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Topic: Diversity

How My Gender Transition Helped Create a Path for Future Agency Employees

'Freedom really is the best policy'

It's time. It's hard to believe, but here I am. My boss, the managing director of Possible, Cincinnati, introduces me to a conference room full of my peers. I begin the…

Discourse About Gender and Diversity in Advertising Is Reaching a Crescendo

But real change starts at the top

It's been nearly a month since the 4A's Transformation conference, where, as many of you heard, read or experienced firsthand, the discourse about gender and diversity in the advertising industry…

Why Juries Must Become More Diverse for Industry Awards to Be Truly Legitimate

Small, but bold changes should reflect changing society

Is it a coincidence that both the entertainment and advertising industries are facing a diversity crisis on their awards juries? Probably not. Both of these industries, which champion and celebrate…

Could the JWT CEO Scandal Become a Watershed Moment for Change?

Ad industry leaders said (almost) all the right things

Unlike 4A's conferences in recent memory, soul-searching was the underlying theme in Miami this year—mostly the result of the fallout from the case against former J. Walter Thompson CEO Gustavo…

Agency CEO's Downfall Leaves Ad Industry Questioning If It's Truly Left the Mad Men Era

Diversity advocates see mixed signals in ouster of JWT's Martinez

Facing accusations that he made frequent jokes about rape, Jews and African Americans, JWT's global CEO resigned this week, marking an abrupt reversal by his company—and sparking an industrywide moment…

An Open Letter to the AAF President on the Ridiculousness of All-Male, All-White Juries

Chicago ad awards panel includes no women or minorities

Dear Mr. James Edmund Datri, The year is 2016. Or it was, last I checked. Yet seeing the lineup that the Chicago Advertising Federation put together for this year's American Advertising Awards…

Tired of Tradition, Honey Maid's Marketing Chief Chose to Put the Spotlight on Modern Families

Adweek’s 2015 Brand Genius winner for CPG/food

It always seemed strange to Gary Osifchin that the characters in traditional advertising were so, well, traditional. "There was the Caucasian female lead, with the French manicure," Osifchin says, "or…

Here's the Real Frustration Behind That Photo of a 'Black People' Panel With No Black People

Sometimes anger makes us hurt those trying to help

Traecy Smith, director of diversity, The One Club Earlier this week, a picture of the first panel at "Here Are All the Black People" ignited a social media uproar. The perception…

Ad of the Day: This Beautiful Ad Council PSA Reminds Us We're All Human Underneath

Dancing skeletons, warm embraces and a few tears

Prepare to feel all of the feels—and have a box of tissues nearby—as you watch this PSA about bias and diversity from the Ad Council. The poignant three-minute spot, for the…

Honda Targets Hispanic Millennials by Mocking the Way Brands Target Hispanic Millennials

Bilingual ads bust open the 'box of clichés'

Young Latino consumers: They're hip! They're mobile! They lead active, on-the-go lifestyles! They're also, you know, pretty much like anybody else—though that's something marketers rarely want to hear when they're paying…

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