Takeaways from the Bentonville Film Festival

May 18, 2015ByKat Gordon

I returned last week from the first-ever film festival for female directors. Chaired by Geena Davis and underwritten by Walmart and others, The Bentonville Film Festival was a big frigging deal.

Blow the Whistle, Not Your Career: An ACD’s Tale of Sexual Harassment

May 14, 2015ByMindi Rosser

Sexual Harassment at Work

The 3% Conference is an optimistic movement and does not exist to shame agencies, but to help all agencies improve their diversity efforts. The issue of sexual harassment is one we plan to address at this fall's conference and hope your comments in response to this post may help us shape the agenda.

Tackling the Last Elephant in the Room: Ageism

May 5, 2015ByNicole Marquis

Maximum 50 sign

Being a mom and being female is like having the deck stacked against you, when it comes to working in many traditional ad agencies. But there's a third card that practically guarantees a losing hand. It's age.

Why We Need To Bite The Hand That Feeds Us

April 21, 2015ByNicole Marquis

Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, USCTO Megan Smith, and President & CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson, talk about women and tech at the #SXSW panel.

At a recent tech panel, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google continuously interrupted Megan Smith, the USCTO. And the one woman brave enough to call Schmidt out happened to be Google's Diversity Officer. Who recognized a real time learning opportunity for her boss.

Behind the Scenes: Camp Reel Stories

April 16, 2015ByMindi Rosser

Camp Reel Stories - Esther Pearl Interview

In this interview, our own Laurel Stark Akman interviews Esther Pearl of Camp Reel Stories about their mission, which is in line with the 3% Conference, and how they are working to #changetheratio in film and television.

The 3% Speak: Yomi Abiola

April 7, 2015ByMindi Rosser

Yomi Abiola - The 3% Conference

We crossed paths with Yomi Abiola, who was kind enough to do an interview with us. Yomi is a social entrepreneur and change agent as the founder of Stand Up For Fashion (STUFF), a global platform that promotes social accountability and responsibility in the fashion industry. At the core of her work is diversity, inclusion and female empowerment.

How To Have a “Comeback Year”

April 2, 2015ByMindi Rosser

How To Have a Comeback Year - Laurel Stark

How do you get over a job that doesn't work for you and find one that does? The Comeback Queens share their secrets to rebounding from toxic job situations into healthy ones, where they are appreciated, challenged, well-paid and happy.

Why Mentoring Matters

March 31, 2015ByNicole Marquis

a speed dating mentoring session

When we don’t understand something or want to learn more, it’s only natural to ask for help. Or is it? Too many creative women say they’re afraid to ask a lot of questions lest they be labeled high maintenance or not proactive enough. WTH?

Jean Kilbourne: Making Unconscious Messages Conscious

March 17, 2015ByMindi Rosser

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Jean Kilbourne, an author and filmmaker and a sought after keynote speaker focused on topics like addiction and public health, violence, women and the media. Jean is renowned for her ability to present provocative topics in a way that unites rather than divides, encourages dialogue and empowers people—like us 3 Percenters—to take action.

Takeaways: The Lead On Conference for Women 2015

March 12, 2015ByMindi Rosser

On National Women’s Day, it seems more than appropriate to reflect on diversity, inspiration, no ceilings, wage gap, mentorship, bias, empathy—recurrent themes at last month’s Lead On conference. In the heart of Silicon Valley, more than 5,000 gathered for Watermark’s inaugural conference.