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Any people of color here who were pitched on their agency's diversity/inclusion culture when they were recruited? Did the story line up with the reality?

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If they’re pitching you on their diversity, you are the diversity. As a white dude, no one says shit about it to me. I have to ask.

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I once saw an agency desperately seeking a freelancing POC for its pitch team to meet the “diversity requirement” of the prospective client. Says a lot about the industry doesn’t it?

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You’d be surprised how often this happens...

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I have been asked to be on multiple pitches, not because of my brain but because of the color of my skin and gender

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take that shit and run with it! mediocre white men have been getting opportunities because of the color of their skin and gender for the better part of history too, why shouldn’t we?

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No.

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Question: is the industry turning away people of color? Are people of color not interested in advertising? Do you join the industry and leave due to the lack of diversity and opportunity? Help me understand the lack of diversity please!

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To get a job these days you pretty much have to know someone already at an agency. Since agencies are mostly affluent white people who only know other affluent white people, POC and even non-affluent white people rarely get the opportunities.

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It’s like brochures at private schools. The photos of the students on the cover never represent the actual ratio of diversity.

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my agency would tout poc in articles and exclude too many white people, but in reality the agency was very white.

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Yes and yes. And we recently got positive feedback from young candidates who stalked us on linked in about our diversity.

wya? 👀

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No. I was the diversity outside support staff.

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