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Sandra Sims-Williams, SVP of Diversity & Inclusion, Nielsen

June 2nd, 2020

Location: Zoom Webinar 

Time: 12:00-12:45pm

Join us bi-weekly from 12:00PM - 12:45PM (EST) as Ad Club Board President Lee Nadler hosts one-on-one conversations with marketing leaders on how their business and lives are changing during this unprecedented time. This week’s conversation is with Sandra Sims-Williams, SVP of Diversity & Inclusion, Nielsen. 


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Sandra Sims-Williams, SVP of Diversity and Inclusion, Nielsen

Sandra Sims-Williams was appointed SVP of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in January 2020. She leads Nielsen’s D&I strategy and team for both the Media and Connect businesses. After Nielsen completes its transition into two independent, publicly traded companies, she will lead D&I for Nielsen Media. Sandra is a transformational leader with 30 years of experience linking diversity and inclusion strategies with corporate initiatives. Prior to joining Nielsen, she was Publicis Groupe’s Chief Diversity Officer and has a deep background in diverse leadership development, retention programming, analytics and effectiveness, supplier diversity, multicultural talent acquisition, and corporate initiatives that drive diversity and inclusion cross-functionally. In 2019, she made the Black Enterprise Top Corporate Executives list, The Inaugural Champion, Adweek & ADCOLOR, and SAVOY Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Corporate America list. Sandra is also a member of The Advertising Industry’s Diversity Steering Committee and serves on the boards of New York Women in Communication, the Advertising Club of New York and ColorComm. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a Master of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York.


Lee Nadler, VP, Consumer Insights, Mastercard

Lee Nadler is a brand and business builder, with experience in all aspects of marketing.

Lee has built a career building and transforming businesses as a leader across all disciplines in the marketing industry.  He started his career at a leading WPP promotion agency, then joined creative agency KBS&P and later became Partner, President & CEO of Digital Pulp. In 1996, Nadler became the first head of marketing for digital media technology pioneer DoubleClick, now a division of Google. From 2012-2018, Lee managed marketing, new product launches and transformation for MINI, a division of BMW. Lee relaunched Sherpa Marketing in 2019 to provide growth-oriented businesses: sound strategy, innovative marketing and successful product launches.

Lee initially joined MINI in 2012 to manage all US marketing and digital platforms. In 2017, Lee was promoted to grow the MINI business and brand by creating transformational initiatives and connecting to new audiences in key US metro markets.  

For ten years, prior to joining MINI, Lee ran a specialized consulting practice that he founded, Sherpa Marketing, Inc., named for the Nepalese guides who have inspired him. He has identified several Sherpa Principles to lead teams in overcoming obstacles and accomplishing strong results.

Lee is  Chairman of the Board of the Advertising Club, was inducted into the American Advertising Hall of Achievement and was named by Ad Age as one of the 21 people to watch in the 21st century. Lee lives in the West Village with his wife, daughter and dog.



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