Press Release


Interpublic Group Hosts Inclusion Awards Program

July 31, 2013 at 1:30 PM EDT

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

New York, NY - July 31, 2013 - Today, July 31, 2013, Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) will host the IPG Inclusion Awards program in New York City. The event, co-sponsored by the IPG Multicultural Employee Resource Groups for Excellence (MERGE), honors agencies and employees from IPG's U.S. network who have shown leadership in advancing IPG's goal of being among 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 is hosted by Michael I. Roth, IPG's Chairman and CEO, and includes remarks from Frank Mergenthaler, IPG's CFO and Executive Sponsor of MERGE and Heide Gardner, IPG's SVP, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Comedian/Actor Al Madrigal 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 more viewing the webcast in Birmingham, Chicago, Detroit, Huntersville, Los Angeles, McLean, Minneapolis, Princeton and Washington D.C.

"It is our goal to be among the world's most diverse and inclusive companies," commented Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO of Interpublic. "The terrific work of our agencies and our people is what helps make this goal a reality - programs like the diversity and inclusion awards are a key part of this because they showcase best practices and celebrate what is working."

According to Frank Mergenthaler, "Making a sustained culture change is a challenge - but these awards prove that it can happen.  Our employees are our greatest asset, and I'm glad to be here today to congratulate those that are making a real difference at Interpublic to further our work in the area of diversity and inclusion."

Honorees at the 2013 Inclusion Awards are:

  • Community Partnership Award, Gold - Octagon
  • Inclusive Talent Cultivation, Gold - ID Media
  • Inclusive Marketing Initiative of the Year, Gold - Deutsch NY
  • Inclusive Marketing Initiative of the Year, Silver - Jack Morton
  • Inclusive Marketing Initiative of the Year, Silver - Lowe SSP3
  • Multicultural Agency/Practice of the Year, Gold - GolinHarris
  • Communication and Education Initiative, Gold - McCann Worldgroup
  • Supplier Diversity Award - Draftfcb
  • Most Inclusive Climate Award - Orion Holdings
  • Individual Champion of Inclusion - Mike Lescarbeau, CEO, Carmichael Lynch
  • Agency Champion of Inclusion - ID Media


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