As part of our commitment to inclusion across the full spectrum of diversity, and as an employer of choice, AKQA desires to be a leading creative and professional services firm for the attraction, promotion and retention of women, people of colour and under-represented groups.
We recognise a series of actions needs to be taken to advance equity, equality, representation, and actively address any issues faced that may hinder career growth, promotion and retention. Through a series of company-wide, industry and recruitment initiatives, we are ensuring a greater pipeline of diverse talent at all levels, while also hiring and promoting more women and people of colour into senior positions. Our parent company, WPP, is among the top 10 performers in the FTSE UK gender diversity report.
Our New York team has created When I’m With Her – exploring the many dimensions of the incredible women across the AKQA global network.
This work to actively highlight role models and encourage our people to progress into leadership roles is ongoing, and includes the stories below.
Cha Che Chi
Senior Designer AKQA Sweden Eduarda Nieto is speaking at the TDC Conference. This year’s event focuses on the scope of Latin American typography.
Finding your ikigai for a purposeful life
President, North America AKQA Tesa Aragones speaks to Adweek about the Japanese concept, ikigai, sharing four aspects for finding purpose and being motivated.
Forbes 30 under 30
AKQA’s São Paulo Managing Director Luiza Baffa has been named on the Forbes Brazil 30 under 30 list of 2021. The list honours the most promising young people in Brazil.
Strategic sparring partners
Executive Strategy Director AKQA EMEA Miriam Plon Sauer speaks to Danish Marketing Magazine on how to develop the best creative ideas.
Seven ages of a creative
Group Creative Director AKQA London Jade Tomlin speaks to Creative Review about her journey into the creative industry, changes witnessed during her career, and dreams for the future.
One Show China
Managing Director Sam Sterling was invited by the One Show China to give a keynote about experience commerce in Shanghai. Covering how China is globally leading the way.
The future of personalisation
AKQA and Amazon held thought leadership and networking sessions for clients, friends and partners. Unpacking the trends, challenges and forecasts for ‘the future of personalisation’.
AI will change civilisation
AKQA Copenhagen hosted the future of AI, led by head of emerging technologies Andy Hood and MD Steffen Otkjær. Andy examined the current potential and immediate future of AI, while Steffen explored the hypothesised singularity event.
Representing Brazil at Young Lions
Copywriter Maurício Dias, whose project work includes the multi-award-winning Netflix Stranger Broadcast, has been named as the Brazil representative for the Cyber category in the Young Lions competition at the 2019 Cannes Lions Festival.
A rising star
Global Creative Director Grey Health and Wellness Ron Lewis has been named one of Business Insider’s 50 rising stars of Madison Avenue who are revolutionising advertising.
Diverse people and diverse perspectives
AKQA’s initiative devoted to addressing diversity and inclusion in the Portland studio. Designed and led by the people who work there, Woke & Wonderful is driven by a simple belief: that great ideas come from diverse people and diverse perspectives.
WPP Stella: Next Stop, India
AKQA is pleased to announce that Kanika Chandra, Technical Delivery Manager from our Gurgaon studio, has been nominated for WPP Stella India Chapter.
Go with the Flo
Felicia Leoncelli joined AKQA’s Melbourne studio for an inspiring AKQA Insight, sharing the story and learnings from her diverse career and achievements while raising a family.
Faith, Feminism and Fashion
Entrepreneur Ruth Awogbade joined AKQA’s team and clients for an inspiring discussion on her work as founder and editor-in-chief of Magnify, the lifestyle platform designed to inspire women through faith, feminism and fashion.
AKQA Tree of Lights app plants 1k trees
Group Creative Director Ginny Golden explains: “Tree of Lights shared the magic of the holidays and augmented reality to provide a gift to our planet. The idea is a powerful example of the digital world helping protect and preserve the real environment.”
AKQA’s San Francisco studio hosted a Women’s Salon event, a safe and constructive forum for women of AKQA to gather and discuss relevant topics on gender in the workplace.
Mentoring at the Atlanta Studio
This week, AKQA Atlanta started Monday off with mentorship – hosting 30 advertising students from the University of Georgia’s Ad Club.
AKQA at the 3% Conference
14 people from AKQA (with representation from each North American studio) attended the 3% Conference in New York, celebrating creative female talent and leadership.
AKQA Insight with Bea Johnson
AKQA London were joined by Bea Johnson, author of the best-selling book and blog, Zero Waste Home – the story of how. Bea shared the life-changing effects of living simply.