Ida Matthiesen of HBK on The Importance of Open Communication in Building a Strong, Diverse Talent Network
In episode 5 of The Talent Intelligence Podcast, we sit down with Ida Matthieson, Talent Acquisition Lead at HBK. Ida has had an interesting first year in her HBK career, joining the business just as the pandemic hit and quickly moving up the ranks while never meeting most of her co-workers (sound familiar anyone?) While she’s been working on a holistic approach to HBK’s talent strategy, Ida has also brought her passion for DE&I to the fore, an interesting challenge in the male dominated industry they operate in. Ida has been an instrumental part of a team that has pushed for diversity not only internally but from the business’s suppliers and partners. In this episode we discuss the impact of the pandemic on remote teams, how a fast-moving market has made talent departments more agile, what the future of diversity looks like, and much more. And if that doesn’t peak your interest, tune in to hear about Ida’s mad dash from London to Denmark, leaving all of her belongings behind in the process - she’s not a fugitive, we swear.
Nicky O'Brien, McCurrach: Why Diversity Discussions are Vital, and What Can be Learned From Reverse Mentoring
In episode 4 of the Talent Intelligence podcast, we’re joined by Nicky O’Brien, FCIPD and HR Dirctor at McCurrach Ltd. Nicky has worked in the HR and Talent space for over 20 years, and has been a continual champion of diversity. While data on diversity is important to McCurrach and Nicky, they’re also focused on conversations around diversity, holding round tables, events, and mentoring programmes where participants are encouraged to be open and honest. They even have a “Diversity Taskforce” run by volunteer members of the team. Here’s a snapshot of what we spoke about: How the pandemic has affected diversity at McCurrach, bringing men into the diversity conversation, how a majority female board affects the company’s performance, and the one strange thing Nicky does when she enters a supermarket... Learn more about McCurrach here: https://www.mccurrach.co.uk/