A new initiative spearheaded by some of the top women executives in advertising is taking action to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. More than 170 women are involved, including DDB CEO Wendy Clark and The Martin Agency CEO Kristen Cavallo.
The group has partnered with the women’s advocacy and anti-harassment group timesupnow.com. The new group, Times Up Advertising, was formally launched Monday on the timesupadvertising.com website.
“Our mission is to drive new policies, practices, decisions and tangible actions that result in more balanced, diverse and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe cultures within our agencies,” the organization announced on the website.
The group published a “Letter of Solidarity” in which it details some of the background on the effort and lays out a series of actions.
The group announced that it will hold community gatherings on May 14 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Toronto.
“We will also create an online forum for reach beyond major cities,” the letter adds. “Our goal is real change. We think the best first step in this process is talking face to face with you.”
A number of specific actions are detailed, including:
- Commit to creating solutions that work, starting with examining the processes and policies that have failed us.
- Identify and mentor people representing diversity across the board and who are ready to become agency leaders.
- Adoption of progressive agency training and education that brings this discussion and its solutions out into the open in our agencies.
To read the letter of solidarity in full and learn more details about the initiative, please visit the website by clicking here.