On Friday, May 6th, Women LEAD members from our New York City and Jersey City offices attended the 2016 New York Women in Leadership Symposium hosted by the Tri State Diversity Council, which is an affiliate of the National Diversity Council.
The focus of this annual event is to bring together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today’s issues, will educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to advance within their organizations. This year's theme was 'Secure Your Place at the Table'. Panel topics included:
- Finding and Owning Your Voice
- Becoming a Person of Influence
- Positioning Yourself for the Next Big Opportunity
- The Courage to Lead: Inner Dimensions of Leadership
- Developing Political Savvy: Hard Work and Talent Are Not Enough
Women LEAD members engaged in a morning of learning and networking as a panel, comprised of high-ranking female executives at some of the nation's largest organizations, focused on skills and qualities essential to women who advance in the workplace -- skills like courage, influence, individuality, political savvy and ambition.
It was an inspiring event, and those in attendance found incredible value in the experience. See below for comments from a couple of our colleagues:
“I was really impressed by all the diverse backgrounds of the panelists. Each woman had her own unique career path, and is now in a place of influence and impact. It made me think about my own vision of success. Life can take so many unexpected turns. Many of the panelists did not necessarily see themselves in the career or role they are in, speaking to other women and men; yet here they were. I know I can’t predict where I will be in my career in 15 years, but being in a place where I can inspire others with my stories is my new vision of success.” - Melissa Jeng, SAP
“Be yourself and be genuine, but be open to other points of view as well. Being a leader is a long journey and once you get there the world changes and you have to change as well.” - Sara Bercianos Lloret, SAP
"I felt, instinctively, that this was a space within which I belonged -- a room filled with dynamic women navigating their paths to the seemingly elusive decision table. I came away with the conviction that I am the master of my fate, with a power, unique to me, to affect change.” - Jaranne Celestine, Managed Services
The mission of the Tri State Diversity Council is to enhance appreciation for and understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion. They will achieve success through the efforts and activities, which:
- Advance corporate leadership education/awareness of the varied dimensions of diversity;
- Commit leaders to discuss issues and challenge attitudes, and promote organizational changes that support diversity; and
- Promote outreach efforts to our youth that inspire mutual respect and understanding.
Capgemini is a member of the National Diversity Council (NDC), the first non-profit organization to bring together the private, public and non-profit sectors to discuss the many dimensions and benefits of a multicultural environment. The vision of the NDC is to cultivate a nationwide network of affiliated councils to advance D&I by transforming workplaces and communities into inclusive environments in which individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential. The mission of the NDC is to be both a resource and an advocate for the value of diversity and inclusion. The NDC fosters an understanding of diversity and inclusion as a dynamic strategy for business success and community well-being through various initiatives. Capgemini actively supports the NDC in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Houston and New York. Several Capgemini leaders and employees have attended and spoken at NDC leadership events.
Women LEAD is the North America chapter of Women@Capgemini which serves as a network for all Capgemini colleagues (women and men) in North America who want to build and promote a community of people who respect each other’s skills and experiences regardless of gender. It enables the communication of: women’s focused activities, the value these activities/initiatives have for the greater good of Capgemini, and the positive impact to our business.
In 2016 Women LEAD will continue to focus around the 4Cs: Culture, Career, Commerce and Community.
As a Community, Women LEAD will increase alignment with Women@Capgemini; interviewing senior leaders for their perspectives in addition to supporting the active local offices with their activities.
To create further impact for our members’ Careers, Women LEAD will engage with the Women Leadership Development Program (WLDP) while also creating the “What’s in it for me” model, which strengthens the Commerce business case.
With the launch of “Lean In with Capgemini” groups, Women LEAD will help develop the Diversity & Inclusion Culture at a local and regional level to deliver these initiatives.
Follow us on Twitter @JoinCapgemini for more updates on our diversity and inclusion efforts.
Contributing Author: Jaranne M. Celestine
Jaranne graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. degree in Human Factors Engineering and from New York University with an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. She joined Capgemini in June 2015 and is an Application Analyst in the Managed Services business unit with experience in Information Technology Service Management. Jaranne enjoys baking and crocheting, and has most recently developed an obsession for SoulCycle.