The Unspoken Stigma of Workplace Flexibility

The New York Times
Published: June 15, 2013

Assume for a moment that your employer let you decide when and where you worked — you might arrive early so you could leave in time to care for a child, or work part of the week from home.  Read more.

Karen Kaplan's Meteoric Rise From Receptionist To CEO

The Business Insider
May 30, 2013

When Karen Kaplan, 53, first walked through the doors of Hill Holliday in 1982, she had no advertising experience, or even the shorthand skills to work as a secretary.  Read more.

From Mother To Daughter On "Having It All"

Published May 9, 2013

Anne-Marie Slaughter had been the director of policy planning for the State Department for two years — commuting from Princeton, N.J., where her family lived, to Washington, D.C., where the job was — when she realized something had to give. Read more

Karen Kaplan Named CEO of Hill Holliday

kaplan_karen_finalHill Holliday announced today that Karen Kaplan, 30-year veteran of the agency, will succeed Mike Sheehan as CEO.  Sheehan will move to the role of Chairman.

Kaplan joined Hill Holliday in 1982 as a receptionist; she was hired by agency founder Jack Connors after he had rejected 40 other applicants for the job. During her impressive tenure she worked in nearly every department at the agency, rising in the ranks of account management while building the business of clients including Bank of America, John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, Dunkin’ Donuts, TJX, Novartis and Chili’s to name a few. In January of 2001 Kaplan was promoted to Managing Director of the Boston Office, and at the end of that year was named President of the Boston office. In June 2007 she was named President of the network.Read more

How women get to (and stay at) the top
Published April 29, 2013

Jacki Kelley, who is the CEO of North America and president of global clients for IPG Mediabrands, is one of 36 women participating in the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring PartnershipRead more.

IPG's Cadreon Gets A Seat At The Grown-Up Table
Published:  April 26, 2013

Interpublic Group has made changes to its Cadreon trading desk in North America, uprooting it from its previous home in the Mediabrands Audience Platform and repotting it in the Magna Global media investment arm.  Read more.

WLN Minneapolis Hosts "First Impressions: Verbal & Non-Verbal Cues"

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of the Women’s Leadership Network held a workshop entitled, "First Impressions: Verbal & Non-Verbal Cues,"  on verbal and non-verbal cues and the effect they can have on first impressions at the Carmichael Lynch Spong offices. This program was also webcast to other agencies around the Twin Cities area so that those who were unable to attend could tune in online.

Led by Cheryl Moore Brinkley, Voice and Speech Educator, B. Vocal,  to over 125 employees in the Twin Cities area, the workshop provided strategies and advice on how to make a better first impression in the workplace, create awareness of WLN programming and encourage further participation, and build stronger inter-company networks through connections within the industry.

ID Media's Lynn Fantom Honored with a Luminaire Award

ID Media's CEO, Lynn Fantom was honored with a Luminaire Award for excellence in media.  Now in its 25th year, the Luminaire Awards recognize excellence in media production, and are often referred to as the "grassroots Academy Awards."  Read more.

Can Women in Advertising Really ‘Lean In’?
Published April 11, 2013

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In” is a manifesto for women in the workforce. The book is a clarion call for women to be more assertive in claiming their places at the top of the business world.  Read more.

Lynn Fantom Interviewed for WLN NY's Social Profile Spotlight

lynn_ipg-media-labThe WLN NY recently interviewed Lynn Fantom, CEO, ID Media, as part of its Social Profile Spotlight Project.

What hurdles have you overcome to get to where you are today?

In fourth grade I got my first B (actually B+) in science and the teacher said, “like most little girls, Lynn doesn’t seem to enjoy science.” When I was applying to colleges, my Latin teacher discouraged me from considering Smith College because “girls like you don’t go there.” (She thought I was too middle-class.) Well, not only did I get in, but I flourished. Then, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from this great institution that had nourished both Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, I encountered this: in my first job at an NYC ad agency, my boss threw a little office party and surprised everyone by playing porn movies. So, the hurdles have been implicit and quite explicit!Read more