IPG to Host National Day of Understanding Focused on Issues of Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion
Event Features Thought Leaders
Extends Company’s Ongoing Activism on National Events
The Day of Understanding is intended to facilitate frank conversations and help bridge cultural divides inside and outside of the workplace. It is designed to include and to benefit all employees, regardless of race, gender or cultural affiliation. IPG’s participation is co-sponsored by the company’s global networks FCB, IPG Mediabrands and McCann Worldgroup; the event will feature top experts who will help foster discussion and greater understanding of the experiences of People of Color, immigrants, as well as specific religious and cultural groups. Speakers will also cover how various types of bias manifest, and will share tools to overcome discomfort about discussing and addressing these types of issues.
“Our identities have a lot to do with how we process what happens in the world and how we respond to personal experiences, as well as experiences in the workplace,” noted
“Diversity and inclusion has long been a focus for all of us at IPG,” said
IPG’s participation in the National Day of Understanding is part of the company ’s long-term commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, which includes a commitment to addressing common societal barriers to belonging and to maximizing contributions from diverse employees.
The company has reinforced its commitment to inclusion with communications from top executives, as well as hosting “town hall” conference calls following racially or culturally charged events, like those in Charlottesville,
IPG’s programming for the National Day of Understanding will feature:
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Author, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, Chair, Center for African-American Studies, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Princeton University Katherine Phillips, Author, Diversity and Groups, Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character Management, Columbia Business School, Columbia University Derald Wing Sue, Author, Micro-aggressions in Every Day Life, and Race Talk and theConspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race, Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University Kenji Yoshino, Author, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, NYU School of Law
IPG’s diversity initiatives include formal goals and objectives for agencies and executives, robust metrics to measure progress, strategic communications and applying internal and external research to shape a portfolio of highly targeted activities and programs as well as an array of events from its business resource groups – the
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Source: Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.