NEW YORK: Porter Novelli has promoted vice president Suzy An to a leader of the agency's Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion service.
An started the role in January after Porter Novelli announced its JEDI service, which was created to support clients in DEI assessment, benchmarking, training and strategy development.
Based in New York City, An reports to Margaret-Ann Cole, Porter Novelli chief people and transformation officer. She will have a hand in JEDI advisory services but focus mainly on internal initiatives.
“I will be thinking about the kinds of programming and initiatives we want to roll out to really support an inclusive, diverse and equitable culture within Porter Novelli,” An said. “We want to live by the recommendations we are making for our clients to do for their own workforce.”
A 10-year veteran at Porter Novelli, An takes on the role after Soon Mee Kim left the agency to be Omnicom Public Relations Group's global diversity, equity and inclusion officer.
In the coming months, An will concentrate on recruitment and retention of diverse individuals as well as developing diverse employees already on staff.
“We need to focus on our diverse staff because if we hire all these people and don't help them develop their careers in the best way, then we're just going to lose them,” An said.
An and her team will also create opportunities to educate staff and clients about upticks in racist sentiments, such as the upsurge in anti-Asian hate crimes in the last year, and encourage them to have more open conversations about what is going on in the world.
Celebrating inclusion is another top priority for An. Diversity of race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith, ability and viewpoint are all important aspects to find and nurture in staff.
“We want to make sure we're offering as many opportunities to celebrate different cultures, different ways of thinking and just creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for the agency,” she said. “We've been doing that for a long time, but we have to continue to do that and make sure that no one falls through the cracks.”
An joined Porter Novelli in 2011 after interning with the agency.