One tremendous benefit of working at Publicis Sapient is access to a robust, global network of Business Resource Groups (BRGs) that empower our people to build relationships and connect on a personal level across all Publicis Groupe companies.
Throughout Women’s History Month in 2023, we reaffirmed our commitment to advancing gender parity and embracing equity across our workforce, recognizing that while we have achieved so much progress in these areas at PS, we still have work to do.
This year, the Women’s Leadership Network (WLN)—our Publicis Sapient BRG in support of equitable advancement and inclusion of women in our workplace-combined forces with Viva Women, the Publicis Groupe’s BRG focused on centering women’s mentorship, leadership and professional development to host a series of virtual and in-person events across North America. At the same time, various groups, including our Product capability leadership team and India teams, held their own intimate conversations around embracing equity within their communities.
Throughout Women’s History Month celebrations and International Women’s Day, we saw many exciting programs that highlighted the incredibly diverse talent and experiences of our people. From intimate gatherings of local chapters to thought-provoking virtual discussions, our groups reaffirmed that our culture is one that engages with openness and drives toward inclusion.
We’re on a path of evolution toward equity, and with programs such as Spring, which helps caregivers return to the workforce, and our RISE Women Development program, we provide many pathways to success. Furthermore, we advance women leaders in fields that are traditionally male dominated, such as our Product leadership team. In addition to a full slate of activities hosted by WLN, our global Product craft leaders, Anne Phelan (EMEA), Alison Frees (NA) and Shireen Alam (APAC) hosted several virtual fireside chats discussing the progress they’ve tracked toward embracing equity by pledging for gender parity across their teams.
Embracing equity across identities
For 2023, WLN’s focus has been on increasing collaboration with other BRGs, breaking down silos between our communities, and emphasizing the intersectionality among the identities of our people far beyond just one celebratory month. In partnership with our colleagues in the Viva Women Toronto chapter, we hosted an intimate panel conversation focused on the experiences of Women of Color in the workforce. Coming together with honesty, respect and authenticity, our panelists discussed their personal and professional triumphs, as well as the challenges and resilience gained throughout it all.