Diversity Woman Magazine

SPR 2018

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

Issue link: https://diversitywoman.epubxp.com/i/955125

Contents of this Issue


Page 22 of 51

d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 21 DOUG MELVILLE Diversity Pirate Men at Work By Er ika Mailman D oug Melville eats, sleeps, breathes diversity. When asked how he relaxes at home, the first chief diversity officer at the advertising agency TBWA/North America answers that he reads. Books? Magazines? No— clicking links on sites that discuss . . . diversity. "I want to be a subject matter expert on this topic," he declares, and he's well on his way. Melville's varied background—includ- ing creating his own red carpet company for gala events and working in business development for Magic Johnson—has enabled his creativity to flourish. Today he's delighted to be where he is—at a global advertising agency with worldwide influence. Melville has delivered two TED Talks— "Improving your Diversity IQ" in 2015 at Syracuse University, from which he graduated years prior, and "Being a Male Cheerleader Changed My Relationships with Women" in 2016 at Culver City. In the latter, he talked humorously about how tryouts for college football landed him in cheering, which gave him expo- sure to the "alpha woman" and let him be "a conduit for the success of women for 30 years." He noted that four US presi- dents were cheerleaders: FDR, Eisenhow- er, George W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. Melville sits on the board of directors of ADCOLOR, where he is also gover- nance chair. In addition, he serves as co- chair of the Mosaic Council of the Ameri- can Advertising Federation. Diversity Woman: This company seems ballistically energetic. How do you psych yourself up to be part of this on a daily basis? Doug Melville: I love working there. I've been there five years. I'm the first chief di- versity officer at this company. All across advertising, issues of diversity have come up. It's vibrant and exciting to be work- ing on Madison Avenue, known for some of the most creative work ever produced. TBWA has 323 offices in 96 countries. We have creative ideas all over the world. DW: TBWA calls employees "pirates"— what do you take away from that desig- nation? DM: e company wanted me to treat di- versity as if it was a client, as if it came We Mean Business > The first chief diversity officer for the advertising giant TBWA/North America credits Magic Johnson, a pirates' attitude, and passion for his deep dive into diversity and inclusion

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Diversity Woman Magazine - SPR 2018