More Than 40 Companies Pledge to Advance Women

More Than 40 Companies Pledge to Advance Women
More Than 40 Companies Pledge to Advance Women

Did you hear a loud boom this morning? That was the sound of dozens of fierce female executives breaking every ceiling in their companies.

More than 40 MAKERS@ board members raised their voices at the 2018 MAKERS Conference and each announced a powerful initiative to advance women in the workplace. Representing the top brands in tech, business, media, and entertainment, the influential group of women publicly declared they will push the movement forward by supporting more women-led businesses, investing in more girls in STEM, achieving pay parity and more.

MAKERS@ is a network of companies who are celebrating and empowering the game-changing females in their ranks. Through their partnership with MAKERS, brands unite the changeMAKERS within their organization and provide them with tools and inspiration to make bold changes in their professional lives and within their communities.

Watch how women make change happen and read all of the pledges below. If you want to #RAISEYOURVOICE for women at your company and join the MAKERS movement, please contact

Tracy Keim, VP of Consumer Marketing/Brand & Education, 23andMe

At 23andMe, we pledge to increase our female representation in our product and engineering teams to better reflect our overall diversity (company is over 50% female).

Jenny Campbell, Managing Director, 72andSunny

72andSunny will continue their mission to expand and diversify the creative class. We pledge to maintain our global leadership balance of at least 50% female and to continue to expand our programs that expose high school students of diverse backgrounds (ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic) to career opportunities within the creative industry— the jobs of the future.

Roxanne Taylor, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Accenture

I am committed to ending gender bias and cultural stereotypes in marketing, communications, and advertising. The goal is to eliminate bias in everything we create at Accenture and to partner with others in the industry to do the same by establishing industry benchmarks and metrics. Our attitude: You see it. You eliminate it.

Katie Juran, Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Adobe

Karen Weinseiss, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Management, Aetna

All Aetna Executives will mentor or sponsor at least one high-potential woman.

Fiona Carter, Chief Brand Officer, AT&T

As the 1st to include GEM as an integral part of our copy testing, AT&T pledges to improve the portrayal of women in our ads by 20% by the end of this year. That accelerates the ANA industry initiative #SeeHer goal by 2-years.

Olivia Douglas, EVP & Global Lead, BBDO

I pledge to develop a peer-mentoring program designed to boost presentation skills, business and strategic acumen and exposure.

Deirdre Bigley, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Bloomberg

In coming months Bloomberg will launch the definitive data visualization on the female candidates for governorships and congress across the country. We will map the key races, detail the people and provide a visual assessment on the changing landscape for women leadership in national politics.

You can view Bloomberg's data visualization on the female governorship & congressional candidates of 2018 here.

Lauren Flaherty, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President, CA Technologies

CA pledges to conduct a policy and process audit across the company to evaluate for possible areas of bias and implement solutions to remove bias where it exists.

Donna Tuths, SVP & Global Head, Cognizant Interactive

We pledge to help close the gender gap in tech by getting more girls into STEM and by equipping 12,000 Cognizant women across North America in 2018 with the critical digital skills needed to advance at all stages of their careers.

Natalie Byrne, Head of Brand Purpose, Unilever Prestige (Dermalogica)

I pledge to support female owned businesses as vendors and in our own supply and distribution chains, with 100% gender parity in bids and at least 75% of them resulting in female-owned business contracts. We know by supporting women, we help support their families, communities and stimulate job creation in the local economy.

Yoko Miyashita, SVP, General Counsel, Getty Images

We pledge to launch and develop a sponsorship program for high-performing, high-potential diverse employees at Getty Images, 50% or more of whom are women, leveraging the reach and influence of our Makers@ attendees and our senior leadership team.

Gaude Paez, Vice President & Head of Corporate Communications, Hulu

Hulu pledges to double the resources dedicated to our internal women's group, 'Hula,' so it can provide more education and leadership-building opportunities in 2018. We also pledge to establish a Diversity Liaison to further focus our efforts and initiatives related to the diversity of our workforce.

Gayle Troberman, Chief Marketing Officer, iHeartMedia

I pledge along with my peers at iHeart to expand our Women's Initiative Network with a roadshow around the nation to 32 of our iHeartMedia regional offices large and small to help mentor, understand and support women in the company through the simple, yet transformative power of conversation and connection.

Ije-Enu N. Nwosu, Chief of Staff – Office of the CEO, Executive Director – Infrastructure & Management, Kaiser Permanente

I pledge that in 2018 I will establish gender equity as a strategic objective for the enterprise by launching a program focused on promoting and elevating our female executive population and by 2023 we will have Increased the rate of retention and recruitment for female executives by 10%.

Robbie Kaplan, Civil Rights Lawyer, Kaplan & Company LLP

I commit to dedicating a substantial part of my practice to defending women who are threatened or sued for coming forward and sharing their #MeToo stories.

Nicole Quinn, Consumer Tech Investor, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed is a venture capital firm that believes that the most successful companies benefit from employees, executives and Board members with diverse backgrounds and experiences. To that end, this week Lightspeed is publicly announcing our initiative asking founders within our portfolio to commit to build teams at every level of their organization that reflect diversity.

Nadine McHugh, SVP Strategic Investments & Creative Solutions, L'Oreal

I will work to leverage the creative and buying power of L'Oreal USA's media to promote the accurate portrayal of women so that we can more fully #SeeHer.

Nicole Quinn, Consumer Tech Investor, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed is a venture capital firm that believes that the most successful companies benefit from employees, executives and Board members with diverse backgrounds and experiences. To that end, this week Lightspeed is publicly announcing our initiative asking founders within our portfolio to commit to build teams at every level of their organization that reflect diversity.

Shannon Brayton, Chief Marketing Officer & Senior Vice President, Communications, LinkedIn

I pledge to create a coaching and support program for new moms returning to LinkedIn from maternity leave.

Celeste Burgoyne, EVP, Retail, Americas, lululemon

Marti Wolf, Chief Culture Officer, MailChimp

MailChimp is committed to elevating women's voices through sponsorship. Our Senior Leadership Team pledges to support our employee-run Women's Empowerment Group through mentorship and full funding. Our Corporate Citizenship team has committed half of its sponsorship budget to women-focused or founded events, and we will only consider funding or presenting at events that have more than 40% women speakers, as well as a code of conduct.

Lisa McKnight, SVP & General Manager, Mattel

As a Brand whose purpose is in service of girls, we pledge that we will launch at least TEN role model dolls each year featuring under-represented careers, real life Sheroes from around the world, and important women in history...Because, imagining that she can be anything is just the beginning, actually seeing that she can makes all the difference.

Wenda Harris Millard, Vice Chairman, Medialink

On behalf of MediaLink's Talent practice, we pledge to put forth a diverse candidate slate for every executive and board search assignment. Personally, I pledge to continue to mentor young women, and to promote and celebrate women's capabilities and achievements across the board.

Kate O'Sullivan, General Manager of External Affairs, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft

I pledge three things: 1) to help my department audit our external consultant, advisor and agency teams to affect that at least 50% are women; 2) I personally pledge to join the Electing Women Alliance and the giving circle in the Bay Area to help women get elected across the country; and 3) I personally pledge to make a loan to a women entrepreneur on

Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Television Networks

I pledge that by the end of 2020 the number of female-led companies we partner with will equal the number of male-led companies.

Allison Allen, VP, Talent and Organizational Development, Oath

We pledge to "MAKE MOBILITY MATTER" by prioritizing the career development and advancement of our high performing / high potential women (and diverse talent) to accelerate growth and progress against our 50/50 gender diversity by 2020 goal.

Lauren Crampsie, Worldwide Chief Marketing Officer, Ogilvy

I pledge to publicly disclose our gender statistics across all levels in the US by June.

Michelle Hulst, VP of Strategic Partnerships, Oracle Data Cloud

I pledge to launch an company initiative focused on gender equality and inclusion that includes a focus on action, so that we are not just talking about the issues, but moving toward activating change as well.

Doniel Sutton, SVP & Global Head of People, PayPal

PayPal pledges to #RAISEYOURVOICE by:

· Continuing our commitment to monitoring and maintaining global pay parity between men and women (results shared annually)

· Conducting unconscious bias and awareness training across the entire company to be completed no later than end of 2019

Nicky Bell, SVP & Managing Director, R/GA

RGA will raise retention of women of color by 50% through creating a true culture of belonging.

Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer, Refinery29

As an organization that is 85% female, with 79% of leadership roles filled by women, we pledge to implement training and education sessions focused on fostering empathy and connection to create true intersectionality across the company.

Maria Palma, Director of Platform, RRE Ventures

RRE Pledges to launch a community initiative with other VCs that promotes diversity, inclusion, and empowerment of women and underrepresented groups. We aim for this initiative to touch over 1000 members of the tech community in NYC.

Annie Bloomquist, Chief Product Officer, Sleep Number

At Sleep Number, we will have gender parity in our stores by 2020 (today it is 38% female).

Shelley Zallis, Founder & CEO, The Female Quotient

The Female Quotient pledges to partner with at least 50 Fortune 500 companies by 2020 to create and implement solutions for advancing gender equality and rewrite the rules of the workplace. We are committed to working together with conscious business leaders to close the wage gap, create company cultures of care and most importantly, put more women in every equation.

Donna Speciale, President of Ad Sales, Turner Broadcasting

Turner pledges to increase our representation of women and people of color in our overall leadership roles.

Jennifer Fraser, Director Data Center Engineering, Twitter

In 2017, Twitter pledged to build a more inclusive and diverse Twitter by increasing the percentage of women overall to 38%, the percentage of women in leadership to 31%, and the percentage of women in technical positions to 17%.

Kim Ladota-Bozzella, Global Head of IT Risk and Control Group Technology & Regional Head of Americas, UBS

UBS pledges to achieve 30% representation of women in senior leadership roles by 2020.

Lynn Lewis, Global Chief Marketing Officer, UMWW

UM pledges that we will double the number of women of color in our organization across all levels.

Gail Tifford, Vice President of Media & Digital Engagement, Unilever

As co-founder of #Seeher, I pledge to increase the GEM scores (Gender Equality Measure is the ad-industry version of Six Sigma, scoring ads/entertainment based on how they depict women) of our ANA members and content partners 20% by 2020.

Tonia O'Connor, Chief Revenue Officer, Univision

We will offer annual development training and experiences for both senior and emerging female leaders, reaching over 60% of VP+ women by the end of 2018 and 100% by 2020.

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