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Leaders in Media and Advertising Focus on Advancing Diverse Talent Retention

Inaugural Series of Events, including Gen Z Town Hall, Slated for Sept. 20-23

First of a two-part series

Those who hail from the baby boomer generation may count as the last segment of Americans who believed that securing a career meant staying in one job or with one company until their retirement.

But the terrain has changed in many ways, particularly due to advancements in technology including the internet, social media and the expansion of the economy which now represents participants and entities from nations worldwide.

Recognizing these and other fundamental changes and their impact on the kinds of strategies and best practices that must be employed for businesses to succeed, more than 80 changemakers from the media, advertising and entertainment community will soon participate in a four-day event, Advancing Diversity Week, Sept. 20-23.

The inaugural series of events will allow for provocative conversations about advocacy, activism, equity and belonging, culminating with a Gen Z Town Hall.

Advancing Diversity Week’s series of keynote addresses and provocative panel discussions will be hosted by MediaVillage.comAdvancingDiveristy.org and The Female Quotient [The FQ] featuring themes which include: D-E-I + Belonging!; Belonging + Retention; and Multicultural + Meaning.

Other highlights from the week include a tribute to some of today’s most creative and advanced-thinking leaders from within the media industry. They will be joining previous inductees as new members of the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors – a recognition event that marks its fourth year.

The roots of the Advancing Diversity series can be traced to Jack Myers, recognized as the nation’s best-known practicing media ecologist and the founder of MediaVillage and AdvancingDiversity.org.

Myers remains committed to a philosophy of industry innovation focused on growth and has built a leading consulting firm whose innovative approaches to strategic innovation have been adopted by more than 200 media, advertising and marketing clients.

The 10 Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors inductees, who will be sharing their stories, and responding to audience questions, include: [4A’s] American Association of Advertising Agencies’ President and Chief Executive Officer Marla Kaplowitz; 4A’s Foundation’s Executive Vice President of Talent and Engagement Simon Fenwick; American Advertising Federation’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Pacheco; American Family Insurance’s Vice President and Head of Marketing Sherina Smith; Citi’s Interim Chief Marketing Officer Tina Davis; Entertainment Studios’ Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Byron Allen; Howard University’s Cathy Hughes School of Communications’ Dean and Professor Gracie Lawson-Borders; MOBE / Marketing Opportunities in Business & Entertainment’s Founder Yvette Moyo; and The CW’s Executive Vice President of Development Gaye Hirsch

For a complete agenda of speakers and events visit www.advancingdiveristy.org.

D. Kevin McNeir – Senior Editor

Dominic Kevin McNeir is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of service for the Black Press (NNPA). Prior to moving East to assist his aging parents, the native Detroiter engineered a transformation of The Miami Times resulting in its being named the NNPA’s “Publication of the Year” in 2011 – just one of several dozen industry-related awards he’s earned in his career. He currently serves as senior editor for The Washington Informer. There, in the heart of the U.S. Capitol, he displays a keen insight for developing front-page news as it unfolds within the greater Washington area, capturing the crucial facts and facets of today’s intriguing, political arena. He has degrees from The University of Michigan, Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2020, he received First Place for Weekly Newspaper, Commentary & Criticism, Society of Professional Journalists, Washington, D.C. Pro Chapter. Learn more about him at www.dkevinmcneir.com, Facebook – Kevin McNeir, Twitter - @mcneirdk, Linkedin – D. Kevin McNeir or email: mcneirdk@washingtoninformer.com.

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