AOL's MAKERS shines a spotlight on gender equality with #MAKERSBreakthrough


We are excited to share the launch of #MAKERSBreakthrough, a new initiative to help empower young women through an interview series with female leaders across the creative industry. Not only does #MAKERSBreakthrough celebrate women in the industry but it aims to help younger women aspire to more senior roles and bridge the gap between gender divisions in leadership positions.

Keeping gender diversity at the top of the agenda, it ignites change in advertising by showcasing stories of women across the industry that have broken through the glass ceiling.

Despite worldwide campaigning, the gender pay gap is still an obstacle women continue to face, and research proves that it could be more than *'one hundred years before women across the world earn as much as their male counterparts'.

MAKERS collaborated with Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL) at their annual Gather conference to speak to some well known leaders. Together, MAKERS interviewed 10 WACL members who revealed their personal experiences, including their biggest challenges and offer motivational advice to young aspirational women who are striving for success.

Listen to these women's powerful stories on here and look out for how MAKERS take the conversation further on social media as they conduct a special Twitter Q&A to discuss these topics in more depth during the course of the initiative.

WACL members interviewed include:

  • Lindsey Clay, CEO of Thinkbox

  • Rachel Bristow, Director of Client Partnerships & Collaboration, BskyB

  • Jan Gooding, Group Brand Director at Aviva

  • Natasha Murray, Managing Director at Havas Media UK

  • Pippa Glucklich, CEO of SMG & President of WACL

  • Roisin Donnelly, Former Brand Director (Northern Europe) at Procter & Gamble

  • Ruth Mortimer, Content Director at Centaur Marketing

  • Sam Phillips, CMO of Omnicom Media Group UK

  • Karen Blackett, Chairwoman at Mediacom

  • Victoria Fox, CEO of Lida

NABS is a huge supporter of this initiative - see Diana Tickell's views here.