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IBM Always in the forefront.

Written on October 1, 2015 by Campus Life in Professional, Social

collage ibm coffeeTeaching Diversity is a challenge.  At present two paradigms coexist in apparent harmony, but are really just a mirage. Diversity has become in fashion and nobody can afford not to include it among their values. Like innovation, it is a “commodity” a “me too” that everybody “treasures” in their strategy.

But how is diversity included in your strategy? Herring and Henderson talk about three different approaches.

On one hand, Blind Diversity Approach, is limited to celebrate difference. We can recognize this focus when we read annual reports of many multinationals that proudly share higher rates of feminine participation in their workforce. A thorough aggregation of the different charts reveals that in the end only a few heterosexual or closeted white men are those who lead and get the big bucks. But they are fully satisfied because they hire lots of women!

The Snowflake Diversity Approach defends that we are genuinely unique and to talk about diversity dimensions, like gender, or race, is to menace individuals. If Barack Obama has been able to reach the US Presidency Why have we to keep talking about black minority?

Finally, there is a third way to cope with it: Critical Diversity that assumes there is inequality and it is required to solve it. Those who prefer the two first focuses reject this one stating that it is advocacy.

NGOs do advocacy. Corporations do Diversity Management. They may seem synonyms, but they are not.

I celebrate Zoraida and Priya initiative, they want to talk about diversity management and they are hands on! They contacted Celia de Anca and in a blink of an eye they have created the Diversity Club.

The other day we had the kickoff event and of course we had IBM. Ana Gª Oliveros (Director of Marketing and Communication) and Belen Perales (Director of CSR). Only 25 sits to be able to talk freely and a long waiting list.

Every time they come they bring something new! Just a few bullets for those who could not attend:

• At present, constant change is one of the main issues in business, the pressure of corporations towards family, volatility of results and social challenges.

• Social Responsibility has evolved from “Legal Compliance”, “Strategic Philanthropy”, “Value based self-regulation” and “Efficiency” to “Growth Platform”. IBM is one of those companies that really believe in the “case” of diversity. Diversity pays back!

• In this new landscape they do not talk about competitors any more, but collaborators.

• When I started hearing them talk about diversity they mentioned five dimensions they focus on: Women, LGBT, People with Disabilities, Work/Life, Cross-Generation, Cross-cultural, Men, New-hires, Veteran and Multicultural Women.

• They still underline that Work/Life is not only a women issue.

• Among the findings they shared with regards to “Men” dimension is the more mature and self-confident, the more understanding about the issue, that at last is a social issue.  


Women in Business Mentoring for Career Options Program

Written on June 17, 2014 by Campus Life in Professional

Rachel Introducing Mentoring ProgramIf you don’t know about the Women in Business Club’s mentoring program yet, YOU SHOULD!

The program is coordinated by the Women in Business Club with the help and support of the IE Center for Diversity.  The mentors are men and women executives and professionals based in Madrid whom come from a variety of nationalities and industries.  All mentors speak either Spanish or English, or both.  The purpose of the program is to provide professional support and mentoring during their master program, to develop a model to provide support for the careers of high-potential women, and to develop evaluation and monitoring tools that will enable the program to track the professional development of participants over time.

The program begins with an initial workshop to introduce mentees to mentors, provide mentoring training and help participants find a good match.  Once the mentees and mentors have been matched 1:1, they will begin their individual mentoring sessions where they can focus on what the mentee has identified as their goals.  Once the four individual sessions have been completed, the IE Center for Diversity provides a closing event for the mentees and mentors separately so that they can share their experiences with each other.  We then ask for a final evaluation from the mentees and mentors so that we (the Women in Business club and the Center for Diversity) can analyze the process among all parties involved in order to make improvements for coming years.

Mentoring MeetingSounds great, right?  I’m sure you’re wondering how to sign up.  Our current mentoring program is already in session, but we will be providing an information session for the next mentoring program in the summertime (to be announced at a later date) where you can get more details on the application process and you can also ask questions to the Women in Business club.  The application process is rigorous as we’re looking for the most dedicated and responsible students.  After all, you’re representing not just yourselves, but also the Women in Business Club and IE.  As a former mentee myself, I promise that it is worth it!  And if you need more reasons for applying, here are quotes from mentees and mentors that participated in last year’s program:

“Thanks to my mentor, joining the Mentoring Program was one of the best decisions of my MBA.”
– Mentee

“It was an amazing experience with a lot of support for different areas in my life and future career path.” – Mentee

“This process has inspired me to become a future mentor.  I have gained so much through this program that I would like to give back to society.”
– Mentee

“Vuelves a los básicos de tu motivación profesional y llegas enseguida a puntos de encuentro entre el mentor y el mentee.  El aprendizaje es mutuo.”
– Mentor

“Was able to engage with a mid-career woman to better understand the challenges she faces in making decisions about what she really wants in a career.”
– Mentor

“The mentoring program allowed me to discover and strengthen a stronger part of myself that I didn’t realize I had.”
– Mentee

Karishma Me Lisa“The program provides the opportunity to exchange experiences with a person who has a significant professional career, but especially excellent personal qualities.”
– Mentee

“El programa me ha ayudado a conocerme más a mi misma y disfrutar más de la situación profesional que tengo.”
– Mentee

For more information, please contact

IE Women in Business Club

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