In January of 2020 — before the world shut down — we refreshed our company core values, distilling our working philosophy into key messages that captured Index Exchange’s essence. Among them was “Support Each Other. It Matters.” This mantra would prove to be invaluable and imperative in the months ahead as we forged through a global pandemic, facing unforeseen challenges across our industry, our communities, and at home.
The immense pressures of the pandemic, and flagrant acts of racial injustice have highlighted the need to create a culture of candor, understanding, and belonging — one that prioritizes mental health, diversity, and inclusion. In order to feel supported at work, our employees and partners need to feel psychologically safe. At Index Exchange, we’re dedicated to supporting our people, peers, and families, through adversity, and through every endeavor.
– Genevieve Wheeler, Senior Content Marketing Manager
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we are highlighting a few specific, tangible initiatives in our efforts to Support Each Other. We partnered with philanthropic platforms, industry heavyweights, and trade bodies, like Givsly, Omnicom Media Group, and the IAB Canada, to champion wellness and equity across our space, partaking in fireside chats, mental health music sessions, and social media campaigns.
We joined together with one of our key agency partners, OMG, to spread the message, “you are not alone,” via a partnership with Givsly. Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing resources around the stigma of mental health in the workplace, participating in thought leadership opportunities around the topic, and raising donations for mental health-focused nonprofits.
We hosted Sarah Restall of InsideOut LeaderBoard to learn about how to best manage mental wellness and engage in self-care. We compiled a Mental Health Awareness Reading List, with important titles like The Five Thieves of Happiness by John Izzo, Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, and Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns. Further, we’re delighted to announce that Megha Wadhwani, Legal Counsel at Index Exchange, was instrumental in helping develop the IAB Canada’s D&I Charter, firming up our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the ad tech industry:
– Megha Wadhwani, Legal Counsel