Talent

Your crew. Your squad. The folks who’ve got your back. And they’re awesome.
But, we can turn them into superheroes.

Cultivating talented individuals is one of the most important, and challenging, aspects of the business. Whether it’s where to find good people to how to grow them from wide-eyed interns to savvy professionals, we’ve got the goods.

Our MAIP and High School initiatives offer practical experience to young people looking to get their start. The Institute for Advanced Advertising Studies and IPA Foundation Certificate programs give those with a bit more experience the push they need to get into the big leagues. And when they’re ready to take an even bigger jump, our ELP Program can show you how to lead.

So pick your troops and train them well.

What's Hot in Talent

Training Programs

With a host of training and educational offerings, including our industry–leading webinars, developmental seminars, and national conferences, the 4A’s is committed to nurturing talent of all levels and career stages. View all training programs here.

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Human Resources

The 4A’s provides an extensive collection of material related to Human Resources, including wide selection of agency job descriptions.

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Salary & Compensation

The 4A’s provides an extensive collection of content related to Salary & Compensation.

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4A’s 2016 Employee Compensation Study

The 4A’s 2016 Employee Compensation final report, showing salaries as of May, 2016, has been published. The study includes salary data from agencies of all sizes, reflecting the responses of 279 member agency offices providing data on 28,000 salaries for 236 job titles in 19 job categories.

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Confidential Study of Compensation in Member Agencies Now Available

This confidential study compares the overall compensation of the highest-paid individuals in 94 4A’s member agencies with annual gross income up to $75 million.

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4A’s Unveils Enlightened Workplace Certification® Program

Marketing & Communications

The 4A’s has unveiled a unique, far-ranging program aimed at creating safe and productive work environments that create cultures of inclusion, equity, creative dialogue and social transformation. The intent is to support agencies in eliminating discrimination, harassment, bullying, intimidation and retaliation.

4A’s Issues Fair Play Charter for Minority-Owned and Minority-Targeted Media

Marketing & Communications

The charter, written by the 4A’s Media Leadership Council (MLC), was inspired by discussions with Kizart Media Partners and the multicultural media owner community to address questions around perceived “no Hispanic”/“no urban” dictates in the media-buying process. It asks agencies to commit to the charter or to incorporate the charter into agency policies and procedures.

Fair Play Charter — Minority-Owned and Minority-Targeted Media

Media Services

The Media Leadership Council (MLC) of the 4A’s is issuing this Fair Play Charter to its members as guidance and agreement to fair and equitable treatment to owners of minority-owned and -targeted media. Fair Play represents a recommitment to nondiscriminatory practices in media buying process.

Discover, Disrupt, Deliver: 4A’s Hosts Fourth Annual Talent@2030 Conference in NYC

Marketing & Communications

HR and talent leaders will convene at Talent@2030 for two days of panel discussions and keynotes confronting the industry’s organizational leadership and change management needs, along with workshops themed around Talent Management/Development, Difference & Belonging, and Talent Acquisition/Staffing.

Delivering through Diversity

Research Services

In this report from McKinsey, see how a diverse labor force can have a positive impact on a company’s financial performance. You will also learn four inclusion and diversity strategies to improve your business and stay competitive.

Webinar: Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Creative Workplace

Training & Development

This webinar reviewed the relevant laws and definitions governing workplace discrimination and harassment, clarified the obligations of management and supervisors, reviewed case studies, and discussed how these laws and obligations intersect in the context of a creative work environment.

4A’s Analysis of Agency Costs Survey Report

The 83rd Analysis of Agency Costs Survey Report, showing operating cost and income figures of member agencies for 2016 agency data, is now available. Download the order form here.

The Digital Talent Gap—Are Companies Doing Enough?

Research Services

Capgemini and LinkedIn have released a global report on the digital talent gap, an analysis of the demand and supply of talent with specific digital skills and the availability of digital roles across multiple industries.

Women in the Workplace

Research Services

This annual study from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company looks at the state of women in corporate America. Steps companies can follow to advance their gender diversity efforts and create a more fair and inclusive work environment are provided.

4A’s 2017 Employee Compensation Study

The 2017 Employee Compensation final report, showing salaries as of May, 2017, is now available. The study includes salary data from agencies of all sizes, reflecting the responses of 314 member agency offices providing data on 32,400 salaries for 233 job titles in 19 job categories.

2018 Salary Guide

Research Services

The Creative Group gives an exclusive look at the latest salary and employment trends in the creative and marketing fields in this annual report.

Project [Dis]Connect by the J. Walter Thompson Young Commodores

4A's Member

The J. Walter Thompson Young Commodores – students from Manhattan Early College School for Advertising (MECA), Miami Ad School and City College of New York – had an amazing opportunity to work with the great people from the Discover Outdoors Foundation Kirk Reynolds and Lauren Skonieczny. Throughout the 15-weeks the YC’s stayed in close contact with DOF and led the project from beginning to end.

5 Questions For Duff Stewart of GSD&M

4A's Member

The 4A’s is committed to sharing the thoughts of some of the most important leaders in the ad industry. In this edition of our 5 Questions For… series, we chat with Duff Stewart, CEO GSD&M. 

Webinar: 2017 Labor Billing Rate Survey Report (LBRSR) Guidance Discussion

On July 27th, 4A’s held an agency-only webinar to help survey participants and 4A’s members understand the important information contained in the 2017 Labor Billing Rate Survey Report (LBRSR).

Evolution of the Advertising Agency Business

Statista created this Giant Chart exclusively for the 4A’s to illustrate changes in the ad agency industry, including agency revenue, growth in employment, and share of ad expenditure by medium.