Industry leaders share what diversity means to them

Industry leaders share what diversity means to them

February 10, 2020 Off By esential1@
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Tara McKenty: Diversity is essentially diversity of perspectives and difference.

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You don’t necessarily need to have inherent diversity.

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So what you are born with you can also bring acquired diversity, which is anything that

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kind of changes your perspective of the world.

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Mike Warner: I have a concept of diversity that is really simplistic.

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When I was a kid, I used to like to color, and there would be a box of crayons that had

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eight in them.

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But then, there was one that 16, and, oh boy, there was a 32.

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And don’t let me get to that 128.

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I was like, oh, I’m going to be a master artist.

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Why wouldn’t you want the 128?

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It gives you more opportunity to make a greater tapestry, a greater picture, a greater story.

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Andrea Diquez: I think diversity: everyone goes to race sometimes, and it’s not only

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race — it’s women with babies, it’s single moms, it’s women of color.

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It’s men, men from other countries, other cultures.

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You just have to figure out how to create the environment for everybody to thrive, from

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wherever they’re from, or from whatever race they’re from, or wherever they are.

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If you create that environment, it’s pretty simple.

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Kimberlee Wells: Diversity for me, quite simply, is about identifying the differences.

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We are so quick to judge, but we are only ever judging the cover.

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And that has to change.

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An executive shot of five men would get ridiculed by the industry.

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But what if those five men have completely different stories?

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What if one man was actually a third-generation Afghan refugee.

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What if, in that picture, there is another man that has a learning disability?

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But just because he looks like the man that is next to him, they are considered to all

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be the same.

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See the person, not the label, and take time to listen to the person and to get to know

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the person.

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Tara McKenty: Essentially what we do is we create creative work, products, and platforms

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for a cross section of society, but we have a homogenous creative departments that aren’t

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reflective of our audiences.

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We should essentially have creative departments that are reflective of the same audiences

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that we are creating for.