What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I am the Global Senior Director for Diversity & Inclusion at Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for business and professionals.
I am a tri-sector professional with experience in venture philanthropy, corporate responsibility, small business development, public policy and non-profit management. Experience in such varied fields of work have contributed a diverse set of skills, including problem-solving, strategy development and implementation of large-scale projects in a public facing environment, and people management.
What is the biggest challenge of your work?
Connecting diversity and inclusion to a company’s core business values is the greatest challenge faced by professionals in our field. It’s important to keep in mind how to collaborate with people and build allies across the organization, particularly with professionals at the core of the business. If the business and leaders understand the ways in which they can link D&I to business success then you’ll impact the organization is ways that are tangible and real. At Thomson Reuters we are continually exploring strategies for linking our business to our D&I goals, an approach that has been instrumental to achieving our objectives while delivering results for the business.
What is your proudest achievement?
There are achievements I am proud of in many aspects of my life and in every position I’ve held. I think it more appropriate to think of achievements within the arc of my career. From that vantage point, I’m most proud of having had the opportunity to work in so many different sectors and in such varied roles. That wealth and diversity of experience have made me the professional I am today. Bearing that in mind, I am extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with Governor Andrew Cuomo and to double contracting opportunities for small businesses owned by women and minorities.
What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
There are so many amazing leaders in all types of disciplines and I draw inspiration and take to heart lessons from all-- Nelson Mandela, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Frida Kahlo, Rossana Rosado, Luis Miranda, Shonda Rhimes, William Thomson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Sheena Wright, Lila Downs, Jennifer Hyman, Serena Williams, Jacqueline Novogratz, Zaha Hadid, Lisa Garcia Quiroz, and Lena Dunham to name only a few.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Well, since much of this work is about being forward looking and embracing change, my hope is that the diversity and inclusion will become innate to the way organizations operate. Diversity will be a foundational element of engagement in a shifting corporate and cultural global landscape. So part of where I see myself in 10 years is working both professionally and personally at generating the best ideas across borders of all kinds to make the world work better for everyone. If that's the case then I will be working in diversity and inclusion and running an olive farm with my husband and daughter somewhere in Italy.
How has your participation with the Executive Leadership Program impacted the way you approach your day-to-day role?
The most impactful lesson I learned at ELP is that my individuality, my authentic self, is an asset that I can leverage every day to be a more effective leader. [I’m an Analytic hence the exhaustive list of leaders and doers.] I use the lessons from the workshops and the insights shared by my peers to polish my leadership style, enhance my ability to influence and I leverage these for my personal success as well as those of my team. And the network I’ve built through it is invaluable!