Chief Equity Officer, Americas, dentsu
Christena Pyle is Chief Equity Officer of dentsu Americas. She is a driving force for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at dentsu, as well as a champion for meaningful progress across the broader creative industry.
In her current role, Christena leads DEI strategy and spearheaded dentsu’s first dedicated DEI report, setting the bar for transparency, accountability and follow-through in the industry. She partners with business leaders to embed DEI into ways of working and guides major initiatives such as dentsu’s 2025 representation goals, in addition to advocating for dentsu’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs), leading conversations that drive cultural fluency, and pushing for an environment that centers intersectionality and prioritizes wellbeing. Christena collaborates with our clients, partners and industry organizations to accelerate change.
Prior to joining dentsu, Christena served as Executive Director, Advertising, at TIME’S UP. In this role, she drove cross-industry impact beyond advertising and marketing, spearheading the development of TIME'S UP's Guide to Equity and Inclusion During Crisis, which was lauded in Fast Company as “guidance disrupting leadership’s reaction to crisis.”
Prior to TIME’S UP, Christena was Omnicom Group's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, responsible for accelerating diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes for underrepresented communities across the global network and carrying forward the company's cultural vision: becoming an example of sustainable diversity and inclusion for corporations worldwide.
In addition to her role at Omnicom, Christena pushed to expand and deepen the conversation around inclusion in her role as Director of ADCOLOR, where she helped to launch the ADCOLOR Conference, ADCOLOR Awards, and ADCOLOR FUTURES programs, all of which spotlight the importance of diversity and community in the creative and tech industries. Through these efforts, along with her involvement in organizations like the 4A’s MAIP and Ad Club of New York as well as speaking engagements at Cannes, Advertising Week, Ad Age, and 3% Conference, she has been deeply involved in shaping the direction creative industries have now adopted around inclusion.
Throughout her career, Christena has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership, activism, and diversity efforts. She was recently named to the Black List 100 and was presented The AD Club of New York Icons, Rockstar & Innovators Award. Christena was named to Adweek’s 2019 Women Trailblazers list, which celebrates women who are breaking down barriers and opening up opportunities for others, and received the first-ever Advertising Week "Future Is Female" Award for her proven achievements, demonstrated ability to affect organizational change, commitment to external impact, and capacity to mentor others. Christena was also listed as Adweek’s 2018 Young Influentials, which celebrates media, marketing, and tech talents innovating from AR to Activism, Data to Diversity.
Christena’s passion, optimism, and drive to inspire change propel her tireless work to improve creative industries, by making them safer, more welcoming, and equitable to people of all kinds — and ultimately, more successful. She is most proud of running all 26.2 miles of the 2019 New York City Marathon alongside her partner and on behalf of the TIME’S UP Foundation.
Inductee, 2021 Advertising Hall of Achievement
Last Updated: July 2021