NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wavemaker US (www.wavemakerglobal.com) is proud to announce its partnership with Out in Tech, a non-profit LGBTQ+ community organization that creates opportunities for LGBTQ+ leaders to advance their careers and visibility within the STEM sector.

As the first media agency partner, Wavemaker looks to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ talent to pursue jobs within media and technology through greater visibility, access and education.

“On behalf of Out in Tech, we are thrilled to welcome Wavemaker as our newest corporate partner,” said Andrew Lowenthal, Executive Director of Out in Tech. “We look far and wide for companies and organizations that share our values and ideals of bolstering diversity in tech, and you all came to us with a clear and unequivocal message:  We support LGBTQ techies and we want IN!”

Wavemaker and Out in Tech will collaborate to create a career advancement agenda, focused on learning and engagement, that will give more LGBTQ+ talent the resources and support to consider roles within media and technology. The partnership will include shadow days, events and leadership programming that will expose their 20,000+ community members to the varied jobs within a media agency.

“Diversity matters. But what matters even more is our ability to hold ourselves accountable for creating a workplace where everyone feels connected and cared for,” said Kristen Metzger, Wavemaker’s Chief Talent Officer. “We continue to think critically about the structures and partnerships that are needed to strengthen this commitment and drive cultural impact. With this collaboration, we’re taking deliberate steps to invite the LBGTQ+ community in, and together with Out in Tech ensure this underrepresented audience is well-represented within both Wavemaker and our industry.”

This partnership is the latest initiative from Wavemaker supporting its Diversity and Inclusion imperative. With a regular cadence of events, learning and development opportunities and inclusive benefits, the agency is committed to cultivating a culture that celebrates difference.  Led by CEO, Amanda Richman, the US Executive Committee is 60% female/40% male. Additionally, ethnic groups and minorities represent 38% of the US agency population, mirroring that of the US Census Bureau figures as a benchmark.

“Diverse representation goes beyond statistics,” said Amanda Richman, Wavemaker’s US CEO. “It is vital that every agency and marketer bring diverse perspectives in the room to ignite ideas and inspire new approaches to the challenges at hand.” 

Wavemaker US received a spot on the 2019 Ad Age 50 Best Places to Work list, a recognition that was heavily influenced by its investment in diversity and inclusion programming such as its Brave Your Bias initiative and RQTEKT event series.

About Wavemaker
Wavemaker is a new kind of global agency delivering transformative solutions through media, content and technology for some of the world’s biggest brands. We have an unrivalled collection of purchase journey data, over 500.000 journeys across 40 markets and 80 categories, and deploy our purchase journey expertise to spot opportunities and problems at every stage of the customer cycle, and turn both into growth. Our 8,600 Wavemakers in 90 countries are diverse, integrated and leading-edge, from trading specialists to data scientists, ecomms experts to award-winning content creators. Our mission is ‘Let’s make the Future’ – at a time when market and customer behaviour is disrupted 24/7, we never stop evolving to help clients succeed. We are a part of GroupM, WPP’s global media investment management company. For more, see www.wavemakerglobal.com

About Out In Tech
Out in Tech unites the LGBTQ+ tech community. We do this by creating opportunities for our 25,000 members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change.  We envision a tech industry where LGBTQ+ people are empowered, well-represented, and have full agency from intern to CEO.  We believe this will lead to equitable and inclusive workplaces, innovative new ideas, and a more just future. For more information, go to outintech.com

Contact information:
Bianca Schemankewitz
646-380-4768
bianca.schemankewitz@digennaro-usa.com