The start of the transformation journey
Tine Slabbinck shared some insights on the activities IT&D has been running over the past year(s), aiming to enhance Gender Diversity within its Function. She recalled the time she attended this conference for the first time, back in 2018, meeting so many female role models within Technology area. It made her realize that IT&D Function at Toyota was still far behind in terms of Gender Diversity, mainly at management level. That was the start of the transformation journey. Transformation that she brought to life by defining a 3P’s strategy:
Be a Pioneer
IT&D launched a few activities that were new to the company, such as creating a personal branding to give insights on who you are, or creating a mentoring program for ladies in IT. Both initiatives proved to have a real positive impact on people, creating new bounds and benefit from these inspiring new relationships.
Through some ‘Women IT Breakfasts’, they had the chance to talk, share, and raise self-awareness on their unique values. They also realised that empathy may also be key in our evolution, while it’s not always recognized as a strength.
Be a Promoter
Through different initiatives, such as the creation of a Community on Teams, implementation of quarterly newsletters, organization of keynotes with strategic partners, they enhanced the DE&I promotion and awareness within Toyota. A workshop was also dedicated to the ‘power of introverts’, showing that introvert leadership can also be recognised and successful.