Linda Qian

Linda Qian, the Chief People Officer at Budweiser Brewing Company, is a dedicated advocate for advancing women within the organization. Through various initiatives, such as the “Mulan Innovation Challenges,” Linda empowers female colleagues and drives business growth. She promotes mentoring, sponsorship programs, and inclusive talent management practices to support women’s career progression. Linda also focuses on creating a supportive work environment through work-life balance initiatives and family-friendly policies. Her commitment to women’s advancement extends beyond the company as she engages with external organizations and industry-wide initiatives. Notably, Linda has appointed women as brewmasters, challenging gender norms in the brewing industry, and she actively works towards increasing the representation of women in senior leadership positions. Under Linda’s leadership, Budweiser Brewing Company has become a leader in promoting gender diversity and inclusion, positioning the organization as an inclusive and empowering workplace for women.

Merlee Jayme

LIVING HER PURPOSE OF EMPOWERING THE CREATIVE NEURODIVERGENT AND THE DISABLED:
Merlee Jayme is an award-winning advertising creative leader. In 2019, the media company The Drum announced the top 100 Chief Creative Directors worldwide; She is one of the eight women on the list. After 34 years of leading creatives, she decided to go beyond creating campaigns. She worked on real-life solutions to propagate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion by creating the first safe space for empowering divergent creatives.

She is the Chairmom® and founder of The Misfits Camp, the first facility in the world to assess and train neurodivergent and deaf creative adults and bridge them to the creative industry. A graduate of the Resources for Educational and Allied Consultancy Habitat specializing in Autism, she has developed Individualized programs to hone the skills that enable them to be members of the creative workforce.

Vanaja Pillai

LIVING HER PURPOSE OF EMPOWERING THE CREATIVE NEURODIVERGENT AND THE DISABLED:
Merlee Jayme is an award-winning advertising creative leader. In 2019, the media company The Drum announced the top 100 Chief Creative Directors worldwide; She is one of the eight women on the list. After 34 years of leading creatives, she decided to go beyond creating campaigns. She worked on real-life solutions to propagate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion by creating the first safe space for empowering divergent creatives.

She is the Chairmom® and founder of The Misfits Camp, the first facility in the world to assess and train neurodivergent and deaf creative adults and bridge them to the creative industry. A graduate of the Resources for Educational and Allied Consultancy Habitat specializing in Autism, she has developed Individualized programs to hone the skills that enable them to be members of the creative workforce.

GroupM

Our vision is to shape the next era of media where advertising works better for our people, clients, partners, and the planet. We firmly believe that diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives make us stronger as a whole. However, in Australia, the media industry does not fully reflect the diversity of the population. To address this, we developed our multi-year ‘Better For All’ DEI framework to keep us accountable under three areas of focus: ‘Belonging’ – a focus on the individual and behaviour; ‘Business’ – an internal focus around structure, policy, and finally; ‘Beyond’ – for impact beyond our walls. Over the past 12 months we have continued implementing innovative initiatives that are having a tangible impact making our business – and the industry – more diverse and inclusive.

IPG Mediabrands

Our core belief is to foster a culture of diversity and inclusivity, where every viewpoint is valued, leading to a collaborative environment and success. To this end, we not only recruit talented individuals from various backgrounds, including different cultures, ages, genders, races, and disabilities, but also support the growth and advancement of all employees through extensive training and development opportunities. We implement policies and practices to promote inclusivity.

Furthermore, we advocate for the idea that “”Individual Impact on Society Makes the Difference””. We have a longstanding partnership with Shanghai Pudong Special Education School, which champions diversity and supports individuals with disabilities. It has inspired an increasing number of employees to volunteer for various charity programs outside of work. We remain steadfast in our commitment to regularly assess, strategize, and implement measures that uphold this pledge.

IPG Mediabrands Philippines

“IPG Mediabrands Philippines (MB) is dedicated to fostering a workplace culture where every individual feels valued, heard, and supported, irrespective of their background. Our strategy focuses on four pillars: addressing diversity gaps, embedding equity in talent processes, holding leaders accountable, and amplifying inclusion in work. Between 2021 to 2023 our disability representation increased from 0% to 6%, which was double our target. We not only have gender parity overall, but also in leadership.

We prioritize combating systemic biases through a comprehensive DEI course catalog, with nearly half of our employees attending at least one course. We’ve audited our people processes, expanded benefits to cover LGBTQ+ employees, and introduced modern mental wellness initiatives. This had led to award winning inclusive marketing. With a dedication to continuous improvement and impactful outcomes, IPG Mediabrands Philippines stands as a beacon of inclusive excellence in the media industry and beyond.”