In an announcement made by global chief talent officer Cynthia Augustine, Yarbrough has been asked to continue FCB’s progress in designing key culture and inclusion (called C&I) and talent initiatives across the network, as well as partner with external entities.
This hire has marked the third hire of a 4A's talent initiatives member by an IPG agency in a global capacity. Just over a year ago, Singleton Beato left her post as executive vice president of talent initiatives to join McCann Worldgroup as its first chief diversity and engagement officer. R/GA followed suit this summer, hiring Carl Desir, former vice president of 4A's talent initiatives, as its head of diversity and inclusion.
Yarbrough has brought with her what FCB considers a "rich background" in culture and inclusion strategy, recruiting and community development. During her time at the 4A's, she helped oversee MAIP, the association's flagship 22-week fellowship program, as it crossed a 200-intern threshhold for two straight years. She also helped establish partnerships with multiple historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), as well as Google, Facebook, the Marcus Graham Project and Adcolor.
Yarbrough has been reporting to Augustine directly; she said of her new hire: “We were looking for a person with a unique mix of experience who would be able to make an impact in talent development and C&I, and be an advocate for all FCB employees. We found this person in Taylor. Taylor also understands that the ultimate goal is to make a meaningful and beneficial impact on our clients’ work through the collective voices and ideas of a truly multicultural team.”
Holly Brittingham, senior vice president of global talent and organizational development, added: “Taylor’s knowledge of the industry – coupled with her experience driving innovative C&I efforts – will add significant dimension, insight and dynamism to the strategic evolution of culture & inclusion at FCB.”
In addition to her work in the D&I space, Yarbrough has also made a mark a singer-songwriter, recently having one of her first single's featured on Spike Lee's latest Netflix series, She's Gotta Have It.