A group of Omnicom agencies, including Clemenger Group, DDB, TBWA, PHD and OMD have announced the launch of a local chapter of Omnicom Open Pride.
Open Pride is Omnicom’s global employee resource group committed to inclusion and diversity efforts across the group and its agencies to foster inclusive and engaging work environments for the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies.
The Open Pride chapter launched with an event hosted at Clemenger BBDO Melbourne’s offices, with Jason Ball, the first openly gay Australian Rules player and ambassador of the LGBTQIA+ community and iconic Melbourne drag queen Karen from Finance in attendance.
Says Claire Tenzer of TBWA\Melbourne and Chris Donnellon of Clemenger Group, co-chairs of Open Pride: “We are so lucky to work in a diverse and inclusive industry. It’s exciting to unite our networks to work together on common goals in this space, and we are thrilled to launch the first chapter of Open Pride in Australia.”
Says Gayle While, CEO, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne: “The Open Pride committee is a wonderful demonstration of how we can come together as an industry to continue to celebrate and institutionalise diversity and inclusion and ensure that everybody has a safe, accepting and respectful environment at their workplace.”
The Open Pride committee will roll-out a series of initiatives and events for the industry to assist in fuelling personal growth, organisational inclusion and visibility for LGBTQIA+ employees.
More information about Open Pride can be found here.