Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Posted by Deltek on November 20, 2019

Insight 2019 Women in Technology

Women In Business

This week in Orlando, women attending #DeltekInsight 2019 have had a variety of different opportunities to be inspired by and connect with other women in business. 

Keynote speaker Sarah Robb O’Hagan shared what it means to be part of an “Extreme Team.” As a woman executive and entrepreneur, she has lived and learned what it means to be a woman in business. From her executive days at Flywheel Sports, to her product innovations with Gatorade, with many stops in between, Sarah proves to be a passionate advocate for an active lifestyle and believes the lessons learned from sports and fitness can be applied to improving performance in the workplace. A recipient of the 2018 WISE Woman of the Year award, Sarah continues to live her life to the extreme in all that she does.

“Once you get in the right environment, you start to hone your filter and act your extreme best.” – Sarah Robb O’Hagan

At Deltek, we believe that creating the right environment for our employees means empowering them to learn, grow and be their authentic selves. Through Women at Deltek, an internal affinity group formed in 2018, employees have the opportunity to focus on mentorship and the advancement of women through diversity and inclusion efforts.

As part of this year’s Insight event, Women at Deltek sponsored a breakfast and panel discussion Women in Project-Based Business: A Conversation about Technology, Projects & Workforce Diversity. Moderated by Natasha Engan, Deltek’s SVP of Global Consulting, the panel featured four of our customers in a lively discussion around technology, projects, diversity of teams and being inclusive in the workforce.

“Having worked in a larger corporations it is not always easy to mix your professional and personal life, but since joining Deltek I’ve been able to bring my whole self to work.” – Natasha Engan

#WomenRunProjects 

The group was excited to be part of this inaugural Insight session and valued hearing about each other’s life experiences. Speakers included:

• Cara Arehart, CIO at Valiant Integrated Services 
• Laura Renauer, Senior Financial Analyst at Kleinfelder
• Tine Moeberg, Head of Department at Ramboll
• Cherilyn Jones, Director of Program Planning & Scheduling at Lockheed Martin

During the 45-minute discussion, Insight attendees heard first-hand from these panelists about being a woman in a project-based business—sharing their experiences ranging from the importance of having a mentor and how it influenced their careers to the need for diversity and inclusion and participating in groups to help challenge each other’s way of thinking.

"I may not have taken the most tradition or direct line up the corporate ladder, but I did what was best for me personally to make me successful."  -CJ Jones, Lockheed Martin

Continue the Conversation

Increased diversity and inclusion in the workplace won’t happen overnight. Instead, it will take time to enact change. Our panelists shared some great ways to get involved at the company-level, advocate for greater inclusivity, and educate and empower younger generations of employees.

How are you embracing diversity and inclusion in your workplace? And how to you navigate success? Continue the conversation on social media with #WomenRunProjects.