In March of this year, a female employee of the J. Walter Thompson agency filed a lawsuit against the CEO, Gustavo Martinez for “racist and sexist remarks.”The lawsuit sparked an uprise from ad agency female employees, who make up nearly 50 percent of the advertising work community. As a result, The New York Times conducted interviews with over twelve female ad agency professionals, and found that despite the seemingly equal opportunity employment statistics women are still feeling discriminated against. They see sexism not just in the type of positions they hold, but also in the way they process emotion, how they are treated in the work place, the kind of relationships they are able to build, and even in the advertisements themselves.
The global chief executive of Omnicom’s Accuen Agency, Megan Pagliuca, noted that she feels the female vs. male tension most in her business relationships. Often business deals are made over golf games or “drinking events” that are geared towards male professionals. She offers up a debated question for women in the ad agency world,
“Do you try to conform and be like them rather than being yourself, or do you stay strong as who you are and know you are the best operator?” Ms. Pagliuca said. “A challenge for women is making that choice.”
Other women they interviewed added that sometimes they just feel “invisible” at dinner parties and other work functions. Furthermore, they added that they often hear comments about their appearance, and experience “rapey talk and the grabby hands.” According to a survey by 3% Conference, 25 percent of women in the advertising industry had experienced discrimination because of their gender, and another 23 percent said they had actually been the victim of or witnessed sexual harassment in the work place.
This will probably not be the last lawsuit of its kind if something doesn’t change. Women said that their male colleagues just felt uncomfortable talking about it or addressing the issues of sexism in the workplace. Often times other issues are given more attention because they are easier to talk about or are seemingly more important. Hopefully, it won’t take too many more lawsuits for men in advertising to start paying attention.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.