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GROW - a DEI consultancy

dedicated to helping advertising agencies and marketing firms unlock empathetic brand truths that build resonant branded DEI.

Amplifying Sustainable DEI.

Chief Truths Teller

Jean Grow, PhD, is founder and Chief Truths Teller of GROW - a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consultancy. GROW helps clients craft authentically inclusive brand strategies and emphatically resonant creative. Before founding GROW, Jean spent 20+ years conducting intersectional DEI research and teaching advertising. She is co-author of the top selling book: Advertising Creative: Strategy, Copy & Design, now in its 6th edition. Prior to joining academia Jean spent nearly a decade in the advertising industry working with agencies such as Leo Burnett, FCB, and DDB and with clients from Coca-Cola to Kimberly-Clark. She earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


When Jean and her "radically honest" team of Truths Tellers are not helping clients amplify DEI, she may be traveling the world – 32 countries and counting.

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"Breaking the traditions of the past that no longer serve us are essential to DEI work. Jean’s refreshingly straightforward approach to creating tangible change inspires agency leaders at all levels to take actions that transform behavior and make a meaningful and lasting difference. If you’re ready to wake up every day and build a more inclusive company and world, you’ll want game-changing leaders like Jean by your side.”

- Laura Maness

Chief Executive Officer, Havas/New York


Offerings provide tools for your organization to break with the traditions of the past to cultivate a better tomorrow building and sustaining a more inclusive culture of belonging.


TruthTellers are individuals who share their personal stories to enhance cultural understanding in intimate and often provocative ways as part of GROW’s Cultural Engagement offerings.


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