Talent Champion – Tasha Gilroy

Talent Champion Spotlight

AEF Talent Champion - Tasha Gilroy

Tasha Gilroy
Executive Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
VMLY&R

Tasha Gilroy is an esteemed HR practitioner and leader in the industry’s DEI community, having served in culture and inclusion roles for the past 14 years. Most recently, she was designated executive director of diversity, equity & Inclusion at VMLY&R. Over the years, she has introduced a range of high-impact programs, including unconscious bias training and employee programs that have forged access and opportunities for women, people of color and the industry’s most underrepresented groups. Gilroy is a member of ColorComm and an active supporter of Advancing Women Executives, AAF Mosaic Committee and NAMIC network organizations. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Ad Club Ikons, Rockstars & Innovators award and has been nick-named the “auntie of advertising” by several ad pros who have benefited from the advice, council and mentorship Gilroy provides.

What prompted you to get involved with the AEF and why are you passionate about the future of the industry?

There has been a long-standing relationship with the AEF and my agency. When I joined the industry back in 2006 I was told that the AEF is one of the premiere organizations that I need to partner with in order to reach the variety of talent from different communities coming into the industry. It still stands true to this day.

What is the best career advice you've ever received?

Never stop learning. Always ask questions even if you think you know the answer.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

In college I didn’t have a favorite professor. I have several favorite industry leaders. One who stands out is Carter Murray. He was one of the first C-Suite leaders to show me that being honest with who you are and showing compassion is key to being a successful leader.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy supporting staff across the different levels, from junior to senior. I am the leader who wants others to feel supported; I am also a connector wherever I can be most helpful in helping talent get access to opportunities.

"Honestly, the speaker made a career in advertising sound so attractive that I am considering changing my major."
— Student at University of Tulsa after AEF sent Speaker from Insight Creative Group