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Caroline Gayle

Managing Director, Technology Financial Services, Accenture

(En français)

Caroline Gayle is an exceptional leader and a driving force in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Accenture. She is motivated by opportunities to learn and grow alongside highly talented teams. As a true visionary, Caroline has been instrumental in opening doors for women in technology, championing their representation, and inspiring the next generation of leaders to follow her path and lead the way towards a more inclusive and equitable future.

How She Made Change

Leveraging Data to Drive Impact

Recognizing the importance of understanding the experiences and needs of women in technology, Caroline conducted a comprehensive survey of all women working at Accenture in Canada within the technology sector. This invaluable feedback has been instrumental in identifying areas of improvement and priority focus. Outcomes include a monthly welcome package for new women hires to increase awareness of employee resource group (ERG) activities and inclusion and diversity (I&D) initiatives.

Recruiting and Developing Next-Generation Talent

Caroline has been an ardent advocate for the advancement of women into senior leadership positions through the Women’s Leadership Development Program. By using this program as a mechanism for succession planning, Caroline has nominated and mentored junior women employees, providing them with valuable coaching and guidance for their career success.

In her commitment to promoting diversity in recruitment, Caroline has worked with the I&D team to develop specific targets for women hires. She has also proactively increased the number of senior women participating in the interview process and encouraged employee referrals, leading to a more diverse and inclusive talent pipeline.

Moreover, Caroline has demonstrated her dedication to advancing Black and Indigenous representation within the organization. Working closely with the I&D team again, she has played a crucial role in the Black Outreach Learning & Development program, which focuses on increasing the number of Black employees in technology careers at Accenture. Thanks to this program’s success, Accenture has already surpassed annual targets.

Caroline created mentoring circles to provide guidance to peers and junior employees across different practice groups and levels. By fostering a collaborative environment and encouraging cross-mentorship, Caroline empowers employees of all genders to seek guidance and support in their career journeys.

Role Modelling to Build Community

Caroline has had a lasting impact on the organization’s culture and practices. As the executive sponsor of the Women’s Initiative at Accenture, she has achieved significant milestones, collaborating with the global Accenture Technology Women’s Employee Resource Group to secure funds for events and initiatives in Canada. Through quarterly networking events in major Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Calgary, she has fostered a sense of community and support among women in the organization.

As one of the most senior Black women at the decision-making table, Caroline is a role model for her mentees, encouraging them to shift their perspectives and set ambitious, realistic goals. She has cultivated a culture of inclusion, where everyone feels valued and supported in their professional growth.

Caroline’s inclusive leadership behaviors are a shining example of her commitment to embracing diversity and creating empowering opportunities for her teams. She approaches each team member with curiosity, listening carefully to their perspectives and challenges, and tailors her approach to ensure their success.

Actions You Can Take

  1. Invest in future leaders. Be the role model you wished you had when you were first starting in your career.
  2. Set targets and hold yourself and leaders accountable for achieving them.

Caroline Gayle’s extraordinary leadership, unwavering dedication to diversity and inclusion, and passion for talent development have made her a beacon of inspiration for her colleagues and the next generation of leaders. Her visionary approach has transformed Accenture’s workplace culture and set a standard for fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the technology industry and beyond. With her guidance and influence, many have found support, opportunities, and a shared sense of purpose, making her a true catalyst for change in the Greater Toronto Area’s professional services landscape.