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WOMEN: GENDER DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY


Leadership goes beyond company walls

By Dina Dublon, Accenture Board of Directors, Former Chief Financial Officer, JPMorgan Chase

“What you need in leadership is a belief that you can make a difference.”

In the late 1990s, I was part of a trip to Rwanda, where we interviewed women in this country who had undergone the most traumatic experience—genocide.

Literally, at that point in time, the population was primarily women because the men had disappeared during the war. So women may have been victimized or brutalized, but they were alive, and they were there. They were in government, and they were in the central bank, and they were at the ground level, organizing themselves.

The experience was transformative for me and showed me the meaning of leadership in a totally different context. This was about women on the ground, organizing themselves to bring about change in a society that has obviously undergone the most traumatic experience. It gave me a connection to a totally different world, and that was different than reading about it in the press.

Being in a leadership position is more than leadership within the walls of the company. You have the right, privilege and responsibility to bring attention to broader issues.

For more thoughts on this topic, see the video featuring Dina and Pattie Sellers, Partner, SellersEaston Media.

Dina Dublon, Accenture Board of Directors, and former Chief Financial Officer of JPMorgan Chase, was named “Woman of the Year” by the Financial Women’s Association. Fortune magazine named her “One of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for five consecutive years.

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