F*ck Conventions: The Faces of Creativity in 2020

Women now make up almost 50 percent of those working in the advertising industry, including a relatively small number in top executive positions. Yet when a female employee of the J. Walter Thompson agency filed a lawsuit accusing the company’s chief executive of racist and sexist behavior, the accusations brought to the surface what women in the industry had talked about for years: gender bias, age bias, sexual orientation bias and more continue to affect how they are treated at work. While talent should be the only thing that matters when it comes to creativity and creatives, in many unfortunate situations, it’s not. In this conversation we are going to explore the discrimination that exists in the creative world: whether that’s discrimination against elders, minorities, women and more.

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John Petty

Wieden & Kennedy

Shayne Thomas

Le Bon Vivant Media


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