W2O launches diversity, equity and inclusion practice

Marcia Windross has been appointed head of DE&I to lead the agency's internal efforts, while as practice leader, Abby Hayes is focusing on client DE&I counsel.

Marcia Windross has been appointed head of DE&I to lead the agency's internal efforts.
Marcia Windross has been appointed head of DE&I to lead the agency's internal efforts.

SAN FRANCISCO: W2O has launched a diversity, equity and inclusion practice.

W2O's new DE&I efforts are being led by two staffers. Marcia Windross has been appointed head of DE&I to lead the agency's internal efforts, while as practice leader, Abby Hayes is focusing on client DE&I counsel. Both report to Jennifer Gottlieb, W2O's global president.

Prior to W2O, Windross was a principal consultant for Reid Windross Consulting, which, according to LinkedIn, focuses on “data driven diversity, equity and inclusion strategies.” Before that, she was a senior leader of DE&I at Interpublic Group. 

Hayes was previously an MD at W2O. Her prior duties are now being handled by several new hires, a spokeswoman said. 

W2O also hired Karla Talley as a director of DE&I. Prior to her hire, Talley was global manager of inclusive leadership at Kraft Heinz, according to LinkedIn.

Additionally, W2O brought onToni Pringley as a manager of DE&I. Before her hire, she worked on the diversity and inclusion team at Omnicom Media Group. 

Mary Stutts is also joining W2O’s CEO Advisory Board. Stutts is the SVP of corporate relations for biopharmaceutical company Sumitovant, where she manages corporate branding, communications, inclusion and diversity and patient advocacy.

Editor's note: This story was updated on December 10 to clarify Windross and Hayes' roles.

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