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Diageo women executives discuss social impact on brilliant podcast

 October 21, 2021

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There is a massive shift in the goals and philosophies of corporate culture currently. Organizations are increasingly providing resources for their employees not only to improve their work experience, but also to improve their lives as a whole.

Diageo is a leader for global brands and has a great story to tell about the company's impact on social change.

Diageo women discussing inclusive workplaces

Diageo's inclusion and diversity efforts, the evolving nature of its flexible work policies, and the impact employees have on their communities is the subject of a podcast with Diageo executives Laura Watt, Caroline Rhodes and Jeanine Dooley.

The podcast was hosted by Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Toptal, a network of the world’s top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand.

"It was a pleasure to join my colleagues Caroline Rhodes and Jeanine Dooley to talk about Diageo's commitment to creating the most inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves and be their best," said Laura.

An insightful podcast with great discussion

The podcast covered a range of topics including:

  • Diageo's global menopause awareness guidelines, their goal, and how they came about
  • upcoming campaigns and policies for Diageo encouraging belonging
  • best practice for HR professionals alongside their Inclusion & Diversity colleagues
  • the story behind Diageo's My Name Is campaign and how it came about
  • how Diageo managers ensure they’re giving teams stretch assignments
  • insight and implications of the theorized “mass resignation” post pandemic

Experience in HR and transformational leadership roles

Laura Watt is the Executive Vice President for Human Resources of Diageo, North America. Laura serves as a member of the North America and Global HR Leadership teams. She has 25 years of experience in HR and transformational leadership roles.

Implementing Diageo’s inclusion and diversity policies

Diageo Caroline Rhodes

Caroline “Cabs” Rhodes, Global Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Director and HR Director, Corporate Functions [pictured above], is responsible for the development and implementation of Diageo’s inclusion and diversity policies, practices, and progressive frameworks across all global markets, alongside her HR-directed strategic responsibilities.

Working to impact social change

Jeanine Dooley, Head of I&D, Diageo, North America, explains how Diageo is a leader for global brands who want to tell a story and impact social change. She has worked at Diageo for 19 years, holding various operational and project management roles and leading strategic initiatives. In her current role, she combines her functional expertise with her passion to drive Diageo North America’s inclusion and diversity initiatives.

Forging a feeling of belonging

These leaders discuss how Diageo is making strides to ensure that each employee feels like a valuable member of their team, how they’re taking employee health seriously, and the fascinating lessons learned by being part of a global corporation.

They also share the steps Diageo is taking to make employees feel like they belong, how a hybrid work model can be a recipe for success, and how remote work ended up making the international company feel more united than ever. 

Listen to the full podcast episode.

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