"Give everyone grace," Joy Allen-Altimare from Havas Media Network

Feb 14, 2024

Welcome to Pass the Mic and the Live Lessons series. Life happens in the moment—and so do opportunities to pass the mic. We’re having live conversations with powerful female leaders, giving them the opportunity to share their wisdom and mentor the masses.

Meet Joy Allen-Altimare, Chief Business Officer at Havas Media Network. Joy oversees the agency’s practice that focuses on growth by identifying the key business challenges of their Clients; as such, she works with Havas Media North America's clients’ C-Suite—both current and prospective—to solve their biggest challenges while unlocking new opportunities for Havas to partner and grow their clients’ businesses. She has an established track record of creating profitable solutions centered around member experience, engagement, and consumer behavior change. Throughout her career, Joy has been an expert advisor for organizations tackling growth, innovation, and technology challenges. 

Joy joined Jocelyn Hudak, Senior Director, Content and Digital Marketing, for an interview at our Pass the Mic lounge at CES in Las Vegas, created in partnership with The Female Quotient. Get ready to be a part of the solution, and give the full interview a listen.

Pass The Mic with Joy Allen-Altimare - Full Interview

My responsibility is to, with compassion and grace, talk to people, and also listen to them so that we can create an inclusive environment.

Joy Allen-AltimareChief Business Officer at Havas Media Network

Help everyone.

Help everyone, Joy Allen-Altimare - Pass The Mic

Highlight: “My intent is to help everyone… So, part of my responsibility is to, with compassion and grace, talk to people and also listen to them so that we can create an inclusive environment… Everyone comes with pure intention, but we also are stressed. Most people are trying to do their best job, and they're stressed because they can't control every element.” – Joy Allen-Altimare

Provide greater impact.

Provide greater impact, Joy Allen-Altimare - Pass The Mic

Highlight: “I always pursued the opportunity to learn and to provide greater impact. That has been the guiding principle to my entire career. It's why I fell in love with the idea of changing behavior, influencing for positivity. What we do in this job, in the seat, is we actually help people discover their passion, discover not just a tool or a skill, but discover a way to enhance their life.” – Joy Allen-Altimare

Advocate for other women.

Advocate for other women, Joy Allen-Altimare - Pass The Mic

Highlight: “I think women have to stick together. I think it's so easy to compete in a way that's not productive for all women to rise. And I always say, for me, I'm sitting at the table, I always ask, ‘Is there space for another woman? There has to be. If you want me to sit at this table.’ Particularly, if I'm going on a board, I'm always asking, ‘Is there a place for a person of color, and is there a place for a woman?’ I think women need to do that more.” – Joy Allen-Altimare

Create space.

Create space, Joy Allen-Altimare - Pass The Mic

Highlight: “You make space, you ask for space, you create this space… Be very supportive of women in the corporate environment early on. If you're a director or you’re a manager, support, because a decade from now, when you see leaders, they'll be there with you.” – Joy Allen-Altimare

Get perspective.

You have to have great counsel around you, Joy Allen-Altimare - Pass The Mic

Highlight: “If you only talk to people that think like you, you're only going to get an answer you would give yourself. So I think as women, particularly women in the industry, it's very important to have a cohort of women that are doing what you're doing, but then also nurture a group of people or engage with a group of people who love you and can also give you a different perspective.” – Joy Allen-Altimare

With leaders like Joy inspiring us to make space and extend grace, we’re going to see a more inclusive future. Check out our Pass the Mic content hub for even more inspiration.

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