It’s been two years since we publicly recognized that our agency and our industry are lacking when it comes to Black representation, influence, and ideas—and we committed to change.
In those two years, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve listened a lot. We’ve made mistakes, made changes, and done our best to make progress.
Our original Commitment to Change included a long list of goals and initiatives. We’ve spent the last two years focusing our efforts, learning where we can apply our expertise and privilege to really make our corner of the world more equitable and inclusive for Black people and other underrepresented groups.
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Change the way Cornett thinks
We’ve taken our agency learning process from formal trainings to events like Black History and AAPI History trivia nights, hosted by Black and AAPI employees. Events like this allow us to continue to learn about our collective history in a way that’s engaging, inclusive, even fun.
The folks who are working most closely with our interns through our BLAC program (more about that later) also take annual trainings through BLAC to ensure that we’re making their work environment as welcoming as possible.
Change the way Cornett looks
We’re continuing to work toward an agency that’s truly representative of our community and the world we live in. Tracking that with numbers is inherently limiting, but it’s one way to keep track of our progress.
We’ve also used what we’ve learned during our recruiting process for the BLAC program to improve our hiring practices. We’ve expanded how we search for candidates, going beyond our own LinkedIn circles and connecting with talented people with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. (Interested in joining us, or know someone who might be a good fit? Check out our current open positions.)