The IPA and Creative Equals are Combating COVID-19 with diversity and inclusion

The IPA, in partnership with Creative Equals, are launching the Diversity Matters: Summer Series virtual events this summer, which will outline how diversity and inclusion will help steer the industry through the Coronavirus pandemic.

The free webinars will see D&I champions from across the business and all sides of the industry debate key topics and provide tangible actions for agencies, brands and media owners.

Diversity Matters: Summer Series kicks off on Wednesday 10 June with Creative Equals launching their results of their new study with Campaign – C19 Inclusion Pulse into how the Coronavirus has impacted diversity, and asking what employers can and should do to support inclusion during restructuring.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rachel Forde, CEO, UM UK
  • Sufia Parkar, Regional Director, Diversity & Engagement, Europe & UK, McCann Worldwide
  • Dino Myers-Lamptey, Founder, The Barber Shop
  • Mizzy Lees – People Director, Mr. President
  • Leila Siddiqi – Associate Director, Diversity, IPA (Host)
  • Stephanie Matthews – Partnerships Director (Host)

The follow-up events will explore how brands can embrace authentic inclusion on Thursday 25 June and how CMOs are accountable for ensuring diversity and inclusion is at the top of the agenda in mid-July. More details of these sessions will be announced soon.

Says Leila Siddiqi, Associate Director of Diversity, IPA: “As we’ve seen in recent weeks the Coronavirus pandemic is deepening existing inequalities around the world and we’ve seen an escalation of racial tensions everywhere in the last week. It has never been more important for the industry, and the global community, to come together and make diversity and inclusion a priority in everything that we do.

Our Diversity Matters: Summer Series events will help lay a road map for the adland to keep diversity and inclusion at the top of its agenda and enable us to come out of the pandemic a stronger, more inclusive and more representative industry.

Says Ali Hanan, CEO, Creative Equals: “Partnering with the IPA will ensure our vision of a creative sector that believes inclusion is the future will come to fruition quicker. These webinars will ignite important conversations that need to be had across all parts of the business, not just the D&I teams, to ensure tangible action can happen faster.”

Diversity Matters: Summer Series kicks off on Wednesday 10 June with ‘What can employers do to support inclusion during COVID-19 restructuring?’

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