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Last week's big digital live event under the motto “WE Embrace Equity” marked the start of further collaboration among Bertelsmann's divisional women's networks. Here’s the recap.
Committing ourselves to fostering a fair and inclusive world for all is not a one-off. Although days such as International Women’s Day support us in acknowledging the importance of our actions, we as a group recognize that this is a change, we need to drive all-year round in order for it to become reality. ”And the more we are joining in on driving this change, the bigger our impact will be”, Riverty United Women Coordinator, Helen Koch, Junior DEI Consultant and Coordinator of Riverty United Women, exclaims and adds: “For exactly this reason we decided to join forces with the other women’s networks within the Bertelsmann divisions. Because in the end, we are all striving for the same”.
Last week marked the official kick-off of future collaboration between Riverty United Women and women's networks of other Bertelsmann divisions such as herSystemS (Arvato Systems) and FEMpowermentNET (RTL). Together they hosted a joint digital live event under the motto “WE Embrace Equity” for all employees to take part in.
The event started off with an inspiring keynote held by Mirijam Trunk, Diversity Enthusiast and Chief Sustainability & Diversity Officer at RTL, where she explained that reaching gender equality in our society starts with the way we communicate with one another. Choosing our words wisely allows us to build bridges towards empathy. The essence of her speech: By giving the issue a name, such as unconscious or affinity bias, it allows us to speak about it objectively enabling others to understand, so we can tackle it together.
Keeping those thoughts in mind, the event continued with a thought-provoking panel discussion on the topic of “Allyship”. In the panel representatives of the different divisions came together, all showcasing another perspective. Among the panelists were Julia Kloke, CFO at Riverty and Tamara Schwenk, Junior Communications Manager & Coordinator of Riverty United Women. While Julia spoke on behalf of working moms in leadership roles, Tamara was the voice for the young talents. Also sitting on the panel were CHRO Jochen Fuchs from Arvato Systems sharing the importance of Allyship from a people leader perspective and Nico Hofmann, CEO of UFA, who provided insights on how Allyship is fostered in the film industry. RTL Exklusiv TV host, Bella Lesnik led the lively discussion highlighting and considering the different dimensions of allyship.
We have summarized the key take-aways from the event here:
For the women’s networks it is clear: This certainly won’t be the last event they will organize together. Instead, this is the starting point of driving cultural change together as one. Whether that means making others aware of their unconscious bias, tackling taboo topics or speaking up on inequalities. “Together we are committed to creating a better future for us all and the generations to come”, Helen exclaims.
Julia Kloke, Tamara Schwenk, Mirijam Trunk, Nico Hofmann, Jochen Fuchs und Bella Lesnik