Keeping inclusion top of mind when designing products and services.
TM Forum Workshop: Utilizing the Diversity & Inclusion Maturity Model with Idit Duvdevany Ahronson, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Amdocs
Opening career doors for all
Also at Digital Transformation World, Amdocs’ Nomi Malca was recognized as a TM Forum Rising Star Mentor for leading at Amdocs internal and external mentorship programs for people with disabilities.
People with disabilities usually join companies at a later stage compared to people without disabilities, Malca told the conference. “Consequently, they're more afraid to raise questions, they don’t know what to expect, and therefore the role of a mentor is to give confidence and teach the mentee key employability skills.”
What makes a good mentor?
“A good mentor is empathetic and patient – someone who attentively listens to the needs of the person with disabilities and comes up with unique solutions to meet their needs,” said Malca, head of Learning & Development at Amdocs. “However, from my experience it boils down to matching – the mentor and mentee need to suit one another and have chemistry.”
Entrepreneurial program for people with disabilities
Aside from a mentorship program that connects people with disabilities to employees at Amdocs to help them identify their next career move, leverage their networks and open the doors to the high-tech industry, Amdocs has also supported the launch of an entrepreneurial program by WinWork, which supports people with severe disabilities and provides them with training on how to become independent entrepreneurs and establish their own business.