Ogilvy North America named to list of "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers"

16 September, 2014


Working Mother

Agency’s Balanced Work/Life Integration Policies Considered Major Step Forward for Working Mothers

NEW YORK, NY — Working Mother magazine today named Ogilvy & Mather North America as one of the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms, including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement of women. Companies are also measured on access to and usage of family friendly programs. Ogilvy & Mather is the only advertising agency included in the 2014 list.

“We've been aware of the prestige of the Working Mothers list and are thrilled that as a result of our constant effort to improve and update our policies, we have been named to this year’s list,” said Donna Pedro, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of Ogilvy & Mather North America. “As a mom and a leader, I am especially proud that we are recognized alongside some of our clients.”

Ogilvy & Mather North America offers mothers a number of work/life balance policies including emergency childcare, child-rearing leave, on-site lactation rooms, Working Parents Network, and a flexible work policy – which gives employees a choice between flexible start/end work hours each day or the ability to work from home one day per week.

John Seifert, Chairman/CEO of Ogilvy & Mather North America commented, “Ogilvy & Mather strives to offer our employees the best, offering a family-friendly environment that allows our people to be the best parents they can be. We believe these work/life balance benefits coupled with our new flexible work policy directly contribute to our employees’ creative thinking and award-winning work being produced each and every day.”

Jennifer Picone, Client Finance Director, Ogilvy & Mather, is also nominated as a “Working Mother of the Year,” representing all of Ogilvy & Mather North America’s working mothers.

Ogilvy & Mather North America will host a party to honor employees who are mothers, as well as offer a special tribute to Jennifer Picone. The agency will also celebrate this honor with special creative signage throughout the New York headquarters this week.

Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media said, “The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are the leaders in the advancement of women by supporting their need to integrate family and work successfully. We are thrilled to honor the U.S. companies that put words into action and build family-friendly cultures on the foundation of thoughtful policies and effective programs. Women now make up 50% of our workforce. We need to make sure they have the support to be outstanding moms as well as great employees."

Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media noted, “In its 29th year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies are a powerful reminder of how great companies can and do create supportive workplaces for their employees. All employers would do well to follow their lead if they want to attract and retain top talent.”
In honor of the 100 Best Companies, Working Mother has declared Tuesday, October 21st as National Flex Day to increase awareness for the importance of workplace flexibility. All companies are invited to participate by encouraging all employees to use flex policies on this day.


About Ogilvy & Mather
Ogilvy & Mather is one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. It was named the Cannes Lions Network of the Year for three consecutive years, 2012, 2013, and 2014; and the EFFIEs World's Most Effective Agency Network for two consecutive years 2012 and 2013. The company is comprised of industry leading units in the following disciplines: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; health care communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing; consulting, research and analytics; branded content and entertainment; and specialist communications. O&M services Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses through its network of more than 500 offices in 126 countries. It is a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY). For more information, visit www.ogilvy.com, or follow Ogilvy on Twitter at @Ogilvy and on Facebook.com/Ogilvy.

About Working Mother Media
Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (bonnier.com), is the publisher of Working Mother magazine and its companion website workingmother.com, and is home to the Working Mother Research Institute. The National Association for Female Executives (nafe.com) and Diversity Best Practices (diversitybestpractices.com) are also units within WMM. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

PR Contact, Ogilvy & Mather:
Lauren O’Leary
lauren.o’leary@ogilvy.com
212-880-5295

PR Contact, Working Mother:
Andrea Kaplan
andrea@andreakaplanpr.com
(cell) 917-836-2741

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