Diversity driving change
I am a physician by training. I’m a doctor, I’m a dermatologist.
I also have a PhD, so I’m literally married to science.
I was into I.T. since I was born.
My grandfather was one of the first programmers in Belgium.
Before joining PMI, I studied two science degrees and I did my MBA as well.
I’ve been in PMI for 23 years.
I’ve been also working. I started working at Unilever as a trainee.
I’m from the United States. I grew up in Philadelphia,
and then after school I started to work in New York in investment banking.
I did marketing throughout my first years of my career
and then I pivoted into a managing director role, more a senior role.
I’m very proud to say, okay, now we are doing something different. The past is the past.
This is where we are today. And then we need to put all the forces and the energy towards the vision.
Leadership is not defined by gender. There are great men which are leaders, great leaders,
and there are women which are great leaders as well.
When you have a position that is open, you first look for the skill set, right?
But we need to be conscious about having a diverse slate of candidates.
I think diversity of people brings diversity of thought.
So, it’s absolutely critical that we’re bringing different viewpoints to the table.
So, having that diversity of viewpoint is important.
Bringing more creativity, more consumer-centric thinking,
and ultimately building a stronger organization.
For me, inclusion is the dimension that would unleash the potential of the diversity of the group.
If you look at my team, we are 27 people.
I have 15 nationalities coming from the five different continents.
Being open-minded, looking in a variety of places for people, for any position,
is critical to getting the best people on the team.
The speed of change is so fast, and we can learn so much from each other.
In regard to EQUAL-SALARY payment, or certification,
PMI is the first company that got this certification,
and I think it’s really important to have that
because it’s important to have equal pay for everybody.
I am impressed by the commitment of PMI to diversity.
You only achieve something when you start to be inclusive as well.
So, it means that we listen to each other, we respect each other,
and it’s with the diversity and the inclusion that we can achieve great things.
How many times can you say I’m working for a Fortune 500 company
and they decide to just to reinvent themselves, right?
So, bringing this diversity of thought and ideas into the company,
it’s a wonderful way to be successful.
Read more on our Diversity Driving Change initiative about inclusion and diversity at PMIClick here