6 BUSINESS DAY Women In Focus Susan Reid, Morgan Stanley’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, recognizes that the world isn’t perfect. And when life gets tough, you have to talk about it. That’s why Reid organized a panel discussion at Morgan Stanley on diversity and race in the wake of tense police interactions across the country. Reid knew a memo from executives wouldn’t suffice; she wanted Morgan Stanley employees to come together for a conversation. Around 1,500 employees participated, which Reid says “was one of the most powerful things we’ve done” because it opened the door for more conversations. “To create diversity, you have to get people talking about difficult topics, and over time create more awareness and understanding of the perspectives of others,” Reid says. Reid knows a thing or two about diversity. She emigrated from Jamaica to the U.S. with her family when she was 13 years old. The move was a major adjustment and required her to cultivate a new life for herself. Reid, who still has family in Jamaica, moved to Brooklyn, where she found Caribbean ibly strong. “It used to be that women and people of colour were a minority on college campuses, but now their numbers have increased,” Reid says. “We will continue to see a shift. If you don’t have leaders who understand the needs of and for a diverse workforce, you won’t be as successful.” When Reid isn’t guiding the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy, she might be speaking with participants in the Morgan Stanley Return to Work program, which reintroduces experienced professionals to the workplace after an extended absence. Another day, you might find Reid mentoring an employee. She also serves on the board of the Storefront Academy, a Morgan Stanley community partner. “I realized from the beginning I had a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in this role,” she says. “I felt like I had unfinished business because I had worked in diversity before, and I felt like I had a chance to try new things.” The Morgan Stanley diversity panel discussion on race was one of them. Tried and true measures, such as networking groups, are also equally important because they bring people Young and Bright Friday 13 April 2018 WOMEN’S HUB Tosin Ogundeji appreciates TOYOTA Nigeria SUSAN REID Morgan Stanley’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion culture and a community that was welcoming to people from all over the world, with families from all different backgrounds. “The things that were very familiar to me in Jamaica were close by,” she says. “It was a great way to transition to the U.S. Brooklyn is very diverse.” She loved New York so much that she stayed for school. She attended New York University and earned degrees in economics and political science. She contemplated becoming a doctor but realized “that was not going to happen” when she took physics. She discovered her passion for diversity while working in human resources at New York University after graduating. She came to Morgan Stanley after a friend referred her for a human resources position in Investment Management. It was 2008, the height of the financial crisis. “I don’t think I had a full appreciation for what was to come, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I learned so much in those first few years,” says Reid. “I had to get up to speed quickly.” Reid says her job is never boring. The world is changing quickly, which makes the business case for diversity incredtogether and generate ideas. Reid, who now lives in Harlem, says that even small differences can add up to something powerful. “Diversity is a long game—it doesn’t change overnight, and you can’t flip a switch,” Reid says. “But if you have the fortitude to keep at it, you can make a difference.” Reid leads diversity efforts for the Firm globally. She develops and executes on strategies to diversify their workforce and create a more inclusive culture. She works closely with key stakeholders including the Firm’s leadership team, diversity councils, employee resource groups and HR partners to develop their strategy. She also partners with key external organisations and thought leaders in support of their efforts, and to amplify and position their brand in the external market. She also helps to leverage expertise to inform internal groups on diversity and inclusion, and serve as speaker at external conferences. Reid manages a global team of professionals. She is a member of the Human Resources Operating Committee, and board member, Morgan Stanley Foundation. TOSIN SHIKE DEBORAH OGUNDEJI Deeper Life School Kado, Abuja 2nd, Overall in Nigeria, in the (12-15 years Category) Toyota Dream Car Art Contest 2018 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of Toyota Motor Corporation to develop the innate artistic talent in children and cultivate an enduring relationship with them. The formal award of prize and certificate ceremony of the winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Nigeria, was held on Saturday, March 17th in Lagos. The ceremony celebrated winners of the Under 8 Category, Lana Racheal Jaber (Greater Scholars International School, Lagos), Erela Naomi Oju (Chokhmah International Academy, PH) & Emmanuel Damilare Sanni (Shepherd Field Private School, Lagos), winners of the 8-11 years Category, Israel Amejimaobari Nke (Graceland International School, PH), Olamide Olakunle Olaleye (Emerald High School, Lagos) & Chibueze Timothy Isreal (Aaresther Divine School, Lagos) as well as winners of the 12-15 years Category, Nanribet Isah Francis (Redeemed People’s Academy, Jos), Tosin Shike Deborah Ogundeji (Deeper Life High School kado, Abuja) & Eunjo Lee (Avi-Cenna International School, Lagos).
BUSINESS DAY Workplace Palaver Friday 13 April 2018 WOMEN’S HUB Steal? No I can’t…Never! But mummy must survive KEMI AJUMOBI Ada works with a company that sells precious stones. She had access to almost all of them and this was based on the trust the management had in her. Ada is a staff that an organisation will have and they would not need to worry about the security of any item especially if you have more than one of her type. There was never a moment she felt tempted to take even the ones that were not documented, not because cameras are everywhere but simply because on the principle she has always lived by “never covet what is not yours”. Over the years, because she had consistently proven herself worthy, her loyalty and trustworthiness had earned her promotions and salary raise. Early in the year, her mother was diagnosed of stage 3 cancer. She believed her mum had the chance to survive. At the initial stage of her treatment, her funds could carry the bills but as treatment progressed, the bills were escalating. She did not want to talk to the management about it because she did not want them to think she was taking advantage of access to certain information about the organisation. A senior colleague, who took interest in her because of her diligence, had been observing her and worried about her behaviour in recent times. One day, he called her into his office to ask if she was okay and she said she was fine. When she left his office, she went to her own office, locked the door and cried woefully. “God where are you in all these? Please help me, I don’t want to lose my mum, she is all I have”. She heard a knock at her door; she got up swiftly and tried to clean her eyes. She got to the door and asked without opening it “Who is there?” and the voice that responded was that of her colleague, Chinwe “Hi Ada, I heard a sound so I thought to check up on you” so Ada responded, trying her best to ensure her voice didn’t give her away that she had been crying “I am fine, I hit my leg on the chair and the sound you heard was just me expressing the pain” “Ok then, take care” the Chinwe said and left. Though her boss wasn’t convinced she was ok, he decided to keep watch on her to try to find out what she was trying her best to cover up for. He wasn’t convinced she was ok as she claimed. At about 7pm, she got out of her office, checked around to be sure no one was around. She walked calmly into one of the rooms where the precious stones were kept. She began to cry intensely, “God, I am not a thief and you know. I have access to this yet I have chosen not to take anything, even the littlest, please make a way for me.” Her boss tiptoed to where she was. She had no idea anyone was in the office. She continued sharing her heart and crying. She walked up to the stones, kept looking at them and having conflicting ideas…she suddenly spoke out “No I can’t, I just can’t, I never have …” she said and a voice interjected saying “…and you never will”. She turned in shock to find her boss; she ran to him and began to cry. He held her and said “I knew something was wrong Ada, I knew it…what is going on? Why are you here? What is making you even give in to the thought of theft, this is not you. Speak to me Ada” he requested. He took her out of the room, gave her a seat and extended his handkerchief to her “Now you know you have to tell me the truth Ada.” She sobbed for a while and then she began to share with him how she discovered her mum had stage 3 cancer, how she had tried to keep up with paying the bills and she could not handle it any more. “What!” he exclaimed and continued “You kept such a thing from us? Come on Ada, you should have at least asked and let us be the ones to decide whether we can give you or not.” And she responded, “I’m sorry sir, I just never wanted to be a burden to the organisation, neither did I want to abuse access.” He then said “Listen, what I saw here never happened. I am glad you kept telling yourself you could never do such a thing like stealing. I will speak to the MD about this and I will get back to you. Let’s remain positive and keep praying, God will surely make a way.” “Thank you sir, I am so grateful” she said. The next day, he spoke to the MD about it. He was also shocked she kept it away from everyone “It shows the state of her heart, I am sure she did not want to feel like a bother to us. He immediately sent for her and informed her that her mum would be taken to a private hospital and if not sorted, she would be flown out. Ada went on her knees, crying and saying thank you “Get up Ada, you have been a blessing to us here and you deserve our assistance”. The MD said. Her mum was taken to the private hospital and the care continued from where the previous hospital she visited stopped. Though the cancer had extended beyond the immediate region of the tumour and invaded nearby lymph nodes and muscles, however, it had not spread to distant organs. After surgery and radiation therapy, along with chemo and other drug therapies, Ada’s mum made it. It’s been two years after surgery and she is doing just fine. The Joke’s On Her Young Son: “Is it true, Dad, I heard that in some parts of Africa a man doesn’t know his wife until he marries her?” Dad: “That happens in every country, son.” A man inserted an advertisement in the classifieds: “Wife Wanted.” The next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: “You can have mine.” The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once. How do you know when a woman is about to say something smart? When she starts her sentence with, “A man once told me....” I married Miss Right. I just didn’t know her first name was “Always.” I haven’t spoken to my wife for 18 months: I don’t like to interrupt her.