We spoke with Nathalie Gauthier, vice president in Talent Marketplace and co-chair of the Black Professionals Group. Nathalie talked about her 12-year long career at State Street and how she was deeply invested in various inclusion, diversity and equity initiatives. She was also the first person to be selected as the State Street sponsored 2020 Rising Star Award winner from the Women's Bond Club (WBC).
Please tell us more about your experience with employee resource groups at State Street.
I feel fortunate to have gained in-depth experiences while engaging with employee networks over my 12-year career at State Street. I began with identifying which networks relate to me personally, and I joined the Black Professionals Group (BPG) and Professional Women's Network (PWN) within my first year at State Street. I started with volunteering to work on a project or event occasionally, to active engagement, joining committees and eventually leading them. Some examples, where I led the newsletter for BPG and career committee for PWN, thinking of innovative events, tapping State Street leadership and creating content that employees, like myself, would be interested to learn more about, and consider the journey as the corporate lattice as opposed to the corporate ladder.
What was the role of the Black Professionals Group during recent social unrests and pandemic?
In 2021, we launched a platform of 'Be Heard, Be Brave, Have Your Say' sessions, which provided a forum for our members to share poignant matters that were on top of their minds and motivational keynote events and encourage engagement. We were very cognizant of present events as this is our daily life and as a Black woman, I was eager to be a part of creating safe spaces and content for our members. We engaged with State Street's leadership, many who are allies, to fulfill the scope of the Four C methodology: Career, Commerce, Community and Culture, as those categories encircle the full scope of an employee's professional life.
Are you also involved in State Street 10 Actions to Address Racism & Inequality?
The 10 Actions to Addressing Racism and Inequality is a State Street's global effort dedicated to developing cultural change by diving deeply into our processes to better impact diversity, inclusion and equity for our most underrepresented employees and evolving our culture to be reflective of all regional communities. I hold a leadership role of workstream #10 Reflection and Civic Engagement. We have curated a compelling journey for employees across the globe to participate in World Anti-Racism Reflection Moments (W.A.R.M). Through our learning platform we kicked offa pathway in December 2020 that traverses each month up to June in honor of Juneteenth and Race Unity Day. Employees can engage at any given time, with monthly content highlighting days of significance many of us may not be aware of, volunteer opportunities and the option to share a reflection on our internal communications platform.
When thinking about the challenges of 2022 and beyond, what is the key message you want to share?
A key point I would like to emphasize as we look to 2022 and beyond, will be to not slow down the momentum of all our efforts towards addressing racism and inequality. Collectively, we need to recognize that no one is exempt from engagement for an effort that is impacting who we are in the industry and in creating a welcoming environment for diverse talent.
We Have to Keep the Momentum Going
Vice President Talent Marketplace and co-chair of the Black Professionals Group
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