Cristina Ackas Named Vice Chair of Global Connections For Women Advisory Board

January 24, 2022

Ackas to Join Fellow Leaders from Across Industries to Enhance Gender Equity in the Workplace

The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) announced today that Cristina Ackas, Vice President, Inclusive Diversity, Octagon, has been appointed to serve as the Vice Chair for the organization.

Global Connections for Women is one of the leading international non-profit organizations focused on gender equality, women empowerment, and youth empowerment. The foundation reaches more than 3.5 million people worldwide, creating curated programs and events to support female entrepreneurs and advance women in the workplace.

In her role as Vice-Chair, Ackas will partner with the organization’s leadership, including GC4W Founder & CEO Dr. Lillian Ajayi-Ore, to lead the development of projects and initiatives dedicated to ending the persistent inequities that still exist for women in the workplace. Ackas, Ajayi-Ore, and the GC4W advisory board will seek to drive necessary dialogue, create opportunities, and effect substantive change in the gender gap across business.

“I am proud to join the incredible women on GC4W’s advisory board and am excited to get to work, creating more equity, equality, and connection for women in workplaces around the world,” said Ackas. “Octagon has a longstanding history of being champions for gender equity both on the field and in the workplace. The opportunity to work with GC4W and some of the leading minds and activists across so many different industries will allow us to continue this mission and establish meaningful change for women everywhere.”

Ackas is slated to speak at GC4W’s first event of 2022, “Advancing Pay Equity in a Post-Pandemic World,” on Feb. 19 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The event, featuring Ajayi-Ore, IPG SVP for Global Culture and Diversity Femi Olu-Lafe, IPG SVP, Global Talent Attraction, Sandra Tarrant, and a host of key leaders, will discuss furthering the mission to achieve pay equity across the world.

For more information about Global Connections for Women or to register for the panel discussion, click here.


Octagon is the preeminent integrated marketing and talent management agency in global sports and entertainment. The agency creates distinctive marketing campaigns for some of the largest brands and Fortune 500 companies across the globe and represents more than 900 of the most prominent and influential athletes, talent, and properties in the world.

With more than 1,000 employees worldwide, based in 50 offices, in 20 countries, Octagon is positioned in virtually all areas of sports and entertainment.

For more than 40 years, Octagon has consistently pushed the boundaries of the industry with ground-breaking marketing campaigns, experiential and hospitality services, industry-leading data, insight, and strategy capabilities, as well as an unmatched talent management portfolio of the most high-profile and successful athletes and personalities.


The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) is a non-profit organization that believes in all women and girls – and their right to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities. The Global Connections for Women Foundation is the recipient of the Best of Manhattan Charity Organization (New York, USA) for seven consecutive years, 2015-2021.

Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) is an award-winning not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York City, with a reach of over 3.5 million people worldwide. We are one of the leading international non-profits of the millennium in the areas of gender equality, women empowerment, and youth empowerment.

Inspired by the real-life examples and our ongoing global commitment, women, and girls in underserved communities around the world will be encouraged to find their voice and equipped with the resources they need to feel connected, educated, and empowered.