Media, Advertising, Marketing, Tech and Entertainment Execs Unify to Advance Industry Diversity

Advancing Diversity Week
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Last night, MediaVillage and AdvancingDiversity.org, gathered hundreds of media, marketing, advertising, tech and entertainment leaders to focus on industry diversity, equality and inclusion at the 3rd Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors Induction Experience and 3rd Advancing a Diverse Workforce Career MeetUp at the Park MGM during CES. "We have entered the final years of a three-decade transformation of our industry," said Jack Myers, founder of AdvancingDiversity.org and MediaVillage.com, home of the Knowledge Exchange, a community for education, talent development and growth. "It's imperative that we move past transformation and advocacy into a period of implementation. Building community, access to education, coordinated performance measures, collaborative messaging, mentoring and financial solutions are pillars of our five-year plan of activism to accomplish a more diverse workforce."    

More than 500 of the industry's most senior leaders participated in the event, which recognized the activism of ADCOLOR (Tiffany R. Warren), The Hershey Company (Jill Baskin), Institute for Veteran and Military Families (J. Michael Haynie), The Female Quotient (Shelley Zalis), Muslim Public Affairs Council (Sue Obeidi), Publicis Media Americas (Tim Jones), Sam's Club (Tony Rogers), Walt Disney Television (Tim McNeal).

The 50-member Advancing Diversity Council, which met to set the five-year action plan, includes leaders from all sectors of the industry including ADCOLOR, Ad Council, Advertising Education Foundation, American Advertising Federation, 4As, ANA, Ascential, Active International, Dentsu Aegis, Facebook, The Female Quotient, Good│Upworthy, Hearst Corporation, Hershey Co., Intel, IPG, MediaVillage, Nielsen, Omnicom, P&G, Publicis, Sam's Club, She Runs It, Sundance Institute, 3% Movement, Twitter, Unilever and Walt Disney Television. The Council agreed to a unified and collaborative investment to push an agenda focused on identifying and scaling established and successful diversity, equality and inclusion initiatives.

The immersive Creative Tensions induction experience was integrated with the Advancing a Diverse Workforce Career MeetUp. The organization continues to accept resumes at www.AdvancingDiversity.org. Applicants will be eligible to earn college loan relief from the Advancing Diversity Financial Solutions Programand have access to accredited Advancing Diversity Onlinelearning curriculum, mentorship connections and talent development programs.

Myers commented that MediaVillage is particularly excited about the Advancing Diversity educational partnership with GIIDES.com, "an immersive audio app debuting the MediaVillage channel this week with five fierce female voices." The Giide MediaVillage channel includes four from Intel including Advancing Diversity inductee Shelley Zalis and Intel VP Global Marketing Strategy Julie Coppernoll. The MediaVillage Giide audios are also from Gina Garrubbo, President and CEO at National Public Media, and a "5 Questions to Ask" career guide from Jack Myers.

Advancing Diversity is supported and underwritten by 4A's, AAF, AB InBev, Active International, AMC Networks, Ampersand, ANA, Ascential, Crown Media Family Networks, Dentsu Aegis Network, Discovery, Empower, Facebook, Fox, GOOD|Upworthy, Google, Havas Media, Hulu, Intel, IPG, Lifetime, MediaMath, MediaVillage, NBCU, Nielsen, Omnicom, Publicis Media, Sam's Club, She Runs It, Sundance Institute, Twitter, Univision, ViacomCBS, The Walt Disney Company, WarnerMedia, and Xandr.

ABOUT ADVANCINGDIVERSITY.ORG: Founded in 2016 by MediaVillage chairman Jack Myers, AdvancingDiversity.org is the umbrella organization for Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors and supports WomenAdvancing.org, 1stFive.org, LegendsLeaders.org, FutureofMen.org and Jacaronda Foundation, a 501©3 organization underwriting college loan relief programs. AdvancingDiversity.org collaborates with, actively supports and promotes several industry non-profit organizations that share a common purpose of advancing diversity, inclusion and equality with a focus on enhancing our community's performance in talent recruitment, development and retention. Learn more about AdvancingDiversity.org and Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors at www.AdvancingDiversity.org. MediaVillage is home of the Knowledge Exchange, a community for education, talent development and growth.

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