Mentorship “Champion” Circles

The Los Angeles chapter of IPG’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) is proud to share the success of its Mentorship “Champion” Circles, which began in 2015 and is currently in its third cycle of the program. The circles are a group mentoring format and run for six months with monthly in-person meetings. They have over 100 participants and are led by mentors who are senior leaders from various LA-based IPG agencies, including Deutsch, Initiative, Golin-Harris, UM, PMK:BNC, Orion, Weber-Shandwick, Mullen Lowe, RG/A, Frukt, Rapport, and Rogers & Cowan. They are designed to support IPG’s objective of supporting a mentorship culture throughout all its agencies and to advocate IPG women in career-building, leadership and management skills training, work:life balance, and agency collaboration opportunities.Read more

WLN NY Hosts The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria's Tech Explorers

On July 21st, the WLN NY chapter hosted a working session for the The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria’s Tech Explorers, a summer program for girls aged 12-17 who are interested in technology. The program aims to provide exposure to technology/coding, graphic design and film-making for female students from underserved communities, and to give them the opportunity to explore New York City’s technology community. These young women have spent the summer developing their own apps, and they used yesterday's session to work with women from across IPG agencies to continue to develop and refine their ideas.
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WLN Singapore Partnered With SheSays and See It Be It For An Evening of Cannes Insights

The WLN Singapore chapter hosted a summer event on July 19th titled, 'Women Cannes' Lah!,' a play on words building on a popular Singaporean expression "Can-lah" which means "yes, absolutely." The event was in partnership with SheSays Singapore, a wider industry group for women in the creative industries, and 'See It Be It', the Cannes Lions program launched as a response to the gender imbalance in our industry.Read more

It Takes a Village

Women’s Leadership Network-Los Angeles chapter attended the July 19th "It Takes a Village" event hosted by Momentum and featuring WLN-LA member, Rebecca Waits on the panel.

Lead speaker was author, Lisen Stromberg, COO of The 3% Conference, who spoke about her book "Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career."

WLN Partners With SheSays Singapore For A Night Of Learnings From Cannes Lions

 

It's time for creative women in advertising to say in unison "we cannes do it."

The IPG WLN Singapore chapter will host its second of four events for 2017 on Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30 PM. Titled 'Women Cannes' Lah!,' a play on words building on a popular Singaporean expression "Can-lah" which means "yes, absolutely," the event will feature a night of learnings from Cannes Lions followed by a Q&A to discuss today's pressing issues.Read more

Dallas WLN Engages in Personal Branding Discussion with TM Advertising CEO Becca Weigman

The Dallas WLN chapter was honored to recently host TM Advertising CEO Becca Weigman for a discussion about personal branding and owning a room.
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Client/Agency 101

During our chapter kick-off meeting, many of us had the opportunity to meet others from different IPG Companies around Atlanta. It was interesting that, while we had heard of our sister agencies, we were not clear about their offerings. In the spirit of education and collaboration, we asked a volunteer from each of the Atlanta agencies to share their agency's expertise and talk about their client portfolios. Learning more about each other helped identify potential client engagement with the Atlanta WLN, and explore future client and agency integration! Every IPG employee is welcome.

Check out photos from the event here.

IPG Hosts Global Women of Color Summit at Cannes Festival of Creativity

IPG hosted a summit at the Cannes Festival of Creativity that focused on the communication industry's gender diversity efforts and their impact on global women of color. "THROUGH NEW EYES: The IPG Women's Breakfast" is available for viewing via Facebook Live on IPG's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/InterpublicGroup/.

At the summit, new proprietary research co-commissioned by Refinery29, National Geographic and IPG provided fresh insights into women of color - women from diverse non-white racial, ethnic, national and cultural backgrounds - who have been underrepresented in gender conversations thus far.

"THROUGH NEW EYES" also featured a talk from comedian and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid; a panel discussion with top global marketers moderated by the BBC's Zeinab Badawi; and a one-on-one conversation with Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth and Halle Berry, the Academy Award-Winning Actress, Producer and Founder of HALLEWOOD.

Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO of IPG and host of the breakfast, stated: "We launched our popular annual Cannes event in 2011 to raise awareness of the need for more gender diversity in the industry and to challenge the industry to make progress. Since then, gender equality has become a common topic at Cannes and at industry programs around the world. But when you look around these rooms - even at IPG's own events - you see that women of color are underrepresented in the conversations. It's a business imperative to change the status quo, and that's the process we want to begin with this summit."

"Our research shows that the range of unique aspects of identity that women use to define themselves now requires marketers and the content they create to begin addressing personal identifiers rather than traditional demographics," commented Brooke Hinton, Insights Manager at Refinery29, who will co-present the research findings at the summit.

Heide Gardner, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for IPG, stated: "Global women of color make up the largest untapped labor force for our industry and the largest consumer marketplace for our clients. This year's breakfast serves as a platform to build awareness and a call to action to adapt gender equality approaches to include women of more diverse backgrounds for our workforce, and to be more thoughtful in our marketing when it comes to the concerns and interests of these women."

"THROUGH NEW EYES" is intended to shed light on the truth that women have many group identities outside of gender - nationality, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, motherhood, work, skin tone and other dimensions of diversity. This summit will explore how intersections of identities can affect women's perceptions and experiences with media, brands, careers and fans.

Personal Branding & Owning the Room

On June 21th from 5:30-7 pm CST, Dallas WLN will host TM Advertising’s CEO Becca Weigman at TM’s office in Dallas to discuss personal branding and how to “own the room.”Becca has spent the last six years re-inventing and revitalizing TM and its clients. Read more

Melendy Lovett Shares Life Lessons with Dallas WLN

The Dallas WLN chapter welcomed a very special guest for a roundtable discussion at our office on May 17th. Melendy Lovett, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Trinity Industries, joined us to discuss how she rose within her career and finds balance between her professional & personal life. In addition to her impressive professional experience, Melendy is a founder of High-Tech High Heels, a non-profit with a vision to close the gender gap in STEM professions within the country. Thanks for joining us, Melendy!