Excellence at Work 195 – Executive Series: Sun Life’s Journey to Sustained Culture Change for their Colleagues, Clients and Community

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Excellence at Work 195 – Executive Series: Sun Life’s Journey to Sustained Culture Change for their Colleagues, Clients and Community


      Sarah Kheir, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Sun Life

     Julia Tierney, CEO, Hive Learning

Topics include:

    • What is Inclusion Works, and how does it create and sustain mass behavior change regarding DE&I?
    • What was Sun Life’s strategy to create a robust and inclusive culture?
    • What are the three pillars of DE&I?
    • What are the Three Cs?
    • Why is Inclusion Works more effective than the traditional workshops, coaching, and on-demand learning when it comes to DE&I training?
    • What was the approach to peer learning for Inclusion Works?
    • What were the results of implementing Kaleidoscope?
    • How did you measure those results?
    • The importance of ownership and accountability
    • Driving massive engagement
    • Creating a robust and inclusive culture
    • Leveraging diverse perspectives
    • Insights from Sarah and Julia’s journeys
    • And more!

To read the Executive Interview from the podcast with Sarah Kheir and Julia Tierney, download the pdf here: https://go.brandonhall.com/Sunlife_HiveLearning_EI_195.

Sarah Kheir is a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader with over two decades of experience.

As the AVP, Head of Enterprise Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Sun Life Financial, she is charged with creating and implementing enterprise-wide strategic plans, enabling the organization to leverage inclusion to demonstrably drive innovation.

Sarah is a strategic business partner skilled in delivering substantive inclusion strategies that span organizational culture, learning, inclusive talent management, and metrics that assess the impact of DE&I initiatives.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Sarah lives with her husband and two children. She is a self-declared neat freak in her spare time, saving the world from clutter, one space at a time.

Julia Tierney is the CEO of Hive Learning, the world’s leading peer learning platform. As one of Hive Learning’s founding team, Julia has seen the organization grow from a clickable prototype to an award-winning solution for driving culture change at scale.

She has been the driving force behind a seven-year analysis to understand how behavior change happens at work and in real life. Through her research, Julia identified five critical components that make up any successful behavior change movement. These components are the foundation on which Hive Learning is built.

Today, Julia is proud to count some of the world’s most forward-thinking organizations as Hive Learning customers and supporters. The organization’s 50+ clients include Sun Life, Dow Jones, L&G, Boots, Jaguar Land Rover, two of the world’s top business schools, and multiple world-leading sports organizations and not-for-profits such as Shout and Place2Be.

Julia has always been passionate about Customer Success, going above and beyond to challenge the Hive Learning team to think differently to ensure they deliver tangible impact for their customers.

Sun Life is a leading financial services company helping Clients achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives. Serving millions in Canada, the U.S., and Asia, Sun Life provides insurance, wealth, and asset management solutions to individual and corporate clients.

Hive Learning is the world’s #1 peer learning platform. Their award-winning approach uses nudge theory and network science to help enterprise companies create and sustain culture change at scale by changing one behavior at a time. Hive Learning combines a consumer-grade platform with peer learning programs that accelerate skill adoption specializing in areas like inclusion, mental health, and leadership; expert services offer customers deep insights into their culture and deliver an engagement playbook designed over 20,000 deployments.

In the past three years, Hive Learning has generated over 22 million peer-learning interactions in 196 countries and helped +80% of learners take action on what they learned.

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