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    Diverse teams are essential for good problem solving

     

    March 10, 2022

    Lisa Brown

     

    Lisa Brown developed her entire career in operations, starting as a production planner then moving to quality and continuous improvement. Currently, she is the Division Quality Manager for Cooper Lighting, responsible for leading improvements to customer quality. With her wife of 23 years, she enjoys traveling and spending time with their three grandchildren. Lisa has a fascination for technology, Sci-Fi, and superheroes like Avengers. A passion that she shares with her 4-year grandchild, for whom Lisa is her superhero.

     

    How is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion expressed within Signify?

    It starts with Eric Rondolat, our CEO, who is permanent speaking about the importance of diversity and driving a culture of acceptance. In this matter, within our connection point groups at Signify, we create safe spaces where we can learn from others’ experiences and perspectives. In my case, my manager creates a daily work environment where everyone is valued for their uniqueness.

    In our connection point groups at Signify, we create safe spaces where we can learn from others’ experiences and perspectives”

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    How do our differences help each other and allow us to learn from each other?

    As a member of the Quality organization at Signify, problem-solving is second nature, and one of the foundations for good problem solving is a diverse team. We want people from different functions, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to attack the problem because diversity helps the team look at an issue from multiple points of view.  I think diversity inside an organization does the same, releases a tremendous amount of potential for innovative and creative problem solving/solution finding


    How has having a diverse team contributed to you and your objectives?

    Over 30 years ago, when I started my career, there was little to no diversity acknowledgement. I remember the feeling of isolation, frustration, and limitation due to the work environment. Back then, I never felt like my diversity/differences were valued or appreciated.  Fast forward until today, having a diversity of people and being valued and appreciated is like having a significant weight lifted from my shoulders.  The energy I used to carry my old weights has been freed to be more creative and productive

     

    How can we ensure that all team members have a chance to be heard?

    Expanding our understanding and conversations around Allyship within and between our connection point groups is causing an awakening among us. These gatherings are open our minds to listening to and understanding different people’s backgrounds. We are becoming more tolerant and appreciative of our differences and less judgemental.

    Having a diversity of people and being valued and appreciated is like having a significant weight lifted from my shoulders.  The energy I used to carry my old weights has been freed to be more creative and productive”

     

    How do you personally champion DE&I in your team?

    I co-lead the PRIDE connection point with Rebecca Walters. Together we work to create a place for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to connect, learn and support one another.  June is PRIDE month, and this year we held weekly events to celebrate it.

    To find out more about our commitment to DE&I visit our careers site.

    About the author:

    Daniela Valda Flores

    Daniela Valda Flores

    Employer Branding, Recruitment Marketing & HR Comms Intern

     

     

    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Corporate Communications

    communications@signify.com

    About Signify

     

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2020 sales of EUR 6.5 billion, we have approximately 39,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for four consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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