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MAKERS UK Breakthrough

MAKERS UK is proud to launch #MAKERSBreakthrough, an initiative to keep gender diversity at the top of the agenda and ignite change in advertising by showcasing stories of women in the industry that have broken through the glass ceiling. The initiative aims to empower young women to aspire to more senior roles in the creative and advertising industries and bridge the gap between gender divisions in leadership positions.

Committed to their dedication on the subject, MAKERS collaborated with Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL) at their annual Gather conference to speak to some well known leaders. Together, MAKERS interviewed 10 WACL members who revealed their personal experiences, including their biggest challenges and any motivational advice they can offer to young aspirational women who are striving for success.

WACL members interviewed include: 

Lindsey Clay, CEO of Thinkbox
Rachel Bristow, Director of Client Partnerships & Collaboration, BskyB
Jan Gooding, Group Brand Director at Aviva
Natasha Murray, Managing Director at Havas Media UK
Pippa Glucklich, CEO of SMG & WACL President
Roisin Donnelly, Former Brand Director (Northern Europe) at Procter & Gamble
Ruth Mortimer, Content Director at Centaur Marketing
Sam Phillips, CMO of Omnicom Media Group UK
Karen Blackett, Chairwoman at Mediacom
Victoria Fox, CEO of Lida

“From a young age I’ve been passionate about women in advertising and the importance of female role models, which is why I’m proud to be a part of this collaboration between MAKERS and WACL. I believe women should not have to face the same barriers as the generation before them and this is a fantastic way of ensuring real change is made within the industry”, says Pippa Glucklick, CEO of SMG.

The #MAKERSBreakthrough initiative is also supported by The National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS). CEO of NABS Diana Tickell says: “Communities of support are important for us all to thrive at work. These are critical for women and working mothers in particular to share experiences, gain confidence and feel empowered to succeed. The #MAKERSBreakthrough initiative should inspire women to be the best they can be and help us all achieve the gender diversity we need across all levels of our organisations.”