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International Women’s Day Lessons – Lauren von Stackelberg

For IWD 2019 we're reaching out to the amazing women who featured in our 2018 campaign and asking them to share the lessons they've learned this year. Remember - change doesn't happen in one day, it's all about progression.

Lauren von Stackelberg

Director of Global Diversity & Communications – Expedia Group

Lauren von Stackelberg (nee Garey) is a diversity and inclusion leader who is a passionate advocate for digital and financial literacy and inclusion, the STEM talent pipeline, and gender balance for corporates and entrepreneurial ventures. Lauren is the newly appointed Director of Global Diversity & Communications at Expedia Group. Prior to joining Expedia Group, Lauren was J.P. Morgan’s first Head of Female Client Strategy and the Founder of a micro fund in Ghana to support female founders and their communities. She chairs Founders4Schools’ Diversity Advisory Committee and the Executive Board of Foreign Sisters within Cancer Research UK and was included in Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2019 and Management Today’s 35 under 35 in 2018.

 

Lesson learned:

“The importance of assuming positive intent.

This has been a big year for me – I just announced a transition from Banking to Tech and with it a broader move from focusing on only Gender Diversity to all forms of Diversity and intersectionality. With many companies and individuals trying to figure out the best way to navigate the diversity and inclusion landscape, I wanted to share this – the importance of assuming positive intent – as it is one of the most important things I have learned along my own journey in this space thus far.

So what does it mean to me? Assuming positive intent is a personal commitment to not jump to judgment when someone upsets you. It is important to try to initially give them benefit of the doubt, assuming their actions/words were well intentioned as a starting point, rather than assuming malice. Think along the lines of ‘perhaps this would not have offended them, so they do not realize it has offended you.’ Try to create a safe space for someone to make a mistake, take the time to help them recognise how their actions/rhetoric may have made you feel, and give them a chance to improve next time!”

 

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