Why did you join Publicis Sapient (PS)? How long have you been here? What is your role today?
- Ernest: I learned about Publicis Sapient from my time at a sister company. I would see PS in competitions and wanted to be a part of their great reputation in Technology. I’ve been here for 9 years now, leading large technology engagements, with a current focus on the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. I’m also the Technology Lead in our Atlanta office.
- Antonio: I am a Manager of Data Science & Analytics and I’ve been here for 4 years. I was at a large home improvement company for 5 years prior and decided joining Publicis Sapient would allow me to broaden my experience across multiple sectors.
How has PS supported your career journey so far?
- Antonio: The ability to learn from others. We work with a lot of smart people.
- Ernest: From a technology standpoint, there is always a desire to push the envelope and explore new technologies – something I’m passionate about to stay relevant in my career and for our clients. Also, the variety of work and breadth of possible engagements; I’ve had the opportunity to work on several strong brands and lead global teams and initiatives.
What makes you proud to work here?
- Antonio: We have found our story and our voice in Digital Business Transformation (DBT).
- Ernest: Our commitment to excellence.
You were instrumental in launching the HUE Business Resource Group (BRG) - please introduce the community, what it does, and tell us what made you decide to pursue launching it?
- Ernest: The initial formation of the group wasn’t a BRG, it was a support mechanism for people of color back in 2016 when there was an alarming number of Black men being killed in high profile police shootings. As part of the Black community in my office, I felt it was important to build support and connection inside the workplace. We wanted to acknowledge what was happening and bring visibility to the effect it had on our community. My kids could have been a victim. So, it was personal to me. There was no formal organization in support of Black employees, so after a few months of meeting Adhoc, we approached the leadership team and requested to formalize the group into a BRG. It was received positively and that was the inflection point of when it changed from a support group to an official BRG – which led to budget, branding, a name, and greater support. HUE instantly went national, and soon enough global. It was evident there was a need and I’m glad we could fill the void for so many.
- Antonio: Ernest recruited me to co-lead after our co-founder left the organization. My main role as co-lead is managing the communications, our events, and seeking feedback and ideas.