Mouzel Manugas, Jr. Copywriter at PP+K, Peter Iliopoulos, Senior Account Manager at Catalina Marketing, and Kaitlyn Zeitler, Copywriter at Dunn&Co discuss the successes and learnings from Ad 2 Tampa Bay's diversity and inclusion initiatives. Hear about the benefits of a tight-knit ad community, advice on creating events that allow people to open up and get to solutions despite differing viewpoints, and small but powerful ways to advocate for diversity and inclusion as jr. talent.
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- How they all found advertising almost by chance.
- Useful things to keep in mind as you’re starting your careers.
- What it’s like to work in advertising in Tampa Bay, and the benefits of a tight-knit ad community.
- Challenges and lessons learned from Ad 2 Tampa Bay’s diversity efforts.
- How Ad 2 Tampa Bay started an open forum community series, and advice for other groups wanting to create similar events.
- Small but powerful ways to advocate for diversity and inclusion as junior talent in your agency.
“There’s a danger in falling complacent, or feeling like, ‘Oh, we have been so diverse and so conscious of the decision-making we’ve done in the past.’ But that doesn’t excuse any sort of failure to keep that top of mind, just because things got a little stressful or a little hectic. […] We had to take a step back ourselves and say, ‘Ok, what is a way we can put a tangible step in our process to make sure that as we do continue to grow, and do continue to put on events, how can we make sure Ad 2 as an organization doesn’t lose sight of one of our top initiatives, which is diversity.”
“I think casting is super important. When there isn’t a specified ethnicity in the script, why not add an Asian American person in there? Push your clients to see things a little bit differently. I know as a writer, l think that we have immense power in making those creative decisions.”
"Companies will do what companies need to do for them. People need to do what's right for them as well. [...] I've realized that if you just do what is right for you, it'll all work out. Really set your own path, and you can make waves."
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By day, Kaitlyn is a copywriter for Dunn&Co. in Tampa, FL. By early morning, lunch hour, and night, she is the Incoming President of Ad 2 Tampa Bay. Kaitlyn is passionate about her fur babies, poetry, interior design––she’s remodeling her first home––and proving the power of advertising can be used for good.
Born and raised in New England, Peter Iliopoulos has made Tampa Bay his home for the past eight years. Peter has extensive leadership experience with Ad 2 Tampa Bay, where he has served as Treasurer, Public Service Account Director and Diversity Director. His 9-5 is spent at Catalina Marketing where he is a Sr. Account Manager. When not working or at an Ad 2 meeting, Peter can be found at the Davis Island Dog Beach playing with his pit bull, Bernie.
Mouzel is a Jr. Copywriter at PPK who crafts words for brands big and small. When she’s not at work, stuck in Tampa traffic, or socializing at the agency watering hole, you can find her at home writing tv pilots or at the beach listening to oldies and obsessing about surfing.