IPG And The ADVERTISING Club of New York Host First-Ever Summit on Black Women in Advertising

IPG and The ADVERTISING Club of New York are hosting the industry’s first-ever event specifically focusing on Black women. THEIR TRUTH: The Summit on Black Women in Advertising, Marketing and Media is part of the I’mPART program, a diversity initiative of The ADVERTISING Club of New York, and will be hosted at The Paley Center on March 27th. The event will be available via Facebook Live on IPG’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/InterpublicGroup/.

THEIR TRUTH is intended to shed light on recent workforce composition numbers, foster discussion and empower the industry to course correct the number of Black women in leadership positions. Despite equal opportunity and gender initiatives aimed at improving the ratio of women to men in leadership positions overall, recent workforce composition data for the U.S. ad industry shows that women of color are not making as much progress. THEIR TRUTH will promote action utilizing the hashtag #impartoftruth.

THEIR TRUTH will be introduced by Gina Grillo, President and CEO of The ADVERTISING Club of New York, and Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO of IPG. Tai Wingfield, from the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) will present current research during the event about Black women professionals. THEIR TRUTH will include a panel of Black women industry trailblazers, moderated by Joy Reid from MSNBC. The panel will include: Jocelyn Carter-Miller, President, TechEdVentures and SoulTranSync and IPG Board Member; Pam El, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, NBA; Vita Harris, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, FCB; Jeanine D. Liburd, EVP of Marketing, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, BET Networks; Lisa Price, SVP, Founder & Creative Director, Carol’s Daughter and Carol H. Williams, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Carol H. Williams Advertising (CHWA). The evening will also include a reading by Valerie Graves, author, and ex CCO of UWG and Vigilante.

Statistics show that among major demographic groups, Black women have the lowest upward mobility, and are underrepresented on corporate boards. They make up 1% of ad industry executives in the U.S., where there are 93 Black women executives out of a total of 8,734 executives in the industry, according to the EEOC.

“While we knew this was an issue that needed to be addressed, the numbers were still startling to see. With such a glaring issue, it’s hard to believe that this is the first major industry event to focus specifically on Black women,” noted Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO of Interpublic. “We are very proud to bring this issue to the fore, especially with the remarkable slate of talent who are joining us for the event. Diversity and inclusion is a key value for IPG and a clear imperative for the entire industry. It’s essential that both gender and race are on our agendas and this event is an important step forward,” he continued.



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