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Tracey Patterson
Tracey Patterson
Managing Director, Chicago, Illinois
January 23, 2019

How We’re Igniting Innovation Through Inclusion at Accenture


Women have made huge strides in technology—but we know there’s still work to be done.

We’re committed to creating a culture of equality, unlocking human potential and offering the opportunity for everyone to advance and thrive.

As part of that commitment, our new Women in Innovation event series aims to connect our leaders with women looking not just to grow their technology career, but to realize their life’s purpose and passion and let it fuel the work they do each day.

We asked Managing Director Tracey Patterson to share the ideas and strategy behind the series, as well as her take on progress for women in the technology industry.

Q: What was the inspiration behind this series?
I am passionate about connecting with smart women who can turn their passion into their profession through meaningful work. Creative thinking and diverse mindsets are the keys to opening the door to the workforce of the future.

In the intensive technology industry, women are often left behind. We want to show that women can bring forward their talents and niche skillsets to solve our clients’ toughest problems.

I stepped forward to create the Women in Innovation event series to ignite conversation around hiring the best female technology candidates. This idea stemmed from continued conversations with Mimi Valdes, an executive producer of the movie “Hidden Figures”, which highlights the importance of diversity in technology through the story of three female NASA engineers.

This sentiment and commitment to diversity is echoed throughout the company globally; it’s also reinforced by our speakers and Accenture leadership attending the event, many of whom have made their own commitments to inclusion and diversity.

This event showcases who we are as a company, both as an industry leader and an organization dedicated to creating a workplace culture of equality, where everyone can advance and thrive.

Q: How does the event series help women?
The event highlights our commitment to both inclusion and innovation. Our interactive technology lab will showcase how Accenture technologies are being used in real-world applications.

Fireside chats will highlight inspiring career journeys from Mimi Valdes, women in our Accenture Technology and Digital businesses and women from our client companies who share our passion in this area.

Finally, attendees will have the chance to network with other women innovators and Accenture leadership. Through this series, we are committed to hiring as many women that are a great fit with our available opportunities as we can.

Q: Why is Accenture the best place for a career in technology?
Through this series, we are committed to hiring as many women that are a great fit with our available opportunities as we can.

We are considered a leader in the world’s most cutting-edge technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. And Accenture provides unparalleled training and development opportunities to prepare our people to thrive in an ever-evolving technological landscape.

Revolutionize the future of business with a company committed to creating an equal workforce. Find your fit with the Accenture team.


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