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Empowering Change: A Conversation on Industry Challenges for National Inclusion Week

Diversity and inclusion are paramount values at Digital Republic Talent. As we celebrate National Inclusion Week 2023, we had the privilege of hosting a thought-provoking round table discussion featuring key speakers Karen Jean-Francois and Lizzie Wilder, alongside our very own Managing Director, Richard Manso, Operations Manager Ivona Solovjova, and Delivery Associate Holly Strudwick.

The Importance of National Inclusion Week

National Inclusion Week is a significant moment on our calendar, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. In an era where inclusivity is more crucial than ever, National Inclusion Week serves as a reminder of the work that remains to be done. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, as of 2021, the gender wage gap averaged 11.9% across OECD countries, signifying a slow pace of change. In the tech industry, gender representation remains a challenge, with data from Accenture indicating a decline in the ratio of women to men in tech roles over the past 35 years. Additionally, a Pew Research Center report highlights that 50% of women have experienced gender discrimination at work. These statistics underscore the importance of discussions like the one we’re about to share.

Meet Our Thought Leaders:

Before we dive into the discussion, let’s introduce our esteemed panelists:

Karen Jean-Francois: Analytics Manager

As an Analytics Manager, Karen Jean-Francois is on a mission to empower data analytics professionals to thrive. She envisions a world where data analytics seamlessly aligns with business objectives, where cross-functional collaboration flourishes, and where analytics professionals’ growth extends beyond technical skills. Karen’s path to success has been paved with challenges, including impostor syndrome and facing labels like “too shy” for client-facing roles. Nevertheless, she persevered and now manages analytics teams at prestigious organizations like Monzo Bank. Karen’s contributions extend further as she produces the “Women in Data Podcast” and created “The Thriving Analyst,” earning her recognition as a “Twenty in Data and Technology 2020.”

Lizzie Wilder: Digital Analytics Specialist:

With over 14 years of experience in digital data and analytics, Lizzie Wilder has left an indelible mark on the industry. She led digital analytics efforts at renowned brands, including Jet2, easyJet, and Asda. In the last 4.5 years, she transitioned to contracting and consulting roles, specializing in digital analytics transformation. Lizzie’s passion for advancing women in digital data shines through her latest venture, “Insight Elevator,” which offers coaching, online courses, and abundant resources for women in the digital data space. Her ultimate goal is to see more women in leadership positions, illuminating the data world with their unique perspectives.

Discussion Highlights:

Our round table discussion explored several thought-provoking topics, in alignment with National Inclusion Week’s theme, #TakeActionMakeImpact:

The first in our series of discussion points for #NationalInclusionWeek explores the challenges of excelling in a traditionally male-dominated industry. To view the next discussion point on ‘Advice for Aspiring Female Professionals‘, visit our advice hub.

Challenges in Male-Dominated Industries:

Karen and Lizzie shared their personal journeys, shedding light on the challenges they faced while excelling in traditionally male-dominated industries. Their stories inspire and encourage resilience in aspiring female professionals.

Join the Conversation:

Share your thoughts on the discussion by visiting our LinkedIn page. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalInclusionWeek to join the conversation and celebrate diversity every day while embracing the power of inclusion!

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