June 2017 GeenieBox Curator: Marcia A. Cole

Marcia A. Cole is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Ivy Digital. She drives the creative and digital business strategies for clients such as L’Oreal, American Salon magazine, IMAN Cosmetics, Jay Manuel Beauty, The African American Film Critics Association, Yitzhak Rabin Foundation, Bridgestreet Corporation and others. Marcia started her journey in media as a fashion illustrator while a student at Parsons School of Design. Then she built a career as a magazine and digital editor and writer, respectively, and became one of the media industry’s go-to media strategist/business development leaders with expertise in haircare, beauty, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle topics, and targeting general and multicultural audiences.  

Over the past 20 years, Marcia has skillfully developed multi-million dollar revenue-generating opportunities and audience-building partnerships for targeted markets using content as the primary connector; she has held executive-level content positions at leading media corporations such as AOL, Time Inc., Latina Media Ventures, Fairchild Publications, and the now defunct, Vanguarde Media. She was one of the founder editors of Suede magazine, is the former executive editor of Heart & Soul magazine, and was the founder of AMBERmag.com, where she successfully activated beauty tours and social events for its sponsors, including CVS, MIZANI, Dr. Miracles and IMAN cosmetics. Her freelance articles about beauty, hair, health and entertainment have appeared in The New York Times and The New York Post, and in Elle, InStyle Weddings, Essence, Heart & Soul and Vibe magazines.

Along the way, Marcia has been recognized by her peers. She is the recipient of a MEG grant from New York Women in Communications, Inc., was named Woman of the Year by Golden Shears Awards for her commitment to the success of the beauty industry; received the Young, Gifted & Black Award for Entrepreneurship and was awarded with the C.H.I.C. (Charitable, Hopeful, Impactful, Classy) award by Jamaica Impact for her outstanding contribution to professional excellence and commitment to philanthropy. Her media appearances include The Biography Channel, R&B Divas LA, TV One All Access and Urban Radio Networks, and she has been quoted in WWD, Happi, NYWICI Next and Marie Claire magazine discussing mobile applications and career advice.

Marcia is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and holds a Master’s Degree in Publishing from Pace University.  She served on the operating and Foundation Board of Directors for New York Women in Communications for ten years, and has taught graphic design to students at Harlem School of the Arts. She recently launched Passion Meets Purpose, which connects transformational life coaches, beauty salons and wellness professionals to homeless shelters with a singular goal: they matter. A conference and a podcast exploring the people who have and how you can marry your passions with your purpose will be launched in Fall 2017.

Originally from Jamaica, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.



Your GeenieBox membership, supports the work of advancing and empowering women and girls. Partial proceeds from Marcia Cole's box will go to the organization she founded, Passion Meets Purpose Foundationa 501-c3 pending foundation that connects beauty, wellness and life coaches to those who are in need. We'll donate up to 12% of June GeenieBox subscriptions to support the work of Passion Meets Purpose.