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Championing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Dr Vinika Rao | TBCY [Video]

Diversity and Inclusion

Championing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Dr Vinika Rao | TBCY

S5 E412 Dr Vinika Rao, Executive Director, INSEAD Africa Initiative & Hoffmann Inst for Business

00:33 – About Dr. Vinika Rao
00:55- Tell me about your own journey in brief.
03:27- What motivated you to specialize in DEI and sustainability initiatives?
05:12- How do you see the concept and role of DEI evolving in the next few years?
07:07- What are some common challenges companies face in implementing DEI strategies?
10:20- What are some misconceptions about DEI that you often encounter?
13:45- How does gender diversity in leadership, impact organizational performance?
15:11- Can you talk about the intersectionality of diversity and its implications in the workplace?
16:48- What can companies do to create a more inclusive culture?
21:43- How can technology be leveraged to advance the advanced DEI initiatives?
22:44- What advice would you give to young professionals who want to champion DEI in their organizations?

In this episode of “The Brand Called You” vodcast and podcast, the host interviews Dr. Vinika Rao, an accomplished professional from academia based in Singapore, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Dr Rao shares her journey from a corporate career to academia, emphasizing the importance of embracing change and finding one’s calling.

She discusses the evolving concept of DEI and the challenges faced by companies in implementing DEI strategies, highlighting the need for specificity, accountability, and disclosure. Dr. Rao addresses common misconceptions about DEI, emphasizing the importance of cognitive diversity and inclusion.

She explains how gender diversity in leadership positively impacts organizational performance and delves into the intersectionality of diversity in the workplace. Dr Rao suggests actionable steps for companies to create a more inclusive culture, focusing on the concept of allyship. She discusses leveraging technology for DEI initiatives while being mindful of its potential negative impacts.

About Dr. Vinika Rao –

– Dr Vinika Rao has extensive experience in academia, holding positions such as Executive Director of INSEAD’s Africa Initiative and the Hoffman Institute for Business and Society in Asia.

– She serves on multiple boards and advisory boards, showcasing her commitment to driving impactful change in various organizations and sectors.

– Dr Rao’s journey reflects a transition from a successful corporate career to academia, where she found her calling in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace.

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