teams & talent

ARF Women in Analytics: Mentorship Program Launch

On August 2, 2022, mentors and mentees attended a Mentorship Program Launch event with Neha Bhargava –Advertising Research Director at Meta, and Annabel Jack – Founder at Mentor for Growth, who shared best practices about how to make the most out of your mentorship experience. Then Jamie Thomas – Co-Founder of Cophi, explained the methodology behind the values survey and how and why pairs were matched.

Courageous Career Moments: Overcome Fears and Bet on Yourself


The June 13th Women in Analytics virtual event consisted of two parts: 1) The rebroadcast of the “Courageous Career Moments: Overcome Fears and Bet on Yourself” recording originally held as an in-person breakfast at AUDIENCExSCIENCE. The panel included Aarti Bhaskaran, Global Lead, Ad Research & Insights, Snap Inc., LaToya Christian, Managing Partner, GroupM, Colleen Funkey, VP, Consumer Insights, The Estée Lauder Companies, Renata Policicio, SVP, Research, Direct to Consumer and Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery and was moderated by Mary Ann Packo, Senior Partner, Hypothesis Group. 2) The second part of this event was a live panel discussion which included Aarti Bhaskaran, Global Lead, Ad Research & Insights, Snap Inc., LaToya Christian, Managing Partner, GroupM, Divya Kaur, VP, Marketing Science for Kinesso, Siani Kiyonaga, Product Strategy, Senior Manager for Toyota Financial Services and was moderated by Mary Ann Packo, Senior Partner, Hypothesis Group.

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Mentoring Meet-up — Three Leaders, Three Stories

At our first ARF Women in Analytics Mentoring Meet-Up of the year, we heard from three industry trailblazers on the “what”, “why” and “how” of their careers. Colleen Funkey of The Estée Lauder Companies, Gloria Cox of The Cambridge Group and Renata Policicio of WarnerMedia reflected on their unique journeys and shared the steps they took and lessons they learned. From what inspired them to originally go into market research to how they now navigate their careers at a senior level, speakers gave attendees advice on what they can do to ensure their careers are satisfying and successful. Attendees also participated in small breakout groups with the speakers to connect, ask questions and share their own personal reflections.

Strategies for Managing Internal and External Relationships

On April 7, the Women in Analytics Group held a mentoring meet-up about strategies for managing internal and external relationships. Ramla Jarrar, Founder & CEO of Mass Analytics and Therese Glennon, VP at Bristol Myers Squibb, shared best practices for building and maintaining relationships in-person and remotely. After the mini talks, each speaker met with half of the attendees and then switched groups to meet with the other half of the attendees.

How Our Industry Fared During the Great Resignation

As record numbers of people began leaving their jobs in mid-2021, the Analytics Council’s Organizational Working Group wondered how this “Great Resignation” had affected the advertising, media, and research industries. The Working Group partnered with Dynata to conduct a survey to find out.

Best Practices in Thought Leadership

On June 14th, at the ARF’s Women in Analytics event, thought leaders in the research industry shared best practices and inspiration to help attendees gain ground on their thought leadership path.

The Great Resignation in the Advertising/Research Industries Part 2 – Is It Over?

For this event, the Organizational Working Group within the Analytics Council conducted a follow-up survey to its May survey on the Great Resignation.  Once again, the Working Group partnered with Dynata on this survey. For this round, questions were added on job satisfaction, return to office, company culture, and the role of corporate social responsibility. Steve Millman of Dynata, who chairs the Working Group, reported on the results at this event.  Michael Butts, CEO of executive recruiting firm Burtch Works, also reported on surveys of its database of analytics and insights professionals.  The presentations were followed by a discussion on workplace trends and issues in our industries with Millman, Butts, and three other executives on the front lines of recruitment and talent management in advertising and research:

  • Renee Cassard, Chief Research Officer at Omnicom Media Group
  • Liz Osterhus, President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Ipsos, NA
  • Will Poindexter, Senior Partner & Enterprise Technology Practice Leader at Bain & Company.

The discussion was moderated by the ARF’s Chief Research Officer, Paul Donato. Millman’s presentation compared the respondents who said that they worked in advertising, advertising technology, media, or market research (“Our industries”) to those employed in other industries (“Industries”). The answer to the question posed in the title is undeniably “Yes” for both those in our industry and outside, according to just about every measure collected in the survey.  However, substantially more employees in our industries reported being contacted for recruiting efforts than others. They also tended to be more responsive to such efforts.  See below for more details on the survey results and subsequent conversation.

A Peek Behind the Curtain – Preventing a Fumble: The Research POV on Super Bowl Advertising

The ARF Creative Council hosted its seventh Happy Hour event on Super Bowl advertising and what to watch for in the commercial breaks during this year’s big game. Council member Belle Frank of VMLY&R moderated a discussion with four creative experts – three of them from the Creative Council — to discuss Super Bowl ad insights and trends, giving marketers important ideas to consider and advertising fans something to look for on Sunday night.