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Award 1 April 2021

Three TSM Students Finalists of the Young WoMen Challenge 2021

Imène Necib, Nagima Niiazbekova, and Salima Benammi, students in Master 1 Human Resource Management, win the 2nd prize of the Young WoMen Challenge 2021 organised by Deloitte Luxembourg.

 

Young WoMen Challenge is an international student competition organised each year by Deloitte Luxembourg since 2015. Its goal? Championing female roles in audit, tax, and consulting by providing innovative ideas on how to improve the gender balance in the working environment.

 

Young WoMen Challenge 2021

The 2021 edition encouraged students to reflect on more general diversity subjects and was open to young men and women. Participants had to form a team of three students and present a creative and innovative project dealing with one of the following topics:

  • Topic A: Deloitte recognizes that there is an increasing need for tackling the unconscious bias issue in the workplace and wants to launch a new programme dedicated to those matters. What are your ideas?
  • Topic B: How can Technology help a firm enhancing Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace?

Each team got the opportunity to pitch their project online in front of a jury mostly composed of Deloitte partners on 26 March 2021.

The outcome? 500€ for each team member and a 6-month internship at Deloitte Luxembourg for the recipients of the first prize. And 250€ for each team member recipient of the second prize.

 

Our TSM Finalists

This year the second prize has been won by three students of the TSM Master 1 in Human Resource Management: Imène Necib, Nagima Niiazbekova and Salima Benammi. They successfully pitched a project to tackle the unconscious bias issue in the workplace, and were competing with three other teams from different parts of the world.

Les finalistes TSM du Young WoMen Challenge 2021

During an English lesson we had to present to our classmates a company with good working conditions and benefits that made us want to apply for them. So I presented the company Deloitte with one of my classmates. It was Nagima who, while searching for an internship at Deloitte, found out about this competition and encouraged Salima and I to participate with her.
We decided to take part in this adventure because we thought it was a great opportunity for us to work on a subject related to our field of study, Human Resources. Indeed, diversity and inclusion are recurrent topics within international companies and it is up to HR to intervene on these issues to promise working conditions where no one feels excluded because of their gender, their origins, their age... Being women of different nationalities ourselves, we really felt concerned by this topic and we wanted to be able to contribute to fostering equality for all at work.

Imène Necib, M1 Human Resource Management

 

“Diversity of Thought Month”, a Project to Move the Lines

 

We thought that a month dedicated to diversity could encourage employees to take an interest in the subject and that all together they could participate in activities aimed at reducing bias and thus work together towards an inclusive approach to their working environment.​”
Imène Necib, Nagima Niiazbekova et Salima Benammi M1 Human Resource Management

 

The project presented by Imène, Nagima and Salima, Diversity of Thought Month, is based on 3 main axes:

  • theoretical and theatrical training to raise awareness of unconscious prejudices of gender, origin, etc., and to develop team cohesion,
  • a “Story Wall” to reinforce what employees have learned during their training by giving those who wish to do so the opportunity to share an experience of unconscious prejudice either as a victim or as someone who has later discovered that they have had an unconscious prejudice towards others,
  • virtual reality training. The students proposed an immersive experience that puts employees in the shoes of a large company worker using virtual reality headsets. As the experience progresses, they find themselves subjected to ordinary sexism. This idea came to the three students after a meeting with their professor of Management of Men and Teams, Caroline Manville.

Of the three areas of the project, it was the “Story Wall” that particularly caught the attention of the jury. The students suggested that experiences of unconscious prejudice should be “broadcast in the company via screens or displayed on a huge wall so that as soon as someone enters the company, their eyes are directly riveted on these stories and so that there is a real impact on the individual via a surprise effect.

They conclude: “It was this idea that set us apart from other competitors and allowed us to get this far in the competition.

 

More about the Young WoMen Challenge