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June 20, 2018 - Comments Off on Ogilvy pledges to hire a handful of women

Ogilvy pledges to hire a handful of women

Cannes is a chance to network, get drunk, and attend the odd talk from ad folk. They usually claim big things. Perhaps this is the year for drones. For saving the Dodo. Or that their agency is doing something better than yours.

So I read with great surprise this morning that Campaign mag wrote about this initiative from Ogilvy.

"Tham Khai Meng, Ogilvy's worldwide co-chairman and chief creative officer, has pledged to hire 20 senior creative women globally by the end of 2020 and has promised a new pipeline of senior women of colour across the next two years."

"Nice one!" Presumably came the cry from his audience in Cannes. People were pleased on Twitter too. Only a couple of people were questioning that statement. And now I want to be another.

On the face of it, all sounds good. Ogilvy want to promote at least twenty women to senior positions. But this isn't coming from a little agency for Timbuktu. It's the behemoth of WPP. They have 132 offices in 83 countries and a workforce of 25,000 in the US alone – and they really want 30 months to hire 20 high-ranking female creatives?

Heck, they could do that in a week. Ogilvy have nine territories on their website; Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia and Oceania, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and the United States. You’re telling me they’re not already hiring 20 women in high ranking positions?!

Now I’m hoping when Tham Khai Meng says ‘senior women’ he’s talking about really senior positions like ECDs and CCOs etc, not CDs. Because, frankly, if they think only hiring 20 senior creative females across their entire network will make a difference, the whole industry is in serious trouble.

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June 19, 2018 - Comments Off on Meet #WomenCannes

Meet #WomenCannes

In the last few months we’ve finally been seeing a shift in the advertising world. Diet Madison lead the way calling out the predators and speaking up for discrimination happening all over the agency world. Agencies starting to make changes to their senior management structures and slowly, we are seeing a safer place for female creatives (and otherwise) to quite frankly, do their thing.

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August 15, 2017 - Comments Off on Let’s talk about Gender Equality in The North with Northern Power Women

Let’s talk about Gender Equality in The North with Northern Power Women

We can all agree this is something we can’t get away from, fudge the facts or deny isn’t happening. Especially since the BBC you-know-what. However, let’s look for a moment at the positives, let’s look at what we’re actually doing to change the state of play.

As well as contributing here at the Young Creative Council I actively play a part as Creative Director and Ambassador for Northern Power Women. This is a collective that’s actively trying to accelerate the gender diversity divide in the North of England. Through engagement, networking, events and awards they look to showcase strong and influential role-models. People who are not only kicking ass but helping or sponsoring, mentoring and/or supporting other women to step into their field.

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