A pair of major awards

AAF Mosaic Awards 2023: Mosaic Champion (Organization): VMLY&R and DE&I Student Programs: Detroit Experience Studio

VMLY&R has been awarded two major honors at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) 2023 Mosaic Awards.

VMLY&R earned the title of “Mosaic Champion – Organization,” which recognizes an organization that has been continuously supportive of and goes above and beyond diversity, equity, & inclusion within the industry. The honor affirms VMLY&R’s unwavering belief in this cause through internal and external DE&I initiatives and by implementing cutting-edge strategies & approaches for addressing diversity issues, among other acts.

Additionally, the Detroit Experience Studio, created by VMLY&R and other WPP partners, won the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) Student Program category. The Detroit Experience Studio is a free 10-week immersive program for Detroit’s Black and brown high school students to explore creative careers and build skills in marketing, advertising and design via an experiential curriculum.

The 2023 Mosaic Awards will recognize and honor organizations and individuals that have shown commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their creative work, advocacy, and company-wide initiatives. Included will be the launch of the inaugural Mosaic Awards Scholarship Fund to support the next generation of diverse talent. The 2023 winners will be celebrated at a gala event which will be held on September 22, 2023, at The Capitale in New York's historic Bowery neighborhood. Hosting the awards ceremony for a second year in a row, is Quintessential Harlem girl, Gracie Award winner and life-long New Yorker, Bevy Smith.

In 2022, VMLY&R was also honored in two categories at the Mosaic Awards. “The Reality Flag” for the Human Rights Campaign by VMLY&R, in partnership with WPP agencies The Corner Shop, Hogarth, BCW and Wavemaker, was selected as the winner of the Allyship to Advocacy campaign category. Walter Geer III, chief experience design officer at VMLY&R Health, was awarded Mosaic Champion (Individual.) 

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