Icons, RockStars, & Innovators: Christena Pyle

What makes you a Rock Star?

You’re gaining momentum in your field and you’re on fire! Your hard work stands above the crowd and shines bright. By being engaged and curious, you are a producer of excellence.

Christena has been a driving force in creating diversity and battling gender inequality in the advertising and marketing industries. She has recently taken the helm as the first Executive Director of TIME’S UP with a focus on Advertising and creating an industry that insists on safe, fair, and dignified workplaces for women of all kinds. 

Before taking on this role, Christena was Omnicom Group’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, responsible for carrying forward the company’s cultural vision: becoming an example of sustainable diversity and inclusion for corporations worldwide. In addition to her role at Omnicom, Christena pushed to expand and deepen the conversation around inclusion in her role as Director of ADCOLOR, where she helped to launch the ADCOLOR Conference, ADCOLOR Awards, and ADCOLOR Futures programs, all of which spotlight the importance of diversity in the creative and tech industries. Through these efforts along with her involvement in organizations like MAIP and speaking engagements at Cannes, Advertising Week and 3% Conference, she has been deeply involved in shaping the direction creative industries have now adopted around inclusion. 

Over the course of her career, Christena has received numerous accolades for her leadership, activism and diversity efforts. Most recently, she was named to Adweek’s 2019 Women Trailblazers list which celebrates women who are breaking down barriers and opening up opportunities for others. She received the first-ever Advertising Week “Female Is Future” Award for her proven achievements, demonstrated ability to effect organizational change, commitment to external impact and capacity to mentor others. Christena was also listed as Adweek’s 2018 Young Influentials, which celebrates media, marketing, and tech talents innovating from AR to Activism, Data to Diversity. 

Christena’s passion, optimism, and drive to inspire change propel her tireless work to improve creative industries by making it safer, more welcoming, and equitable to people of all kinds, and ultimately, more successful.

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The ACNY Foundation is proud to recognize outstanding industry professionals, during our 3rd Annual Black History Month recognition series titled, “Icons, Rock Stars & Innovators”.

It is our way of shining the spotlight on exemplary talent, integral to the evolution and growth of the advertising industry. Each day during Black History Month we profile a selected “Icon, Rock Star & Innovator” across all our digital platforms. In addition, our partnership The Gradient & Mixed Company podcast, allows for our programming to further extend throughout the industry; introducing and promoting these luminaries to new audiences. Follow the series on InstagramMetaTwitter, and LinkedIn!

Meet our illustrious lineup of “Icons, Rockstars, & Innovators” on February 26, 2020. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/31q13Pc

Take a peek at last year’s event.

P.S. Check out our other content from previous years

2019 – Online Exhibition

2019 – Icons, RockStars, & Innovators

2018 – Icons, RockStars, & Innovators