The 4A's Talent Matters Forum Insights and Guidance for DE&I Success

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June 16, 2021
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Hosted by the 4A’s South Texas Council Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm CT Location: Zoom webinar The 4A’s South Texas Council Board of Governors cordially invites you to attend this special forum for 4A’s member agency executives, managers and staff in the South Texas Council area. The death of George Floyd in 2020 served as an unfortunate catalyst for a reexamination of racial disparities in our country, including within our ad agency industry. Agencies began assessing their performance in the racial diversity of their staffs and recognized that POC (People of Color) were significantly under-represented.  Agency leaders engaged in significant discussions with their Black, Hispanic and Asian employees, statements of commitment were made, diversity committees were created and even some appointments of DE&I Directors and Chief Diversity Officers.  While these initiatives are positive and well-intended, the question remains: what should agencies really do to generate true improvement in organizational diversity and creating environments where all employees feel welcomed, empowered, valued and enabled to reach their full potential? To provide perspectives and insights to help agencies address these questions, the 4A's South Texas Council presents The 4A's Talent Matters Forum: Insights and Guidance for DE&I Success.  This program will be a moderated panel discussion led by Simon Fenwick (4A’s EVP, Talent, Equity & Development), featuring representatives from 4A’s member agencies that have been able to achieve impressive results in these areas. Discussion will focus on the strategies and approaches these agencies used in their efforts, and helpful insights from what they learned along the way.  The 4A’s Talent Matters Forum will be a truly beneficial opportunity to gain perspectives on how your agency can advance its DE&I initiatives.  We look forward to your participation! Featured presenters are: Simon Fenwick, EVP, Talent, Equity & Development, 4A’s – Simon has 30 years of global experience crafting and implementing talent and engagement strategies. His focus has been on talent development through learning, designing strategies and driving process improvement. Simon has also been an advocate and leader for diversity & inclusion as well as implementing candidate & employee engagement tools to attract and retain great talent to drive success and growth across numerous businesses, both on the client and agency side. Prior to joining the 4A’s Simon was with Facebook where he oversaw creative and brand recruiting & diversity initiatives across their portfolio of apps and products. Simon held various positions within agencies including EVP of Talent & Diversity for IPG Mediabrands where he led programs connecting multicultural youth to the industry. Prior to IPG, Simon was SVP, Global Talent at Starcom MediaVest Group and also was part of the 4A’s Diversity Steering Committee. Elise James-DeCruise, Chief Equity Officer, The Ad Council - Elise is an Award-Winning Global L&D and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practitioner with over 20 years of global experience leading the way in the marketing, strategy, design and delivery of micro and macro experiences, solutions and services within the workforce, workplace, marketplace and community. Elise was recognized by the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine for Strategy and Innovation for the launch of NMI (New Marketing Institute), was a recipient of Industry awards recognizing excellence in education and featured in Forbes Magazine as one of the top female leaders to watch in the technology space who is committed to innovation, education and diversity and inclusion. As the Founder and former Vice President of the New Marketing Institute (educational arm of MediaMath), Elise led award-winning Global Training & Certification programs touching 16 countries.  Also, she led Global Multicultural Marketing Education and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at MediaMath. In this role, Elise designed, delivered and launched scalable learning solutions that met the needs of the workforce, workplace, and marketplace. In addition, she consulted with internal and external stakeholders/teams to create DEI initiatives, experiences and strategic partnerships that “meet each person where they are” and drove measurable results that supported global business priorities. Most recently, Elise was the Chief Diversity, Inclusion and People Officer for Marcus Thomas LLC. Janis Middleton, SVP, Executive Director of Multicultural & Inclusion Strategy, Guided by Good - Janis has years of experience in the content and media space and has led various clients, such as The Home Depot, Buffalo Wild Wings, SunTrust (now Truist), Hanes, American Standard, Aaron’s, and Krystal to success. Her background has made her extremely knowledgeable in developing and implementing people-focused strategies, which ultimately led to her current role in leading the agency’s diversity and inclusion efforts. As an Atlanta native and graduate of Clark Atlanta University, Janis has always had a passion for building and cultivating environments that provide equal opportunities for all people to thrive. Not only does she have tremendous influence inside the walls of 22squared and Trade School, but she’s also paving the way for her community by serving on the Board of Directors for Breakthrough Atlanta and Advertising for Change. This program is FREE for 4A’s members. Reserve your spot now We look forward to seeing you on June 16! The Talent Matters Forum is sponsor by the 4A’s South Texas Council Board of Governors: Kyle Allen, Council Chair – 9th Wonder Melanie Mahaffey, Council Vice Chair – R/GA Austin Chuck Carlberg – Richards/Carlberg Meredith Cuevas – Archer Malmo Austin John Link – GSD&M Dan Susong – Edelman Austin Jenalisa Trevino – Proof Advertising Gregory Walker – 4As