As part of the annual Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) conference held this year in Denver, Beatrice Opoku-Asare, Newmont’s Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity, delivered a fun and insightful keynote address to more than 140 attendees at the Women of SME breakfast on February 21.
Beatrice encouraged the attendees to harness their unique experiences and apply diverse perspectives to their careers to the best of their ability. She inspired the audience to leverage their individuality to bring different points of view and diversity of thought into the workplace.
As Beatrice put it, finding common ground when working with others is a vital step in creating a culture of inclusion: “You will find that there is always something in common to bring you together – an experience, a family story, etc.” She highlighted the role that male allies can have, both in the workplace and at home. Engaging in open and honest dialogue and idea sharing can further strengthen relationships and build a foundation of commonality between individuals. Majority groups have an opportunity to leverage their position as enabling allies to advocate, support, sponsor and champion inclusive behaviors for the benefit of all.
Newmont is committed to inclusion and diversity not solely because it generates better business performance; it is part of our core values and we believe it is the right thing to do. We seek to create an inclusive environment where every employee has the opportunity to contribute, develop and work together to deliver our strategy.
Rhonda Zuraff, who is Newmont’s Director of Communications and External Relations for the North American Region as well as a member of the Women of SME breakfast planning committee, indicated that feedback from Beatrice’s keynote message resonated well with the audience and that several attendees commented that it was the most effective and relevant Women of SME breakfast they’ve attended.