links for 2010-05-09

  • "In March, Advertising Age published a fluff piece on the lack of funding for industry diversity efforts. The insightful revelations were the equivalent of reporting that the sky is blue, the grass is green and Madison Avenue is White.

    The story spotlighted a minority mouthpiece from Publicis Groupe who claimed the ad giant “sends dozens of employee women of color, as well as some clients, to a conference to develop leadership skills.” Um, has anyone visited a Publicis-owned shop lately? It’s the White honchos that are in dire need of leadership development. Additionally, Publicis boasts about 44,000 workers worldwide. Sending “dozens of employee women of color” sounds pretty pathetic—unless it’s an admission that there are only a few dozen female minorities among the 44,000."