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As a member of a UK inclusion steering committee, Mandeep was instrumental in creating Telefonica O2 UK’s D&I ambition and strategy. She organised a number of events to raise awareness for employee networks and inclusivity, on one occasion working with June Sarpong as a keynote speaker. Mandeep has also written blog posts on her own story, presenting greater BAME visibility in senior positions. 18 months ago, Mandeep established Telefonica O2 UK’s BAME network to foster debate, raise awareness and educate on race-related subjects, such as ‘O2 Culture Club’ which is a fun monthly BAME film review for all their members to see the world through another’s perspective. She has held open forums for BAME employees to encourage bold and open discussions and tangible insights and actions. She also engaged with Telefonica Global on D&I and people strategy to encourage them to take a broader view of the future workforce, within the UK agreeing upon targets for BAME representation in hiring. Changes inspired by the network can be seen from senior levels to customer-facing roles in store. Mandeep works across the business with Telefonica’s sister companies to support their D&I agenda. She also works with external organisations in this capacity, helping to create bespoke strategies to drive greater change. She manages a network of organisations in her spare time to ensure a continuing dialogue and to accelerate BAME D&I across businesses. Mandeep mentors BAME talent internally and externally, and supports start ups in their cultural growth with a diversity lens. She regularly speaks to students from underrepresented backgrounds at schools, and has received numerous accolades for her work on D&I.

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