Accenture believes equality drives innovation, creativity and competitive advantage.
The global management consulting firm prides itself in offering a workplace that fosters creative mindsets and supports the diverse perspectives of all people.
With offices and operations in 50 plus countries, Accenture partners with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, driving innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Leaders such as Tracey Patterson, managing director, Accenture Operations, are strongly committed to Accenture’s inclusion and diversity initiatives.
Overseeing an international team of 1,000, Tracey leads Accenture’s North America and European HR service offerings, spearheading digitization efforts including artificial intelligence, mobile capabilities and predictive analytics services.
She is actively committed to helping achieve Accenture’s goal of employing a gender-balanced workforce by 2025.
Patterson believes companies must undergo a cultural transformation in the workplace to position all people, both women and men, for success.
“It starts with a deliberate intent to create an authentic and truly human environment where everyone feels respected,” she said. “Women of color in particular need access to key elements of career growth that may come easier to others: democratizing access to mentors, sponsors and roles that are business-facing, with growth potential.”
Patterson is contributing toward this effort through her contributions with Accenture’s Women in Innovation event series, which connects women who are looking to turn their passions into meaningful work and to grow their technology career. Participants can network with other women innovators and Accenture leadership. The most recent event brought together more than 100 female technologists in San Francisco.
The event idea stemmed from Patterson’s conversations with Mimi Valdes, executive producer of the film “Hidden Figures,” which highlights the importance of diversity in technology through the story of three female NASA engineers. For Patterson, it created the perfect opportunity to combine the impact of the movie with her passion for connecting smart women who can turn their passion into their profession through meaningful work at Accenture.
According to Patterson, women are often left behind in the intensive technology industry.
“Women have made huge strides in technology, but we know there’s still work to be done,” Patterson said. “Diverse mindsets are key to opening the door to the workforce of the future. Accenture is committed to creating an authentic and truly human environment where everyone feels respected and where all talents are nurtured and cultivated.”
Additionally, Patterson believes that Accenture is the best place for anyone interested in a career in technology.
“We are considered a leader in the world’s most cutting-edge technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence,” Patterson said. “We also provide unparalleled training and development opportunities, investing upwards of $900 million in our people annually. This prepares our people to thrive in an ever-evolving technological landscape.”
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