Black Lives Matter

“I don’t worry about PEOPLE WHO LOVE, I worry about PEOPLE WHO HATE.”

Racism, discrimination and hatred are wrong. In fact, each of those things kill human beings. The agency has a storied history of standing up to issues of racism, discrimination and hatred. The movement and energy always start with those who raise their voice. Those who speak the truth. Thank you BLK (GSD&M’s Black affinity group) for speaking your heart and your truth with us during this time and know that I, as well as the rest of the leadership team, stand with you. Always. GSD&M is a safe zone. We are here to listen, support and advocate for each and every one of you, no matter what.

 

DUFF STEWART, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

“People see you for WHO THEY THINK YOU ARE without seeing you for WHO YOU REALLY ARE.”

Why does that happen? It is because we are fed that misinformation from music, movies, TV and, yes, advertising. Just like COVID-19 stopped the world in its tracks, George Floyd and others gave their lives to allow us all to rethink, restart and revive how we embrace multiculturalism in America. This “new normal” will require everyone, not just People of Color, to excel at racial, ethnic and cultural awareness so that stereotypes are a thing of the past. In the meantime, our CEO, Duff Stewart, and president, Marianne Malina, continue to embrace the GSD&M tradition of standing up for what is right for our people, our clients and, most importantly, our culture by supporting our Black employees and others affected by this personally and professionally. GSD&M would not have it any other way.

 

KIRYA FRANCIS, VP DIVERSITY & INCLUSION