A newsletter about diversity, equity and inclusion for professionals committed to driving meaningful change within the marketing industry. Weekly issues focus on crucial trends and developments, noteworthy initiatives, timely research, and the people and companies spearheading progress.
Roe v. Wade’s reversal increases pressure on agencies to act
The overturning of Roe v. Wade has eliminated a constitutional right to abortion, sending the country on a regressive path and entering an era where, as the New Yorker points…
Greater Equity is solving the industry’s diversity problem, one internship at a time
A Milwaukee non-profit pledges to add 1600 diverse employees to the city’s creative workforce.
5 DEI storylines to watch at Cannes
A renewed focus on DEI at the Cannes Lions festival highlights the importance of meaningful change and representation within the advertising industry.
Are recruiting practices hindering diversity at agencies?
Behind the scenes conversations among agency employees reveal a lack of POC candidates in the agency recruiting pipeline.
In order to make progress, agencies must stop ‘rainbow washing’
Graham Nolan and Kate Wolff, longtime agency and marketing veterans, co-founded Do the WeRQ, a community and platform for LGBTQ+ marketing professionals that aims to elevate queer creativity, representation and share-of-voice in the marketing industry.
A recession could unwind DEI progress at agencies
Amid a looming recession, future layoffs could negatively impact DEI progress and demographic diversity at agencies.
Why agency leaders must do more to include immigrant women of color
Immigrant women face outsized challenges to inclusion that leaders must familiarize themselves with in order to address.
What Gen Z burnout means for DEI
Gen Z’s increased mental health concerns and higher DEI expectations mean agencies will need to adapt their existing support systems.
Why workplace flexibility is crucial to agency DEI efforts
As a new normals for work emerge post-pandemic, it is becoming increasingly clear that workplace flexibility and the return to the office are impacting equity and inclusion efforts.
Mental health becomes a priority at agencies as talent war rages
The ad industry is prioritizing employee mental health in the wake of the Great Resignation and a rise in mental health issues among agency employees.
How agencies can run more inclusive meetings
We know that meetings are here to stay, and done right, they’re an important way to connect with each other and make decisions. When meetings aren’t designed to be inclusive, however, they often end up excluding women of color.
Ad agencies commit to funding abortion access for employees
The emergence of a Supreme Court draft opinion indicating the majority of justices will vote to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade precedent protecting women’s right to abortion in the US has prompted quick reaction from the ad industry.
This week in DEI: May 3
New data on diversity at agencies, and how leaders can better recognize the contributions of women of color.
Why credit matters: Agencies must recognize where ideas come from
Getting acknowledgment for contributions is essential for those working within advertising and marketing agencies.
This week in DEI: April 26
Returning to offices becomes a DEI inflection point, and how redefining ‘talent’ could aid diversity in the recruitment process.
This week in DEI: April 19
Diversity data from newsrooms, and the PR gender pay gap persists.
This week in DEI: April 12
Including formerly incarcerated employees in inclusion efforts, and how to combat inequity when hiring DEI consultants.
This week in DEI: April 5
Condé Nast employees cite DEI concerns as driving factor behind unionization plans, and diversity at U.K. agencies improved in 2021.
This week in DEI: March 29
Agencies expand family leave policies, and the 3% Conference ends after a decade
This week in DEI: March 22
Media creators don’t look like media consumers; Disney employees are protesting CEO’s lack of response to “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
This week in DEI: March 15
Starcom brings on five female executives, and why underrepresented employees have unique health and wellbeing needs
This week in DEI: March 8
Horizon creates new “chief marketing and equity officer” position, and why diversity initiatives can become meaningless