Female Academy in a bigger picture
At Deloitte, our purpose is to make an impact that matters. In order to achieve this, we are fully dependent on the bright minds and originality of our talent, and on leveraging differences as a catalyst for innovation. We therefore invest in creating a culture where every Deloitter feels empowered to make their mark in the world. Deloitte Female Academy aspires to give potential future Deloitters a taste of that.
Here we present a brief interview with Signe Gro Jensen, Head of Organisational Development. She shares her perspective on Deloitte Female Academy and the aspiration behind it.
Why has Deloitte initiated Female Academy?
We are convinced that diversity in both mind-sets, experiences and educational backgrounds is key if we want to deliver the best solutions to our clients and fully play to our strengths as a community. Today, Deloitte has the potential to attract and retain even more bright female minds that can contribute to that diversity. With the Academy, we hope to give them a sense of what Deloitte has to offer, as well as the community they will become part of if they choose to join us.
Why do you find an initiative such as Deloitte Female Academy important?
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. - Howard Thurman
This is one of my favourite quotes and I think it captures very well the prerequisite for a successful and meaningful career. If we want to make an impact that matters, our chances are significantly increased if we dedicate our focus to the things that gives us energy and meaning. My hope is that female students who participate in Female Academy will feel a little more closely connected to what makes them come alive, and find themselves enabled and with the strength to do something about it.
How do you empower female talents in your work?
To me, empowerment is about giving autonomy and displaying trust with the purpose of increasing the confidence each talent has in their own abilities. As a leader, it is about finding their edge between comfort and discomfort, and continuously challenging them to walk along that edge. Furthermore, it is about encouraging them to develop and pursue their own ideas so that they will start to feel comfortable with their own voice, and suspend the urge to take their talent in a certain direction.
In Female Academy, I will introduce the students to our strength-based approach to performance and development. With this session, my vison is to make them curious about their strengths and to initiate a conversation about how they can bring them into play, to empower them to reflect on their personal strengths in a new light, and to enable them to benefit from their uniqueness in their future careers.