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Women in Communications, Media & Technology

Our women share how they are making an impact on clients in an industry facing the biggest transformational change in decades. Check out their unique and individual stories to learn what led them to success.

 

Getting To Equal 2017

Getting To Equal 2017

"The report, "Getting to Equal 2017," reveals that, within decades, the pay gap could close if women take advantage of three career equalizers and if business, government and academia provide critical support."

Getting To Equal 2017


 

Getting To Equal 2017

Getting To Equal 2017

"The report, "Getting to Equal 2017," reveals that, within decades, the pay gap could close if women take advantage of three career equalizers and if business, government and academia provide critical support."

 

Getting To Equal 2017



 

Manon, Hong Kong

Manon Bosma

"Be comfortable in the uncomfortable … that is where the most exciting work happens."

 

- Manon Bosma

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Manon Bosma
Manon Bosma, International Telco Client Account Lead, Hong Kong

CLIENT ROLE

As the account lead for an international telecommunications company, I get to help my client with everything from their strategic growth plans and digital transformation, through to running part of their operations. In addition, as the Talent & Organization lead for Communications, Media & Technology in Asia Pacific, I also help clients address their workforce and HR challenges and plan for the future.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I have been very lucky to have had many great mentors and role models – both male and female – throughout my career. We all need them to succeed. Following a few key principles have also helped me grow in my career:

- Look after your clients first and everything else – career advancement, new opportunities, etc. – will follow.
- Connect. Connect. Connect. Leverage your network to bring the best solutions and skills to your clients – consulting is a team sport.
- Own your success and career. Be clear and bold as to what you want to achieve and communicate your plan.
- Be authentic and humble.

HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I think it’s important to embrace change and seize new opportunities. Be eager to learn but above all, be comfortable in the uncomfortable as that is where the most exciting work happens and your path to growth lies.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Communications, media and technology companies are either leading the digital disruption and transformation; or are drastically impacted by the continuous changes made possible by digital. To become or remain a leader in the market we need talent that thrives on innovation, disruption and leading in the new – success in this new environment requires a diverse and inclusive workforce. It matters to our clients, partners and to Accenture. As the inclusion and diversity lead for CMT in Asia Pacific, I work with our leadership team to make Accenture a more diverse and inclusive workplace.


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Manon, Hongkong

Manon Bosma

"Drawing upon twenty years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, I am able to put myself in my clients’ shoes and shape solutions that are a great fit and help get them to where they want to go."

- Manon Bosma

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Manon Bosma
Manon Bosma, International Telco Client Account Lead, Hong Kong

CLIENT ROLE

As the account lead for an international telecommunications company, I get to help my client with everything from their strategic growth plans and digital transformation, through to running part of their operations. In addition, as the Talent & Organization lead for Communications, Media & Technology in Asia Pacific, I also help clients address their workforce and HR challenges and plan for the future.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I have been very lucky to have had many great mentors and role models – both male and female – throughout my career. We all need them to succeed. Following a few key principles have also helped me grow in my career:

- Look after your clients first and everything else – career advancement, new opportunities, etc. – will follow.
- Connect. Connect. Connect. Leverage your network to bring the best solutions and skills to your clients – consulting is a team sport.
- Own your success and career. Be clear and bold as to what you want to achieve and communicate your plan.
- Be authentic and humble.

HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I think it’s important to embrace change and seize new opportunities. Be eager to learn but above all, be comfortable in the uncomfortable as that is where the most exciting work happens and your path to growth lies.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Communications, media and technology companies are either leading the digital disruption and transformation; or are drastically impacted by the continuous changes made possible by digital. To become or remain a leader in the market we need talent that thrives on innovation, disruption and leading in the new – success in this new environment requires a diverse and inclusive workforce. It matters to our clients, partners and to Accenture. As the inclusion and diversity lead for CMT in Asia Pacific, I work with our leadership team to make Accenture a more diverse and inclusive workplace.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Isabelle, Paris

Isabelle Lafont

"By drawing on over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, I am able to put myself in my clients’ shoes and shape tailored solutions to help get them to where they want to go."



- Isabelle Lafont

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Isabelle Lafont
France Management Consulting Lead and Customers & Channels Business Practice Lead, Paris

CLIENT ROLE

I am currently working with two clients in the Telco space. One is an incumbent which is struggling with customer satisfaction and requires our expertise with Fjord to reinvent customer experience. The other is a giant player who has undertaken a big move to the OTT model and requires a digital transformation for its customer touch points.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

My approach to my work is shaped by my experience in the telecommunications industry. Being familiar with the business challenges facing today’s Telcos really helps me in developing trusted relationships with my clients. I know exactly how a Telco company works and the issues that they face. Drawing upon my industry expertise, I am able to put myself in my clients’ shoes and guide them towards expert solutions.

I also owe my success to those who have mentored me over the course of my career, as well as to the quality of the teams I have worked with. You cannot be successful all on your own. You need to be able to trust and be trusted by those around you.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I think staying true to yourself and being authentic is very important. Do not let others force their opinions on you and learn to say “no” when necessary.

Work hard but never forget your personal life. Striking the right balance between my personal life and professional life is possibly my “secret sauce” and helps me to stay passionate about what I do.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Personally, I have never made any distinction between working with men and women. For me the only things that matter are skills, the ability to work in a team and human qualities.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Isabelle , Paris

Isabelle Lafont

"By drawing on over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, I am able to put myself in my clients’ shoes and shape tailored solutions to help get them to where they want to go."

 



- Isabelle Lafont

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Isabelle Lafont
France Management Consulting Lead and Customers & Channels Business Practice Lead, Paris

CLIENT ROLE

I am currently working with two clients in the Telco space. One is an incumbent which is struggling with customer satisfaction and requires our expertise with Fjord to reinvent customer experience. The other is a giant player who has undertaken a big move to the OTT model and requires a digital transformation for its customer touch points.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

My approach to my work is shaped by my experience in the telecommunications industry. Being familiar with the business challenges facing today’s Telcos really helps me in developing trusted relationships with my clients. I know exactly how a Telco company works and the issues that they face. Drawing upon my industry expertise, I am able to put myself in my clients’ shoes and guide them towards expert solutions.

I also owe my success to those who have mentored me over the course of my career, as well as to the quality of the teams I have worked with. You cannot be successful all on your own. You need to be able to trust and be trusted by those around you.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I think staying true to yourself and being authentic is very important. Do not let others force their opinions on you and learn to say “no” when necessary.

Work hard but never forget your personal life. Striking the right balance between my personal life and professional life is possibly my “secret sauce” and helps me to stay passionate about what I do.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Personally, I have never made any distinction between working with men and women. For me the only things that matter are skills, the ability to work in a team and human qualities.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Melissa, Phoenix

Melissa Eisner

"Our clients expect our teams to be inclusive and diverse. They want us to bring our best and our brightest and that comes through bringing different perspectives to the table."

 

- Melissa Eisner

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Melissa Eisner
Technology Consulting, Phoenix

CLIENT ROLE

I am a Technology Consulting Managing Director in the Communications Industry in CMT West. I help clients modernize their operations, transitioning to modern web architectures, DevOps, and Agile methodology.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

Throughout my career, I have taken the road less traveled. I always tried to say “yes” to the roles that came to me – even if it was a role that I had never played before, or that didn’t particularly interest me. I found that those less glamorous roles were the ones that helped advance my career the most. My very first role at Accenture was data gathering – far from exciting, but I did it with energy and kept a positive attitude. My superiors knew how mundane the work was, but I impressed them by doing it with gusto. After three months, I was moved into a lead developer role, and I was promoted shortly thereafter.

For me, success has also come from my work with Accenture Development Partnerships. I spent eighteen months living and working in Nairobi, Kenya putting my technology skills to work for our World Vision client. That role stretched me beyond my comfort zone and equipped me with skills that I now apply to my work with CMT clients.

Today, I am helping clients modernize their operations. This is this kind of work that I wanted to do for some time, and it still excites me and gets me going every day.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

There is a section in Tina Fey's book, "Bossypants" that talks about how improv and work (in my case, consulting) are very similar and that you need to apply the rules of improvisation to your work life. I couldn't agree more and I generally follow the rules:

  1. Agree. Always agree and say yes. If you start from a position of no, there is nowhere to go. "Yes" allows you to continue the dialogue.

  2. Say "Yes and." It isn't enough to be a "yes woman," you need to add to the conversation. Don’t be afraid to contribute.

  3. Make statements. Instead of questioning everything and putting the responsibility on someone else to react and come up with all the ideas, affirm what you believe, what you want, what you know to be true.

  4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes should not be feared. They give us the opportunity to learn and grow. Be bold, take risks, maybe fail, but maybe – even probably – have wild success.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

When I first started working with CMT, there were no female Managing Directors, and only a few female Senior Managers on the client account teams. It was the same for our clients.

Two years on, I am seeing more and more senior-level females both within CMT and at client organizations. Diversity is so important. It brings new perspectives and fresh ways of doing things. Diversity goes far beyond women vs. men. To truly reap the benefits of a rich and diverse workforce, we need cultural diversity, diversity in race, ethnicity and religion. We need to have representation from our LGBT community. Our clients expect it. They want us to bring our best and our brightest and that comes through bringing different perspectives to the table.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Melissa , Phoenix

Melissa Eisner

"Our clients expect our teams to be inclusive and diverse. They want us to bring our best and our brightest and that comes through bringing different perspectives to the table."

 



- Melissa Eisner

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Melissa Eisner
Technology Consulting, Phoenix

CLIENT ROLE

I am a Technology Consulting Managing Director in the Communications Industry in CMT West. I help clients modernize their operations, transitioning to modern web architectures, DevOps, and Agile methodology.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

Throughout my career, I have taken the road less traveled. I always tried to say “yes” to the roles that came to me – even if it was a role that I had never played before, or that didn’t particularly interest me. I found that those less glamorous roles were the ones that helped advance my career the most. My very first role at Accenture was data gathering – far from exciting, but I did it with energy and kept a positive attitude. My superiors knew how mundane the work was, but I impressed them by doing it with gusto. After three months, I was moved into a lead developer role, and I was promoted shortly thereafter.

For me, success has also come from my work with Accenture Development Partnerships. I spent eighteen months living and working in Nairobi, Kenya putting my technology skills to work for our World Vision client. That role stretched me beyond my comfort zone and equipped me with skills that I now apply to my work with CMT clients.

Today, I am helping clients modernize their operations. This is this kind of work that I wanted to do for some time, and it still excites me and gets me going every day.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

There is a section in Tina Fey's book, "Bossypants" that talks about how improv and work (in my case, consulting) are very similar and that you need to apply the rules of improvisation to your work life. I couldn't agree more and I generally follow the rules:

  1. Agree. Always agree and say yes. If you start from a position of no, there is nowhere to go. "Yes" allows you to continue the dialogue.

  2. Say "Yes and." It isn’t enough to be a "yes woman," you need to add to the conversation. Don’t be afraid to contribute.

  3. Make statements. Instead of questioning everything and putting the responsibility on someone else to react and come up with all the ideas, affirm what you believe, what you want, what you know to be true.

  4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes should not be feared. They give us the opportunity to learn and grow. Be bold, take risks, maybe fail, but maybe – even probably – have wild success.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

When I first started working with CMT, there were no female Managing Directors, and only a few female Senior Managers on the client account teams. It was the same for our clients.

Two years on, I am seeing more and more senior-level females both within CMT and at client organizations. Diversity is so important. It brings new perspectives and fresh ways of doing things. Diversity goes far beyond women vs. men. To truly reap the benefits of a rich and diverse workforce, we need cultural diversity, diversity in race, ethnicity and religion. We need to have representation from our LGBT community. Our clients expect it. They want us to bring our best and our brightest and that comes through bringing different perspectives to the table.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Anju, Dallas

Anju Bhagat

"Our work requires creativity, forward-thinking, and out-of-the-box ideas to hit on the right ways to partner with our clients. "

 





- Anju Bhagat

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Anju Bhagat
Managing Director and member of the account leadership team for a large telecommunications corporation, Dallas

CLIENT ROLE

I am on a large telecommunications corporation account leadership team, with responsibility for a portfolio of client organizations within a large telecommunications corporation. I have always had an affinity with our Communications, Media & Technology clients, having joined Accenture after graduating with a master’s degree in telecommunications engineering.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

To succeed as a woman in what are still male-dominated industries, I have three pieces of advice: 1. Embrace challenges and don’t shy away from complex work. 2. Be a continuous learner and stay relevant. 3. Be flexible and adapt, as situations always change.

You know your space so act on that knowledge with confidence. I would encourage women to find a niche, identify special skills to hone and become known for that expertise.

It’s also good to reenergize yourself by taking on opportunities outside of your typical area. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to be a fellow at the International Women’s Forum. Taking that time to meet new people, discuss case studies and get exposure to a diversity of thought and experiences helped me step back and retool my brain.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

The variety of experiences through different client environments has helped me build a strong foundation. Constant learning and maintaining a curious mindset are key to staying current and relevant. Our clients operate in a complex environment and the ability to solve complex problems by rolling up our sleeves, diving into the detail and understanding their broader drivers, puts us in a unique position to bring innovative approaches to them.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Inclusion and diversity across all dimensions is so important to innovation and differentiated thinking. While we still have some way to go, we are seeing more diversity in the communications, media and technology industries. In the face of rapid change in these industries, embracing all aspects of diversity will help us bring the right solutions to our clients. Our work requires creativity, forward-thinking, and out-of-the-box ideas to hit on the right ways to partner with our clients.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Anju , Dallas

Anju Bhagat

"Our work requires creativity, forward-thinking, and out-of-the-box ideas to hit on the right ways to partner with our clients. "

 



- Anju Bhagat

VIEW PROFILE

Anju Bhagat
Managing Director and member of the account leadership team for a large telecommunications corporation, Dallas

CLIENT ROLE

I am on a large telecommunications corporation account leadership team, with responsibility for a portfolio of client organizations within a large telecommunications corporation. I have always had an affinity with our Communications, Media & Technology clients, having joined Accenture after graduating with a master’s degree in telecommunications engineering.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

To succeed as a woman in what are still male-dominated industries, I have three pieces of advice: 1. Embrace challenges and don’t shy away from complex work. 2. Be a continuous learner and stay relevant. 3. Be flexible and adapt, as situations always change.

You know your space so act on that knowledge with confidence. I would encourage women to find a niche, identify special skills to hone and become known for that expertise.

It’s also good to reenergize yourself by taking on opportunities outside of your typical area. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to be a fellow at the International Women’s Forum. Taking that time to meet new people, discuss case studies and get exposure to a diversity of thought and experiences helped me step back and retool my brain.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

The variety of experiences through different client environments has helped me build a strong foundation. Constant learning and maintaining a curious mindset are key to staying current and relevant. Our clients operate in a complex environment and the ability to solve complex problems by rolling up our sleeves, diving into the detail and understanding their broader drivers, puts us in a unique position to bring innovative approaches to them.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Inclusion and diversity across all dimensions is so important to innovation and differentiated thinking. While we still have some way to go, we are seeing more diversity in the communications, media and technology industries. In the face of rapid change in these industries, embracing all aspects of diversity will help us bring the right solutions to our clients. Our work requires creativity, forward-thinking, and out-of-the-box ideas to hit on the right ways to partner with our clients.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Ayako, Japan

Ayako Hontoku

"Leading the HR component of a major client project ignited my interest in the Talent & Organization function. Being able to focus on my passion keeps me motivated and drives me to succeed."

- Ayako Hontoku

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Ayako Hontoku
Talent & Organization Lead, Japan, Tokyo


CLIENT ROLE

I had the chance to lead a Human Capital initiative for SoftBank BtoB division, where I delivered Talent development, re-skill, education platform.

And also responsible for driving the growth of the Talent and Organizations practice to many CMT client widely.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

Some time ago I was given an amazing opportunity to lead the Human Resources component of a major application outsourcing deal – the largest ever for our Communications, Media & Technology business in Japan. This role ignited my interest for the Talent & Organization function and led me to specialize in this area. Being able to focus on my passion, and use it to address business issues that are unique to my industry, is what keeps me motivated and drives me to succeed.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

The biggest challenge we face in consulting is the need to continually build skills that keep pace with the demands of our clients, and are relevant to the industry in which they operate. Fortunately, this is also one of the most rewarding parts of my work at Accenture. I am constantly challenged to learn and grow in new areas. One thing I can never complain about is boredom!


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

I think what’s important is not the female/male ratio but the ability to stay relevant in rapidly changing times. As technology continues its march of disruption, the issues facing companies are broadening and diversifying. By building diverse teams that bring together different backgrounds, skills and mindsets, companies create a solid foundation for transforming to meet the increasingly complex set of challenges confronting them today.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Ayako, Japan

Ayako Hontoku

"Leading the HR component of a major client project ignited my interest in the Talent & Organization function. Being able to focus on my passion keeps me motivated and drives me to succeed."

 



- Ayako Hontoku

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Ayako Hontoku
Talent & Organization Lead, Japan, Tokyo


CLIENT ROLE

I had the chance to lead a Human Capital initiative for SoftBank BtoB division, where I delivered Talent development, re-skill, education platform.


And also responsible for driving the growth of the Talent and Organizations practice to many CMT client widely.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

Some time ago I was given an amazing opportunity to lead the Human Resources component of a major application outsourcing deal – the largest ever for our Communications, Media & Technology business in Japan. This role ignited my interest for the Talent & Organization function and led me to specialize in this area. Being able to focus on my passion, and use it to address business issues that are unique to my industry, is what keeps me motivated and drives me to succeed.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

The biggest challenge we face in consulting is the need to continually build skills that keep pace with the demands of our clients, and are relevant to the industry in which they operate. Fortunately, this is also one of the most rewarding parts of my work at Accenture. I am constantly challenged to learn and grow in new areas. One thing I can never complain about is boredom!


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

I think what’s important is not the female/male ratio but the ability to stay relevant in rapidly changing times. As technology continues its march of disruption, the issues facing companies are broadening and diversifying. By building diverse teams that bring together different backgrounds, skills and mindsets, companies create a solid foundation for transforming to meet the increasingly complex set of challenges confronting them today.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Ami, San Francisco

Ami Palan

"I help clients achieve business results through enterprise wide transformation programs, focused on sales, service and customer experience, while leveraging and building the talent within my team."

 



- Ami Palan

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Ami Palan
Management Consulting and Customers & Channels Business Practice Lead, North America West, San Francisco

CLIENT ROLE

I bring over 16 years of experience in front office business transformation powered by software as a service. In that time, I’ve helped clients achieve business results through enterprise wide transformation programs, focused on sales, service and customer experience, while leveraging and building the talent within my team. In addition to my practice and client service roles, I’ve had the opportunity to publish thought-leadership pieces in the areas of indirect sales, customer service and customer experience


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

  1. Build a team of practitioners based on their personal goals and priorities
  2. Stay relevant with our clients
  3. Be consistent

HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

Throughout my career at Accenture, I have learned about the importance of mentors and the significant role they play. I’ve had many personal and professional experiences shaped by the guidance and coaching received from my mentors. As a result, I have made it a commitment to “pay it forward” and be an authentic and individual mentor to others based on their personal objectives and passions.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

“Diversity is counting the numbers. Inclusion is making the numbers count”. Inclusion is required to fully engage employees and make a positive impact on performance.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Ami , San Francisco

Ami Palan

"I help clients achieve business results through enterprise wide transformation programs, focused on sales, service and customer experience, while leveraging and building the talent within my team."

 



- Ami Palan

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Ami Palan
Management Consulting and Customers & Channels Business Practice Lead, North America West, San Francisco

CLIENT ROLE

I bring over 16 years of experience in front office business transformation powered by software as a service. In that time, I’ve helped clients achieve business results through enterprise wide transformation programs, focused on sales, service and customer experience, while leveraging and building the talent within my team. In addition to my practice and client service roles, I’ve had the opportunity to publish thought-leadership pieces in the areas of indirect sales, customer service and customer experience


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

  1. Build a team of practitioners based on their personal goals and priorities
  2. Stay relevant with our clients
  3. Be consistent

HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

Throughout my career at Accenture, I have learned about the importance of mentors and the significant role they play. I’ve had many personal and professional experiences shaped by the guidance and coaching received from my mentors. As a result, I have made it a commitment to “pay it forward” and be an authentic and individual mentor to others based on their personal objectives and passions.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

“Diversity is counting the numbers. Inclusion is making the numbers count”. Inclusion is required to fully engage employees and make a positive impact on performance.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Richelle, San Francisco

Richelle Deveau

"Our work is always changing, so we must constantly adapt. I love being in the position where I must always learn new things and to have a point of view on new industry trends that could have a transformative impact on our clients."

 



- Richelle Deveau

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Richelle Deveau
Management Consulting, San Francisco

CLIENT ROLE

I am a Managing Director in CMT working in our Management Consulting business, with a focus on Marketing, Sales, Services and Customer Success. I also lead Accenture’s offering to help our clients transition to as-a-service business models.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

As consultants, we are constantly being asked to do things we have never done before – and to do them confidently. It can be easy to feel self-doubt when faced with new challenges. One of the things that has helped me overcome this and grow the most in my career has been finding people who believed in and encouraged me. This encouragement has often come in the form of leaders stretching me to take more prominent roles on a deal team or in C-level client meetings. It is amazing how believing in yourself – that you deserve a seat at the table – can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If I had one piece of advice to give to other women, it is to set challenging goals for yourself, go for them, and don’t give up! That might mean elbowing your way in to a meeting or a deal that you deserve to be a part of or having to speak more loudly than you are comfortable with to have your opinion heard. With resilience, persistence and passion, you can break any barrier to reach your goals, and it is so rewarding when you do.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I have always been drawn to the clients in the Communications, Media & Technology industries because of the fast-paced nature. Our work is always changing, so we must constantly adapt. I love being in the position where I must always learn new things and to have a point of view on new industry trends that could have a transformative impact on our clients.


In addition to my client work, I am also the People Lead for CMT North America. It is so fulfilling to invest in others and to help guide and coach others through their career and life decisions.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

When I started with Accenture in July 2000, I was one of three women in a group of 17 new joiners. Our ratios today are dramatically improved, with gains in our undergraduate hiring and in our executive workforce in North America. I feel that it’s now the responsibility of every employee to make progress on diversity statistics by making all of our people feel valued and heard.

There have been many occasions where I was the only female in a room full of executives. Rather than be intimidated, I almost always feel encouraged by my Accenture colleagues to speak up and have a voice. As more women can visualize themselves in senior level positions traditionally dominated by men we will get closer and closer to parity.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Richelle , San Francisco

Richelle Deveau

"Our work is always changing, so we must constantly adapt. I love being in the position where I must always learn new things and to have a point of view on new industry trends that could have a transformative impact on our clients. "

 



- Richelle Deveau

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Richelle Deveau
Management Consulting, San Francisco

CLIENT ROLE

I am a Managing Director in CMT working in our Management Consulting business, with a focus on Marketing, Sales, Services and Customer Success. I also lead Accenture’s offering to help our clients transition to as-a-service business models.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

As consultants, we are constantly being asked to do things we have never done before – and to do them confidently. It can be easy to feel self-doubt when faced with new challenges. One of the things that has helped me overcome this and grow the most in my career has been finding people who believed in and encouraged me. This encouragement has often come in the form of leaders stretching me to take more prominent roles on a deal team or in C-level client meetings. It is amazing how believing in yourself – that you deserve a seat at the table – can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If I had one piece of advice to give to other women, it is to set challenging goals for yourself, go for them, and don’t give up! That might mean elbowing your way in to a meeting or a deal that you deserve to be a part of or having to speak more loudly than you are comfortable with to have your opinion heard. With resilience, persistence and passion, you can break any barrier to reach your goals, and it is so rewarding when you do.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I have always been drawn to the clients in the Communications, Media & Technology industries because of the fast-paced nature. Our work is always changing, so we must constantly adapt. I love being in the position where I must always learn new things and to have a point of view on new industry trends that could have a transformative impact on our clients.


In addition to my client work, I am also the People Lead for CMT North America. It is so fulfilling to invest in others and to help guide and coach others through their career and life decisions.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

When I started with Accenture in July 2000, I was one of three women in a group of 17 new joiners. Our ratios today are dramatically improved, with gains in our undergraduate hiring and in our executive workforce in North America. I feel that it’s now the responsibility of every employee to make progress on diversity statistics by making all of our people feel valued and heard.

There have been many occasions where I was the only female in a room full of executives. Rather than be intimidated, I almost always feel encouraged by my Accenture colleagues to speak up and have a voice. As more women can visualize themselves in senior level positions traditionally dominated by men we will get closer and closer to parity.


FEATURED CONTENT

 

Amy, Shanghai

Amy Yin

"Gender balance among our leadership in China helps deliver greater value to our clients and inspires the next generation of female leaders."

- Amy Yin

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Amy Yin
Mainland China Portfolio Lead, Shanghai

CLIENT ROLE

I am the Portfolio Lead for our Communications, Media & Technology clients in mainland China, focused on identifying and exploring next wave opportunities with local clients.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

When I returned to work after the birth of my first child, I took the project director role from a client executive who had recently left Accenture. For the program that we were working on to succeed, I quickly realized that we needed to strengthen communications between the China and global teams. I focused on both helping the local team to realize the impact of its work on the whole program, which encouraged more proactive communication globally, and on working hand-in-hand with the global team to refine the program schedule. Our strengthened, trust-based relationship and global diversity helped us to deliver the best possible value for the client.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

“Build your own brand through each assignment” – I received this advice during my first consulting project and always come back to it. I always take ownership for my work. No matter how big or small the role, it’s an opportunity to shape how others perceive you. I’ve passed on the same advice to my team and found it a good way to engage and motivate.
“Prioritize work, life and everything else honestly and communicate openly” – It is very hard to achieve work/life balance all the time. In my view, it’s about prioritizing what comes first during different times and different stages of your life. When competing demands do become too difficult to manage, it’s important to be able to communicate openly to seek a solution.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

In the early stages of my Accenture career in China, I didn’t see many female leaders around me. However, an Accenture Managing Director, who was my project manager back then, taught me the meaning of ‘stewardship’ and showed me a career path that might work for me. It’s now been over 10 years since I joined Accenture and we’ve made great progress. A good gender balance among our leadership helps deliver greater value to our clients and inspires the next generation of female leaders.


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Amy , Shanghai

Amy Yin

"Gender balance among our leadership in China helps deliver greater value to our clients and inspires the next generation of female leaders."

 



- Amy Yin

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Amy Yin
Mainland China Portfolio Lead, Shanghai

CLIENT ROLE

I am the Portfolio Lead for our Communications, Media & Technology clients in mainland China, focused on identifying and exploring next wave opportunities with local clients.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

When I returned to work after the birth of my first child, I took the project director role from a client executive who had recently left Accenture. For the program that we were working on to succeed, I quickly realized that we needed to strengthen communications between the China and global teams. I focused on both helping the local team to realize the impact of its work on the whole program, which encouraged more proactive communication globally, and on working hand-in-hand with the global team to refine the program schedule. Our strengthened, trust-based relationship and global diversity helped us to deliver the best possible value for the client.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

“Build your own brand through each assignment” – I received this advice during my first consulting project and always come back to it. I always take ownership for my work. No matter how big or small the role, it’s an opportunity to shape how others perceive you. I’ve passed on the same advice to my team and found it a good way to engage and motivate.
“Prioritize work, life and everything else honestly and communicate openly” – It is very hard to achieve work/life balance all the time. In my view, it’s about prioritizing what comes first during different times and different stages of your life. When competing demands do become too difficult to manage, it’s important to be able to communicate openly to seek a solution.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

In the early stages of my Accenture career in China, I didn’t see many female leaders around me. However, an Accenture Managing Director, who was my project manager back then, taught me the meaning of ‘stewardship’ and showed me a career path that might work for me. It’s now been over 10 years since I joined Accenture and we’ve made great progress. A good gender balance among our leadership helps deliver greater value to our clients and inspires the next generation of female leaders.


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Delphine, London

Delphine Rivé

"Having a keen perspective the industry’s direction, across multiple time horizons, allows us to help clients get results today, and re-shape their organizations for long term success."

 

- Delphine Rivé

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Delphine Rivé
Electronics & High Tech Industry Lead, Europe and Latin America, London

CLIENT ROLE

As the lead for Electronics & High Tech, I had the chance to direct a digital transformation initiative for Canon Europe. I was responsible for addressing how the company would directly engage with their customers, throughout the customer journey.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I am an accomplished athlete and still practice my sport at an international level. This has helped me to stay focused and determined in all kinds of situations. I always try and think about different ways or strategies for winning and look at things in the medium or long term. In sport you need a medium or long term strategy to succeed, and the same holds true in consulting. Having a keen perspective on where the industry is heading, across multiple time horizons allows us to collaborate on solutions that help clients not only get results today, but re-shape their organizations for success in the longer term.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

In the early stages of my career, 20 years ago, there were not so many French women working in the UK – instead of feeling I was a minority I used it as a way to differentiate myself and bring forward my point of view. The same principle applies today, working in an industry where most of the C-Level executives are men. What is important to me is to stay true to who I am – and not to try to be or act like somebody else. I never compromise my values. Integrity and collaboration are always at the heart of what I do in my life or at work.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

The Electronics & High Tech Industry is short of talent. Young graduates are attracted by companies such as Facebook or Google rather than established technology companies which may seem old-fashioned in comparison. Competing in this war for talent means boosting the talent pool – including appealing to more women and recruiting women at the early stages of their careers.


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Delphine, London

Delphine Rivé

"Having a keen perspective the industry’s direction, across multiple time horizons, allows us to help clients get results today, and re-shape their organizations for long term success."

 

- Delphine Rivé

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Delphine Rivé
Electronics & High Tech Industry Lead, Europe and Latin America, London

CLIENT ROLE

As the lead for Electronics & High Tech, I had the chance to direct a digital transformation initiative for Canon Europe. I was responsible for addressing how the company would directly engage with their customers, throughout the customer journey.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I am an accomplished athlete and still practice my sport at an international level. This has helped me to stay focused and determined in all kinds of situations. I always try and think about different ways or strategies for winning and look at things in the medium or long term. In sport you need a medium or long term strategy to succeed, and the same holds true in consulting. Having a keen perspective on where the industry is heading, across multiple time horizons allows us to collaborate on solutions that help clients not only get results today, but re-shape their organizations for success in the longer term.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

In the early stages of my career, 20 years ago, there were not so many French women working in the UK – instead of feeling I was a minority I used it as a way to differentiate myself and bring forward my point of view. The same principle applies today, working in an industry where most of the C-Level executives are men. What is important to me is to stay true to who I am – and not to try to be or act like somebody else. I never compromise my values. Integrity and collaboration are always at the heart of what I do in my life or at work.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

The Electronics & High Tech Industry is short of talent. Young graduates are attracted by companies such as Facebook or Google rather than established technology companies which may seem old-fashioned in comparison. Competing in this war for talent means boosting the talent pool – including appealing to more women and recruiting women at the early stages of their careers.


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Tamae, Tokyo

Tamae Kobayashi

"As a global lead, I work with diverse consulting, research and tech lab teams in different regions around the world to bring the best solutions to our clients."

 



- Tamae Kobayashi

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Tamae Kobayashi
Global Client Account Lead for Sony, Tokyo

CLIENT ROLE

I am the Global Client Account lead for Sony, helping connect our companies across geographies and functions so that we can leverage the best ideas and develop truly innovative solutions.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I have been working for more than 15 years with our global Electronics & High Tech clients. In the early stages of my consulting career, I had many opportunities to work outside of Japan with Accenture people from around the world. After becoming a manager, I was regularly leading diverse teams to deliver our services to clients.

Now, as a Global Client Account Lead and a member of the Communications, Media & Technology leadership team for Asia Pacific, I still work with diverse consulting, research and tech lab teams in different regions around the world. I think those experiences in the earlier stages of my career have equipped me with the right organizational and people skills to bring the best of Accenture to our clients.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

The communications, media and technology industries are at the forefront of digitization. Success in this rapidly changing environment depends upon an ability to innovate, which in turn involves leveraging internal, client and ecosystem connections to bring a variety of perspectives to the table. For example, I regularly exchange information with our European and US teams and have our global team provide objective feedback. This provides a valuable checkpoint, helping us avoid the pitfall of local “groupthink”.

I also believe in speaking up for what you want, rather than quietly brooding on problems. It is important to develop your relationships so that when uncomfortable situations arise, you can deal with them honestly and openly. Don’t expect that others will see things from your perspective but stick to your guns when you need to and stay focused on the outcomes.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

When I need to develop new services, I make a conscious effort to solicit opinions from a variety of people including men, women and younger team members. This is how I live by the values of inclusion and diversity. I truly believe that when we enhance diversity within our teams, we are able to bring a wider range of perspectives, leading to more innovative solutions for our clients.


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Tamae, Tokyo

Tamae Kobayashi

"As a global lead, I work with diverse consulting, research and tech lab teams in different regions around the world to bring the best solutions to our clients."

 

- Tamae Kobayashi

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Tamae Kobayashi
Global Client Account Lead for Sony, Tokyo

CLIENT ROLE

I am the Global Client Account lead for Sony, helping connect our companies across geographies and functions so that we can leverage the best ideas and develop truly innovative solutions.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I have been working for more than 15 years with our global Electronics & High Tech clients. In the early stages of my consulting career, I had many opportunities to work outside of Japan with Accenture people from around the world. After becoming a manager, I was regularly leading diverse teams to deliver our services to clients.

Now, as a Global Client Account Lead and a member of the Communications, Media & Technology leadership team for Asia Pacific, I still work with diverse consulting, research and tech lab teams in different regions around the world. I think those experiences in the earlier stages of my career have equipped me with the right organizational and people skills to bring the best of Accenture to our clients.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

The communications, media and technology industries are at the forefront of digitization. Success in this rapidly changing environment depends upon an ability to innovate, which in turn involves leveraging internal, client and ecosystem connections to bring a variety of perspectives to the table. For example, I regularly exchange information with our European and US teams and have our global team provide objective feedback. This provides a valuable checkpoint, helping us avoid the pitfall of local “groupthink”.

I also believe in speaking up for what you want, rather than quietly brooding on problems. It is important to develop your relationships so that when uncomfortable situations arise, you can deal with them honestly and openly. Don’t expect that others will see things from your perspective but stick to your guns when you need to and stay focused on the outcomes.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

When I need to develop new services, I make a conscious effort to solicit opinions from a variety of people including men, women and younger team members. This is how I live by the values of inclusion and diversity. I truly believe that when we enhance diversity within our teams, we are able to bring a wider range of perspectives, leading to more innovative solutions for our clients.


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Sarah, Chicago

Sarah Beardsley

"Serving clients is great fun, having been in their shoes for many years. Accenture lives the 'joint value creation' aspiration every day. It makes every client interaction easy."

- Sarah Beardsley

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Sarah Beardsley
Client Account Lead and Management Consulting Lead for the Midwest, Chicago


CLIENT ROLE

I am the Client Account Lead at an Internet of Things technology company in Chicago, Zebra Technologies. I also serve as the Management Consulting lead for the Midwest region. My personal concentration is in Customer & Channels, since I spent most of my career in industry, leading sales, marketing and product management operations teams.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

It’s quite unusual for a managing director to join Accenture with so much experience at other firms. My many years of being a client are a big influence on my approach to my client service role, and give me a pretty unique perspective. People often tell me I serve as a sort of virtual “Google translate” between consulting language and client language. Knowing what it’s like on the other side of the table, I try hard to keep what we are trying to say straightforward and to personalize any approach to a client’s specific goals.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

Women can feel confident in standing up for what is right and being upfront with what they are willing to take on. They can speak up to make sure their perspective is considered. For much of my career, I tried to smile and shrug off things that weren’t inherently fair or right. As I grew into my roles, I found that setting standards for myself and others was not only the right thing to do, it is what those around me expected. Had I just “gone along”, it would have sent the wrong message to my female peers.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

We see great gender balance for people at the beginning of their careers but it tends to disappear as careers progress. This is something we can change. We have to take advantage of everyone’s talents and enthusiasms. Recognizing diverse contributions is the best way to inspire, as well as to bring the best industry and consulting solutions to help our clients transform. Diversity of thought and experience count as well. It’s not just about gender balance.


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Sarah, Chicago

Sarah Beardsley

"Serving client is great fun, having been in their shoes for many years. Accenture lives the 'joint value creation" aspiration every day. It makes every client interaction easy."

 

- Sarah Beardsley

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Sarah Beardsley
Client Account Lead and Management Consulting Lead for the Midwest, Chicago


CLIENT ROLE

I am the Client Account Lead at an Internet of Things technology company in Chicago, Zebra Technologies. I also serve as the Management Consulting lead for the Midwest region. My personal concentration is in Customer & Channels, since I spent most of my career in industry, leading sales, marketing and product management operations teams.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

It’s quite unusual for a managing director to join Accenture with so much experience at other firms. My many years of being a client are a big influence on my approach to my client service role, and give me a pretty unique perspective. People often tell me I serve as a sort of virtual “Google translate” between consulting language and client language. Knowing what it’s like on the other side of the table, I try hard to keep what we are trying to say straightforward and to personalize any approach to a client’s specific goals.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

Women can feel confident in standing up for what is right and being upfront with what they are willing to take on. They can speak up to make sure their perspective is considered. For much of my career, I tried to smile and shrug off things that weren’t inherently fair or right. As I grew into my roles, I found that setting standards for myself and others was not only the right thing to do, it is what those around me expected. Had I just “gone along”, it would have sent the wrong message to my female peers.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

We see great gender balance for people at the beginning of their careers but it tends to disappear as careers progress. This is something we can change. We have to take advantage of everyone’s talents and enthusiasms. Recognizing diverse contributions is the best way to inspire, as well as to bring the best industry and consulting solutions to help our clients transform. Diversity of thought and experience count as well. It’s not just about gender balance.


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Inge, Amsterdam

Lekkerkerker–van Aalsburg

"Within Accenture, I know we always have the expertise and experience to deliver; that has always helped me to serve my clients at their best."

 

- Inge Lekkerkerker-van Aalsburg

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Inge Lekkerkerker-van Aalsburg
Director of Operations, Amsterdam


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I was part of our sales organization for many years. The great thing about that role was that I could help shape leading edge solutions for our clients. I relish a challenge and always feel the most energized when working in pioneering territory. At Accenture, I know we can always find the right industry expertise, combined with the business insights and experience to help companies re-invent themselves. Having complete faith in our ability to deliver has helped me push the boundaries and strive for the optimum outcome for our clients.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I learned the hard way that being a successful leader is about being authentic, not about doing what you assume is expected of a leader. Focus on your individual strengths, not on what you think others want. Fortunately, I have worked with many seasoned leaders who have helped me realize that the more I show of myself, the more impact I have. Authenticity is an essential component of being able to connect with colleagues and develop the trust-based relationships demanded of a leader.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Every organization needs diversity and inclusion to have the right talent in the right positions. It would be naïve to believe that you could successfully manage a diverse portfolio of clients with complex and varied needs, with only one type of person. Accenture, for instance, has a diverse workforce and the challenge for us is to help everyone find the right path and dare to make changes to make it work, nothing is stopping us from doing so.


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Inge, Amsterdam

Lekkerkerker–van Aalsburg

"Within Accenture, I know we always have the expertise and experience to deliver; that has always helped me to serve my clients at their best."

 

- Inge Lekkerkerker-van Aalsburg

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Inge Lekkerkerker-van Aalsburg
Director of Operations, Amsterdam


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I was part of our sales organization for many years. The great thing about that role was that I could help shape leading edge solutions for our clients. I relish a challenge and always feel the most energized when working in pioneering territory. At Accenture, I know we can always find the right industry expertise, combined with the business insights and experience to help companies re-invent themselves. Having complete faith in our ability to deliver has helped me push the boundaries and strive for the optimum outcome for our clients.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I learned the hard way that being a successful leader is about being authentic, not about doing what you assume is expected of a leader. Focus on your individual strengths, not on what you think others want. Fortunately, I have worked with many seasoned leaders who have helped me realize that the more I show of myself, the more impact I have. Authenticity is an essential component of being able to connect with colleagues and develop the trust-based relationships demanded of a leader.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Every organization needs diversity and inclusion to have the right talent in the right positions. It would be naïve to believe that you could successfully manage a diverse portfolio of clients with complex and varied needs, with only one type of person. Accenture, for instance, has a diverse workforce and the challenge for us is to help everyone find the right path and dare to make changes to make it work, nothing is stopping us from doing so.


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Pamela, Kronberg/Frankfurt

Pamela Maruschke

"I have to be ready to embrace whatever comes next in order to help our clients transform."

 

- Pamela Maruschke

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Pamela Maruschke
Vodafone Client Account Lead, Kronberg, Germany


CLIENT ROLE

I am the client account lead for Vodafone in Germany, as well as a certified Business and Design Thinking Coach.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone, be curious and try something new. In my job, I have to be digitally fluent, be deeply versed in the solutions that work best in my industry, and ready to embrace whatever comes next in order to help our clients transform.
As well as staying relevant, I have also always tried to remain authentic. It’s important to know your skills and strengths and to use them. Don’t assume that others know what you can do or allow them to guess. Clearly communicate what you can – and want – to do and go for it!


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I still face challenges around men who are not used to women in a technology environment and underestimate our ability to understand the details of complex solutions. Thankfully, this attitude is less prevalent than it used to be and within the next five years, I hope it will have disappeared altogether. In this situation, you just have to prove the doubters wrong and show them your knowledge of the industry and expertise in the solutions you’re developing.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Inclusion & Diversity is key to survival in today’s world of business – and I am not just referring to women. The biggest challenge facing organizations is integrating their older generation of workers with millennials who have different values, regard for hierarchy and understanding of work/life balance. To succeed, companies will need to come to grips with the demographics of their employees and make the strengths of each profile work to their advantage.


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Pamela, Kronberg/Frankfurt

Pamela Maruschke

"I have to be ready to embrace whatever comes next in order to help our clients transform."

 

- Pamela Maruschke

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Pamela Maruschke
Vodafone Client Account Lead, Kronberg, Germany


CLIENT ROLE

I am the client account lead for Vodafone in Germany, as well as a certified Business and Design Thinking Coach.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone, be curious and try something new. In my job, I have to be digitally fluent, be deeply versed in the solutions that work best in my industry, and ready to embrace whatever comes next in order to help our clients transform.
As well as staying relevant, I have also always tried to remain authentic. It’s important to know your skills and strengths and to use them. Don’t assume that others know what you can do or allow them to guess. Clearly communicate what you can – and want – to do and go for it!


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

I still face challenges around men who are not used to women in a technology environment and underestimate our ability to understand the details of complex solutions. Thankfully, this attitude is less prevalent than it used to be and within the next five years, I hope it will have disappeared altogether. In this situation, you just have to prove the doubters wrong and show them your knowledge of the industry and expertise in the solutions you’re developing.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

Inclusion & Diversity is key to survival in today’s world of business – and I am not just referring to women. The biggest challenge facing organizations is integrating their older generation of workers with millennials who have different values, regard for hierarchy and understanding of work/life balance. To succeed, companies will need to come to grips with the demographics of their employees and make the strengths of each profile work to their advantage.


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Erina, Shanghai

Erina Yang

 

"I have enjoyed the opportunity to win the trust of client leadership in guiding them on a journey of transformation."



- Erina Yang

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Erina Yang
Global Client Account Lead for Lenovo, Greater China, Shanghai


CLIENT ROLE

I enjoy working with the senior executives at Lenovo to understand the business issues and opportunities they are facing, and connecting the right people from across Accenture who can come up with creative and robust solutions.


HOW I FOUND SUCCESS

Perpetual change is the only thing that will never change at Accenture. A readiness to learn has helped me to navigate this. With this attitude, I have enjoyed the opportunity to engage with senior client executives, to work in a dynamic environment with talent from around the globe and to win the trust of client leadership in guiding them on a journey of transformation.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

As a consulting lead, I love the ability to develop teams that have a strong combination of industry knowledge and very deep technical and functional skills. The result is always fantastic because it creates solutions that are greater than the sum of its parts, and are truly transformational, going beyond the client’s expectations.

As women, we have the privilege to play different roles. I try to be true to myself, to prioritize and to do my best. You should not spend your life wondering what might be, but instead take a chance, use your strengths, work out what’s important for you right now at this stage in your career, and try to make the best decision with no regrets. My motto is ‘you only live once’ so even if there are ups and downs along the way, at least you have experienced them first hand.


HOW I SEE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN THE COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES

New technology is breaking down industry boundaries and redefining business rules. Innovation is paramount and diversity creates a good foundation for innovation. Keep the openness to lead a team who dares to challenge traditional thinking and bring new thoughts into action. This is the spirit of inclusion and diversity.


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Erina, Shanghai

Erina Yang

 

"I have enjoyed the opportunity to win the trust of client leadership in guiding them on a journey of transformation."



- Erina Yang

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Erina Yang
Global Client Account Lead for Lenovo, Greater China, Shanghai


CLIENT ROLE

I enjoy working with the senior executives at Lenovo to understand the business issues and opportunities they are facing, and connecting the right people from across Accenture who can come up with creative and robust solutions.


HOW I FOUND SUCCESS

Perpetual change is the only thing that will never change at Accenture. A readiness to learn has helped me to navigate this. With this attitude, I have enjoyed the opportunity to engage with senior client executives, to work in a dynamic environment with talent from around the globe and to win the trust of client leadership in guiding them on a journey of transformation.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

As a consulting lead, I love the ability to develop teams that have a strong combination of industry knowledge and very deep technical and functional skills. The result is always fantastic because it creates solutions that are greater than the sum of its parts, and are truly transformational, going beyond the client’s expectations.

As women, we have the privilege to play different roles. I try to be true to myself, to prioritize and to do my best. You should not spend your life wondering what might be, but instead take a chance, use your strengths, work out what’s important for you right now at this stage in your career, and try to make the best decision with no regrets. My motto is ‘you only live once’ so even if there are ups and downs along the way, at least you have experienced them first hand.


HOW I SEE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN THE COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES

New technology is breaking down industry boundaries and redefining business rules. Innovation is paramount and diversity creates a good foundation for innovation. Keep the openness to lead a team who dares to challenge traditional thinking and bring new thoughts into action. This is the spirit of inclusion and diversity.


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Nerea, Spain

Nerea Idirin

"Women have a real opportunity to take the gender balance to the next level"

 

- Nerea Idirin

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Nerea Idirin
Global Client Account Lead for Telefonica Group


CLIENT ROLE

I am responsible for overseeing all of the programs and projects we have underway with the Telefonica Group, making sure we have the best people on hand to not only solve the tough issues facing telecommunications providers, but to find innovative ways to transform their business.


HOW I FOUND SUCCESS

I was working with our Telefonica client in Spain, my native country, when I was offered the opportunity to take on a role in Sao Paolo. This is one of the best moves I’ve ever made. Two years after I started work with our Telefonica Brazil account and with a great team around me, I was able to originate a game-changing deal that drove significant value for the client and resulted in the employment of more than a thousand people by Accenture. I am an expressive person and my ability to adapt to my environment helped me to rapidly engage with local clients and connect to the local team. Being sensitive to the different interests and objectives of those involved in the client’s transformation process – something that I think women tend to have an aptitude for – has also been instrumental in my success.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

It is all about connection. Connect to your colleagues, connect to your clients, and stay connected to the wider community. Believe you can make it and you will. You can make a difference by suggesting a new perspective and a different point of view. Take opportunities, small risks, experiment and then scale up.

In my experience, women tend to think we need more time, more experience and more skills to face a new challenge. But that is simply not true. I have found that women, myself included, can often bring a different perspective to the table, resulting in a new and innovative approach to problem-solving. The communications, media and technology industries need these different perspectives and diverse ways of working to evolve.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

‘Differences bring out the best’ is my slogan. At Telefonica Brazil, the gender split among executives is progressively evolving to a higher number of young women. To be able to connect and work effectively with the client, Accenture also needs a diverse workforce. The millennial generation thinks it only natural to work with men, women, different races and different religions who bring diverse points of view, perspectives and opinions to the workplace.

The communications, media and technology industries will really need this diversity to succeed in the face of rapid change brought about by increasing digitalization. Women have a real opportunity to take the gender balance to the next level as machines, artificial intelligence and robots become more and more prevalent in the workplace.


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Nerea, Spain

Nerea Idirin

"Women have a real opportunity to take the gender balance to the next level"

 

- Nerea Idirin

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Nerea Idirin
Global Client Account Lead for Telefonica Group


CLIENT ROLE

I am responsible for overseeing all of the programs and projects we have underway with the Telefonica Group, making sure we have the best people on hand to not only solve the tough issues facing telecommunications providers, but to find innovative ways to transform their business.


HOW I FOUND SUCCESS

I was working with our Telefonica client in Spain, my native country, when I was offered the opportunity to take on a role in Sao Paolo. This is one of the best moves I’ve ever made. Two years after I started work with our Telefonica Brazil account and with a great team around me, I was able to originate a game-changing deal that drove significant value for the client and resulted in the employment of more than a thousand people by Accenture. I am an expressive person and my ability to adapt to my environment helped me to rapidly engage with local clients and connect to the local team. Being sensitive to the different interests and objectives of those involved in the client’s transformation process – something that I think women tend to have an aptitude for – has also been instrumental in my success.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

It is all about connection. Connect to your colleagues, connect to your clients, and stay connected to the wider community. Believe you can make it and you will. You can make a difference by suggesting a new perspective and a different point of view. Take opportunities, small risks, experiment and then scale up.

In my experience, women tend to think we need more time, more experience and more skills to face a new challenge. But that is simply not true. I have found that women, myself included, can often bring a different perspective to the table, resulting in a new and innovative approach to problem-solving. The communications, media and technology industries need these different perspectives and diverse ways of working to evolve.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

‘Differences bring out the best’ is my slogan. At Telefonica Brazil, the gender split among executives is progressively evolving to a higher number of young women. To be able to connect and work effectively with the client, Accenture also needs a diverse workforce. The millennial generation thinks it only natural to work with men, women, different races and different religions who bring diverse points of view, perspectives and opinions to the workplace.

The communications, media and technology industries will really need this diversity to succeed in the face of rapid change brought about by increasing digitalization. Women have a real opportunity to take the gender balance to the next level as machines, artificial intelligence and robots become more and more prevalent in the workplace.


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Sevasti, London

Sevasti Wong

"As the Global CMT Talent & Organization lead, I have been given roles that make me take risks far greater than I would have ever imagined."

 

- Sevasti Wong

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Sevasti Wong
Global Talent & Organization Lead, London


CLIENT ROLE

As the Talent & Business Organization lead, I have the chance to serve some of the largest global telecommunications companies, and am passionate about coaching the next generation of women leaders.


HOW I DRIVE SUCCESS

I have been blessed by having people ahead of me who saw more potential in me than I saw myself. Through them I have been given roles that stretch me, take me outside my comfort zone and make me take risks far greater than I would have ever imagined. This has led me to be a strong believer in the mantra that “great things never come from comfort zones”. I always look to pay back and make sure I do my bit for the #liftasyourise philosophy. It’s important to be humble at the mountain tops – success rotates so don’t take it for granted.


HOW I CONNECT AT ACCENTURE

Women in our Communications, Media & Technology business have a fantastic opportunity to stand out and have their voices heard. We’re combining deep industry expertise with the best business solutions to help companies transform, and need more woman that are going to add their voice, share their opinions and help us change the game.


WHAT INCLUSION & DIVERSITY MEAN TO ME

I think every organization and every industry benefits from having a more diverse workforce. It brings different opinions, perspectives and ideas to the table. It brings more buzz and jazz to your discussions and your thought process. You get a real wealth of opinions that perhaps challenge the status quo. As a result, those opinions are better thought through and deliver richer results.


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Getting To Equal

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The report, "Getting to Equal 2017," reveals that, within decades, the pay gap could close if women take advantage of three career equalizers and if business, government and academia provide critical support.