Some of the key measures we’ve taken in India to support diversity and inclusion includes the ‘Re-ignite’ programme, whose first iteration started in 2018, which aimed at nurturing potential future women employees who have taken a career break but aspire to rekindle their professional aspirations. The programme has modules which cover a series of technical and soft skills sessions to enhance the women’s current skills and bring back confidence for those potential job interviews. This the third year of Re-Ignite programme. For Re-Ignite third iteration, over 400 profiles were received and out of which 140 profiles were shortlisted, with plans to cover topics ranging from technologies, processes, and current trends alongside relevant soft-skills topics with the current cohort.
We also have the India Security Women Squad (ISWS) which was formed in 2018 by women employees in Security. The idea was well supported by our senior leadership in India, to provide not only technical trainings to employees, but also developing women’s current skillsets, in addition to focusing on other areas like personal wellbeing, financial advisory sessions, personal development and much more. Together we built many success stories ranging in all the areas starting from implementation, design, and project management, in addition to increasing our diversity and percentage of women in the business.
Finally, I have also been involved in creating the ‘Diverse Interview Panel’ for BT Hiring across the globe. For this initiative, we encouraged people from diverse backgrounds to be part of interview panel to provide a unique insight to the whole interview process.
I strongly believe that when diverse minds with different experiences and perspectives coalesce, we build stronger and more skilled and capable teams, benefitting not just individuals but the business too.