Anna: I’m a first-generation college graduate. I grew up in a blue-collar community, and my first corporate job was a bit of a culture shock. The young professionals that I started with were well travelled, had mentors, had done summer internships and felt an easy sense of belonging. I was a bit different – I had never travelled outside of the south-eastern US, I didn’t know what it meant to fly Business Class, and I once asked if an au pair was a food. My background allowed me to notice the voices that were left out of the decision-making process – voices that could add great value and perspective and were excluded not for meritocratic reasons but because of circumstance. I truly believe that we make the best decisions when we have a diversity of backgrounds and voices in the room. Layer in the richness of demographic diversity, of gender and racial diversity, the bravery of the LGBTQ+ community, the creativity of those who are neurodiverse, and the potential for impact skyrockets.
Devvya: It has to do with my personal journey – I was lucky to have the opportunity to learn, grow and pursue my dreams in life. However, coming from India I am well aware of how some people, despite having merit, can struggle to succeed. Being in a role that allows me to create equal opportunity, people to be themselves and freely express their ideas is personally rewarding.
Dominique: Being a part of D&I speaks to my passion for empowering others. Embracing diversity and inclusion empowers people to present their authentic selves in the workplace. This in turn allows us to understand other’s perspectives, broadening our own and celebrating our differences and commonalities as we unite.
Caroline: Fundamentally fairness is a core personal value for me, so I have a real drive for equality and everyone having the same opportunities open to them.