I have started working with Race Equality First in December 2013. Before joining Race Equality First I worked as a team Leader for Barnardo’s Interpreter Service for 12 years. My role was to supervise, support and train interpreters to enable them to provide a good interpreting service to clients and professionals at the same time. I’ve also provided training to professionals on “ How To Work With Interpreters” which was very successful and beneficial for professionals and service users as it helped to close the gap created by the language barrier.
We’re acutely aware that there will be surprises along the way. Here’s one: so far, a higher percentage of men than women have been taking advantage of some of our flexibility programs. Do some women at McKinsey, like their counterparts at many companies, worry that participating in such programs will raise questions about how committed they are to their careers? We hope not, but we are exploring ways to dispel any concerns—for example, by refining our “up or out” promotion system to ensure people can stay in the same roles for longer periods of time with no impact on their eventual advancement if they are at a stage in life where they need that flexibility. As a project-based organization, we think we’re reasonably well positioned to pull this off.