I think it has been in the “making” for some years, but I was unable to really articulate my mind about it and thus also why it was important. But the past few years, I have been educating myself about diversity, inclusion and equity in the recruitment process. I mean, of course in a modern world we know it is “good business”. On a personal level I never thought twice about whether people identified as this or that, what background they had, etc. so I thought I was quite fair, unbiased and inclusive. But boy have I learned so much more and now, looking back I can see the countless mistakes I have done and are determined not to make them again.
To be honest it was really Joanne Lockwood that opened my eyes twice, first in Ukraine when she led a round table discussion – and the second time when she was kind enough to meet 1-1 to talk about D&I. I have learned that diversity is not just about male/female and that inclusion is much more than just gender-based bathrooms. Today, I challenge myself regularly to face my thoughts and the biases that comes with that and I am so passionate about creating processes that allow fair and unbiased recruitments to lead to a more diverse and inclusive talent pipeline.