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Driving innovation through inclusion

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In order to run the intelligent enterprise, we need a healthy and inclusive culture that empowers people to run at their best. In this talk Judith will discuss research that shows that a healthy and inclusive culture leads to higher people engagement, which ultimately leads to higher productivity and greater creativity and innovation; how at SAP we strive to build a culture that is fully inclusive and embraces different viewpoints and backgrounds; and how we employ technology for inclusion, and contribute to diversifying the start up ecosystem.

Judith Williams Judith Williams Functie: Chief diversity and inclusion officer Organisatie: SAP Bio: Head of People Sustainability and SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, SAP SE

Judith has been at the forefront of the culture change movement in technology and entertainment – with a deep focus on analytics and strategies to identify and disrupt bias in social systems and corporate culture.

She joined SAP in September 2018 as Head of People Sustainability and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer leading both diversity and inclusion and business health programs at SAP.

Previously, she ran an organization which consults with start-ups, venture capitalists, and accelerators on embedding diversity and inclusion into the foundations of their organizational cultures. Judith has also been instrumental  in the development of the ReFrame Project, a partnership between the Sundance Institute and Women and Film. The project addresses systemic barriers in the Hollywood ecosystem, and encourages gender parity at every level in film, TV and media.

Prior to that as Global Head of Diversity for Dropbox, Judith was responsible for all diversity and inclusion programs, as well as corporate social responsibility. Her efforts increased the pipeline of women and underrepresented minorities at Dropbox, creating a more inclusive corporate culture and forming deeper ties into the communities where the company operates.

In addition, Judith was the Diversity Programs Manager at Google where she directed the unconscious bias work stream, and built strategies for recruiting, retention, and advancement of the company’s technical employees. She was instrumental in implementing Google’s widely praised unconscious bias training program which was the first to call out hidden prejudices as a major contributor to the systemic lack of diversity in the tech industry.

Judith lives in San Francisco, CA.
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