In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, OMG’s Latino Leadership Network (LLN) and D&I team provided employees with various opportunities to experience the richness and complexity of Latinx culture through thought-provoking dialogue, unique workshops and more.

The LLN kicked off the celebratory month by hosting a fireside chat with actress and star of the hit show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Stephanie Beatriz. The discussion spanned a wide range of topics, including Stephanie’s upbringing, her trials and triumphs as a Latinx actress, and the importance of representation and inclusion.

Continuing to shed light on the experiences of Latinx entertainers, the LLN brought together four accomplished Latinx influencers – Blanca Soto, Evaluna Montaner, Sebas and Regina Carrot – to share their stories of overcoming challenges they have faced due to lack of diversity in the entertainment industry.

The LLN also partnered with Discovery en Español for a virtual cooking demo with Food Network Latin America host and author of the cookbook “La Latina – A Cook’s Journey Through Latin America,” Chef Grace Ramirez. The renowned chef walked our employees through her process for making her signature prawn tostadas, guacamole with a twist and a delicious Zacapa cocktail.

Tying back to media, the LLN tapped Nielsen and Pandora to present important insights and give OMG employees an even better understanding of the Latinx market. Nielsen’s webinar featured findings from their most recent Latinx diverse intelligence series, focused on consumer behavior. Pandora’s presentation of their recent Soundboard research shed light on the racial and ethnic diversity within the Hispanic community, drawing attention to “Afro-Latinidad” and those who find themselves at the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity and nationality.

Amanda Villa, Associate Director of Content for The Content Collective and Executive Sponsor for the LLN Mid-and-Southwest, hosted a fireside chat on how passion and purpose can help us find greater meaning and satisfaction in our personal and professional lives with Tony Hernandez, Co-Founder and Producer at the Immigrant Archive Project (IAP).

The IAP’s mission is to record, archive and share the experiences and stories of immigrants across the U.S. Over the last year and a half, in partnership with The Content Collective and OMD, Tony has worked closely with McDonald’s to highlight their Hispanic Owner/Operators and the contributions they continue to make to their employees and local communities.

Rounding out the LLN’s robust programming was Google‘s #IAmRemarkable workshop which taught participants the importance of self-promotion in their personal and professional life, and equipped them with tools to develop this skill. OMG D&I also hosted a fun-filled trivia night focused on Latinx innovators and game-changers in sports, politics, business and the arts. Jalyssa Eliasen, Project Manager at Hearts & Science, won the competition.

Special thanks to OMG’s Latino Leadership Network leaders and OMG D&I in the U.S. for orchestrating a memorable and impactful celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month for our employees.

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