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Sam Jones Data Morphosis Challenging the status quo Diversity and inclusion is a subject that is very close to my heart. I’ve always believed...

Sam Jones

Data Morphosis

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Challenging the status quo

Diversity and inclusion is a subject that is very close to my heart. I’ve always believed that you shouldn’t need a business case to treat people equally.

But last year I realised that many CEOs and executive boards don’t share my belief. For many, unless D&I aligns to targets attached to dollars and cents, it’s either a community or social issue, or a box-ticking reporting exercise.

I found this sort of outdated attitude incredibly frustrating.

I believed that viewing your people data in the context of business performance could reveal that diversity was actually a huge commercial opportunity.

Most business divisions had access to best-in-class tools to do their jobs. Meanwhile, HR and D&I had to track and measure the impact of innovative programs in as best they could, through a series of complex workarounds involving multiple spreadsheets, databases and kitchen sinks.

Why was it so complicated? Why did it take so long? Why hadn’t anyone found a solution?

Every business maintained that people were their most important asset. If people were truly at the heart of your business, why weren’t HR and D&I given world- class tools to do their job even better and more efficiently?

I decided to turn my frustration into inspiration— and I created Gender Gap™.

Whilst there was widely held belief that it was critical to be able to measure the true business impact of D&I, no other piece of software brought D&I and business data together and enabled their correlation. Gender Gap™ takes unconsolidated people data and transforms it into a visual format, ready for rapid analysis and correlation with business data. It enables D&I practitioners to guide business leaders, and measure the impact of initiatives against hard business numbers.

Creating Gender Gap™ took a massive leap of faith. I like to challenge the status quo—so I took the leap.

I’m glad I did. Gender Gap™ has been very well received by CEOs, board members, and global heads of HR and D&I— many of whom I owe a debt of gratitude for their invaluable feedback and advice.

I turned my frustration with the D&I status quo into a solution that fundamentally changed my business. Now I challenge fellow business leaders to make that same leap of faith!


HEADQUARTERS:
London, England

EDUCATION:
The University of Salford

FIRST JOB:
Paper round in Salford at 6 a.m. every day of the week

WHAT I’M READING:
The Godfather by Mario Puzo

MY PHILOSOPHY:
You only fail when you stop.

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