EY EMEIA Financial Services Team in Tech Magazine
We’re delighted to welcome you to the second edition of the EY Women in Technology Magazine: Team in tech. From building a future proof skill set to developing tech leadership techniques, this magazine is designed to unlock deeper insights about the working world of technology.
Each edition focuses on a different topic − providing you with insights and the inside scoop from tech professionals. This second edition looks at the importance of a human-centered approach to better enable technology through teaming and collaboration amidst disruption.
You will learn more about EY team members, the way we work with our clients and gain top tips for success.
Most importantly, you’ll be in the know.
For me, being part of a team is about collectively driving positive outcomes and supporting others along the way. I hope this resonates as you read through this magazine and you learn something new from those featured.
Engaging more women in tech is imperative to driving positive change - brought to life through the stories in this magazine.
1. Cross-border collaborating: to deliver value
2. FinTech: collaborating to innovate
3. Metaverse: new ways of teaming
4. Diversity: changing the face of technology
5. Allies: the power of sponsorship and trust
6. Teaming and purpose: top-tips
Transformation is now a constant for all organizations amidst disruption − accelerated by technology. And those that stay focused on their people are 2.6 times more likely to succeed.1
Reinforcing organizational purpose and keeping people front of mind through collaboration, teaming and communication is key to business success.
1How do you harness the power of people to double transformation success?
As Chief Digital and Information Officer for Asset Management (CDIO), UBS Business Solutions AG, Seraina Frey is responsible for driving the technology strategy and agile transformation.
When facing challenges at work, adopting and maintaining a teamwork mentality is critical. I realized this early on in my career.
Ahead of a project launch, we noticed an error in the product’s functionality. Instead of delaying the go-live date, we all committed to work through the night to resolve the issue to successfully deliver the project on time.
This mindset of “we succeed or fail as a team” has guided me ever since.
Key to this is trusting one another, and I’ve been fortunate in my career to be surrounded by colleagues who have done just that.
This includes male allies who have provided me with career opportunities that didn’t necessarily follow the “logical” next step because they trusted my abilities.
I believe we all have a responsibility to build trust as it will enable others to grow in their careers.
I strongly believe that in order to build our brand we need to be trusted with responsibility.
Working in the technology industry, I’ve realized that our human skills are just as important as our technical capabilities. Key to this is having a shared purpose of wanting to drive innovation.
It’s also exciting to work within a diverse team as it provides the opportunity to leverage a variety of backgrounds and skills to make disruptive solutions a reality.
Channeling my energy toward purposeful collaboration is an effective way to create positive impact.
Klea Bardhi Technology ConsultantEY Advisory S.p.A
Compassion might not be the first topic that springs to mind when you think about working in technology. Yet, it holds incredible value, especially during times of digital transformation.
We spoke to Benedetto Conversano, Group CIO at Diageo, and we learnt that transformation is all about change, and change is all about emotions and feelings.
Transformation is all about people, because it involves changing what they were used to doing. If we do not develop a genuine understanding of what this entails for human beings, we'll not be able to generate value.
Benedetto ConversanoGroup Chief Information Officer, Diageo PLC
As I’ve been growing in this marvelous job that they call the CIO, my #1 focus has been to build a team that has the maturity to understand the complex dynamics of change, which involves empathy and compassion.
I look for people who have the ability to focus straight on the problems that make a difference, who can take their ego out of the way, and who genuinely seek to create value for the organization − regardless of who takes the credit.
Explore Benedetto’s top three (future-proof) priorities when convening a tech-team
Working across diverse teams in a hybrid working setting can make it difficult for everyone to voice their perspectives …
Explore three key teaming tips from Matthew Tyrrell, Senior Manager, Technology Consulting, Ernst & Young LLP
Setting the tone from the top by demonstrating open-mindedness is a catalyst in setting positive team dynamics.
Jaspreet Gill, Managing Director, Global Head Risk ORC ICT for BNP Paribas Group, strongly believes that competing in an international business environment requires a diverse team with a common purpose.
Here are her tips to building a successful cross-border team through collaboration:
Underpinned by the core values of mutual trust and respect, teams should bring extensive knowledge of various markets, cultures and experiences. Their diverse perspectives provide innovative solutions to complex strategic challenges. That's success.
My curiosity and desire to broaden horizons has unlocked a passion for networking. Bringing diverse and skilled people together to collaborate on a shared purpose really drives teaming and tangible results.
As a founder, delegating can be a challenge. So building trust as a team is key to our success.
Corinna Haas, HR, Product & Co-founder (CEO), inga.
It’s been a unique experience to grow our startup from three co-founders to 40 people from more than 10 countries. Introducing new roles, relinquishing responsibilities and having truly diverse teams are key to unlock growth opportunities.
What started with a passion for tech, quickly became an impactful digital platform with an ambition to make our world a better place!
Christina Kraus, Co-founder & CRO, meshcloud
Building a strong network has been my key to success. Startups are an essential driver for innovation, and there’s so much to learn from other successful founders. My digital news platform provides a stage to share successes and learnings.
My motto is "surround yourself with women who would mention your name in a room full of opportunities.”
Carolin Wagner,Co-founder, STATION Frankfurt
About the EY Fintech Lab
The EY FinTech Lab is a dynamic workspace designed for collaboration and experimentation.
It is where industries, customers, and investors can connect to brainstorm and − most importantly − design and rapidly develop real-world solutions to serve markets and customers more effectively. Find out more.
As a DE&I champion and rising FinTech professional recognised on the top 45 Women in FinTech Powerlist, Tanya Thourani, Manager. Ernst & Young LLP, shares how we can promote inclusion in the industry to drive better collaboration:
Ensuring leadership and board accountability to meet DE&I targets
Engaging recruiters that prioritize diversity
Commitment to even out the gaps and inconsistencies in salaries even while we look for more regulatory reporting
Expanding upskilling opportunities for women interested in tech-oriented careers, especially those re-entering the workforce
Providing leadership development for promising young female workers and offer training (including media training) to more senior leaders
Challenging gender stereotypes & biases to create safe spaces where women can share their ideas is critical to drive collaboration.
Women in FinTech report
Our new Women in FinTech report, written in collaboration with Innovate Finance, focusing on gender equity in the UK FinTech industry is now live! In this second annual report, we focus on individual and collective action to move the needle on gender equality. We have been truly inspired by the energy for change and commitment to achieving fairness that we see from FinTech leaders and stakeholders. Read the full report here.
Prior to joining FinTech firm Feedzai as a Data Visualization Engineer, Rita Costa worked in a newsroom with predominantly women. This was a positive and empowering environment that gave her the confidence to enter the FinTech industry.
We each have a role to play to attract more talent from underrepresented groups. It’s crucial that women in FinTech act as champions and use their influence to actively drive change.
Rita Costa Advanced Data Visualization Engineer, Feedzai, Portugal
Explore Rita’s key tips as she collaborates in FinTech:
Speak up! Make sure all voices are heard and there’s no room for self-doubt.
Provide constructive criticism if there are things that can be improved to increase equality, say it.
Celebrate the good. Nurture a positive environment where even the smallest achievement is celebrated.
Empower others. Mentor junior colleagues, highlight authorship and empower them to speak about their contributions in different settings.
The FinTech industry is exciting in many ways. Companies are savvy for innovation and supportive of product improvement. Additionally, outputs often have a direct impact on the lives of others!
Rita Costa Advanced Data Visualization Engineer, Feedzai, Portugal
We are on the verge of a new era in technology: the metaverse. EY wavespaceTM provides immersive digital experiences in the metaverse − expanding our capabilities to help clients co-innovate and address business challenges.
The metaverse is here to stay. Learn how EY teams are harnessing the metaverse to create long-term business value.
Sometimes a client just needs a break, to take a step back. They seek something fresh. That’s where we come in.
Representatives from across Caixa Bank, MAPFRE, Bankinter, Banco Santander, Repsol and Huawei recently attended the EY wavespace center in Madrid to explore different applications of the metaverse − ranging from augmented and virtual reality simulations, to virtual networking events.
Solutions built for some of these firms include an array of tech capabilities to help clients explore the future workplace. For example, a bespoke recruitment space that harnesses the advantages of both virtual and more traditional group dynamics.
The metaverse enables clients to put themselves in their customers’ shoes, scale new ideas, explore fresh perspectives and orchestrate the workplace of the future.
The tech industry is still very male dominated. Making the tech pool more diverse will bring creativity, new ways of approaching problems and new types of innovation. This can only increase our chances of having a better future.
Focusing on inclusivity will move us towards a more creative and diverse future in tech. This can be achieved through education and policies so that people are more aware of unconscious biases and how to avoid them!
Embrace diversity of ideas by offering people a safe space to speak-up through “sharing sessions". This helps promote open conversations around DE&I to cultivate healthy professional relationships.
Surround yourself with a peer to who you can safely voice your doubts, a role-model who inspires you, and an ally who advocates and creates opportunities for you. And, give back what you get by playing one of those roles for someone else too.
I see women around me still question whether they can successfully climb the career ladder and balance the demands of motherhood. As a mother of two daughters, currently working four days a week, I am convinced that there is nothing that withholds me from building a successful career.
A culture of flexibility
Working four days a week does not mean I'm 20% less productive than those working fulltime. I've learnt how to work more effectively across those four days, also embracing the safe and flexible culture EY sets for their employees.
It happens regularly that I close my laptop early to pick up my girls and open it again when they’re in bed.
Inclusion is key
As a proud member of the security and privacy team, I feel that we have put in great effort to establish a big family where everybody feels safe.
In our team, over 40% is female and more than one-third don’t speak the Dutch language fluently. The diversity of the team has positively benefitted the performance of, and dynamics within the team.
A common team purpose
A few years ago, we jointly defined our common team purpose.
The entire team provided input to formulate in a few paragraphs what defines us as a team. Once a year we check whether we still identify with the purpose. I strongly believe that this has increased our sense of belonging.
Dora Pires Alves, Senior Manager in our Technology Risk practice, Portugal, tells us about the importance of allies and provides tops tips that you can adopt to become one …
It is crucial that allies actively advocate for women, give them credit for their contributions, and focus on providing equal opportunities so they can share their views and insight through:
By giving women access to meaningful work experiences, high-visibility assignments and amplifying their individual potential, strengths and capabilities.
Providing access, guidance, advice, and support to help build networks and connections at work and beyond.
3. Breaking down barriers
Actively mitigating systemic gender barriers and biases by challenging gender stereotypes, and advocating for policies and programs that accelerate gender diversity, equal pay and development opportunities.
Dora Pires Alves Senior Manager, Technology Risk, Ernst & Young SA
What leaders say and do makes up to a 70% difference as to whether an individual reports feeling included at work.1 This matters, because the more people feel included, the more they speak up, innovate, and collaborate.
It’s important that we use our position as leaders to put in place tailored career and personal support so that talented women have access to the right opportunities and experiences, and they feel comfortable to be themselves.
Cultivating a trusting and supportive workplace by demonstrating the right behaviors drives better outcomes and helps to create an atmosphere where women, as well as men, are empowered and respected. That's what I stand for every single day. But, admittedly, this isn’t easy and doesn’t just happen overnight.
Menno Bonninga Technology Consulting Partner, EY Advisory Netherlands LLP
1.Source: HBR, Juliet Bourke: The Key to Inclusive Leadership, 2020.
Sandrine Pons joined SAP, the world’s largest business software company, 15 years ago as their first female Senior Manager. With a career spanning 30 years, she has come across strong mentors that each have had a lasting impact on her career.
Listen to the EY EMEIA Financial Services Women in Technology webcast as she shares top-tips on how to build meaningful mentoring relationships and develop a personal brand.
Meaningful mentoring relationships are characterized by mutual respect, active knowledge sharing and good communication. Sandrine shares a few key behaviors to practice:
Approach feedback as a gift as it’s from exploring different perspectives that we learn new things and avoid past mistakes.
Let your people know that their leader is there by exploring new ways to harness the human aspect of collaboration. Did you know that SAP has an official Happiness Officer?
Return the favor and use your influence to empower others, highlight their potential and invest in their development too.
EY and SAP have a longstanding alliance relationship. Learn more here
As you’re building your personal brand, the best thing that you can do is to be your unique self. Building a personal brand takes time and effort, but it’s worth it – because it’s yours!
Upon joining EY, I was immediately drawn to the wide array of corporate responsibility programs through EY Ripples − aimed at bringing positive change across communities.
I’ve been involved in mentoring, coaching, and educational programs focused on equipping the next generation with transferable skills for the future of work.
From reviewing job applications to entrepreneurs’ business plans, I’ve had countless proud moments seeing mentees achieving their successes.
What started with curiosity, quickly became a journey for me too. I became a better, more active listener, I practiced my team building skills, and I even landed the role of Corporate Responsibility Ambassador in the EY Zurich office!
Each of the EY Ripples programs I participated in were worth it. I’m truly proud of my mentees and their successes.
hours were devoted by EY people to EY Ripples initiatives in FY22.
EY Ripples program aims to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people by 2030
EY offers learning opportunities, such as the EY Tech MBA, to develop your capabilities …
The EY Tech MBA has enabled a structured way for me to learn about topics that I was curious about, such as cloud, blockchain and data strategies.
I noticed early on in my MBA journey that I was able to apply my learnings in practice with clients − and they really loved the fresh approaches that we used.
I believe that we need to adapt to a future where we constantly learn new things and challenge ourselves. Being able to help my colleagues to find that “learning spark” is something I find extremely important.
Kim Brander Business Consulting Manager, Ernst & Young Oy
The EY Tech MBA, offered in association with Hult International Business School, is helping our people develop the capabilities to navigate workplace challenges of the future. It’s the first-ever fully accredited corporate MBA that’s available to all 365,000+ EY employees.
Find out more
Read what our colleagues, alliance partners, and clients say are their top tips for teaming in tech …
At EY, we collaborate across borders, cultures and capabilities, which is key to delivering high value for our clients.
Team cohesion, inclusion and collaboration
These are the key EY values that are essential to building a thriving work environment, development of people, and in turn successful business growth. Connecting and bringing together colleagues through dedicated events promotes unity across levels.
Camille Tostivint Senior Technology Consultant, Ernst & Young Advisory
Fun makes a huge difference to the success of a team
We set time aside to explore everyone's passion, but also for "fun" activities, such as quarterly hackathons, EY events (such as the Dragon’s Den competition, which we won!) to learn new things, speak to new people, and generally get inspired.
Sian Walker Manager, Insurance Risk and Actuarial Services, Ernst & Young LLP
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