In honor of Women’s History Month, Campaign US is checking in with women across the industry, from all career levels, on how they’ve navigated the past year personally and professionally.
This interview with Devin O’Loughlin, global chief diversity, equity & inclusion and communications Officer at RAPP, has been lightly edited.
What has the past year been like for you personally?
A mix of exhausting and exhilarating. So much has changed — and there are more opportunities for growth ahead. But they’re called growing pains for a reason!
I’ve been given the incredible opportunity to focus on a subject for which I’ve got so much passion, which is wildly exciting. But I’ve also been managing the unavoidable stress that comes from pouring oneself into discussions around diversity, equity and inclusion — or the lack thereof — in our industry and the world. DE&I is a matter of life and death for a lot of people. That’s a heavy weight to carry, especially in a social climate like today’s. But acknowledging this gravity has made me even more resolute to impact change.
I am an extroverted introvert. I thrive by recharging my batteries with solitude. I’m not getting much of that, thanks to Covid-19. It’s been a balancing act, for sure."
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