"Take the lead. Make the change. You have my support."
That was the directive from Brian McMahon, Orion's CEO and Founder, following an honest converstion with two employees, Felicia Thomas and LeAndra Cleveland. Both are black women who wanted to walk around our Global Headquarters, look around, and see the world that exists outside its doors. Simply put, to see more people who look like themselves.
In 2017, Global President Greg Walsh implemented Diversity & Inclusion as one of the top three company goals. Our entire C-suite was influential in helping to launch and develop COSMOS, from the top, down. They empowered our employees to take this program forward. COSMOS is now an employee-led committee dedicated to attract, retain and develop diverse talent.
We now endeavor to place the diversity lens over everything we do — from our recruiting strategy, recalibrating talent, compensation reviews to promotion selects. These efforts are coupled with providing our employees with the opportunities to understand and celebrate diversity in the workplace.
We are thrilled to have been honored at the 2018 IPG Inclusion Awards with the Most Inclusive Climate Award, given to the agency with the highest score. This marked the fourth time in our history that Orion was awarded in this category.