Do you have a Diversity and Inclusion strategy?

I had the good fortune of attending an excellent Diversity and Inclusion event organised by Google Diversity team down in Google Headquarters in Dublin on Tuesday.

Over 250 Senior Executives were in an attendance to listen to the engaging insight from an esteemed panel of speakers ranging from business leaders, practitioners to inspirational thought leaders on their D&I journeys. 


The topics covered were as follows: 

  • “Making the world’s workplaces more diverse & inclusive” Dave Geraghty, Director GCE EMEA
  • The Role of Executive Sponsorship - Margot Slattery MD Sodexo
  • Making the unconscious conscious - Brian Welle, Director, People Analytics, Google
  • Living in a world built for you - Sinead Burke - Founder of /PHd Student
  • Bringing your whole self to work - Rachel Mooney, HR Director, Vodafone Ireland  

Each of the speakers brought unique and different thinking. My personal favourites were the personal stories shared by Margot Slattery and Sinead Burke - which had many of the audience in tears. 

For any company looking to embrace a stronger Diversity & Inclusion Strategy here was some of the advice shared:

  • Get the conversation going - you need to start somewhere ! 
  • Set D&I goals that are realistic. Rome wasn't built in a day
  • Link your Diversity & Inclusion approach to your Company Strategy - goals could be related to gender, race, ethnicity, generations, people with disabilities or sexual orientation and gender identity 
  • Buy in from the top is critical. Getting a listening ear will lead to budget, empowerment and ultimately outcomes 
  • Involve people who are passionate about the subject for an authentic voice & who will bring others on the journey
  • To know what the strategy should look like user participation is key   
  • Educate your teams and provide support through networks, awareness campaigns or mentoring as appropriate
  • D&I is now a business necessity as well as a moral imperative    
  • A lively panel discussion was then chaired by Google's Director of People Operations, Helen Tynan followed by an invite for more company's to join the Irish Diversity Charter.  

Over coffees and cake everyone agreed that it had been a thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial day out ! 

Gerald FitzGerald's picture
Chief Operations Officer Ireland