NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lynn Fantom, CEO of ID Media, an Interpublic Group media agency, will present lessons on leadership as part of a panel hosted by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)—a division of Working Mother Media—during its December 9 Women's Leadership Summit in New York.
This event, which is part of a series held nationwide in 2011, brings female business leaders from various career backgrounds for an intense day of learning, sharing and networking. The theme of this event is "Become a Power Player: Cultivating Leadership Prowess," and speakers, ranging from executives at Procter & Gamble, Toyota Motor North America and Ogilvy & Mather, will share insights gleaned from their rise to the top.
Fantom, in particular, will share advice as part of an Executive Panel that examines "The View from the Top." She will be joined by Sam's Club CFO and SVP Ann Bordelon and Erika Irish Brown, Enterprise Diversity Recruiting and Program Management Executive at Bank of America. Carol Evans, NAFE's CEO and President of Working Mother Media, will moderate the afternoon panel, which takes place at the Bank of America's North Tower, located at 4 World Financial Center.
As a three-time public company CEO, Fantom has skillfully navigated different leadership challenges over the course of her career, all of it spent in marketing. As founding and current CEO of ID Media, she transformed a roll-up of media agencies into the nation's largest direct and digital media agency, cultivating it into a mecca for working moms (two-thirds women) and workplace diversity (40 percent people of color) along the way. This month alone, ID Media was honored as a Crain's "Best Places to Work in NYC" for the fourth consecutive year. IPG also named her its "Agency CEO to Watch" in 2009 for her commitments to fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Other leadership stints include executive roles at IPG agencies Lowe Direct and Draft, where she doubled profits and grew its Big Apple office five-fold, respectively. Prior to founding ID Media, Fantom also served as President and CEO of K2 Digital, where she spearheaded the Web services pioneer through explosive growth.
She has been hailed as a "turnaround veteran" by The Wall Street Journal, a "100 Best and Brightest Women in Advertising" by Advertising Age, and her talents as an executive are profiled in the business bestseller Moral Intelligence.
"For women entrepreneurs and corporate managers, attending a summit like this is not only a great way to gather ideas, but to build your own visibility," Fantom says.
Added NAFE President Betty Spence: "More women are moving into leadership today because companies are starting to recognize the critical importance of the particular skills women bring—communication, consensus-building, collaboration, team-building, listening and long-term thinking—and the better decisions that are reached when they participate."
Moreover, though the number of C-suite female executives today lingers below 15 percent, that's poised to change as "we see more women moving into senior executive positions in large numbers," says Spence, whose organization compiles the annual "NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women" list.
About ID Media
ID Media is the nation's largest direct and digital media agency, known for identifying and delivering accountable media solutions that create better business outcomes for marketers. Backed by a culture that's deeply committed to results, our people drive costs down, engagement up across television, digital and promotional print channels. Companies including American Express, Nationwide, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, LivingSocial.com, Intuit, Match.com and Nikon turn to ID Media for its no-silos, real-time, tech-oriented approach. A member of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG), ID Media is a four-time winner of IPG awards for diversity and inclusion. The company also has been recognized by Crain's as one of its "Best Places to Work in NYC" in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. For more information, visit www.idmediaww.com.
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. NAFE magazine publishes the annual Top Companies issue and the annual Women of Excellence issue. NAFE.com provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media and Bonnier Corporation.
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