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Candid Conversations is Ignite’s quarterly “no bs” interview with featured speakers ranging from executives to thought leaders, founders to philanthropists. Following the Q&A, members join a guided small group discussion to reflect on key takeaways, ask questions, and unpack new ideas as a group. This quarter, Renetta McCann, the Chief Inclusion Experience Officer at Publicis Groupe, will share insights and guidance from her 30+ year career. Recognized as one of the leading innovators and most influential executives in the advertising, marketing and media industries, Renetta will discuss with us what you can do to learn, change, and grow in your personal and professional journey.
What to Expect
Interesting and enlightening leadership interview with an experienced executive
Ideas for enhancing your personal/professional leadership
Facilitated small group discussion on the topic with fellow members
About our Guest
Renetta McCann has been recognized as one of the leading innovators and most influential executives in the advertising, marketing and media industries, with a global reputation for not only building brands, but also the organizations and leadership to sustain them. Renetta began her career at Leo Burnett, working to become the CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group Worldwide. Under her leadership, client billings exceeded $26 billion and the global workforce rose to over 6,000 people. After two years as CEO, she assumed the role of Chief Talent Officer of VivaKi.
After nearly 30 years of communications management and leadership, she went back to the books, earning an M.S. in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University. She worked as an executive coach and organizational change consultant before rejoining Burnett in the fall of 2012. Since her return, Renetta has served as LeoBurnett’s Chief Talent Officer at Leo Burnett, playing a key role in ensuring that the company retained, attracted and developed the best and brightest minds in business today.
In 2002, she was named "Corporate Executive of the Year" by Black Enterprise magazine and was selected Ad Woman of the Year by the Chicago Advertising Federation. Essence named her one of "50 Women Who are Changing the World” and she received a Matrix Award in 2006 from New York Women in Communications.
Renetta is an adjunct lecturer in the MSLOC program, teaching a course on organizational design. Renetta has also served as a Corporate Director of Tribune Publishing (now named Tronc).
Ignite is a diverse and dynamic community of rising leaders who share a hunger for personal and professional growth. We are connected through the pursuit of a new kind of leadership - one that is more mindful, compassionate and competent. Through more than 45 meaningful and curated experiences each year for you to choose from, you’ll find the path and people needed to thrive.