Press Release


Interpublic Group To Host Inclusion Awards Program

July 31, 2012 at 10:41 AM EDT

Agencies and Employees from Across IPG’s U.S. Network Honored

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 31, 2012-- On Tuesday, July 31, Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) is hosting the IPG Inclusion Awards program in New York City. The event, sponsored by the IPG Multicultural Employee Resource Groups for Excellence (MERGE), will honor agencies and employees from IPG’s U.S. network who have shown leadership in advancing IPG’s goal of being one the world’s most diverse and inclusive companies.

Interpublic agencies and employees were asked to submit nominations for the nine award categories. Nominations were reviewed by MERGE leadership. The awards program will be hosted by Frank Mergenthaler, IPG’s CFO and Executive Sponsor of MERGE and include remarks from Philippe Krakowsky, IPG’s Chief Strategy and Talent Officer. Actor/Director/Comedian Robert Townsend will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Hundreds of Interpublic agency and corporate employees are expected to attend the live event in New York with hundreds more viewing the webcast in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Norwalk, Princeton, San Francisco and St. Louis.

“We are very proud to celebrate our successes in diversity and inclusion,” commented Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO of Interpublic. “Our employees and our agencies – like those being recognized today – are at the heart of our mission to be among the world’s most diverse and inclusive companies,” he continued.

According to Frank Mergenthaler, “the winning companies and individuals, as well as the programs that they have created, are innovative, strategic and smart. They further our goals of diversity and inclusion, while helping us become an employer of choice in this key area. Recognizing the folks who spearhead these initiatives at our companies is an important component of our diversity programs.”

Honorees at the 2012 Inclusion Awards are:

  • Community Partnership Award, Gold – Deutsch, New York and Los Angeles
  • Community Partnership Award, Silver – McCann New York
  • Inclusive Talent Cultivation – Gold, McCann New York and ID Media
  • Inclusive Talent Cultivation – Silver – Weber Shandwick
  • Inclusive Marketing Initiative of the Year – Gold, Octagon, New York
  • Multicultural Agency/Practice of the Year – Gold, Octagon Access New York
  • Communication and Education Initiative – Gold, Campbell Ewald and Octagon
  • Most Inclusive Climate Award – ORION Trading
  • Individual Champion of Inclusion – Dana Commandatore, EVP, Director of Print Services, Deutsch Los Angeles
  • Agency Champion of Inclusion – Draftfcb
  • Chief Diversity Officer/Human Resources Leader of the Year – Keisha Vaughn, Chief Diversity Officer, Draftfcb

About Interpublic

Interpublic is one of the world's leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include Draftfcb, FutureBrand, GolinHarris International, Huge, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, Lowe and Partners, MAGNAGLOBAL, McCann, Momentum, MRM Worldwide, Octagon, R/GA, UM and Weber Shandwick. Leading domestic brands include Campbell Ewald; Campbell Mithun; Carmichael Lynch; Deutsch, a Lowe and Partners Company; Gotham Inc.; Hill Holliday; ID Media; Mullen and The Martin Agency. For more information, please visit


MERGE is IPG’s umbrella group for all of the company’s business resource groups. The groups are the Asian Heritage Group, Black Employee Network, IPGLBT, SOMOS: Hispanic/Latino Heritage Group, and the Women’s Leadership Network (WLN). These groups work to foster an inclusive work environment as well as to increase networking and business opportunities.

Source: Interpublic Group

Tom Cunningham
Jerry Leshne
(Analysts, Investors)