Advancing Diversity from Advocacy to Activism 5-Point Plan to Be Announced at CES

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Media and advertising industry talent recruitment and retention initiative to be introduced at transformative annual industry event

Advancing Diversity from Advocacy to Activism, a major long-term talent recruitment and retention campaign, will be unveiled at the third Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Induction Experience at CES 2020. MediaVillage and will convene more than 500 brand, agency and media leaders on January 8 at the Las Vegas Park MGM to induct eight of the industry’s most influential innovators in diversity, equality and inclusion initiatives and set the stage for increased investments in positive cultural change.

At this year’s CES event, the Advancing Diversity Council will introduce a Five-Point Plan for Advancing Diversity from Advocacy to Activism focused on research, education, communications, mentoring and financial solutions. The five-year, five-point plan of action will be announced by, Advancing Diversity Council members and MediaVillage with the support of more than 50 leading companies and trade associations, prior to the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Experience, presented by the Sundance Institute Theater Program.

“There's still more talk than action when it comes to diversity, inclusion and equality and it’s important to highlight the successful and scalable diversity initiatives. The Advancing Diversity Council brings together our community’s most successful diversity activists to move the industry forward,” said Jack Myers, founder of MediaVillageand “This is not your typical industry honors event. No speeches. No rubber chicken. But there will be inspiring moments and a focus on action vs. words. The Hall of Honors Induction Experience is presented again in collaboration with Sundance Institute Theater Program and will guide attendees through an immersive exploration of their individual potential.”

2020 Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors inductees are:

  • ADCOLOR, Tiffany R. Warren, Founder & President; Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Office, Omnicom Group
  • The Hershey Company, Jill Baskin, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Institute for Veteran and Military Families, J. Michael Haynie, Ph.D, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation
  • The Female Quotient, Shelley Zalis, CEO
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council, Sue Obeidi, Director, The Hollywood Bureau
  • Publicis Media Americas, Tim Jones, CEO
  • Sam’s Club, Tony Rogers, Senior Vice President and Chief Member Officer
  • Walt Disney Television, Tim McNeal, Vice President, Talent Development and Inclusion

The Five-Point Plan of Actionreflects an expansion of pilot programs developed over the past decade by Jack Myers and implemented by MediaVillage, the media and marketing community’s leading B2B Solutions Marketplace. Details of the Advancing Diversity from Advocacy to Activism Five-Point Plan will be unveiled at the January 8th CES Advancing Diversity Council meeting and incorporates:

  1. Advancing Diversity Research & Success Tracking
  2. Online Education
  3. Communications & Marketing
  4. Advancing Diversity Mentoring Events & Initiatives
  5. Advancing Diversity Financial Solutions Program

The Advancing Diversity Honors program underwriters to date include Active International, A&E Networks, AMC Networks, Ampersand, Ascential, Creative Artists Agency, Crown Media Family Networks, Empower, Facebook, Fox, Google, Intel, MediaVillage, Publicis Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Sundance Institute Theater Program, Teads, Twitter, Univision, Viacom, The Walt Disney Company and Xandr.*

To register to attend the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Induction Experience, visit To hear the 2020 Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors inductees discuss industry diversity issues, visit the Advancing Diversity podcast series. Following the Induction Experience, more than 25 companies will participate in the Advancing a Diverse Workforce MeetUp, which invites potential job candidates to learn about career opportunities in media, advertising, marketing and entertainment. Interested candidates can register and submit their resumes at

Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Council past inductees are Ad Council (Lisa Sherman), Association of National Advertisers (Bob Liodice), Madonna Badger (Badger & Winters), The Interpublic Group, (Michael Roth), IAB Education Foundation (Randall Rothenberg), Nielsen (David Kenny), Unilever (Aline Santos), Ernst & Young, Budweiser (Ricardo Marques), Kay Koplovitz (Springboard Enterprises), #FreeTheBid (Alma Har’el), P&G (Marc Pritchard), 3% Movement (Kat Gordon), NBA (Liliahn Majeed), and Verizon (Diego Scotti).

About Founded in 2016 by MediaVillage founder Jack Myers, is the umbrella organization for Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors and supports,,, Advancing Diversity underwrites college loan relief programs for young people working in media, advertising, marketing and entertainment through its support for Jacaronda Foundation, a 501-C3 non-profit organization.

*Updated lists available

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