Marcia Cole is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Ivy Digital, LLC. She drives the creative and business strategies for the company. Marcia started her journey in media as a fashion illustrator. Then she built a career as a magazine and digital editor and writer, and became one of the media industry’s go-to editorial strategist/business development leaders with expertise in beauty, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle topics, 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 around content strategy; 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 founding editors of Time Inc. and Essence Communications’ joint venture, Suede magazine, was the former executive editor of Heart & Soul magazine, and was the founder of AMBERmag.com, the first online beauty destination for women of color. As founder, she successfully created distribution partnerships and activated beauty college tours and social events for the site’s 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. Her essay, “Lessons from My Father,” appeared in the award-winning anthology, Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community, and she was an editor for Beauty Basics and Beyond: 101 Ways to Keep Your Hair and Skin Looking Fabulous.

Along the way, Marcia has been recognized by her peers. She received a MEG Grant from New York Women in Communications, Inc., was named Woman of the Year by Golden Shears for her commitment to the success of the beauty industry; she received the Young, Gifted & Black Award for Entrepreneurship and was awarded 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 Arise Entertainment 360, the Biography Channel, TV-One and Urban Radio Networks, and she has been quoted in Marie Claire magazine.

Marcia is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and holds a Master’s Degree in Publishing from Pace University. She currently sits on the Foundation Board of Directors for New York Women in Communications, as Vice-President Development, is a member of Advertising Women in New York, and has taught graphic design to students at Harlem School of the Arts.