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Funny how now that “diversity” includes “white women,” agencies and companies can’t hire them fast enough. Where was the diversity when it included African Americans and Latinos?

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Everyone should know the numbers. Hold your leadership accountable. Ask what they’re doing about attracting more people of color. Then ask yourself what you’re doing. Mentor some juniors. Recommend people of color for cool assignments where they will stretch and get noticed. Do everything YOU can and hold OTHERS accountable for change. And, if you approve work, don’t kill ideas from people who don’t look like you until you understand where it’s coming from. Ask how they got there. Get out of your reality bubble. When you look at the numbers, it’s common sense.

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Sadly, less. Not that there was any real diversity initiative to begin with other than the PR announcements Don’t get me wrong. I’m very happy to see women FINALLY getting the recognition they’ve long deserved. But it’s pretty telling when African American and Latino women are still ignored

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What I see as people are concepting Creative is the decision to include diversity in the work feels like it needs to be this big intentional decision. Watch me now. Here I go. I’m putting in the Hispanic couple or black woman into the storyboard. There they are. Check that box off the brief. Now I can get back to working on the Creative I want to make. It feels like it’s this obligatory thing that has to be managed. Until that is undone I don’t think you’re gonna see cultures change at agencies

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*only black person at my agency that doesn’t empty the trash cans after 8pm* Yeah, definitely not enough white women in this biz.

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So diversity actually got more... diverse?

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Sadly, in this industry, all women are still diversity. Nowhere near as underrepresented as others, but still underrepresented. You're in this together, and as they penetrate hold them to keeping that door open for you, too.

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Advertising is light years behind actually understanding diversity. Turn on any network commercial break or open any magazine. Casting, clients and agencies don’t seem to understand he actual percentages of America’s spectrum - which if they did, could in turn help them sell more by relating to the true consumer makeup

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I hope that was sarcasm @ACD1

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They said more women. They didn’t say anything about women of colour... or anyone of colour for that matter

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Yeah. Diversity = Australians. We say we’re liberal in nyc but why are we not seeking recruits from “shithole countries” if it looks like trump and acts like trump...

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