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17 June 2015

From awareness to action – Global Diversity Week 2015

I am excited to share with our Gender Agenda readers that this week PwC firms are bang in the midst of our second ever Global Diversity Week, a wide-scale series of inclusion events that aims to reach every single PwC professional across the globe.  Throughout the week we are hosting a series of inclusion activities that aim to energise and engage all of our 195,000 people on the importance of diversity, valuing difference and inclusion.

I’ve just returned to Dublin from London, where on Monday our Global Chairman, Dennis Nally and Global Diversity Leader, Agnès Hussherr hosted a webcast streamed live to our people across the globe.  Dennis and Agnès were joined by two of PwC’s millennial talent, Nora Bartos, a VAT and Customs Manager from our Swiss firm, and Dwayne Branch a Business Recovery Services Manager based in London.

Diversity Week webcast

This was a compelling conversation on the tough questions we need to have front of mind as we focus on driving diversity change and progress, and set the tone for global and local activities taking place across the network this week. The activities encourage our people to: understand, explore, engage, and commit to action.

Dennis Nally also released a blog on why diversity matters and sent a communication to every person at PwC, releasing innovative tools such as a mythbusters quiz, implicit association tests, and a personal inclusion planner to help everyone commit to action.  Our people will also have a chance to go public with their personal commitments by posting them on our virtual commitment wall.

Finally, on Tuesday, Dennis hosted a Twitter Chat on HeForShe with Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – thousands joined - spokesperson Emma Watson even chimed in to thank him! Check out the conversation on Twitter using #HeForShe.

TwitterNallyEmma

Find out more about PwC’s campaign to get 80,000 men to take the pledge and find out how you can get involved by watching the short HeForShe video or clicking here.

 

For me personally it is so important we all remember that each of us has our own unique life experiences, personality, strengths, and points of view – all powerful tools that we bring to work every day – and that we all need to step up and use those differences to contribute to success in our workplaces. 

Find out more about Global Diversity Week by reading our From awareness to action report.

Be yourself. Be different. 

Aoife

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