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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?
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International Women’s Day: WACL supports Creative Equals to change the ratio in adland’s creative departments

WACL - Women in Advertising and Communications London - is focused on getting more women into leadership positions and there is a particular need to do so within creative departments. Women make up just 24% of London’s creative departments, which is why just 14% of CD positions are held by women and female ECDs are few and far between. This is one of the biggest changes that needs to happen at scale, which is why WACL is supporting Creative Equals.  

"My agenda as President of WACL is “Speak Up”: to inspire others, to challenge and change and to celebrate and praise.  I wish Creative Equals every success in their bid to make change in this important area and I look forward to celebrating with them the appointment of many more female creative leaders.’

WACL is a club for the most influential women in the UK communications industry. Their members represent many of the most senior women in client organisations, media owners, advertising and media agencies. This year, as part of their agenda, they’re adding their weight to initiatives like SheSays, DAWN, BLOOM, The Girlhood and Future’s Network. We’re proud to be part of their ‘Speak Up’ campaign.

And, we’re speaking up. Let’s make 2016 a year for change for female creative talent and inspire more women to come in, stay and take on those critical leadership roles."

- Lindsey Clay, President of WACL, CEO Thinkbox


Happy International Women’s Day. As Ghandi said: be the change you want to see in the world. 

Excited to have our first piece in The Drum!

Diversity initiative Creative Equals provides two free places on IPA Foundation Certificate course.

Excited to have our first piece of press in The Drum, about our sponsored training initiative – two fab female creatives now have free places on IPA Foundation Course.

Creative Equals, a new advertising industry action plan initiative to create gender diverse creative departments, has provided two free places on the IPA’s Foundation Certificate course, sponsored by Major Players. 

This certificate is usually only open to member agencies, but art directors Ellen Wright and Holly Hunter (pictured), candidates chosen by Scarlett Montanaro and Charlotte Khushi of the Young Creative Council, are now on their way to obtaining one of the industry’s benchmark qualifications.

AnalogFolk, Mr President and JWT are among the agencies already signed up to Creative Equals, which wants agencies to create tangible action plans and pathways for female creative talent.

Ali Hanan, founder of Creative Equals, said: "We plan to provide training, mentoring and support to help more women come into creative departments and stay. We believe - as an industry - we need to pick up young female talent faster."

"Right now, just 14 per cent of London's creative directors are female. This is just one of many tangible things we can do to tackle the lack of female creatives."