Straight talk about the importance of diversity
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we are proud of how our people are building a more inclusive workplace. Our Hispanic-American Employee Resource Group (ERG) fosters a culture of inclusion and diversity by enabling our people to strengthen their networks, grow their skills, celebrate their heritages and give back to the communities where they live and work.
Our Hispanic-American ERG, led by Elliott Segarra, Consulting senior manager and Rosa Bravo, Technology senior manager, share their thoughts on this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month and what inclusion and diversity means to them.
Elliott Segarra: Rosa!
Rosa Bravo: Elliott!
ES: Rosa, I know how proud you are to be Hispanic American. How are you celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month?
RB: For me, the celebration began on September 15 with Accenture’s employee kickoff webcast. It was great to see you emceeing the event and to hear our Hispanic-American colleagues sharing their career advice with those tuning in across the U.S. In the evening, I attended the launch of a Latin American art installation at the Getty Museum, which was sponsored by Accenture.
ES: Nice! The kickoff webcast was so much fun to host.
RB: It’s important for us to gather like that and foster an informed community that can serve as a source of strength in our Accenture family as our demographic also grows in the business world.
ES: Absolutely. We are focusing on three pillars during Hispanic Heritage Month: Sponsorship, perseverance and differentiation. As a leader, I want to use my experiences to help accelerate others in their career journeys. If I’m the only one succeeding, that doesn’t mean much. For me, it’s important to pursue my career objectives and still be a beacon to help our next wave of leaders accelerate their development.
RB: In addition to the three pillars, our heritage month theme, Unleash Your Potential, is also about using the power of our identities to advance our careers. To me, unleashing my potential means that the sky is the limit. There are no barriers to what I can achieve personally and professionally by bringing my whole, authentic self to work every day. I consider myself a citizen of the world, and I believe it’s important to be open to new experiences and new ways of thinking while being mindful and respectful of others.
“There are no barriers to what I can achieve personally and professionally by bringing my whole, authentic self to work every day.” – Rosa Bravo
ES: Feeling empowered to bring your whole self to work is also what is so compelling about our #InclusionStartsWithI (ISWI) campaign. My ISWI commitment is, “Speak Up, Stand Up and bring awareness to unconscious bias in my teams and at my clients.” My cultural background impacts who I am professionally, too. During my academic and working career, I experienced many firsts—just like many folks in my culture and community. I was the first to go to college, the first to get a white-collar job, the first Latino in many places, and I didn’t have a point of reference to look up to.
RB: You are completely right. I’ve renewed my ISWI commitment to bring my authentic self to work every day. And now that I know the results of my ancestry test, my background includes Native American, Iberian, Italian, British, South East Asian, Middle Eastern, and Northern African. Clearly, there are quite a few more ERGs I can join!
ES: You should! ERGs create a safe place for our colleagues of similar backgrounds and interests. And as you know, we impact the communities that we come from and where we live. ERGs offer great opportunities to build skills and demonstrate leadership, too.
RB: Agreed! There are so many benefits—stewardship, professional development, community engagement and camaraderie, or as we like to call it, “Familia”.
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