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Women’s Initiative Network – WINning at Deloitte

By raising awareness of gender equality and balance, the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) advocate for inclusion on all fronts in the hopes to close the gender gap.

  • At Deloitte, fostering inclusion is one of our core values and has been a focus of our firm since its foundation 175 years ago, however, how we foster inclusion has evolved throughout the years. Our ambition is to be the undisputed leader in professional services in both the Irish and Global markets through encouraging a workforce that represents society, leverages diversity of thought to innovate, while offering meaningful career paths for all. Our people play a key part in this ambition.

Established in 2013, the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN has played an important role in supporting Deloitte Ireland’s gender agenda, promoting inclusive behaviour in everything that they do. By providing an empowering space for our people, WIN aspire to contribute to the attraction, development and retention of the best people, regardless of gender.

At Deloitte, advancing women at all levels is a business priority. We are taking a number of positive actions to ensure that women are encouraged to achieve their full potential and career goals. To support and activate this, WIN run a series empowering events throughout the year enabling a community of stronger women to excel in their personal and professional lives. Attendees at these sessions are given the chance to hear first-hand how inspirational senior have progressed to their leadership positions, about challenges they have faced along the way, as well as the milestones and achievements that have led to their career successes.

“Gender equality and balance is about affording the same set of privileges to both men and women to close the gap.”

Aisling Parke, WIN Committee

International Women’s Day is also celebrated each year, led by the WIN Committee. This year, as WIN celebrated their 5th anniversary, a week packed full of events celebrating the women of Deloitte was organised. Kicking off the week was a roundtable discussion with Sharon Thorne, Deloitte Global Board Chairperson who has long championed Deloitte’s ambition to achieve higher representation of women in leadership globally. The schedule of events also included a fascinating lunchtime discussion with the women behind Herstory, a movement that tells the stories of historic, mythic and modern Irish women. Finally, to mark International Women’s Day, WIN hosted an internal breakfast event with former Deloitte colleague Marie Lucey as their keynote speaker. Marie shared her story with those in attendance, focusing on the theme of #EachforEqual, encouraging the audience to look at diversity more broadly. Following this keynote session was a panel discussion featuring current and former leaders from across Deloitte, sharing their views and experiences of female leadership in Deloitte Ireland. As part of the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations, WIN ran a fundraiser during their week of events in aid of 3D Assist Tallaght, an organisation that uses 3D printers to create free 3D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device. With COVID-19 affecting Ireland not too long after IWD 2020, this donation was redirected by 3D Assist Tallaght to make PPE equipment for Dublin hospices and hospitals.

Looking to the future, the Women’s Initiative Network will continue to work towards prioritising the firm's inclusion targets of attracting, retaining and developing a more diverse workforce across all levels. By raising awareness of gender equality and balance, WIN will carry on advocating for inclusion on all fronts in the hopes to close the gender gap. By creating an open and honest environment, the Women’s Initiative Network will continue to inspire Deloitte professionals to ‘win’ at everything they do.

“There is no “one size fits all” approach to gender diversity. Some pockets of our business are phenomenal at attracting and retaining female talent, whereas other pockets find this more challenging. For this reason, we have set up a committee with members from across all areas of the firm, to ensure we are holding events and training that is appealing to many. Looking to the future I hope WIN continues to the gain traction within Deloitte Ireland, not just from the leadership, but that people at all levels support and embrace the initiative.”

Sarah Jayne MacLaverty, WIN Founder

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