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In the run up to this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference, we’re sitting down with some of our world class industry speakers for a “Speaker in the Spotlight” interview to hear more about their role, responsibilities and what they are most looking forward to about the event. Today we are joined by Nicole Schlautmann, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead at Pfizer…

  1. Can you provide us with an insight into a ‘day in the life’ of your role?

As Pfizer’s Rare Disease Lead in Germany, my working life is dedicated to improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients with rare and often life-changing conditions. I am busy leading a team who are equally passionate about achieving this important goal.

  1. How has Covid affected your workplace and employee engagement?

The pandemic had an impact on all of us, and of course employee engagement became more challenging. However, we have found that it is possible, in a virtual way, to create a sense of closeness, human contact and joy.

  1. What do you think the future will look like for diversity and inclusion?

I walked past a school this morning, whose pupils are all of a particular religion, and I noticed the security guards protecting the door. We absolutely have to create a world where that is not necessary. With courage, and by supporting each other as allies, I’m confident we can achieve this.

  1. We’re very excited about hear your thoughts and opinions during your panel discussion! Any chance we can get a sneak peek about what you will be specifically discussing?

We’ll often try to ‘fit in’ – a woman might be more quiet during a meeting, a gay person might avoid discussing what he or she is doing at the weekend, and so on. Imagine how much more productive, innovative and joyful the world would be if we can just be ourselves. So I’ll be talking about how we can all ‘break the mold’ and achieve equity for all.

Nicole will be presenting an exclusive case study at the Diversity and Inclusion Conference on Tuesday 23rd November at 10:05am – you can register your FREE ticket to the event and catch Nicole’s discussion live at the event here

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