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EMA’s HR Director Michael Slade Offers Perspective on Diversity in the Ad Business

An op-ed about the lack of diversity in the ad industry authored by Michael Slade, partner/director of Human Resources at Eric Mower + Associates, appears in the online edition of Advertising Age magazine.

In “We'll Never Achieve Diversity Hiring Only from One Another,” Slade says the underlying problem that has always existed is that the advertising business is incestuous—agencies overwhelmingly hire from each other. He challenges the industry to do a better job attracting and retaining more diverse employees.

“The lack of diversity is a vicious cycle. Because there is little minority representation in the industry, the level of interest among minority students tends to be minimal. It makes sourcing top entry-level talent challenging,” Slade said.

At EMA, Slade provides HR counsel to the agency’s partners and employees across seven offices. He is responsible for all HR functions, including staffing, recruiting, training and development, compensation and benefits, employee relations and payroll. Slade is a 15-year member of the 4A’s (American Association of Advertising Agencies) HR committee and served as chair for the last four years. He also leads EMA’s Diversity + Inclusion Council, and serves on Syracuse-area boards promoting community diversity.

About Mower

Mower is a digitally integrated independent marketing, advertising and public relations agency with professionals in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, N.C., Cincinnati, and Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Syracuse, N.Y. Mower delivers strategic insights and counsel, digital solutions, smart creative and award-winning results to clients in a wide range of industries and service sectors. It has earned top industry accolades from Clio, Cannes and ANA B2 awards and is the only full-service agency ranked in Ad Age, B2B Marketing, PRWeek and Chief Marketer. Mower is part of two global agency networks—thenetworkone and IPREX—as well as the 4A’s.