Sandra Sims-Williams

by Edward Cates
Sandra Sims-Williams
Chief Diversity Officer
Publicis Groupe

Sandra Sims-Williams is the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) for Publicis Groupe, a corporation with global affiliates consisting of approximately 23,000 people in its U.S. brands’ consortium.


In this role, Sandra is responsible for developing and sustaining diversity and inclusion initiatives, tools, and measurement of success for the Publicis Groupe. In 2015, she initiated a re-brand of the D&I efforts to Talent Engagement & Inclusion, moving away from the traditional toward an all-talent schematic that embraces all talent.


Prior to being appointed to this post, Sandra was responsible for structuring D&I strategy in VivaKi agencies – primarily media and digital – as Director of Diversity for Digitas.


Sandra has developed two transformational women’s groups, one for senior women, which meets monthly to interact on issues related to development, another for younger entry level women, designed to model, encourage, enhance, and navigate their careers.


Sandra serves on the Board of Directors for The Advertising Club of New York.


Sandra has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a Master of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York.

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