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FleishmanHillard Talks Creativity, Inclusion and Diversity at This Year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

June 12, 2024

ST. LOUIS FleishmanHillard is on a mission to become the most inclusive agency in the world. You can catch the agency’s latest thinking on DE&I and join the discussion at this year’s 2024 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France. Hear from leaders on three stages Tuesday, June 18:

“Don’t Believe the Hype — DEI Will Never DIE”

Tuesday, June 18, 2:15-2:45 p.m.

Terrace Stage, The Terrace

Keynote: Adrianne C. Smith, FleishmanHillard CDIO/founder of Cannes Can: Diversity Collective

More information here

“Creativity Doesn’t Have an Age Limit”

Tuesday, June 18, 5-6 p.m.

Inkwell Beach – Cannes


  • Karen Blanchard, a.k.a. KarenBritChick™, fashion designer and content creator
  • Kimfer Flanery-Rye, founder of Inclusion Equals
  • Angela Guidry, director-field marketing TMA
  • Shannae Ingleton-Smith, president and CEO of Kensington Grey


  • Colleen McTaggart, executive creative director, FleishmanHillard (moderator)

Register here

“Creativity for Health: Why Harnessing the Power of Creativity is Critical to Engaging Multicultural Communities”

Tuesday, June 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

Inkwell Beach – Cannes


  • Queen Latifah, actress, musician and producer
  • Yvonne Bryant, executive director, U.S. Marketing, Novo Nordisk


  • Jacob Porpossian, global executive creative director, FleishmanHillard

Register here

Get more information on the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity here.


FleishmanHillard’s Adrianne C. Smith to Speak on “Don’t Believe the Hype — DEI Will Never DIE” at 2024 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

May 21, 2024

What: “Don’t Believe the Hype — DEI Will Never DIE” session

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. CET

Where: 2024 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity main stage

FleishmanHillard’s Adrianne C. Smith, chief diversity and inclusion officer, will take to the main stage of the 2024 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on June 18, 2024 at 2:15 p.m. CET to share her thoughts on the state of DE&I. Smith’s keynote speech will discuss the myth that DE&I efforts are obsolete and explain why they’re more vital than ever.

The festival takes place in Cannes, France from June 17 to June 21 and invites industry professionals from all over the world to celebrate groundbreaking and meaningful creativity.

More information here.


Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable Featuring Fortune’s Ruth Umoh

March 19, 2024

Who: Chief Diversity Officers of Fortune 500 Companies

When: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 9-11 a.m. EDT

Where: 195 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10007

RSVP required* by April 18, 2024. Send to [email protected].

FleishmanHillard, one of the world’s leading communications and marketing agencies, is hosting an exclusive roundtable gathering of Chief Diversity O­fficers from notable Fortune 500 companies. Featuring Fortune’s Ruth Umoh, this event will explore some of the greatest challenges in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) facing companies today as well as what lies ahead and how they can prepare.

Conducted under Chatham House Rule, this candid and open conversation will be directly targeted to an audience of C-Suite diversity leaders—those who are committed to enhancing or sustaining their current DE&I efforts and building support among key stakeholders. Please note that insights from the conversation may be used for an upcoming Fortune raceAhead newsletter without identifying sources.

Participants will also hear from DE&I leaders and expert counselors from FleishmanHillard who are working with global companies and organizations to transform DE&I into a centerpiece for reputation.

Key Speakers:

Ruth Umoh

Ruth Umoh is an Editor at Fortune, overseeing its executive leadership and management coverage. She also authors the raceAhead newsletter, an essential resource for those seeking to deepen their understanding of race-related issues and drive meaningful change in the workplace and beyond.

Adrianne C. Smith

Adrianne C. Smith is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at FleishmanHillard. She helps drive the organization’s mission to become the most inclusive agency in the world.

Join us for a roundtable with your peers and Fortune Editor Ruth Umoh. Please send a note to [email protected] to register your interest* by April 18, 2024.

*Please note, a RSVP itself does not guarantee access to the event. We encourage you to share this invite with other C-Suite diversity leaders in your network working at a top company.


FleishmanHillard’s Kathryn Chappell to Share Culture Best Practices at Ragan’s Future of Communications Conference

November 7, 2023

What: “Engaging Every Employee: Building Better Multigenerational Comms” discussion

When: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10:15 a.m.

Where: Ragan’s Future of Communications Conference in Austin, Texas

Join FleishmanHillard’s Kathryn Chappell, senior vice president and partner, and IMF’s Karla Chaman, deputy division chief of internal communications, for the “Engaging Every Employee: Building Better Multigenerational Comms” session at Ragan’s Future of Communications Conference in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 10:15 a.m. The session will share comms techniques and strategies to bridge the generational gap, regardless of preferred communications styles. Discover how to encourage younger employees with purposeful mentorship programs, how to prevent ageism in your comms and much more.

For more information and to register for the conference, click here.


Addressing the Impact of Ageism in Today’s Culture 

November 1, 2023

When:  Nov. 8, 2023 

What: PRovoke Global Summit  

Where: Hotel Washington (515 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20004) 

FleishmanHillard CEO John Saunders will lead a conversation about the impact of ageism in today’s culture alongside AARP’s CMO, Martha Boudreau, at the PRovoke Global Summit. The event will take place at Hotel Washington on Nov. 8.  

The pair will tackle important conversations surrounding the broader topic of aging, such as the impact seniors have in our society and what brands can do to reach them.  

The PRovoke Global Summit is a three-day conference that will invite a diverse group of PR industry leaders to address the critical issues facing the profession.  

Get more information about the PRovoke Global Summit 2023.



The Power of Authenticity & Belonging: Insights from ColorComm 2023

October 10, 2023
By Aisha Hudson and Dasia Jones

ColorComm’s origin story is of a luncheon bringing together Black and brown women in media and communications that became a community, spawning annual conferences, a global network of chapters and a business. It has a way of seeping into your soul – an incredibly energizing experience in the moment, but also something that sticks with you and leaves a lasting impact on how you move through your day. Reflecting back on this year’s conference, here’s a recap of some of those “sticky” moments from the C2 ColorComm Conference in Miami.

“You can fake ‘till you make it – but eventually the ‘fake’ will fade.”

One of the most compelling sessions was that by renowned body language expert Linda Clemons who has dedicated her career to helping people unlock their full potential and reclaim their power through nonverbal communication. Not only did she offer insights into the nuances of posture, facial expression and even eye movement for conveying a message, but also a valuable lesson on authenticity – that even if you stand in a certain way and say all the right things, in the end, your true self will always show through.

To me, this spoke to the power and necessity of authenticity on a personal level – being true to myself, my beliefs and my values and bringing them forward in my own body language, voice and actions. Authenticity can’t be faked when it is rooted in honesty and genuine emotion.

But what, exactly, do you do to show up more authentically? What is it that shows people that you are true to your own personality, spirit or character? Where’s the proof for that?

At FleishmanHillard, these are the same questions we challenge our clients to answer in order to understand how they show up for employees, customers and other stakeholders, and the impact of authenticity on their reputations.

Being authentic is not based on a single action. To be perceived as authentic, we need to be courageous and take consistent action driven from our innermost and most authentic selves. That we are showing our unfiltered behaviors and that we are speaking or writing with honesty.

Faking it is easy but doing the hard work it takes to live authentically is far more rewarding.  

– Aisha L. Hudson, vice president, New York

“The difference between resilience and struggle are perspective.”

ColorComm was an empowering experience especially as a first-time attendee. In corporate rooms often it is common to be one of few Black faces in the room and there I was surrounded by 400 fierce, dynamic and compelling women (in chic, fabulous attire no less)! It was inspirational to heed advice from the likes Kim Goodwin, president of ABC News and Rashida Jones, president of MSNBC (to name a couple) and the various women who have created impactful work in the world we see today.

Through the dozens of panels, each had a takeaway that resonated and has shaped my my career intentions since, but there was a through line in each story that sits with me the most: resilience.

Without resilience and risk, we wouldn’t have beautiful work such as Colors of the World skin tone crayons. I was enlightened by the background story and journey that led to a product that ultimately fosters a greater sense of belonging and acceptance. Because of Mimi Dixon, senior director, Brand Activation and Content at Crayola, the brand was directed to revisit their approach and partner with experts. Now, my children can make art that reflects what they see in the mirror and be recognized – a far cry from the orange color I used during my youth. It took courage for her to speak up and guide them on the right path.

As client counselors, we are not the final decision makers and sometimes it can feel like a struggle especially when impassioned about a topic that resonates with our life experiences. Ultimately, it falls on each person to make sure we persevere as the work we do is equitable and necessary. We must all lead with courage.

Faith Golden, account supervisor, Chicago  

“To tell courageous stories, you must be courageous yourself.”

It takes bold communicators to tell bold stories. During a session about authentic storytelling, one panelist shared this statistic about the influence of a company’s values and brand identity on Gen Z’s purchasing behavior:

Another panelist shared an insight on how to respond to this stat – “To tell courageous stories, you must be courageous yourself. Speak up in the room and challenge things. Encourage disagreement with your teams.”

While this advice can seem tough, it’s key to position us as strategic voices on our teams and uplift diverse and equitable perspectives. It’s equally important for our teams to foster environments where disagreements are welcomed and bold ideas are encouraged to develop authentic communications.

Embracing courageous storytelling and personal courage is not just about keeping up with Gen Z – it’s about shaping our direction to where they’re evolving and ensuring we’re developing our teams with a value for breaking the norm.

– Dasia Jones, senior account executive, Atlanta

“Pressure produces two things; you want more diamonds than farts.”

While the quote I chose is comical, the pressure business leaders are facing is real and increasing. And as counselors who pride ourselves on being able and willing to get into the trenches with our clients and leaders, we’re facing the same challenges, translated for the realities of our industry.

Among the nearly 400 other leaders in attendance at ColorComm, I was reminded that the collective wisdom we have is meant to be shared. Throughout the conference, you could see the bent heads of women coming together, collaborating and commiserating, one-on-one and in small groups. And during sessions, these same faces were openly expressing agreement as panelists and keynote speakers spoke about resilience, ingenuity and steadfastness in the face of difficulty. We needed this event to create a release for that pressure and to strategize on how to make diamonds.

After the conference, I sat in the hotel lobby, decompressing and reading my notes before heading to the airport. The same women who dazzled on stage were accessible in that lobby, taking pictures and exchanging contact information with attendees. The intimacy of ColorComm and the reminder that we create diamonds made the experience all the more powerful for me. I’m grateful.

– Veleisa Patton Burrell, senior vice president, Dallas


Festival of Workplace Inclusion 2023

October 2, 2023

When: Oct. 25 & 26, 2023

What: Festival of Workplace Inclusion 2023

Where: Virtual

Christine Lydon, director, FleishmanHillard UK, will lend her expertise at Texthelp’s annual Festival of Workplace Inclusion 2023. The two-day virtual event explores inclusion across the full employee journey for neurodivergent, disabled and multilingual employees.

The festival will offer live sessions, panel discussions, access to free resources and the ability to take part in a scavenger hunt to win daily prizes and network with peers.

Additional speakers include:

  • Caroline Casey, founder, The Valuable 500
  • Hamza Yassin, wildlife cameraman, presenter and author
  • Hiren Shukla, global neurodiversity leader, EY
  • Natalia Lyckowski, global neurodiversity advancement leader, IBM
  • Bhushan Sethi, partner strategy PwC
  • Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum
  • Jill Houghton, president & CEO, Disability:IN

Sessions will uncover new and trending strategies that’ll help professionals make big strides towards a more inclusive future for today’s working population and the next generation to come. 

Register to join live or catch on demand: https://text.help/dRN7dP 


FleishmanHillard’s Patrick Yu to Lead Discussion on Navigating the New World of ESG

September 18, 2023

 When: Sept. 27, 2023 

What: PRovoke Asia-Pacific Summit 

Where: The Westin Singapore, Singapore 

Patrick Yu, general manager of FleishmanHillard in Hong Kong, will lead a conversation on “Navigating the New World of ESG” at the PRovoke Asia-Pacific Summit on Sept. 27. The event takes place at the Westin Singapore.  

The panel will discuss upcoming opportunities and challenges in sustainability related communications for global multinational corporations in Asia from regulatory and communications perspectives. 

 Yu will be joined on stage by: 

  • Joachim Goh, Head, Industry Development and Strategy, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre 
  • Sammie Leung, Partner, Regional ESG Services, PwC Asia Pacific 
  • Angela Ling, Director of Marketing and Communications, Asia-Pacific, LaSalle Investment Management 
  • Shweta Shukla, Head of Strategy, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Unilever International 

The PRovoke Asia-Pacific Summit will feature PR industry leaders exploring the profession’s ability to address critical challenges across the APAC region.  

Get more information about the PRovoke Asia-Pacific Summit


FleishmanHillard’s Rachel Catanach to Speak on How GenAI is Transforming Marketing

September 7, 2023

When: Sept. 12, 2023

What: Generative AI World Conference

Where: The Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA

FleishmanHillard’s Rachel Catanach, senior partner and New York general manager, will be a speaker on the “How GenAI is Transforming Marketing” panel at the Generative AI World Conference on Sept. 12. The event takes place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA.  

The panel will tackle topics such as how marketing as a profession is being transformed by GenAI, along with real-world examples of breakthrough creative projects and practical advice on scaling marketing organizations to take advantage of the productivity and quality benefits of using GenAI.

Find out more about the Generative AI World Conference here.


FleishmanHillard’s David Eckstein to Speak on the Importance of Partnerships to Drive In-House Success

May 23, 2023

When: May 25, 2023

Where: New York Hilton Midtown Hotel

FleishmanHillard’s David Eckstein, senior vice president and global director of creative and production operations, will be a guest on the “Importance of Partnerships to Drive In-House Success” panel as part of the inaugural Creative Production New York 2023 Conference. The event takes place on May 25 at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City.

The Creative Production New York 2023 conference will feature keynote speeches, networking and panel discussions geared toward creative operations professionals. For more information, click here.