March 1, 2018

United States, New York

With new initiative Mercer named as ReFrame’s Knowledge Partner to lead change in Hollywood

Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth, and career, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC), has launched a new initiative, When Women Thrive in Media and Entertainment. Focusing specifically on the unique needs of women in film, television, and media and making the most of their ability to facilitate change broadly, this initiative emphasizes equal representation and advancement of women at every level throughout the industry.

“Hollywood and its bold leaders have the ability to set an example for all industries,” said Pam Jeffords, Partner with Mercer. “Women and girls around the world pay attention to what is said and done in film and television. By amplifying women’s voices — in front of the camera, behind the camera, and behind the scenes — we’re sending a powerful message about the changes needed to break the gender-parity impasse.”

Along with its When Women Thrive in Media and Entertainment initiative, Mercer was recently named the official knowledge partner for ReFrame, an industry-wide partnership to further gender parity at every level in film, TV, and media, launched by Women In Film and Sundance Institute together with over 50 Hollywood leaders and influencers. With Mercer’s support and expertise, ReFrame’s voice, visibility, and commitment to gender parity will further important conversations needed to help remove barriers for women throughout the media and entertainment industry.

“We’re thankful for Mercer’s collaboration as they join the remarkable team of ambassadors working to break down barriers and encourage gender equality,” said ReFrame co-founders, Cathy Schulman, Board President, Women In Film. Keri Putnam, Sundance Institute Director reinforced this by saying “With Mercer’s help, we can come together as an industry to amplify our voices, drive equitable representation and create diverse workplaces where women are given the opportunity to thrive."

Mercer’s When Women Thrive in Media and Entertainment initiative will launch on March 8th, International Women’s Day, at an empowering event in Los Angeles that brings together more than 50 Hollywood insiders dedicated to initiating change for women in the industry.

Founded in 2014, Mercer’s When Women Thrive research and consulting platform helps organizations worldwide increase their representation and advancement of women in business by focusing on their total wellbeing, specifically their careers, health, safety, and financial wellness. To learn more about Mercer’s When Women Thrive platform and to download their latest research, Accelerating for Impact: 2018 Gender Inflection Point that identifies the steps organizations can take to act on this important movement, visit here.

About Mercer

Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Mercer’s more than 22,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With nearly 65,000 colleagues and annual revenue over $14 billion, through its market-leading companies including Marsh, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer.

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