Ivana Skerlikova

Moving from a small town in Slovakia, into a big London world can be scary. But once you get out of your comfort zone, great things may happen.

For me, it was to follow my passion and study Psychology. Once entering the workplace, I looked for opportunities to make a difference:

I launched ”Atos X” – an annual TED style speaking competition to accelerate digital learning and at the same time to identify and grow our emerging talents. Over 10,000 people enjoyed it since 2016 and so it became the most popular non-mandatory training intervention we ever had. At the same time, our Atos X finalists mentored by one of our senior leaders will have their professional career accelerated, over 1/3 is getting new job offers on the back of the competition. This year we are expanding to Germany, USA and Netherlands.

I am a passionate green ambassador and appreciate that we need to act now to save our planet. I recently launched Atos Green Network – a community that aims is to connect like-minded individuals, raise environmental awareness and reduce carbon footprint. We are planting trees for each new members and so we will plant over 1,000 by the end of the year! The plan is to transform our offices (plastic free campus), data centres and operations for more green and sustainable and assist our clients on the same journey. Also to educate employees (create a personal footprint calculator) and volunteer in nature reserves and parks to actively protect our environment.

When Gender Pay Gap was introduced, I felt that the scope was too narrow and we surely need to look at other diversity and inclusion aspects. With a help of volunteers, I started a data analysis initiative to understand our BAME (Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities) employee data and identify any gaps in talent development, management and recruitment. Thanks to this intervention, various measures were put forward, such as BAME mentoring or recruitment & talent development targets to ensure we support and grow our diverse community.

In my spare time I support ANTZ charity by mentoring prison inmates in London and also volunteer as a Mental Health 1st Aider to support people who are going through a difficult times. At work, I recently moved into Health and Life Science department where I focus on projects that can help to transform our hospitals and that support drug research, so we can prevent or better handle situations as the corona outbreak.