Our Head of Inclusion & Diversity takes to the stage

25.02.20

by Editorial Staff and Katie De Paoli

Katie De Paoli, our Head of Inclusion & Diversity, made her voice heard during two speaking events earlier this month. Read on for her insights from Girls Tech and Turin Digital Days, both held in Turin, Italy

25.02.20

by Editorial Staff and Katie De Paoli

Katie De Paoli, our Head of Inclusion & Diversity, made her voice heard during two speaking events earlier this month. Read on for her insights from Girls Tech and Turin Digital Days, both held in Turin, Italy

#1. What are your key responsibilities at Deltatre?

My role is to supervise and execute our overarching strategy in enhancing the company’s culture across our 19 offices globally. In the short term, I’m leading a number of initiatives to promote and nurture an inclusive working environment, one in which everyone feels valued and able to perform to their full potential.

#2. Can you describe what the events were like? Who was there?

The first event, Girls Tech, was created to highlight the gender gap in technology and innovation. Its purpose was to get together and share stories, challenges, initiatives, successes, and visions about how we can really build a more inclusive space in technology and influence other sectors and push for a better future for everybody.

The format was very interesting as all speakers had a slot to tell their own stories and then answer questions from the audience. It created a very welcoming and warm atmosphere that is key when you are talking about personal and sensitive topics.

During Turin Digital Days, it was great to present in public about why Deltatre is investing in I&D and what it means for us. The presentation helped us to push for what we believe in.

#3. Why did you want to attend?

I was really looking forward to hearing stories from inspirational leaders that every day are fighting for change.

Being MC for the Girls Tech event was also a new challenge for me and I was proud to be able to contribute. It was great to meet the speakers, and I was looking forward to supporting their conversations and continuing to input in their stories.

During Turin Digital Days, I was able to explain further about how we’re investing in culture and driving change. It was a brilliant opportunity to be a spokesperson for the positive influence inclusion and diversity brings.

#4. What points did you raise?

Within Girls Tech, I highlighted the fact that I liked the event’s format because I believe that sharing real stories in a very open and transparent way is so important to truly unite and inspire people. I think it helps them to relate, feel less isolated, and more empowered and encouraged to make positive change.

At Turin Digital Days, my presentation led to an interesting discussion from the audience, as people were asking about key initiatives and best practices that lead to a more inclusive and diverse workplace, in particular related to hiring diverse talent and make sure that all people actually feel that they are given the same opportunities and treatments.

One highlight was the discussion around the importance of promoting a psychologically safe environment in which each and every one feels valued and encouraged – and the importance of promoting a sense of belonging, fueled by effective communication. If everybody feels truly part of the company and knows where we're heading, they're happy to contribute to that vision and the overall success of the business.

Many people from Deltatre attended, which showed how much people believe in inclusion and diversity and want to be involved and part of the discussions.

#5. What were your biggest takeaways?

It’s so important to be open and transparent with both successes and challenges. If you create the right space, show your intentions, are genuine, and are not making change purely because it’s seen as a ‘hot trend’ or because everybody is talking about it, people will understand your commitment and will be truly on board.

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