2014 Inclusion Awards

IPG recently hosted the IPG Inclusion Awards program in New York City. The event, sponsored by the IPG Multicultural Employee Resource Groups for Excellence (MERGE), honored agencies and employees from IPG’s U.S. network who have shown leadership in advancing IPG’s goal of being one of the world’s most diverse and inclusive companies.

Interpublic agencies and employees were asked to submit nominations in eight award categories. Nominations were reviewed by MERGE participants throughout the US network who selected the following IPG Inclusion Award recipients:

  • Community Partnership Award – Jack Morton 
  • Inclusive Talent Cultivation – Weber Shandwick 
  • Inclusive Marketing Initiative of the Year – McCann New York 
  • Communication and Education Initiative – MRM//McCann Detroit 
  • Most Inclusive Climate Award – Orion Holdings 
  • Individual Champion of Inclusion – Dayana Falcon, Global Marketing and Partnerships Manager, BPN 
  • Agency Champion of Inclusion – Carmichael Lynch 
  • Chief Diversity Officer/Human Resources Leader of the Year – Ed Huerta-Margotta, Director, Talent Acquisition, Carmichael Lynch

Actress, activist and standup comedian Maysoon Zayid was the host for the event which included remarks from Chairman and CEO Michael Roth, Chief Financial Officer Frank Mergenthaler, and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Heide Gardner. Hundreds of IPG agency and corporate employees attended the live event in New York with hundreds more viewing the webcast in Chicago, Detroit, Downers Grove, Minneapolis, Norwalk, Parsippany, Princeton, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

“Time and time again, studies show us that being a diverse and inclusive employer is simply good business,” commented Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO of Interpublic. “The folks being honored today are great examples of how we can further our goal of being among the world’s most diverse and inclusive companies. It’s not only the right thing to do, but also clearly benefits our business, our employees and our clients.”

According to Frank Mergenthaler, EVP and Chief Financial Officer of IPG, “Employees and agencies like those being recognized today help make real changes in our company. These types of changes help make IPG an employer of choice when it comes to diversity and inclusion. I am honored to help celebrate the strides our winners have made in furthering diversity and inclusion at IPG.”

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