American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk - Together We Can Stop Diabetes


On Saturday, October 23, the Boston Chapter of the WLN participated in the 2010 American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk.  It was a beautiful day, high energy with thousands of people, adults, kids and even pets, all joined to help stop diabetes.

We built a team and created ways to raise money and to participate.  We got local vendors, media partners and clients to donate items for a raffle and held two raffles leading up to the walk.  FYI, raffles are a money maker and give folks a way to participate if they can’t walk.  We also held a T-shirt design contest among the agencies and the winning design would represent our team.  It is amazing what a strong, smart group of women can accomplish given the opportunity. We exceeded our goal and the ADA exceeded theirs.  All and all it was a lot of fun!  A great way to end a Saturday!

Q&A with Kelly Thompson

kelly_wlnWe recently talked with Kelly Thompson, Director of Brand Planning at Carmichael Lynch, about her work, quirks, and life.  Kelly is one of the many extraordinarily talented women of IPG – read on to see where she draws her inspiration, how she relaxes, and what her joys and frustrations in the workplace are.

Do you have a favorite quote?

"Get ‘er dun" – in our industry, and in our culture, we can often get trapped in the spin cycle of opinion-making rather than action-taking. I love this quote for its down-to-earth call to action!

Any hobbies? Don't be shy – we accept all types.

  • Hanging out with books - reading –anything and everything in old school book form (just can't get on the electronic book bandwagon).
  • Hanging out with plants - from gardening to hiking in the woods.
  • Hanging out with animals - whether with my dog and cat, the deer up at my cabin, or taking action to help organizations like the Humane Society, Animal Legal Defense Fund or MN Voters for Animal Protection.

What's the one thing you couldn't live without?

My family – they ground me, feed my soul and remind me what is important in life.

Whom do you most admire?

My mother - she has been a constant source of inspiration in pushing me to stretch myself - from instilling in me a love of learning from a very young age to cheering me on as I take on new challenges as an adult.Read more

Tips from "Women in the Business World"

Ilene H. Lang, President and CEO of Catalyst, talked to the IPG Women's Leadership Network yesterday. She had some great tips for succeeding despite the extra challenges of lower pay and fewer promotions beyond middle management.


What can women do?

Combat Stereotypes

  • Don’t assume you know what someone can or can’t contribute and examine the language that is used, focus on not being gender specific.

Expand Networks

  • Develop skills
  • Find mentors, the level of mentors has proven to be more important than the gender of mentors.
  • Invite men in; mentor a man or ask a man to be your mentor.

Establish sponsors and sponsees

  • Find someone to advocate for you and vice versa
  • Sponsor people that do not necessarily have the same characteristics/ talents as you.

Establish goals and accountability

  • Walk the talk
  • Navigate unwritten rules

Lynn de Souza among Business Today's 30 most powerful women in Indian business

Celebrating the achievement of women leaders in 2010

Lynn De Souza was honored at the Business Today Most Powerful Women in Indian Business Awards. An event that recognizes and appreciates those women who made exceptional contributions to the Indian business landscape.Lynn de Souza among Business Today’s 30 most powerful women in Indian business

Lynn de Souza is ranked as the second most influential media personality in India three years in running by the Economic Times Brand Equity. An alumnus of the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, she began her career in 1982 and today stands tall as the chairman and CEO of Lintas Media Group (LMG), the country’s third largest media company. She also featured among the top ten advertising professionals this year.  More

Dr Kiran Bedi and Leena Nair launch IPG’s Women’s Leadership Network in India

IPG officially launched Equal and Opposite, the WLN chapter in India, at the hands of Dr Kiran Bedi, retired supercop, one of the most successful women in India and a household name known for her social activism,  Leena Nair, Executive Director HRD of Hindustan Unilever Ltd and the first women on the board of HUL, and Lynn de Souza, Chairman and CEO of Lintas Media Group and Chairman of WLN – India. Some of the press coverage and pictures from Impact are attached, video links of coverage on CNBC, Zee Business and TV 9 will be uploaded on the website in a couple of days.


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Put the donut down. Back away slowly, and hope they don’t notice your jiggly swagger

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Agency life is tough.  Long hours, frequent travel, and an overabundance of food.  We often wind up taking better care of our clients than we do of ourselves.  To battle the jiggle, our Interpublic Group’s Women’s Leadership Network hosted an event at Mullen that attracted 45 powerful agency women, keen to learn how to juggle an intense career with health and wellness. Read more

IPG WLN Shanghai Chapter

In keeping with the mission of the WLN, the Shanghai chapter is committed to the recruitment, retention and promotion of women at IPG agencies in China.

The Shanghai Chapter was officially launched in March 2009 and was the first WLN chapter outside of the U.S. The Chapter has an executive committee of 16 members.  In under a year, its enrollment has reached 100 from different IPG agencies in Shanghai.

Please stay tuned for our next event.

Washington, D.C., WLN Chapter

The Washington, D.C., WLN Chapter provides mentoring, networking opportunities and guidance for successful career pathing for women within the IPG network.Read more

Omaha WLN

The Omaha Chapter actively participates in the WLN by providing various opportunities for our members to socialize and network.  “Lunch and Learns” feature speakers on topics that help us to improve our performance at work and our lives at home.  Social events such as bowling, creative pottery, wine and cheese tasting, etc. allow us to enjoy the company of our fellow Chapter Members in and out of the office.

The Omaha Chapter has a love for philanthropy, especially those areas where women and children need assistance. We have participated in a women’s build for Habitat for Humanity, clothing drives specific to women’s work attire, back to school supply drives, and many other events. We strive to make a difference not only in the work place but within the community, by improving the lives of women from many different walks of life.

WLN New York

The Women’s Leadership Network of NY provides an empowering vehicle for female professionals to enrich their careers and strengthen relationships through stimulating expert leadership panels, interactive professional development workshops, inspiring mentor partnerships, unique community connections and dynamic social gatherings.Read more