Inkhouse has made a commitment to be transparent about diversity, equity and inclusion. It’s an important piece of holding ourselves, and our industry, accountable. Less than a year ago we made our numbers public for the first time, and today we’re providing an update.
I’m also pleased to announce that we’ve named an in-house DE&I ambassador: Senior Visual Designer Jackson Stewart (he/they). Jackson has taught me a lot about gender identity and I’m excited for him to help us build our culture. He is a champion for equality inside and out of the office. Their approach starts from a place of curiosity and grace, which makes them so well-suited for this role.
Inkhouse’s DE&I action plan has evolved since we first published it last June. Our program is rooted in our 11 company values, which guide our intentions and our actions.
Equality is a human imperative, but it is also a business imperative—in PR, we can’t communicate effectively to our clients’ audiences if we don’t understand them. Stories are how we understand each other. Even in narratives that bear no resemblance to our lives, we find pieces of ourselves. At Inkhouse we’re leaning on storytelling to help us build our community because it’s part of our DNA. Our second annual employee-authored essay contest — this year, we are focused on the theme of “Resilience” — is designed to do just that. We’ll be publishing a book later this year.
We want to be a place where we can all come as we are, make honest mistakes, and build what our agency will look like together. I’m looking forward to sharing more about what that future looks like next spring.
Since the early days working around her kitchen table, Beth has grown Inkhouse into one of the top independent PR agencies in the country. She’s been named a Top Woman in PR by PR News, a Top 25 Innovator by PRovoke, and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Beth designed Inkhouse’s signature Storytelling Workshop to mirror the literary hero’s journey and to unearth the emotional connections that bind an audience to a brand or idea. She also uses narratives to build Inkhouse’s culture, most recently through two books of employee essays, “Hindsight 2020” and “Aren’t We Lucky?”