One of the goals of the heavily supported Advertising Week is to introduce and attract young talent to consider advertising careers and to promote advertising as a business. For those who have attended Advertising Week, you'll recall an overwhelmingly white audience. And while the young attendees have been 65% female, consistent with college graduation trends, senior industry professionals on stage have been predominantly male. It's time to change that dynamic and invest more in advancing gender equity; retaining our community's diverse talent; and reaching, engaging and influencing Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, veteran, differently-abled and other underserved communities that may not even be aware of media and advertising as a business and career opportunity.
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