18 Champions of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Younger Generation They’re Mentoring

Adweek and Adcolor celebrate this year’s honorees, who span the industry, from Google and LinkedIn to WPP and Target

Marketing both reflects and perpetuates how people think about each other and the world around them—which is why it’s so important that the people shaping those messages are truly representative of the audiences they serve. For the second year running, we’re proud to have teamed up with Adcolor members and the group’s founder and president, Tiffany R. Warren, who is the svp, chief diversity officer of Omnicom Group, to spotlight 18 executives who are carrying the torch for diversity and inclusion—and meaningfully mentoring others along the way.

Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Founder and CEO, Auger-Dominguez Ventures

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Auger-Dominguez cited the late professor Walter Stafford as one of her first mentors who, at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, helped her understand the intersection of race, class and gender in society and who she worked with to research the social stratification of jobs.

“Frankly, it wasn’t until I got to the workplace that it truly hit me what that meant in these corporate places of privilege, culture and access,” she says.

After 20 years in that corporate world, she founded the consultancy Auger-Dominguez Ventures in 2019 and is now focused full-time on designing inclusive, equitable workplaces and human-capital strategies for startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.

“For me, the entry point to this work was similar for a lot of women and people of color—it was the experience of feeling [and] seeing other women and people of color marginalized, erased and cast aside, not because of their ability, but because of circumstance,” she says. “And I knew early on I wanted to change that.”

Now Auger-Dominguez is writing a book about how to dismantle existing processes and policies that have kept so many people from achieving their potential. But she says she’s proudest of the women she mentors, including Joy Peña, whom she hired in 2013 to manage diversity and inclusion for Disney ABC Television. After Auger-Dominguez left for Google in 2015, she tried to hire Peña again, but she was working at Electronic Arts by then. (Peña returned to Disney as director of global diversity and inclusion at ESPN in 2018.)

“We worked together for about three years, and during that time I received incredible opportunities and earned a promotion under her leadership,” Peña says. “Essentially, however, I gained a mentor and friend whose coaching, support and inspiration went far beyond our years of formally working together.”

Auger-Dominguez also mentors a young Latinx colleague at Google who recently posted on LinkedIn about how Auger-Dominguez represented the first time she saw herself reflected in an executive.

“She wrote … about what it meant to her, after years of feeling she needed to diminish who she was,” Auger-Dominguez says. “To me, those are the stories that remind me representation matters and that … beyond representation, it’s not just being one of the executives, but engaging with people in the organization.” —Lisa Lacy

Joy Peña
Director, global diversity and inclusion, ESPN

Working alongside Auger-Dominguez, Peña says she learned how to show up with conviction, confidence, authenticity and empathy. “I learned that being a D&I leader often means speaking up during difficult, sensitive, unpopular and certainly complex times with truth and empathy, particularly as a voice for fairness and an advocate for others. I never saw her miss a moment to do so—both for the good of people and forward movement of our business, ultimately impacting people,” says Peña. “That level of courage and commitment continues to inspire how I show up in my work, in society and relationships overall.” (cont)

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