The Phyllis Project

The Phyllis Project is a comprehensive training program that includes a customized career plan for each participant based on their goals and development needs. The program transcends the boundaries of the professional sphere by helping participants navigate mental and societal challenges such as experiencing motherhood guilt-free, overcoming the imposter syndrome, courage, and self-belief, making your voice heard, owning, and telling one’s story and other such themes.

The program stands on the four pillars of personalized mentoring, training for upskilling, inspiration, and community building. The Phyllis India Project has reaped some amazing results for us and on the back of that, we have grown our influence and our community into the region with the Phyllis Asia Chapter – brilliant women across Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, and India join us as we take slow but sure steps towards sustained gender parity in leadership.

Inspired by the legendary Phyllis Robinson – DDB’s first copywriter and the first female copy chief in the history of the United States – the program lays the groundwork for a community of women leaders that support and inspire each other in their journeys. Phyllis broke all the rules and opened doors for many women (and men) who followed. She promoted an atmosphere of creative freedom and respect where people had the opportunity to take chances and where diverse opinions were valued and nurtured.

  • 9 %

    improvement in gender ratio in three years since launch

  • 52

    women leaders enrolled

  • 166 +

    mentoring sessions

  • 70

    workshops / group sessions

Batch of 2021-22

Women Leadership Program of the Year

Inspiring Phyllis Projects across the DDB network

Touted as the best leadership program in the Omnicom network

Mentor of the Year - Vanaja Pillai