Sunday, August 16, 2015

12819: How To Be Ignorant.

Campaign published a perspective titled, “How to be a chief creative officer,” written by Saatchi & Saatchi London Chief Creative Officer Kate Stanners. The White woman opened by stating:

The world is very different from when I started out as a creative. I was part of an all-female team, and remember being turned away from agencies because “we’ve already got one of you” — meaning a woman — or even two in the creative department. At Gold Greenlees Trott, I was one of only three women the whole time I worked there.

There are 21 women in the creative department here. It’s not quite 50/50, but we are getting there. It’s important, because women bring a different perspective and you need a creative department to be full of diverse individuals.

Stanners’ observations underscore the bullshit behind the alleged dearth of dames in adland. She admits “we are getting there” with gender equality, yet makes zero mention regarding the ratio of racial and ethnic minorities at Saatchi & Saatchi. She believes “it’s important, because women bring a different perspective and you need a creative department full of diverse individuals,” but she fails to consider how non-Whites might be included in the equation.

If you really want to learn how to be a chief creative officer, begin by embracing the cultural cluelessness and self-absorbed character defects displayed by White people like Stanners.


Anonymous said...

You would think that a class of women who had experience being turned away from jobs because there was "already one of them in an agency", and the agency found that to be enough diversity, would have some compassion or understanding of what minorities go through in the industry.

Instead, it's as if they've blocked out their struggles completely, turned a blind eye, and hyper focused instead on perceived injustices to women only, which is code and default for white women only.

Very disappointing, Kate Stanners. Very disappointing actions from all of your white sisters in America and the UK, too.

Meek Mill said...

White women, will not look out for black people.
Gay people will not look out for black people.
They are not concerned about your struggle of being the 1%

Where are 40+ black diversity officers at various General Market agencies assigned to increasing minority diversity? Where are all the minorities that sit on boards and committees at all these diversity initiatives? They need to start looking out for their own. Stop expecting white people to address your concerns. Your people have to help your people. Black people in this industry need to work together. Start Raising hell! Call out Creative Directors, ECDs or setup job fairs or run open houses at various agencies that need diversity. Stop expecting people to do for you, what you have never done for yourself.

beentheremyself said...

I'm not aware of a sea of black diversity officers at General Market ad agencies. What I have seen instead is a group of black diversity officers that has gotten smaller and smaller each year, and is now reduced to a couple of them in full time positions at holding companies, and then some black consultants that float between several agencies.

So it seems to the outside world like each agency has a warm body committed to diversity, but it's actually just a part-timer doing the bare minimum at a bunch of agencies.

These usually black and sometimes Asian diversity officers show up at the occasional agency for brown bag lunches to talk about diversity (but do nothing about it), to man a table at diversity recruitment events (but hire no one), to coordinate diversity matchmaker sessions (to again hire no vendors), and to write sections of annual reports heralding the enormous diversity efforts of the ad agency (which is just the go-nowhere results of all of the above).

Black diversity officers don't exist to rally minority candidates or give them a leg up or to raise hell on their behalf. They exist to act as heat shields for the holding companies, and protect the holding companies from legislation or lawsuits.

Expecting or demanding anything more from them is naive.