Today at the 2018 MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles, Bloomberg LP joined more than 40 companies in a powerful initiative to advance women in the workplace.
Bloomberg global chief marketing officer Deirdre Bigley and business leaders from top brands in tech, business, media, and entertainment publicly declared they will push the MAKERS movement forward by supporting more women-led businesses, investing in more girls in STEM, achieving pay parity and more.
With more than 250 women expected to run for office in midterm elections — including a record number of female candidates for governor, Bigley announced that the company would launch the definitive data visualization on the female candidates for governorships and congress across the U.S. Bloomberg will map the key races and candidates and provide a visual assessment on the changing landscape for women leadership in national politics.
Bloomberg sent a delegation of 10 employees this year, including Jacki Kelley, deputy chief operating officer, who initiated the partnership with MAKERS in 2015. Kelley said, “MAKERS is a powerful platform for us to celebrate our top female leaders, learn from other companies committed to meaningful progress on equality, and bring amazing stories back to our Bloomberg communities.”
Erika Irish Brown, chief diversity officer, said, “What I think is so unique about Makers is that it draws a diverse group of women leaders, from across many industries, and showcases change agents beyond just the corporate sectors. This year, I was proud that many of the conference speakers, including Gloria Steinam, highlighted the historical and current presence of Black women in the feminist movement which is often overlooked.”
Mindy Massucci, global edit lead for TicToc by Bloomberg, said, “Being involved with an organization like Makers empowers women to connect and grow together. That empowerment helps companies develop a more unique and evolved organization. I’m proud to work at a company like Bloomberg that supports my voice to make a difference.”
Erana Stennett, head of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, said the conference “presented top leading women from media, business, law, entertainment and government addressing the critical issues impacting women, girls and people of color in the country today.”
Tara Swanson, Americas sales manager for financial products, said it was “an incredible collection of strong and accomplished women (and men!) who are focused on equality and safety for women. The conference was also a call to action for us to do more, to push harder to include diverse opinions, and to make room for everyone to succeed.”
Catherine Taibi, head of social media for TicToc by Bloomberg, who said: “It was a distinct honor to attend on behalf of Bloomberg and to learn from so many bold, inspiring and fearless female leaders. I hope that one day I can drive change and be as inspiring and powerful as this group of women.”
Laura Zelenko, senior executive editor for diversity, talent, standards, and training, said her takeaway from the conference was “to be radical and push for change now. There were discussions about real and practical solutions for problems we can address now, some of which we are doing and some of which we could easily adopt.”
Over the next few weeks, videos of the Bloomberg MAKERS for 2018 will be released, including profiles of Mindy Massucci, Erana Stennett and Tara Swanson.
Bloomberg has participated in the MAKERS conference since 2015, underscoring the company’s commitment to inclusion and celebrating and empowering the game-changing women at the company.