RISE Takeaways: To break taboos, you have to be prepared to lose something

RISE Takeaways: To break taboos, you have to be prepared to lose something

The need to create an inclusive creative movement for positive change across the industry was at the top of the agenda at Creative Equals’ flagship event RISE 2019.

In an impassioned and wide-ranging opening speech Ali Hanan, CEO and founder of Creative Equals, urged the industry to come together to create a “creative holocracy” in the face of a nationwide “inclusion crisis”.

Citing data from Creative Equals which shows that 12% of women in the creative industries plan to leave the industry within the next two years, she urged the women in the audience to stay. She explained: “I believe our glory days are yet to begin. If we can bring diversity and inclusion to the heart of the industry, we can create an inclusive creative movement for good.”

I’m a 33 year old, white, male, Managing Director in the media industry. And I previously looked at D&I from the wrong angle.

I’m a 33 year old, white, male, Managing Director in the media industry. And I previously looked at D&I from the wrong angle.

In mid 2017, 6 months into my role as MD, the number of comments about Raconteur’s gender diversity (or lack of it) started to increase pretty rapidly. Our senior management team had fairly quickly gone from being three women and two men to seven men and one woman. We’d grown, and one of my first big decisions had been to increase the size of the senior team a little. A few senior women left in the 12 months previous, and the most qualified and deserving to step up into those positions at the time happened to be male. And that’s where it all began.

Then the comments about gender imbalance started, and subsequently ramped up…

Munroe Bergdorf: Brands should 'embrace the radicals'

Munroe Bergdorf: Brands should 'embrace the radicals'

Transgender activist and model Munroe Bergdorf urged brands to be "unafraid" of embracing controversial voices who are pushing for social change. 

Speaking at the Creative Equals Rise conference in London this morning, the former L'Oréal ambassador observed how more people and brands are hesitant to take a stand during this "time of recalibration", with movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter in the spotlight. 

OUR FLAGSHIP CONFERENCE, RISE 2019, May 15 

OUR FLAGSHIP CONFERENCE, RISE 2019, May 15 

The leadership conference for all who have a role to play in making creativity inclusive. By convening our sector's trailblazers, we can collectively make change to ensure more women secure roles in creative leadership - and this is business critical. What do your team gain from a day out at the LSO (with a networking drinks the night before? All of this. Learning outcomes include: how to design for 'inclusive creativity';  what's keeping CMOs up at night; how to create high-performing teams; understanding the operating landscape; understanding how to be an authentic leader; and the secret to collaboration. Breakfast, lunch and a networking drinks included (we like a paarrrty!). 

Confirmed speakers:
June Sarpong, TV presenter, Author, Diversify
Samantha Renke, Actor, Disability Activist
Munroe Bergdorf, Trans-activist, Model
Keith Weed, Outgoing CMO, Unilever
Syl Saller, Global CMO, Diageo 
Mary Portas, TV personality,Founder, Portas Agency, Author 'Work Like A Woman'
And more speakers being released next week, plus ALL our incredible sponsors.  

There are earlybird tickets now available! We SELL OUT every year so be quick. Get your tickets today >>

FUTURE LEADERS – OUR 7-MODULE TRAINING BOOTCAMP

FUTURE LEADERS – OUR 7-MODULE TRAINING BOOTCAMP

We have put more than 100 women through our 'Future Leaders' training bootcamp to get them leadership ready – and they consistently score it as 9/10. There are seven modules and one amazing graduation dinner for £850 (and as a bonus, we'll give attendees 50% off a RISE Conference ticket!) We have our next camp starting at the beginning of April. If you’d like more information or to put someone forward, please let sagina@creativeequals.org know by Friday 22nd of March or APPLY HERE. Scholarships are available if you're between jobs. 

CAMPAIGN 30 FUTURE FEMALE LEADERS LIST

CAMPAIGN 30 FUTURE FEMALE LEADERS LIST

For the third year, we’re running our double page spread on the industry’s next 30 future leaders withCampaign Magazine. This is a chance for your rising stars in UX, creative, tech, design, branding, copy and art direction be  in a lush double page spread - it's career fuel and gives your talent the recognition they deserve. 

Who will you put forward?
Nominate her here.

Diverse Minds: Insight into Action Recap

Diverse Minds: Insight into Action Recap

WOW. This day was moving. And, like last year, so many good things have already happened. We held our second sell-out #DiverseMinds conference at Havas London HQ, in partnership with The Hobbs Consultancy. We had a phenomenal line up,  but most of all, the conversations were open and honest. Agony Autie had all of us in tears. We hope everyone walked away knowing how to gain support and take away stigma, to be the ally, how to listen deeply, and why neurophobia is real. Most importantly, to know, as a neurodivergent, you're not alone. There is a fantastic write up by Nicky Kemp in Campaign on the 6 main takeaways of the day.

And, for all the parents of neurodivergents, our aim was to put as many incredible role models on stage.Ali Hanan, our CEO, also had a frank heart-to-heart with fellow dyslexic, Steve Hatch, VP for Facebook, Northern Europe on 'vulnerable leadership' and how it's 'OK to ask for help'.
Watch Hatch talk 'shit' typos on Campaign's youtube channel here

We can't thank our sponsors enough: Huge IncOmnicom Media GroupDirectLineThe Mill, Leila at the IPA and PassionPrint. Plus it all went flawlessly, thanks to Emily Philp, from FlexEvents and lovely photos from Bronac McNeill

For those who would like to join a growing neurodiversity community, head to The Future is ND

We are excited to highlight a new community has been launched by Emma Case to amplify the voices of neurodivergent women - Women Beyond the Box.

If you are interested in learning more, we run 'Rewire the way you hire' workshop to help you hire with neurodiversity in mind. Make sure you're embracing different thinkers in your hiring process.
 For more information, get in touch: sagina@creativeequals.org

Diverse Minds: Insight into Action

Diverse Minds: Insight into Action

DiverseMinds is BACK! This is the only conference of its kind for neurodivergents and their allies. Come and hear from some of the industry’s most inspiring neurodiverse speakers and experience hands-on workshops from the likes of the National Autism Society.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
9:00am – 5:00pm
Havas London, 4 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG

Tickets are here.

How do we unlock the power of divergent thinkers in the workplace?

What are the benefits of #diverseminds in the workplace? How do we create welcoming environments where different types of brains can thrive? What are the barriers those with aspergers, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and more face when it comes to recruitment, retention and promotion? 

This is a conference about ‘neurodiversity’ and our working definition of what this encompasses is ADHD, ADD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourettes. We recognise that the boundaries of what neurodiversity constitutes are not universally agreed and likely to change over time. We are open to alternative perspectives for future events and recognise that the topics discussed in March may well be relevant to some of these groups of people too.

Confirmed speakers

  • Xavier Rees, CEO Havas London & Havas Helia

  • Victoria Buchanan, Executive Creative Director, Tribal DDB

  • Wayne Deakin, Exec Creative Director, EMEA Huge

  • Nicky Kemp, Trends Editor, Campaign magazine

  • Mark Evans, Marketing Director, Direct Line Group

  • Lizzi Clubb, Digital Design Lead, Wunderman UK

  • Alistair MacCallum, UK CEO, m/Six

  • Emma Case, Founder of Women Beyond the Box

  • Laura James, Founder of Mabel Gray and author of Odd Girl Out

  • Ellie Gerszt, Senior Partnerships Executive, NABS,

  • Jo Bolger, Senior Partnerships Manager, NABS

  • Jessie Hewitson, Author and The Times Journalist

  • Lucy Hobbs, Freelance Creative Director and Founder of the Future is ND

  • Amy Walker, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, GroupM

  • Agony Autie, Sarah Jane Harvey

With more to follow!

In March 2018, #DiverseMinds, the first ever neurodiversity conference for the marketing and advertising industry, hit the scene. #DiverseMinds is back in 2019, this time bigger and better. Our theme this year will be about ‘providing support’. We feel that 2018’s event got the conversation started, enhanced understanding and helped reduce stigma. We didn’t spend much time talking about the very real challenges that some people are facing in the workplace and beyond. We want to provide support to:

- People who are actually ND

- Parents of children who are ND

- Those managing ND people in their teams

Tickets are here. Come join us!

Seven key takeaways from #CELeaders

Seven key takeaways from #CELeaders

"A conference to inspire the next generation of creative leaders brought with it fresh ideas and perspectives from a vibrant array of talent." 

Read the full Campaign article. 

 

Where do all the women in advertising go? A view from Kathryn Ellis

Where do all the women in advertising go? A view from Kathryn Ellis

Research shows that the industry loses up to half of its qualified female talent between education and employment, so what is happening?

We all know that statistics show an underrepresentation of women in the creative departments of advertising agencies, particularly as creative directors. Indeed, IPA research suggests that 89% of creative directors in the UK are men.

However, I was curious to learn that when we look at the gender split of graduates from the creative courses that train people for these roles – such as advertising, art and design higher education courses – it is biased towards women, with 61.7% of graduates female. There are more young women training for roles in creative departments than men, by quite a long way.

Encouraging right? Wrong. My study showed that shockingly we are losing up to 50% of our qualified female talent between education and permanent roles in advertising agency creative departments – these are the 'Lost Girls'.

Read the full Campaign article. 

Major Players urges candidates not to divulge current salaries

Major Players urges candidates not to divulge current salaries

The recruitment company Major Players is launching a campaign to encourage women not to reveal their current or previous salaries in a bid to close the gender pay gap.

Speaking at the Creative Equals Create Your Future conference in London on May 16, Rosa Rolo (pictured), commercial director at Major Players, explained that the gender pay gap is currently difficult to close because salaries are always based on what you have been paid in the past.

Read the full Campaign article.