MKTG Women’s Leadership Group Is A Growing Force

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Born in 2015, MKTG’s Women’s Leadership Group was founded as a way to connect and unite female colleagues as they navigate their way from entry level to executive, focusing on the many facets of a successful woman including career, family, physical health, etc. The group also focuses on raising women’s voices on topics that matter to them and increasing the level of awareness on the issues that affect our overall culture. Our colleagues at Team Epic have been operating East Coast chapters throughout our Westport, Charlotte and Atlanta offices, and as we venture into 2017, the network is continuing to blossom across MKTG’s North American offices.

The Team Epic group follows five key objectives with a foundation of applying these learnings to both personal and professional life:

Listen to the issues and challenges faced by women of the agency

Identify stumbling blocks that inhibit our personal and professional effectiveness

Support each other as leaders of the agency and our industry

Develop self-awareness and trust

Collaborate to bring about positive change for the agency

How did this all come about? It is impressive to think that a few casual conversations over post-work drinks saw the opportunity to unite our female network and turned these thoughts into a powerful reality. As one of the founders, Samantha Bond, Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Entertainment, Westport, said, “We thought it would be great for our female colleagues to have a safe space for mentorship, social and professional growth. We realized that this group could fuel opportunities for empowerment with scheduled events throughout the year and the help of senior leaders to impart their wisdom.” Fellow founder, Kati Kasch, Senior Manager, Sponsorship and Events, Denver, added “The response has been incredible.  High levels of participation, collaborative curriculum and the interest by other offices, prove that we weren’t alone in looking for a group like the one we created.”

Leading Atlanta organizer Erica Calhoun, VP, Client Services agreed, “Not only was this an opportunity for women to come together and discuss very important issues for this segment of our workforce, it also allowed for growth and collegial interaction outside of specific project work.”

While each office schedules their events separately, both groups take on a grassroots collaborative standpoint, and everyone is allowed to develop and propose ideas.

The groups make use of our network’s resources and takes on broad topics, zeroing in on subject matter relevant to professional women. A recent ‘finance’ focused course honed in on general financial guidance and the importance of investing. This summer’s focus was ‘fitness’ and both Atlanta and Westport hosted self-defense courses, particularly since so many of our female colleagues travel alone so often. Westport worked with a certified R.A.D instructor who visited the office teaching a free-of-charge self-defense class covering fundamentals of self-awareness and teaching basic moves. The session was free and participants were then invited to donate to the instructor’s charity of choice, the Special Olympics. Atlanta hosted female police officers from the local Marietta Police Department who discussed aspects of women’s personal safety- from available safety apps, risk reduction to consent and a R.A.D self-defense course.

Sessions take on a mix of serious discussions and fun bonding experiences; both teams are ending the year with a charity volunteering session and some room for happy hour and a Beyoncé dance class!

Although events have centered on the Westport, Charlotte, and Atlanta metro areas, MKTG offices from Chicago to the West Coast have sparked interest in starting their own branches.  Look out for more updates on what this dynamo of a network will be making happen!

Westport Founders: Kati Kasch and Samantha Bond

Atlanta Founders: Erica Calhoun, Christine Ralph, Trayce Griffies

 

–Contributed by Team Epic & MKTG Global Communications team

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