At Accenture, we believe that a culture of equality is key to innovation, and that it’s important to create a welcoming environment where people of all backgrounds and identities can have a sense of belonging and achieve their personal career goals. This helps us not only attract and retain talent but develop new, disruptive ideas and deliver greater value to clients.

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In fact, Accenture ranked second in Diversity Inc's most recent list of the "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" and has appeared on the list for 15 consecutive years.

That's why I'm excited to take part in the next episode of Microsoft Envision presented with Accenture and Avanade on December 14 and lead a conversation on why inclusion and diversity are a competitive advantage.

I'll be joined by Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the NYU School of Law and Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, as well as the author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. He'll share his own journey as a gay Japanese American and why the practice of covering, or downplaying one's own differences to "fit in," is so detrimental.

The second episode of Season 2 will also feature Microsoft President and Vice Chair Brad Smith, who'll describe how organizations can drive their own business growth by tackling global challenges. Lucas Joppa, Microsoft's Chief Environmental Officer, will offer practical steps companies can take to reduce their carbon footprint while unlocking potential.

Other speakers will include Microsoft Vice President Andy Pratt, who will share how organizations are embracing the "cloud continuum" to lead and even leapfrog their competitors. In addition, renowned economist Mohamed A. El-Erian, who serves as President of Queens' College at Cambridge University as well as Chief Economic Advisor of Allianz, will give his perspective on the risks posed by economic inequality and what business leaders can do to expand opportunity.

Finally, it will be an honor to hear from tennis icon Billie Jean King about the fight for equality in sports, business, and beyond; how technology is being used to improve the game of tennis; and the importance of being true to yourself.

I hope you'll join me on December 14. Visit the Microsoft Envision website to register.

Nellie Borrero

Managing Director, Senior Global Inclusion & Diversity Strategy Lead, Global Inclusion+ Practice Lead

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