On leaving consulting
Before coming to DICE, I was a change consultant, and later a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant at different firms in a number of industries, including healthcare, oil and gas, and defence – nothing that was satisfying from a soul perspective. Beyond that, I just felt consulting wasn’t right for me. I wanted to be able to stick around to see the results of my hard work and witness long-term change, rather than retreating after a few months.
So when I saw the job at DICE, which I’d been using since I was at uni, it felt like a dream. The chance to do DEI work in-house in the music industry? That just made sense. I’ve only been here 10 months, but I’ve already been able to see the Global Belonging Programme – the events, initiatives, and comms campaigns we launched to keep everyone connected, and make sure they feel seen and heard – grow from nothing to something; and we’ve gone from having zero Employee Community Groups when I started to having five. I’m really proud of that.
On DICE’s open and honest workplace
The DEI team at DICE is one of the best teams I’ve ever worked in for the simple fact that we can speak in a way that is free, honest and psychologically safe. But that goes beyond our team. When I first started, I remember saying to Salma Repa, our VP of DEI, that everyone seems to have an opinion here, and when you open up the floor, it’s literally like, ‘I have an opinion and you’re gonna hear it. I’m going to email you my thoughts.’
When I was a consultant, getting people to open up about DEI was like pulling teeth – nobody wanted to say anything, or people were worried about saying the wrong thing and offending, which is fair. So I welcome the openness at DICE. I love that people are really passionate here, and that they don’t joke around about the change they want to see.