DE&I Forum


The focus on DE&I in the workplace and with suppliers is not a new one, but it has risen to the forefront as discussions around social injustice and lack of representation have ramped up over the past months.

In response to the increased interest among marketers, the ANA has committed to hosting regular DE&I Forums, a place where professionals can be briefed on current thought leadership, learn from case studies presented by market leaders, and network and share best practices with peers.

The DE&I Forum will continue to be hosted monthly, as long as there is member interest.

ANA staff managing the DE&I Forum is Diana Hilaire.


Discussion Topics

  • Diversification of the marketing and advertising supply chain
  • The importance of Employee Resource Groups
  • Accuracy and representation in creative work
  • Increasing diversity at the agency level
  • New ways of ensuring diversity during the hiring practice

Leadership Initiatives

Certified Diverse Suppliers Resource List
Finding diverse suppliers is a key challenge in supplier diversity. As a follow-up to the 2020 report, “The Power of Supplier Diversity,” ANA/AIMM began curating a list of diverse suppliers that work in our industry. The initial “Certified Diverse Suppliers Resource List” was issued in July 2020 and has been updated on a regular basis. The last 2021 update, published in December, listed 377 companies. The list more than doubled in 2021, increasing from 186 companies a year earlier.

LGBTQ+ Marketing Inclusion Report
This report provides an initial look at the state of LGBTQ+ marketing inclusion and representation among client-side marketer members. As more brands enter public conversations on societal movements, they are highlighting how to authentically support the LGBTQ+ community through their marketing campaigns. The report shows positive overall movement toward greater LGBTQ+ marketing inclusion in the advertising industry and provides key action items that can further enhance positive brand perception within the LGBTQ+ community. (December 2021)

And Now a Word from the Diverse Suppliers: The Supplier Perspective on Certification
This research surveyed suppliers on the ANA/AIMM list of certified diverse suppliers. The focus was on certification, to understand its importance, benefits, challenges, ease/difficulty of the process, and more. The research found that there are multiple benefits of obtaining certification. Businesses are included in more RFPs, which provides additional exposure to corporate marketing departments, which leads to increased sales. (December 2021)

A Diversity Report for the Advertising/Marketing Industry
This fourth annual report from ANA and ANA's Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing (AIMM), based on three separate studies among ANA members, concludes that finally, there has been progress in increasing
ethnic diversity in the advertising/marketing industry. The overall ethnic skew of the marketing/advertising industry is more diverse than ever, at 30.8 percent, yet despite the progress, there is still work to be done. (November 2021)

The Growth of Supplier Diversity
A supplier diversity program is a proactive business program which encourages the use of women-owned, ethnic/minority-owned, veteran-owned, LGBTQ-owned, disability-owned, and small businesses as suppliers. “The Growth of Supplier Diversity” provides a deep dive into supplier diversity in marketing/advertising, covering areas including benefits, challenges, spend, goals, and measurement. The report is based on both quantitative (March 2021 survey with 112 respondents) and qualitative research. “The Growth of Supplier Diversity” is a follow-up to the 2020 ANA report “The Power of Supplier Diversity.” (May 2021)

The Power of Supplier Diversity
A supplier diversity program is a proactive business program which encourages the use of women-owned, ethnic/minority-owned, veteran-owned, LGBTQ-owned, disability-owned, and small businesses as suppliers. This report covers the findings from quantitative and qualitative research conducted by the ANA. The purpose was to gain an understanding of the incidence of supplier diversity programs as well as benefits, challenges, spend, goals, measurement, influence, and more. (May 2020)

Name Title Company
Allison Amenta   Citizens Bank
Nicole Apple Director of Global Agency Management + Operations Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Chris Bakholdin Integrated Marketing Manager, Sales SanMar
Adrian Bernal Sr. Manager Competitive Intelligence & Strategy Cox Communications, Inc.
Carlee Bilello Director, Reynolds Kitchens Reynolds Consumer Products
Kirk Brittain Director of Diversity and Inclusion AHA
Jillian Caffrey Analyst, Brand Activation BlackRock, Inc.
Elizabeth Campbell Senior Director of Marketing, Cultural Engagement McDonald's USA, LLC
Kate Carlson Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance IGT Indiana (Hoosier Lottery)
Katie DeGraff TitleGlobal Go-To-Market Lead Banking + Fraud & Sec. Intelligence, Principal Marketing Specialist SAS, Institute
Nancy Diaz Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion AIMM
May Dobbins Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Vitalant
Jon Draheim Sr. Category Mgr - Marketing Thrivent Financial
Ledia Duro Lead Inclusion Specialist Deloitte
Anshuman Dutta Account Manager Cognizant
Sandi Edgar Professor SMU - Temerlin Advertising Institute
Jennifer Feldman Senior Director, Media McDonald's USA, LLC
Arlene Fernandez Regional Advertising Producer Unilever United States, Inc.
Jane Goldman Vice President, Sr. Director of Enterprise Content Citizens Bank
Bryan Goldsworthy Director Content Development and Production Universal Orlando Resort
Ashish Gupta Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing The Clorox Company
Joe Hankey Sr. Manager, Diversity Equity and Inclusion CMFG Life Insurance Company
Jocelyn Hardy Partnerships Education MailChimp
Jill Hatfield Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing Executive Bank of America
Carla Ibarra Senior Manager, Brand Marketing Reliant Energy Retail Services, LLC
Hope Jacoway Specialist, Enterprise Diverse Marketing Nationwide
Johari Jenkins Manager, Corporate Affairs at Con Edison Con Edison Co./The Learning Center
Curtis Jewell Director - Strategic Alliances Sony Pictures Entertainment
Mike Joiner Director of Marketing DEI McDonald's
Suzanne Joiner Sr. Director of Marketing Operations & Targeted Mktg Vitalant
Kaylyn Kendall Dines Manager of Marketing and Communications Mount Sinai Health System
Lauren King Sr. Marketing Manager Merrell
Samina Kirchen Marketing Manager Culver Franchising System, LLC
Janna Lewis Manager KPMG LLP
Crystal Lowe Senior Manager Bank of Montreal
Michelle Marshall Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Puma North America Inc.
Alycia Mason VP Digital Consumer Experience and Media McDonald's USA, LLC
Jennifer Murray Manager - Advisor Channel Marketing Securian Financial Group, Inc.
Denise Ostrander Senior Marketing Procurement Specialist Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Lynn Pina Chief Marketing Officer GeoBlue
Simona Rabsatt Butler Senior Director, Global Sourcing Visa Inc.
Alissa Randall Chief Marketing Officer Step Up For Students
Tom Reid Director of Broadcast Production Universal Orlando Resort
Ashlee Simpson Senior Manager, Communications Danone North America
Molly Steinkrauss Associate Director, Clorox Equity/Group Manager - PR, Digital, Social The Clorox Company
Tony Suarez Director, Consumer Experience, Center of Excellence Humana Inc.
Carissa Sweigart Leader, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Boston Beer Company
Amber Taylor Manager, Social Media Project Home Depot, Inc.
Danielle Tisser Agency Management HP Inc.
Michael Turnbull Director, Marketing Operations KPMG LLP
Sherry Ulsh Senior Manager, Indirect Sourcing The Hershey Company
Carol Vella Associate Director, Marketing Ops - DEI Walmart Stores, Inc.
Courtney Wakefield Director, Digital Strategy Children's Health
Patty White Pursuit Strategy Manager Plante Moran
Ethelbert Williams Head of E-Commerce Boston Beer Company
  • Name

    Allison Amenta

    Title

     

    COMPANY

    Citizens Bank
  • Name

    Nicole Apple

    Title

    Director of Global Agency Management + Operations

    COMPANY

    Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Name

    Chris Bakholdin

    Title

    Integrated Marketing Manager, Sales

    COMPANY

    SanMar
  • Name

    Adrian Bernal

    Title

    Sr. Manager Competitive Intelligence & Strategy

    COMPANY

    Cox Communications, Inc.
  • Name

    Carlee Bilello

    Title

    Director, Reynolds Kitchens

    COMPANY

    Reynolds Consumer Products
  • Name

    Kirk Brittain

    Title

    Director of Diversity and Inclusion

    COMPANY

    AHA
  • Name

    Jillian Caffrey

    Title

    Analyst, Brand Activation

    COMPANY

    BlackRock, Inc.
  • Name

    Elizabeth Campbell

    Title

    Senior Director of Marketing, Cultural Engagement

    COMPANY

    McDonald's USA, LLC
  • Name

    Kate Carlson

    Title

    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance

    COMPANY

    IGT Indiana (Hoosier Lottery)
  • Name

    Katie DeGraff

    Title

    TitleGlobal Go-To-Market Lead Banking + Fraud & Sec. Intelligence, Principal Marketing Specialist

    COMPANY

    SAS, Institute
  • Name

    Nancy Diaz

    Title

    Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    COMPANY

    AIMM
  • Name

    May Dobbins

    Title

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director

    COMPANY

    Vitalant
  • Name

    Jon Draheim

    Title

    Sr. Category Mgr - Marketing

    COMPANY

    Thrivent Financial
  • Name

    Ledia Duro

    Title

    Lead Inclusion Specialist

    COMPANY

    Deloitte
  • Name

    Anshuman Dutta

    Title

    Account Manager

    COMPANY

    Cognizant
  • Name

    Sandi Edgar

    Title

    Professor

    COMPANY

    SMU - Temerlin Advertising Institute
  • Name

    Jennifer Feldman

    Title

    Senior Director, Media

    COMPANY

    McDonald's USA, LLC
  • Name

    Arlene Fernandez

    Title

    Regional Advertising Producer

    COMPANY

    Unilever United States, Inc.
  • Name

    Jane Goldman

    Title

    Vice President, Sr. Director of Enterprise Content

    COMPANY

    Citizens Bank
  • Name

    Bryan Goldsworthy

    Title

    Director Content Development and Production

    COMPANY

    Universal Orlando Resort
  • Name

    Ashish Gupta

    Title

    Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing

    COMPANY

    The Clorox Company
  • Name

    Joe Hankey

    Title

    Sr. Manager, Diversity Equity and Inclusion

    COMPANY

    CMFG Life Insurance Company
  • Name

    Jocelyn Hardy

    Title

    Partnerships Education

    COMPANY

    MailChimp
  • Name

    Jill Hatfield

    Title

    Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing Executive

    COMPANY

    Bank of America
  • Name

    Carla Ibarra

    Title

    Senior Manager, Brand Marketing

    COMPANY

    Reliant Energy Retail Services, LLC
  • Name

    Hope Jacoway

    Title

    Specialist, Enterprise Diverse Marketing

    COMPANY

    Nationwide
  • Name

    Johari Jenkins

    Title

    Manager, Corporate Affairs at Con Edison

    COMPANY

    Con Edison Co./The Learning Center
  • Name

    Curtis Jewell

    Title

    Director - Strategic Alliances

    COMPANY

    Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Name

    Mike Joiner

    Title

    Director of Marketing DEI

    COMPANY

    McDonald's
  • Name

    Suzanne Joiner

    Title

    Sr. Director of Marketing Operations & Targeted Mktg

    COMPANY

    Vitalant
  • Name

    Kaylyn Kendall Dines

    Title

    Manager of Marketing and Communications

    COMPANY

    Mount Sinai Health System
  • Name

    Lauren King

    Title

    Sr. Marketing Manager

    COMPANY

    Merrell
  • Name

    Samina Kirchen

    Title

    Marketing Manager

    COMPANY

    Culver Franchising System, LLC
  • Name

    Janna Lewis

    Title

    Manager

    COMPANY

    KPMG LLP
  • Name

    Crystal Lowe

    Title

    Senior Manager

    COMPANY

    Bank of Montreal
  • Name

    Michelle Marshall

    Title

    Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    COMPANY

    Puma North America Inc.
  • Name

    Alycia Mason

    Title

    VP Digital Consumer Experience and Media

    COMPANY

    McDonald's USA, LLC
  • Name

    Jennifer Murray

    Title

    Manager - Advisor Channel Marketing

    COMPANY

    Securian Financial Group, Inc.
  • Name

    Denise Ostrander

    Title

    Senior Marketing Procurement Specialist

    COMPANY

    Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
  • Name

    Lynn Pina

    Title

    Chief Marketing Officer

    COMPANY

    GeoBlue
  • Name

    Simona Rabsatt Butler

    Title

    Senior Director, Global Sourcing

    COMPANY

    Visa Inc.
  • Name

    Alissa Randall

    Title

    Chief Marketing Officer

    COMPANY

    Step Up For Students
  • Name

    Tom Reid

    Title

    Director of Broadcast Production

    COMPANY

    Universal Orlando Resort
  • Name

    Ashlee Simpson

    Title

    Senior Manager, Communications

    COMPANY

    Danone North America
  • Name

    Molly Steinkrauss

    Title

    Associate Director, Clorox Equity/Group Manager - PR, Digital, Social

    COMPANY

    The Clorox Company
  • Name

    Tony Suarez

    Title

    Director, Consumer Experience, Center of Excellence

    COMPANY

    Humana Inc.
  • Name

    Carissa Sweigart

    Title

    Leader, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    COMPANY

    Boston Beer Company
  • Name

    Amber Taylor

    Title

    Manager, Social Media Project

    COMPANY

    Home Depot, Inc.
  • Name

    Danielle Tisser

    Title

    Agency Management

    COMPANY

    HP Inc.
  • Name

    Michael Turnbull

    Title

    Director, Marketing Operations

    COMPANY

    KPMG LLP
  • Name

    Sherry Ulsh

    Title

    Senior Manager, Indirect Sourcing

    COMPANY

    The Hershey Company
  • Name

    Carol Vella

    Title

    Associate Director, Marketing Ops - DEI

    COMPANY

    Walmart Stores, Inc.
  • Name

    Courtney Wakefield

    Title

    Director, Digital Strategy

    COMPANY

    Children's Health
  • Name

    Patty White

    Title

    Pursuit Strategy Manager

    COMPANY

    Plante Moran
  • Name

    Ethelbert Williams

    Title

    Head of E-Commerce

    COMPANY

    Boston Beer Company