a diverse advertising workforce by connecting students who demonstrate excellence with advertising recruiters.”

Flores confirms the benefit. “Meeting with advertising professionals, professors and students was a great networking opportunity,” she said. “After attending the event at the Waldorf-Astoria, I feel like I know so much more about the real world and what it takes to survive in the advertising industry.”

But despite opportunity’s knock, Davidson isn’t entering the job market just yet. She plans to attend graduate school, but when the time comes, Flores said the AAF experience will have a big pay off.

“It was such a huge opportunity to get my name out there in the advertising industry,” she said.

Elene Flores Davidson, senior advertising major, and E. Lincoln James, communication professor at Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, are pictured here at the eighth annual Most Promising Minority Students program, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.