By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager
Accenture recently announced a record number of 723 people named to managing director and senior managing director positions. In tandem, women accounted for more than 28 percent of these new managing directors and senior managing directors. Those numbers are up from 21 percent in 2014. Nellie Borrero, Managing Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity Accenture, shed some light on the inclusion and diversity culture at her company.
How important is the fact that women account for more than 28 percent of the new managing directors and senior managing directors recently named at Accenture?
It’s extremely important. Inclusion and diversity continues to be a top priority for Accenture, and this benchmark is a testament to that. I’m so proud of the progress we continue to make in this area – and proud of the success of our talented women.
How does this speak to the company’s dedication to inclusion and diversity?
These promotions reflect the fact that inclusion and diversity are fundamental to our culture. Our commitment starts at the top. We empower our people to lead, and empowering
women is a key part of this.
Why and how is gender diversity and equality essential to high performing organizations?
Gender diversity and equality are global issues and essential elements of an inclusive workplace. They are not only the right thing to do, but the strategic thing to do. Diversity makes
us smarter and more innovative, which helps us better serve the needs of our clients and our communities.
What still needs to be done?
Our focus on attracting, inspiring and advancing women is critical to Accenture’s future, and we are committed to increasing the number of women we recruit to the company. Currently, women make up 37 percent of our global workforce. By 2017, we will grow the percentage of new hires who are women to at least 40 percent worldwide.
What’s in the future?
High performing women are integral to the company’s success and we will continue to foster career growth at all levels. At Accenture, we actively develop the next generation of leaders through a number of initiatives including our CEO-sponsored global executive leadership program for our most senior women; customized training, such as “Developing High Performing Women and Client Centricity,” to help women grow as effective managers of people and our business; and our annual celebration of International Women’s Day, which we host in key locations around the world with our clients.