Diversity and Inclusion has been a hot topic for quite a number of years and has even gained the curiosity of the generation born between 1990 - 2003! D&I is relevant in various aspects of our lives including during job interviews, applying to schools, interacting with organizations and much more.
Now, let’s get specific. What exactly is diversity & inclusion?
“Diversity refers to the different characteristics and traits that make people unique while inclusion focuses on the behaviors and social norms that are practiced that allow people to feel welcomed.”
As people of color and underrepresented backgrounds, we are always seeking a place that is inclusive and diverse to feel safer.
Kaylyn Olivera, Digital Producer for PINK at Victoria Secret, is the perfect example of Diversity in the American workforce. I want us to gain clarity as to what this actually means. Ms. Olivera is of Peruvian and Cuban descent. As we can note here, she fits into three diverse categories; she’s a woman, she’s young, and she’s of LatinX descent.
Kaylyn landed this role fresh out of college at just 23 years old and has been ready to make change from the moment she touched the facility. As a Latina woman, she brings the voice of both the young adult and the LatinX community into the conversation. The mentorship and diverse friends she had in her inner circle has made her someone with substance to share the voices of the masses.
Going to a diverse college, such as the University at Albany, helped her grow her network with those who helped her come into this position. She joined the Pink Campus Prep Program, which introduced her to the people in the company to network with. The women of that network inspired her to join corporate America and work her way up the ladder. Through her involvement with PINK, she happily found a company where one of their priorities was diversity and inclusion; this truly resonated with her. After all, inclusion is what molds us to be stronger as a company.
“Your cultural background is just as important in any work conversation because it teaches people a little bit more about people like you which in turn benefits both you, your community, and the business.”
BECOMING A DIGITAL PRODUCER
As a Digital Producer at PINK, Kaylyn oversees the company’s website. In website design, there are three things that she mainly focuses on; navigation, product, and graphic design.
In our interview with Kaylyn, we also learned more about branding ourselves on social media as well as in real life in efforts to obtain our ideal role. One thing for sure, we should always surround ourselves with goal-oriented people who will be there to motivate us to keep going.
Kaylyn also reminded us that you as a person are a brand and it is extremely important to show who you are. In-person, you should always remember to be yourself and let people become acquainted with you for your true self. You should also clean up your social media to ensure it reflects what your interests are. This is how you sell yourself.
Don’t forget: outside of the digital landscape, your resume is key. When people look at your resume, they can’t observe who you are, but they can grasp how you’ve branded yourself on paper. Employers judge you based on your resume. Then, they research you online.
Want to learn more specifics regarding Kaylyn’s journey becoming a Digital Producer? Check out our interview with her!
Full Interview via Youtube: https://youtu.be/k54JNiqPwgY