Holly McGhee, Diversity and Inclusiveness Leader, Asia-Pacific Financial Services, EY; and Co-Chair Taikoo WIN
“If we enable everybody to fulfil their potential, then not only will our business and society be better, but individuals will overall have better lives. This is what D&I is about, and why we try to embed D&I into who we are as a company and what we do. Our Hong Kong and Macau D&I leader, Alex Lai, is transforming the journey from onboarding and throughout
the employee life cycle, to create opportunities for building D&I into our practices.
Leadership engagement is really important to create sustained success of D&I programmes. The chair of our Asia LGBT Unity network, for instance, is also the leader of our Taikoo Place office. Started as a small group a few years back, the network has created a snowball effect through successful events, including online allies training and live workshops – we ran one on Pink Friday by using Lego as a fun way to invite staff to express what inclusion meant to them.
I’m seeing a shift from passive to proactive, visible support for the LGBT community, and not only at events, but also in the everyday, like people wearing unity pins and rainbow stickers on laptops. Ultimately, it is about creating an inclusive environment which can bring more trust and empathy amongst team members so that everyone can bring their full self to work.”