Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) today announced that Heide Gardner, the company’s Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, has been elected to the Board of the New York Urban League (NYUL). For over 90 years, the NYUL has been helping disadvantaged New Yorkers gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, health care, housing and the civic arena.

“IPG is deeply committed to fostering diversity and inclusion throughout our company and our industry,” commented Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO, IPG. “For more than eight years, Heide Gardner has been at the forefront of our efforts and has been a champion of promoting partnerships between IPG and many community organizations that advance diversity and inclusion, like the New York Urban League. The NYUL is an important community organization that makes a difference in the lives of many New Yorkers, and Heide will be a strong addition to their board.”

“The New York Urban League was thrilled to present Interpublic with our Champions of Diversity Award in 2011 for their diversity efforts” said Arva Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League. “We are thrilled to continue the partnership we have forged with Heide Gardner and IPG on several initiatives including Girls and Boys Empowerment Day. We are truly honored to have someone with Heide’s professional background and experience join our board,” she continued.

When Interpublic received a Champions of Diversity Award from The New York Urban League in February of 2011, it marked the first time an advertising holding company received the coveted honor. Companies from a variety of industries compete for the awards, which salute those who recognize the need for diversity in the job market and embrace inclusion in the workplace.

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