How One Brand Can Impact a Wider Industry

We’re currently experiencing a massive shift in the goals and philosophies of corporate culture. More and more, organizations are providing resources for their employees not only to improve their work experience, but also to improve their lives as a whole. 

In this episode, we speak with three members of Diageo, the multinational alcoholic beverage corporation that represents renowned brands like Johnnie Walker, Ketel One, Captain Morgan, and many others. Laura Watt, Executive Vice President for Human Resources of Diageo, North America; Caroline “Cabs” Rhodes, Global Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Director and HR Director, Corporate Functions; and Jeanine Dooley, Head of I&D, Diageo, North America, explain how Diageo is a leader for global brands who want to tell a story and impact social change. 

Laura Watt serves as a member of the North America and Global HR Leadership teams. She has 25 years of experience in HR and transformational leadership roles.

Cabs Rhodes is responsible for the development and implementation of Diageo’s inclusion and diversity policies, practices, and progressive frameworks across all global markets, alongside her HR-directed strategic responsibilities.

Jeanine Dooley has worked at Diageo for 19 years, holding various operational and project management roles and leading strategic initiatives. In her current role, she combines her functional expertise with her passion to drive Diageo North America’s inclusion and diversity initiatives.

These leaders discuss how Diageo is making strides to ensure that each employee feels like a valuable member of their team, how they’re taking employee health seriously, and the fascinating lessons learned by being part of a global corporation. We learn about the steps Diageo is taking to make employees feel like they belong, how a hybrid work model can be a recipe for success, and how remote work ended up making the international company feel more united than ever. 

Some Questions Asked:

  • Can you tell me about the global menopause awareness guidelines, how they came about, and what their goals are?
  • What campaigns or policies are on the horizon at Diageo to further encourage belonging?
  • What are some best practices for HR and I&D leaders to work well together? Where should their work overlap? And where should they stay distinct?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The story behind Diageo’s “My Name Is” campaign and how it came about. 
  • ​​How Diageo managers ensure that they’re giving their team stretch assignments, and the exciting development opportunities coming out of this philosophy.

Some insight on the theorized “mass resignation” that may be coming as COVID-19 rates start to ease. 

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