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Marcia Windross Recognized at the National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry Awards

March 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM EDT

Interpublic's Director of Diversity & Inclusion Receives Prestigious Honor

New York, NY - March 13, 2013 - Marcia Windross, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) is being honored at the 43rd Annual National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry Awards ceremony tonight at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, hosted by the Harlem YMCA.  The award honors the achievements of black professionals nationally.  Windross is being recognized for her professional achievements, contributions to the community and for serving as a role model to the next generation of leaders.

In her role as a Director of Diversity & Inclusion at IPG, Windross is an integral part of helping IPG achieve its goal of being among the world's most inclusive companies.  Her responsibilities include overseeing IPG's annual Climate for Inclusion Survey, which measures employee reactions to company D&I programs; developing and managing a mentoring culture throughout the network; providing support for IPG's Business Resources Groups; fostering relationships with community organizations, colleges and universities and working with IPG agencies to develop tailored D & I solutions.

Windross serves on several community boards including the Harlem YMCA.  She was recently elected as President of her alumnae association for Montego Bay High School for Girls in Jamaica W.I.

Windross recently published her first book, Finally Reid - The Extraordinary Testimonies of An Ordinary Woman.  She holds a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Columbia University, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from New York University. 

"We are pleased to honor Marcia as a distinguished guest at this year's Black Achievers in Industry Award ceremony for her extraordinary community leadership and professional accomplishments," said Tiffeny Forrest, Executive Director of the Harlem YMCA. "This annual gala applauds exceptional black leaders nationwide and celebrates their role in nurturing our next generation of leaders."

Since 1971, this annual awards ceremony has commended black achievers in industry, both for their corporate leadership and for their service to the community. The event continues to act as a channel for the Harlem YMCA, corporations and local organizations to come together in providing mentoring programs, scholarships and other opportunities for future black achievers.  These collective efforts are instrumental in inspiring and guiding future leaders amongst the youth and teens of the Harlem community.

The proceeds of the event support the Harlem YMCA's Black Achievers in Industry (BAI) Corporate Scholarship Program, which provides direct support to motivated African-American New York City high school students pursuing higher education.  To date, the Corporate Scholarship Program has awarded 480 scholarships, or nearly $1.2 million in funds, to supplement educational costs.  A goal has been established to award 55 individual $2,500 scholarships in 2013.  The BAI Mentor program connects motivated New York City teens with successful professional adults, aiming to realize the full potential of young people through a variety of academic and social resources and experiences.


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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, MAGNA GLOBAL, McCann, Momentum, MRM, 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

About the YMCA of Greater New York

The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City's health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 400,000 New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit

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