Walking the Talk on
Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
June 21-25, 2021
Sparking Meaningful Action Through Candid Conversations
VAB will provide a stage for new voices, diversity of thought and fresh perspectives with the ultimate goal of driving lasting change and inclusivity within our industry.
These conversations told through industry professionals are to inspire actionable shifts in mindset and offer practical guidance to spark meaningful action.
Together, we will illuminate the path forward on prioritizing diversity, driving inclusivity, and instilling a feeling of belonging in the workplace, in our lives and beyond.
Let's Walk the Talk - Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Through Equity & Belonging
Session 1. Commitment to Change
Understanding the value, the issues, and fundamentals of diversity and inclusion are the first steps to addressing the systematic inequities and injustices in society. Unless we understand these fundamentals, and the issues that come along with them, we can’t talk about or start to address the problems of racism and unconscious bias. Last year, as a response civil unrest taking place in the country and the increased demand for equality for all, ANA’s Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing (AIMM) put forth an industry pledge detailing the steps needed to move our industry forward. This session will share the work done to date and the vision of a more equitable playing field for all so that we can finally #SeeALL
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Chief Inclusion Experience Officer
at Publicis Groupe
Chief Diversity Officer
at Sirius-XM + Pandora
Chief Diversity Officer
Session 2. A Fireside Chat: Leading by Example, with Powerful Purpose
NBC News Anchor
Olympic Gold Medalist
Inspiring Others - A Journey to Inclusive Leadership
Session 1. A Path Towards Transformation
It takes inspiring leaders to empower others to take on challenges and bold missions. We will inspire others on how to overcome personal and professional challenges to achieve success as a leader, for their teams, and set a path for future generation of change makers.
Chief Inclusion Officer
at BCW Global
SVP, Head of Diversity, Equity & Belonging
at UM Worldwide
Session 2. A Fireside Chat: Authenticity Demands Choice, The Path to Honest Leadership
President & CEO
Chief Equality & Inclusion Officer
Looking Within Our Industry
The Value of Being Seen and What Inclusivity Really Means in Marketing and Advertising
Session 1. Advancing Cultural Journeys in Marketing & Advertising
There has been an industry-wide call for brands to enhance the authenticity of their communications, improve their cultural relevancy, and increase their diverse representation and inclusivity. We will explore the growing importance of connecting through culture and guiding brands’ cultural journeys in a fact-based process. Join us as we chat with brand leaders at different stages of launching and advancing their journeys as they seek higher quality connections leading to incremental impact.
Co-Founder & CEO
Director of Operations - Marketing Transformation at The Clorox Company
Lead, Brand and Communication Insights
Director of Integrated Marketing Strategy & Operations at CarMax
Session 2. In Conversation with iSpot.tv - Spreading the Message of Diversity & Inclusion through Empowering TV Ads
2020 redefined what it means to be a brand in the 21st century. On matters of diversity and inclusion, some brands continued their conversations, while many others just started to wade in. iSpot will impart lessons from the new wave of diverse and inclusive messaging in TV and video ads.
Session 3. The Business and Branding Benefits of Inclusive Marketing Campaigns
Wednesday June 23 | 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT
There is proven success for brands that have more diverse representation and inclusivity in their marketing. We will discuss what marketers need to truly embrace this inclusivity – inspirational success strategies, data & insights, and proof that “doing good” impacts their bottom line. This session will provide lessons from brands and marketing campaigns that are successfully embracing inclusivity in their communications – and learn how to apply to your own strategies and plans and correlate inclusion to business outcomes.
President & CEO
Managing Director, Digital
at Walton Isaacson
EVP of Research, Insights and Analytics
VP Strategic Accounts & Political Sales
Lessons From Organizations Making a Difference
Session 1. Advice and Inspiration from Organizations Making Change
Thursday June 24 | 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT
In these sessions we are shining a light on organizations who are successfully addressing diversity, inclusion and bias in their lives, offices and communities. This session will provide actionable, practical advice from how other organizations are driving equity and belonging to incorporate into business practices and everyday life. You’ll learn how to get started and what you can do now to begin making a difference.
VP, Integrated Marketing Solutions
at Effectv & Comcast RISE
SVP, Multimedia Advertising Sales
at A+E Networks
VP Multicultural Leadership for APPI Audience Strategy
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Session 2. In Conversation with Sightly
Thursday June 24 | 1:50 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
At a time when brands are expected to participate in cultural conversations and brand loyalty can change in an instant, we'll talk about how to hold ourselves and each other accountable for developing and staying true to our brand's identity. Sightly and Horizon Media discuss their approach to fostering inclusive workplaces and promoting diversity across the industry.
SVP Client Services
Group Media Director, Multicultural
at Horizon Media
Getting Inspired: Success Stories and Real-World Insights
Session 1. In Conversation with Tubi
Friday June 25 | 1:00 PM - 1:10 PM EDT
Diversity both in front of and behind the camera is table stakes for Marketers looking to reach nationally representative audiences in authentic and meaningful ways. Tubi will discuss both the importance of diverse storytelling and audience accessibility to live and on-demand news, sports and entertainment content.
Session 2. Leading the Conversation Through Fresh Perspectives and Actionable Guidance
Friday June 25 | 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Whether you’re just starting out in your career or have been working for years, we all need perspective and actionable insights on how to confront the tough conversations and foster a more inclusive mindset in life and work, particularly in light of challenges of unconscious bias. This session will provide inspiration and guidance for all those wanting to not only succeed but support cultural inclusion.
VP, Marketing & Partnerships
President at AAAZA,
Past President of 3AF
at Refinery 29's Unbothered
*Check out the Winner of the Young Rising Star Award + Honorees HERE.
The learnings from our summit cover topics such as: unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, cultural relevancy in advertising, inclusive marketing, equity and belonging in the workplace. As always, we aim to inspire fresh thinking, rooted in real-world learnings and experiences so we are providing actionable takeaways from each of the sessions. Download them HERE
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