GE (NYSE:GE) hosted a thought leadership event titled ‘Insights into Inclusion’ at Expo 2020 Dubai. Aligned to the Expo’s Tolerance and Inclusivity theme week, the event brought together over 50 leaders and diversity experts from global and local companies to discuss how organizations can foster a diverse workplace for the next generation.
Delivering the opening remarks, Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna, President – GE UAE, and Global Chief of Strategy & Operations, GE International Markets said: “We are a global company, but we operate locally, think locally, and engage locally. The themes of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion are familiar to UAE citizens and residents, and they are critical to GE as well. We believe in fostering an inclusive culture and seek to empower our people so they feel accepted, respected and belong. We know that embracing diverse teams and perspectives better equips us to serve our customers and communities, and ultimately contributes to our ambition to build a world that works.”
Following this, a moderated discussion with John Slattery, CEO of GE Aviation, and Tanya Spencer, Chief Diversity Officer of GE Gas Power was held, where they shared their views on what diversity means to them and their businesses. The session was moderated by GE Renewable Energy’s Suraya Watfa, a young leader in GE’s I&D efforts, who brought a Gen Z perspective to the discussion. They offered insights into why diversity and inclusion are such important engines of success for their businesses, and how the next generation will be the drivers of innovation for the organization.
You can view the replay of the event here: Insights into Inclusion.
After hearing from the leaders, in a truly collaborative discussion, the event engaged all attendees by dividing them five groups, each assigned to a specific aspect of diversity and inclusion. Together, leaders from PWC, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Accenture, Womanity, IBM, the US Department of State and others explored the themes, with the goal of helping organizations cultivate a more inclusive environment. Key takeaways from each working group are below:
In order to ensure a more inclusive and diverse workplace, GE is committed to focusing on these themes to support the new workplace of the future. In addition to leading conversations on diversity and inclusion, GE believes in taking action that extend to employees, the wider community, and the planet in order to attract and retain tomorrow’s talent.
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