Gartner Australia Hosted Launch Event For Employee Resource Groups

67860At Gartner, our team is intrinsically motivated by a shared set of values. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace culture and one of the ways is by supporting veterans, women, members of the LGBTQ community and multicultural groups across our various business units and global offices. Igne Pupelyte, Senior Principal, Advisory, and Sydney office Co-Lead of our Women@Gartner group, shares about a recent event held to celebrate diversity at Gartner below.

Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that represent various diverse talent in Australia (Women@Gartner, Pride@Gartner, Veterans@Gartner) recently hosted a launch event to celebrate joint efforts across both Gartner offices in Sydney. More than 100 associates attended in support of continually building an inclusive work environment for all associates. Zak Hammer, Head of Business Technology & Operations (and formerly Head of Inclusion and Wellbeing) at Qantas; Michelle Hardie, President of Women@Amazon; and Mark Latchford, Associate Director at Pride in Diversity, all joined a panel to discuss their work in promoting diversity and inclusion across their careers and to offer advice to Gartner associates. Across all topics that were covered, one theme stood out above all: We can all make a change by being more inclusive on an individual basis as associates, managers, teammates and groupfriends.

When asked to offer advice to Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) groups at Gartner, Michelle encouraged associates “to start small, but think big” — words that all D&I groups in the ANZ region intend to put into action. All three groups have already formed independent committees filled with passionate associates looking to have a positive impact on all associates, the business and the wider community.

“It has been great to team up with colleagues leading D&I groups across both Sydney offices these past six months to come up with new ideas, plans and aspirations. But it’s been even more rewarding to witness the commitment from Gartner leadership and my fellow colleagues to fostering a diverse, inclusive and supportive workplace,” says Igne Pupelyte, Co-Lead for the Women@Gartner Employee Resource Group (ERG) in our Sydney office.

DSC_0027Kemi Kaijage, Account Executive and Co-Lead of our Australian Women@Gartner ERG spoke to the importance of having support from leadership: “Because of the immense support the group has received in promoting diversity, it’s really inspiring for us to see women in leadership and in different roles, which allows us to shape how we see our own future and see the impact women at Gartner are having.”

The event served as a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Gartner’s efforts toward creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace, where all associates are comfortable, welcomed and respected. Our ERGs continue to drive D&I initiatives across our global offices and it is a critical component of our broader Inclusion & Engagement initiatives. This is also highlighted in our 10 cultural elements, truly embodying the fact that it is our people who make Gartner a great place to work at, and we must encourage and celebrate our differences while creating an inclusive corporate culture.

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