Mar 29, 2021
The Future of Your Workplace
GrasshoppHer held its closing webinar for its ideathon titled “The Future of Your Workplace” on October 7, 2020. Our team provided insight on how corporate America is thinking about equality in the workplace and your place in it. We’ve provided a digest on some of the key takeaways from the webinar.
Sheryl Lawrence
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GrasshoppHer held its closing webinar for its ideathon titled “The Future of Your Workplace” on October 7, 2020. Our panelists, Megan Noble, MPA (Marketing and Philanthropic Manager at Kendra Scott), Sheetal Chawla (Vice President, Partner – Head of Strategy & Digital at Capgemini) and Margaret Brooks (Managing Partner at Brooks Hawkins Group), provided insight on how corporate America is thinking about equality in the workplace and your place in it. We’ve provided a digest on some of the key takeaways from the webinar.



“How is Capgemini thinking about Diversity & Inclusion and what are the ways you are creating meaningful impact within Capgemini?”  


Sheetal Chawla (Vice President, Partner – Head of Strategy & Digital at Capgemini) says:



  • We need to get comfortable with uncomfortable conversations. 
  • Teams that are not comfortable with these conversations tend to fall behind in performance and have less inclusion. 
  • Having these uncomfortable conversations is the most effective when the agenda is supported at an executive level and at a grassroots level.




“How should students and professionals who are looking for work go about investigating how future employers value Diversity & Inclusion? What questions should they ask and what evidence should they look for?” 


Margaret Brooks (Managing Partner at Brooks Hawkins Group) says:



  • Directly ask the employer what programs they have and what data they have to back up their Diversity & Inclusion claim. 
  • Do online research.
  • Ask alumni who currently work at the company about the culture and working environment.



“Do you have any advice for rising creatives in terms of how to create a following, while also promoting ideas of racial, gender and body equality?”


Megan Noble, MPA (Marketing and Philanthropic Manager at Kendra Scott) says: 



  • Surround yourself with different perspectives and opinions in order to represent the people you claim to be representing. 
  • Lead by example and stay true to who you are. Ultimately, people are going to see that and understand that you truly mean what you say in regards to equality. 



“Some people do not believe that Diversity & Inclusion is necessary in the workplace, and are having a hard time with the changes to the work environment. How do you combat this and how do you make your voice heard in your company?”


Sheetal Chawla (Vice President, Partner – Head of Strategy & Digital at Capgemini) says:



  • “Be the change you want to see.”
  • If you talk to the three or five people you interact with on a daily basis about the issues that mean the most to you, then you will start to see change. 



Congratulations to our ideathon winners! First place was Rebecca Chen, second place was Denisa Buzan, and third place was Sapna Suresh! 


If you missed it, watch the webinar the full here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5xvzO0SL3Y 


*GrasshoppHer’s webinars and professional development events are open to individuals of any gender.*