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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Nov 9, 2018

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Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking again about Google and the outcome of last week’s walkout, a man who wants to change his legal age, a social enterprise helping women in Africa and Starbucks new store where people can order using sign language. Happy Friday!

 

Sexual Harassment

A week after 20,000 employees staged a global walkout at Google, the companies CEO has confirmed that they will change their sexual harassment policies and end the practice of forced arbitration. Google employees welcomed the changes, but some are concerned that they are not going far enough, especially since temp/contract resources (a lot of them being women and people of colour) won’t be protected.

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Executive Team Advisory Board, a new beginning!

Every year, a new group of talented visionaries from around the world is put together to contribute their diverse perspectives to Ericsson´s Executive Team (ET). In these series of posts, you will hear their journey…

Everything started on a warm sunny autumn day in Stockholm, at a theater located in the middle of one of the nicest districts in the city, Södermalm. There, our Talent Manager and a Talent Consultant were waiting to introduce us to the next great gig of our careers, becoming part of the Executive Team Advisory Board!

As soon as we met, we realized that we were quite a diverse team in every sense, different backgrounds and experience, culture wise, six nationalities / seven people, and almost an even split in gender. We were all different and, for what we have seen so far, quite complementary.

(Ellinor, Shreya, Javi, Hadi, Susanne, Gabriel, Smeeta)

 

The kick-off helped us get to know each other, playing the “who are you” game, building incredible engineering designs (see below) and a couple of other team building exercises. We also learnt a good technique for problem solving and the use of design thinking, which we have decided to embrace on the challenges and assignments to come. Moreover, we met some of our key stakeholders who introduced us to our first exciting assignment.

(Smart factory manufacturing a F1 autonomous-car prototype)

 

After that great experience, we joined the Ericsson Global Leadership Summit, where most of the Ericsson top talents were presenting the company vision, current situation and discussing strategy execution. There we had a series of presentations, workshops, opportunities for networking and even some early morning training sessions, where two of us almost didn’t make it through the day after a very challenging rowing competition…

 

Those days were really good for us as a team, as we managed to spend valuable time together, especially due to the fact that we had to work on our first activity, using the only time we had left during the workshops (…night time), as the days were full of interesting discussions we did not dare to miss.

 

What was that first activity? We had to prepare a couple of items, first was around the preparations for what we were planning to deliver as part of our first assignment, second, we had to put together our reflections and recommendations around the Summit and, lastly, to present both to the Executive Team, right after the Summit. And so we did! they gave us good feedback, direction for the project and listened actively to our reflections, which they acknowledged and promised to take action on. A very positive experience for us, as one does not have the opportunity to talk to such an experienced, influential and well-integrated team every day.

 

And now, back to our home units – virtually connected, we are highly engaged on our first assignment, trying to make Ericsson (even) better!

 

5G and IoT improving lives of the older adults

5G and Internet of Things (IoT) are already starting to change our world for the better, significantly enhancing uncounted industries and improving people’s lives in unforeseen ways.

World population is ageing

Population ageing, as a demographic trend of the increase in the number and percentage of older adults in the global population, is considered one of the most important social transformation of the 21st century. The number of older adults, those aged 60 and above, is more than twice as large today as it was 35 years ago, and it is estimated that the number and percentage of older adults will double by 2050. It is the first time in history that by 2030 the number of older adults will outnumber children aged 9 years and younger. By 2050 it will even outnumber the adolescents and youth aged 10-24 years. Increased longevity together with declining fertility are key drivers of population aging globally. Population ageing presents new challenges to national healthcare, insurance and economic sectors.

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TNKVRT – An interactive platform that helps young people feel less lonely

I had just finished my Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology when I decided to take a sabbatical year to try out some other things before starting my Master of Science. I decided to start working as a substitute teacher. A profession that I’ve always wanted to try since I want to be a role model to young people and see them grow up with a better understanding of math’s.

I felt the butterflies; the feeling you get when you’re both nervous and excited. I prepared the papers and pens, whilst waiting for the incoming students. They came in one by one, everyone in the ages of 13-15. They looked at me with some confusion. I thought to myself; “Of course, they are confused. I’d be that too if I suddenly got a new teacher.”

They sat down and stared at me. I welcomed them and told them my name and that I am their new, temporary teacher in Mathematics. I asked them to introduce themselves and just when a young girl was going to tell her name, she got interrupted by a boy across the room.

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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Oct 26, 2018

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Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about sexual harassment at Google, the racism incident on a Ryanair flight, Netflix targeting users based on their race and a fantastic program in Africa that is encouraging girls to take up a career in STEM. Happy Friday!

Sexual harassment

This week, Google revealed that in the past two years they dismissed 48 employees for sexual harassment without paying them any severance packages. This comes as a response to a NY Times article, reporting that three senior executives were dismissed for sexual misconduct and left with a huge package (USD 90 million in one case).

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/technology/google-sexual-harassment-andy-rubin.html

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I got Diversity… but what was Inclusion again?

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Being part of the Ericsson family for over eight years, there are many things I am proud of what this company has created. For over 140 years Ericsson has been a pioneer in technology and especially in bringing this technology to everyday life. What impresses me as much as this is Ericsson’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Program. Being part of the program for many years it has changed my perspective at work and in my personal life. Seeing this topic become more visible around the world, and being lucky enough to be part of some of these discussions, it gave me yet another perspective to compare our D&I approach versus others.

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