Mackey was then joined by a panel of local leaders to form our Strategy Salon comprised of Brigitte Daniel Cohen, Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems; Suzie Turner, Chief Human Resources Officer of CapTech Consulting, and our moderator Peter Madden, CEO of AgileCat.
Asking the panel to give an example of the win-win-win mindset, Madden pointed the remaining conversations back to Mackey’s key advice. Cohen offered a perfect summation of the course 2020 has set many of us on, in our personal lives and in business:
“What 2020 represents is a cultural shift, a shift in wealth, a shift in health, a shift in everything that we probably hadn’t really ever imagined up until this time in the most contemporary and dramatic way. The basis of [the shift] is around inequities around inclusion; the pandemic is really showing and unearthing a lot of disparities in every type of sector that you can think of, but there are opportunities to grind in and do better.”
Because Philadelphia is a city comprised of predominantly racial minorities, Cohen, who was honored as a RealLIST Connector by Technical.ly Philly for her push for inclusion in the tech industry, argues “If we’re not looking at inclusion as a strategic goal, a return on investment but also return in communities,” then the business community is failing to see the value in communities that make up over half of the racial demographic of our city, adding that inclusion “has to be something that becomes more ingrained, not just a feel-good, but a market-good. … Inclusivity has to start from leadership, it has start from corporations that are leading, our anchor corporations, so that others will follow… will be emboldened and inspired to grow.”
At CapTech Consulting, Turner offered insight into how she helps to create a win-win-win cultural mindset internally at the company. Instead of fostering a culture of competition, Captech encourages the the opposite. They look for employees that are passionate about building those around them and caring for a team, open to learning how to lead with “heart,” and willing to take their egos out of the equation.
Drawing on the design thinking skillset, she also has her team take part in “innovation challenges” in which they form teams, prototype, and present to a leadership panel their solutions to issues like accessibility, wearable-tech, and more, to keep employees focused on how to collaborate as a team to help their clients and the broader community.