What next in these turbulent times?
The impact of our Exchange pilot was marked, accelerating change and triggering real action in each of the companies involved. Now, we aim to extend this impact to more of the industry by taking last year’s pilot to the next level in 2020.
In the context of COVID-19 and the pivotal Black Lives Matter movement, the 2020 Exchange programme will tackle inclusive leadership, flexible working and racial bias. For both genders, this is an opportunity to start talking ‘for real’ about real challenges and real change.
We need men and women to talk. The only way to create true change is to do it together.
Martin Galvin, Digital Trading Director, Group M:
“The Exchange programme was the single best thing I was involved with last year, and whilst I’d expected it to be rewarding, I had no idea how useful it would be for me professionally, and personally. Getting a first-hand perspective on the micro, macro, and plain aggressive aggressions that faced some of the women in our industry was shocking, depressing and genuinely eye opening.
I would implore every single man in our industry to apply to take part, to brace yourselves for a stark breakdown of your own privilege as an industry male, and to be prepared to confront your own patterns of behaviour to really let you work out if you’re part of the problem. Generally, the less you think this programme is for you, the more urgently you should seek to be a part of it.”
The Exchange 2020 opens on Friday, July 3rd for applications.
For the full results from The Exchange pilot, read the report here.