“This report raises the level of accountability for the entire industry and what our clients ask us for,” Pyle says. “I couldn’t get yesses in the past for this kind of comprehensive report and Dentsu said, ‘Why wouldn’t we do this?’”
The job is far from done for Pyle, who is gearing up for Dentsu’s second report, measuring against commitments made in the first report. Some other focuses for Pyle include the growth of ongoing initiatives and empowering Dentsu’s BRG communities to have “more impact on Dentsu’s policy and culture.”
If you could have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
I would have to say Anthony Bourdain because we'd go to a good place to eat. He would probably take us to Southeast Asia. It would be good food and good conversation. I realize that he was a flawed human being but I just thought he was a truth-teller and I thought he amplified diverse talent. I'm a huge fan.
What are the top two social media sites you use on a regular basis?
I use both Instagram and TikTok but I don't really contribute, just consume.
What’s currently on your bedside reading list?
I'm reading "Nightfall," by Nelson DeMille. When I’m finished I’m going to go back to "Warmth of Other Suns."
What was the last show you binge-watched?
"The Outer Banks." I think they’ve nailed the diverse storylines and they’re based in North Carolina, which is different from most other shows that are based in New York and L.A.
At what age do you hope to retire?
40 Under 40 is interesting because I really think your best can come at any age, I’d love to see a 70 Under 70. I have always thought about retirement in the sense of just feeling the financial freedom to curate my projects. I'm a saver just for those moments. But I never want to not work. People are always like, ‘Don't you want to work your way out of a job with diversity? Won’t that mean success?’ I always say, ‘No, I actually want my job.'
See all of Ad Age's 40 Under 40 honorees.