5 Questions to the LEAD Network Education Committee

1. Tell us about yourself and what motivates you to be engaged with the LEAD Network.

My name is Christina Taylor and I have been leading the Education Committee as Chair since late 2017. Over the last year, I’ve had the pleasure to work with a highly engaged team of volunteers to create value for our partners and members through education and development. The energy and passion everyone brings to the table has been phenomenal and it’s enabling us to really make a difference and create value for our partners and members. Every meeting we have brings new insights on the topic of Diversity and Inclusion and I enjoy the richness of perspectives and experiences each of our committee members brings to the table. Creating a platform and opportunities to share and learn from each other is what excites me. It’s all about Doing, not Trying as we work together to make a difference.

2. Who is part of the Education Committee?

Current Members of the Education Committee are:
Maria-Teresa Addison, NPD Principal Development Scientist at GSK
Moni Buzasy, Head of Talent Europe at P&G – Education Committee Vice Chair
Mehak Chadha, Senior Marketing Manager at Amazon
Maren Gerhäuser-von de Fenn, Head of Leadership Development at METRO AG
Emma Rainford, Global Manager Associate Development at Ahold Delhaize
Putri Realita, Global Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Danone
Emmanuelle Roman, Global Marketing Director, Consumer Products & Retail at EY
Christina Taylor, L&D Consultant and Owner of Learn to Grow – Education Committee Chair

3. Tell us a bit about the Marketing Committee, its mission, and the activities you’re involved in.

The mission of the Education Committee is simple, it’s about creating value for our partners by helping them to progress towards Gender Equality and to create value for our members by helping to develop the next generation of inclusive leaders in our sector. For our partners, the focus is very much on identifying and sharing best practices that really have an impact on orgranisations’s D&I agenda and are moving us towards a more gender equal workplace. We do this through webinars, virtual round tables and our best practice library. Also, our LEAD Network D&I Maturity Self-Assessment tool is a great way for organisations to learn where they are on their journey and plan the next steps.
For our members, we in the process of building a more holistic offering throughout 2019. Our Breakthrough Barriers program provides an opportunity for our members during live events to create solutions and ideas that help us remove some systemic barriers. And we offer personal and career development opportunities to help our members grow.

4. What will the Committee focus on in 2019?

Our strategy for 2019 is the following one:


5. Where the Committee has been most proud of in 2018?

For us, 2018 was all about putting the basics in place, identifying where we want to focus our energy an delivering on some key milestone activities. These included relaunching our LEAD Network Mentorship Program and providing 15 pairs of mentors/mentees a platform to learn from each other. We launched the Breakthrough Barriers campaign and piloted the format at a few live events. We ran our Engaging Men Best Practice Campaign which will serve as a blue print for 3 more best practice campaigns in 2019. We published the Life Lessons Book, sharing stories of 35 inspirational leaders sharing their stories and experiences. Finally we develop the LEAD Network D&I Maturity Self-Assessment tool as a key offering for our partners.