Virtual See Jane Salon – Beyond Checking Boxes: Inclusion vs. Exclusion in Global Advertising

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
9 a.m. PT • 12 noon ET

Join us as we discuss an original study co-presented by Cannes Lions and the Institute. This session will reveal new findings for representations of gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+, disability, age, and body size in Cannes Lions ads from 2006-2019, along with a candid dialogue with brand leaders from UniWorld Group and Google about their D&I initiatives.


Geena Davis

Founder & Chair
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Madeline Di Nonno

Chief Executive Officer
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Doug C. Freeman

Global Reflections and Inclusive Leadership Practice, UWG

Douglas C. Freeman is the President of the Global Reflections and Inclusive Leadership practice, the diversity and inclusion division at UniWorld Group, Inc. a global, multicultural, communication and advertising firm. Global Reflections is a sophisticated line of client offerings that provide corporations with a deep portfolio of holistic diversity and inclusion best practices, customized to the client’s specific business needs. Mr. Freeman and UWG have completed diversity and inclusion projects for some of the world’s leading organizations, from Disney and Major League Baseball to Morgan Stanley and the European Union Commission in Brussels.  Read more.

Mackenzie Thomas

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Mackenzie Thomas drives product and marketing inclusion for Google’s consumer apps team, including some of Google’s most loved strategic and loved products like Search, Maps, Photos, & News. She’s a relentless advocate of the user, ensuring that Google’s products work for underserved communities and that people see positive portrayals of themselves in the stories Google tells. Previously, Mackenzie worked for the Google News Lab, the company’s effort to empower innovation at the intersection of media and technology. In 2015, Mackenzie started, a joint initiative with tech companies and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to help small businesses and nonprofits grow online, ensuring the web is as representative as our city blocks. Mackenzie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UNC-Chapel Hill (go Heels!) and continues to serve on the boards of the Center for Social Justice and as co-founder and President of the Carolina Pride LGBTQ+ Alum Network.

Susie Walker

Head of Awards
Cannes Lions

Susie Walker is Head of Awards at Cannes Lions. With 30,000+ entries every year across the 28 Lions, our Awards are a benchmark of creative excellence across the branded communications landscape.

Susie leads the Awards team who research and design each of the specialist Lion Awards and engage with the 3,000+ global companies who enter their creative work to win the much-coveted Lions.

Susie joined Cannes Lions in 2011 and has 17 years’ experience working in creative communications and culture.


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