The WLN exists on a local level in various cities and companies within the IPG network and helps provide broader programming at a National level. The Board of Directors, Advisory Group and Executive Sponsors help guide WLN activities.


The Women’s Leadership Network aims to be the force for gender equality and opportunity for women within IPG.

Our Mission

Our mission is to champion IPG women by working to understand the gender equality challenges they may be facing – and leverage those learnings to tirelessly advocate for every colleague to contribute to creating a more inclusive workplace where IPG women can thrive.

Board of Directors

Darla Price, m:united//McCann, SVP, Group Account Director, WLN National Chair
Sarah Kittel, Golin, Executive Director, Consumer
Jennifer Mason, Hill Holliday/Erwin-Penland, VP, Learning & Development
Lisa Murray, Octagon, EVP, Chief Marketing Officer
Erica Schmidt, Cadreon / IPG Mediabrands, Managing Director NA
Melanie Strah, Weber Shandwick, Executive Vice President
Eileen Beverley, Interpublic Group, Associate Director, Strategy & Communications
Eldad Heilweil, McCann Worldgroup, SVP, Group Strategy Director

Advisory Board

Ranny Cooper, Weber Shandwick, President, Public Affairs
Gail Heimann, Weber Shandwick, President
Kristen Cavallo MullenLowe, Chief Growth Officer
Carter Murray, FCB, Worldwide CEO
Suzanne Powers, McCann Worldgroup, Global Chief Strategy Officer
Patti Temple Rocks, Golin, Managing Director

Executive Sponsors

Andrew Bonzani, Interpublic Group, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary
Ellen Johnson, Interpublic Group, SVP of Finance & Treasurer


Heide Gardner, Interpublic Group, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer
Marcia Windross, Interpublic Group, Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Angelique Piwinski, Interpublic Group, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Program Specialist
Jemma Gould, Interpublic Group, Senior Director, Corp. Responsibility & Comms

History of the WLN

In 2006, a handful of IPG women set out to connect with colleagues and create a supportive and active network to increase opportunities for women at all levels across Interpublic. That idea became the WLN and has grown into a global network of thousands with a national organization and local chapters from Chicago to Shanghai. The WLN is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements, promoting networking and career opportunities as well as mentoring programs for IPG women. All IPG employees are welcome.