Diversity – my personal journey
28th January 2016 | Claire Edmunds
When it comes to diversity, are we asking the right question?
A decade after setting up my business I won a “Women in Business” award. I was intrigued by my reaction: I was delighted to be recognised but uncomfortable with the notion of being singled out because of my gender. I remember a rush of indignation when asked in the interview: “So, how do you positively develop women in your business?”
“I positively don’t,” I answered. “We develop people.” This sparked a shift that threw me (and my team) on our diversity journey.
My company works with the technology sector, yet I genuinely feel I have been treated with respect. No one has ever told me I cannot run a business because I’m a woman; it has never been an issue. Consequently, when I first joined the discussions about the challenges women face, I approached them with a level of scepticism.