New York, NY (January 4, 2010) — Ogilvy & Mather Chief Diversity Officer Donna Pedro will be one of 20 inspiring career mothers who will honored by Working Mother magazine and Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) at its seventh annual Advertising Working Mothers of the Year awards show on Thursday, February 17th.
In announcing this year’s winners, Joan Sheridan LaBarge, Vice President/Group Publisher of Working Mother Media said, “Each year we receive an incredible number of nominations for this award, which is a powerful testament to the number of talented moms who work in the ad industry. The 2011 Advertising Working Mothers of the Year are an amazing group of women who serve as an inspiration to working moms everywhere. We are proud and excited to honor them.”
Twenty winners were named in three different categories: Established Moms, New-to-Motherhood Moms and Trailblazer Moms. The winners were selected by the editors of Working Mother magazine based on their success at balancing work and life, strength as role models and mentors in the workplace, and positive influence within their communities.
Donna Pedro was named one of five “Trailblazer Moms,” identified by Working Mother as “Pioneers who are paving the way for future working mothers.” Since joining Ogilvy as its first Chief Diversity Officer in 2007, Ms. Pedro has partnered with the agency’s leadership to bring about positive change in both the work force itself and the agency’s culture. Ms. Pedro has overseen such programs as diversity and inclusion training, an active and engaged group of eight professional networks, extensive community outreach and partnership programs, an expanded recruiting program and a focus on mentoring, training and career development.
Ms. Pedro was recognized for her contributions to Ogilvy in 2008 when she received the AdColor “Change Agent” award. In 2010 National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) honored her and CEO John Seifert with their first corporate Leading Lights Award. Before joining Ogilvy she was a senior consultant with Future Work Institute and also held Executive roles at Sony Music and ABC Inc.
Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) is a professional organization for women and men in the advertising/communications industry. It was founded in 1912 and throughout its history, the mission has remained constant: To provide a forum for personal and professional growth; to serve as a catalyst for the advancement of women in the communication field; to promote and support philanthropic endeavors through the AWNY Foundation. AWNY’s membership now stands at 1,300+. The organization holds 35 events per year. Each program seeks to enhance career skills and illuminate current industry trends and strategies. Many programs attract top ranking media personalities as key-note speakers.
About Working Mother Media
Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; WorkingMother.com (http://www.workingmother.com) brings to the Web home and career information, advice and a broad range of solutions daily. 2010 marks 25 years of Working Mother’s signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, the most important benchmark for work-life practices in corporate America. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corp. (http://www.bonnier.com), includes the National Association for Female Executives and Entrepreneurs (NAFE, http://www.nafe.com), Diversity Best Practices (http://www.diversitybestpractices.com), and the Working Mother Research
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