We are delighted to honor Angelina Brathwaite, the Director of Strategic Client Engagement for Life Sciences and the Regional Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leader at Brunel, for her exceptional accomplishments in advancing DEI recruitment strategies. Angelina has been recognized as one of the 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Influencers of North America by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA). This prestigious accolade acknowledges the contributions of 49 individuals across the United States and Canada who have made significant strides in promoting diversity within the workforce solutions ecosystem. Angelina's unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive work culture and advocating for underrepresented communities has had a profound impact on both Brunel and the wider industry.
Promoting DEI at Brunel
Recognizing the diverse challenges faced by a global company like Brunel, Angelina Brathwaite spearheaded a collaborative effort among the various regional hubs to develop tailored approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) recruitment strategies. By facilitating diversity programs, sharing insights, and proposing solutions, she played a vital role in establishing robust DEI policies and procedures across the organization. Angelina's dedication to fostering an inclusive workforce within the North American region serves as a testament to her belief that DEI is essential for cultivating a thriving work culture, driving business success, and strengthening the community.
Driving Change and Empowering Others
Angelina Brathwaite's impactful strategies encompass a range of practices aimed at promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She actively advocates for diversity and equity, establishes strategic partnerships in her community, and fosters a culture of innovation. Notably, she played a pivotal role in implementing unconscious bias training for Brunel's global leadership team and introducing an e-learning training module for all employees. Angelina also helped establish diversity, inclusion, and belonging councils in all regions, which gather employee feedback to inform leadership about necessary improvements.
A Holistic Approach to DEI Recruitment Strategies
Angelina emphasizes the importance of addressing barriers to equitable employment practices. She encourages organizations to critically assess potential obstacles such as exclusionary job descriptions, accessibility limitations within the application process, and corporate cultures that perpetuate exclusion. By scrutinizing recruitment strategies and ensuring outreach to diverse communities and individuals, organizations can create effective DEI programs that attract and retain a diverse talent pool.
Inclusion A Key Factor in Retention
Hiring a diverse workforce is only the beginning; fostering an inclusive environment is equally crucial. Angelina Brathwaite stresses the significance of representation and inclusion within organizations. She firmly believes that if employees do not see themselves represented or included, they may seek opportunities elsewhere, undermining the organization's diversity efforts. Inclusion becomes the vital bridge that connects diversity and retention.
If employees don't see themselves represented or included, they'll leave. And then your organization isn't really diverse at all.Angelina Brathwaite, Brunel's Director of Life Sciences, Canada & Director of Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging in North America
Angelina Brathwaite's recognition as one of SIA's 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Influencers underscores her remarkable contributions to advancing diversity within the workforce solutions ecosystem. Her work at Brunel and her dedication to fostering an inclusive workforce serve as an inspiration to others in the industry. We congratulate Angelina on this well-deserved achievement and encourage organizations to embrace her insights to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments.