Telia celebrates International Women’s Day with its own Diversity Day

Telia Company CEO Johan Dennelind and other Telia Company leaders will meet teenagers from six countries today, in a panel discussion and group talks about equality. YOUNITE is organizing the activities, which have been dubbed “Diversity Day”. They include a live-streamed panel discussion so that all the participants can join in wherever they are.

“We’re proud to be doing this on International Women’s Day,” says YOUNITE Program Manager Hilma Nordquist. “We believe that diversity – of all types – drives performance and is a key employee engagement driver. Tomorrow though, we will focus on gender equality, which is also the fifth of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. We have colleagues across all six countries who have signed up to take part in diversity discussions with young students visiting our offices.”

Group Head of Sustainability Strategy Anne Larilahti will introduce the panel to the students, with a short talk on the importance of diversity. The panelists will talk about their roles as leaders in tech and how diversity matters in their work. Then, “the floor” will be opened up for questions.

“This will be an important day,” Nordquist says.

Before and after the panel discussion, local activities will take place in all the Telia Company countries. In Sweden, students from the Swedish high school Stockholm Science & Innovation School will meet the YOUNITE volunteers and go into small groups to discuss gender equality and norms. The volunteers will share their own stories, and other topics and discussion material will be provided by YOUNITE.

During the afternoon, a workshop will be held about the future workforce; the expectations on an employer, and what employers can do to promote diversity.

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