The company is also partnering with Vox Media on a new recruitment program

Jeff Marshall knows that in a client-driven business, real change in workplace culture can only come when employees are specifically paid to do just that.

“If we actually want to do it right, we need people who are sitting in the seat of holding their agency accountable,” said Marshall, who recognizes that the demand of daily responsibilities can quickly overshadow longterm progress towards equity.

Marshall, who joined Universal McCann in 2017, is now the agency’s chief diversity officer. He previously served as UM’s Head of Diversity, Equity and Belonging, and according to Marshall, this new role will signal to other organization leaders that the agency prioritizes diversity at the same level as all other functions in the C-Suite.

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