This week on Hazard Girls we continue our conversation on diversity and inclusion. Here to help us shed further light on the topic is Julia Hodum, Director of Inclusion and Diversity for the North American arm of the Schindler Group, a Swiss company and leading global mobility provider of escalators, elevators, and related services. In our conversation with Julia, we discuss her early interest in diverse cultures and languages and how that prompted her to pursue her degree in International studies. Julia shares what motivated her to obtain an MBA after her undergrad and how it complemented her existing knowledge and skill set. Julia expands on her work at Schindler and unpacks how she was able to launch their first Diversity and Inclusion program in the US. We delve into the overwhelming benefits of increased diversity and inclusion, how to implement executive accountability, and why systemic change is essential. Later we discuss how Julia and her team utilize quantitative and qualitative research to better implement and measure their work, as well as how to be an ally and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Join us today as we continue our discussion on the importance of diversity and inclusion and how you can get involved!
Sn. 3, #4 Julia Hodum: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion
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Julia Hodum is the Director of Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) at Schindler Elevator Corporation, the North American operation of the Switzerland-based Schindler Group, a leading global mobility provider of elevators, escalators and related services. Ms. Hodum is responsible for leading I&D initiatives across the U.S. organization to advance Schindler’s goals, drive programs and initiatives that create sustainable culture change, and provide strategic input and guidance to leaders to further infuse I&D into its teams and operations. She also serves on the NEII Diversity Committee and is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction to further a culture of diverse representation and inclusive practices across the elevator community and the construction industry more broadly.
Ms. Hodum has international experience and formerly worked in politics, consulting, and hospitality, where she launched the I&D strategy for IHG Hotels & Resorts for their North America, South America, Philippines, and Greater China regions prior to joining Schindler Elevator. She holds an MBA from The Georgia Institute of Technology and a BA in International Studies from The American University. She frequently shares her expertise on diversity and inclusion topics at national and global forums, including the National Diversity & Leadership Conference and most recently the National Association of Women in Construction’s 2021 annual conference. She is the recipient of the 2017 Young Leader in Diversity Award by the National Diversity Council. She resides in Morristown, New Jersey where Schindler’s U.S. headquarters are located.