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I have an offer to move to Detroit to work. What’s advertising life like there? Is it a diversity community (ask since Detroit is like 85% black and I’m a black man)?

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Depends on the agency. Most are not downtown, they're out in the (pretty white) burbs, and they are not very diverse at all. But some agencies are doing their best to incorporate more diversity into their workforce.

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Thanks for your information. I had the chance to visit the shop a few days ago and there was very little diversity for any size city but really for a city that is 85%+ black. I doubt that I’m going to accept this job. I saw some diverse young talent but none in leadership. And looked into the ad club in the city because my potential employer offers free membership which is housed in an agency (pretty cool) and their board is pretty much all white people. So confusing to me.

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Youch. Super curious what agency it was if you're open to DMing.

I feel like a lot of agencies in Detroit preach D&I but don't back it up with their hiring. Creative/Dev positions are predominately diverse, but I've noticed account and media positions are mostly white people from the burbs.

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If you’re looking at an IPG shop Detroit is actually one of the leading cities for BEN (Black Employee Network), one of IPG’s employee resource groups. But to echo the above, diversity can vary widely by agency.

Great advertising culture here and Detroit is so up and coming, the downtown culture is amazing. I’ve worked at three different agencies here (one downtown Detroit where I also lived) and diversity/inclusion are common themes at every agency

All the agencies in Detroit are white. Look around and count the minorities. There are usually none in the room or in leadership. Women too.

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