When people think about networking, they often envision local events designed to allow opportunities to connect face-to-face with others. Recently, however, two Accenture teams used digital technology and innovation to do things a little differently. Twenty-six Accenture women from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia and Helsinki, Finland connected via video conferencing to share stories of Being Greater Than.
The virtual event was the brainchild of Accenture Health & Public Service Manager Mari Marjakuusi. Originally from Finland, Mari had spent the past two years working in Saudi Arabia. According to her:
“I noticed that our Saudi women had limited opportunities to network outside of their projects or office. Coming from a diverse and active community in Finland, I wanted to connect my colleagues in Helsinki and Al Khobar to share their Accenture experiences.”
The 90-minute video conference began with an overview of each country, a brief history of each of the respective Accenture locations and an overview of Accenture’s global network. There were also active discussions around career challenges the women encountered as well as success stories on overcoming obstacles. According to participants, one of the greatest takeaways from the event was that Accenture women have similar career aspirations as well as the ability to overcome challenges despite geographical and cultural differences.
To learn more about Accenture’s commitment to gender diversity and equality, including the commitment to growing the percentage of women new hires to 40 percent by 2017, visit www.Accenture.com/BeingGreaterThan.