Roots Inspire is an ethnically diverse mentoring platform aimed to inspire corporate talent.
Our mission is to maximise the potential of ethnic minority talent and increase ethnic diversity in senior positions.
We facilitate today’s role models to help create tomorrow’s role models that our society needs!
- Improve engagement
- Show innovative actions
- Apply Training / CSR / D&I budgets
- Be inspired
- Build your network
- Work on your soft skills
- Share your experience
- Support your charity
- Learn from your mentees
- Highlight a positive approach to improving ethnic diversity issues in the corporate environment.
- Showcase the depth of both industry leaders and the talent pool with an ethnic minority background.
- Nurture society’s role models of both today and tomorrow!
Partner, Rockwater Legal
To me, success is not measured by a position someone holds in a corporate organisation or the high profile deals someone has worked on. To me, success is knowing who you are and daring to be yourself!
Throughout my career as a lawyer, I have worked at high profile firms, started my own firm, sold my firm and joined a boutique firm. It’s been quite a journey to find my true self and make the choices that feel right to me. I am a strong believer in real personal development. Not just to land the next big job, but to truly be able to navigate the challenges of the corporate world, without losing yourself. Everyone has their personal story and I would love to support and guide mentees to create their own. My anthem is “This is my life” by Shirley Bassey, which is about being yourself and living your life…
Senior Vice President, GLP
It has been an interesting journey working across geographies and cultures (Pakistan, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, China, South America, Middle East, Singapore). Often, I came across unexpected prejudices and had to use cultural competency to turn these challenges into opportunities. With a South Asian background, I realized how much is still unknown to the world about different cultures and how education plays a fundamental role in addressing these critical issues.
It is great to see that organizations like Roots Inspire are setting up real and relevant D&I tools for corporations. This will not only help corporations and mentees but also societies at large. We need to keep communicating and sharing experiences and I am looking forward to be a part of this journey.
Head of Operations APAC, ABN AMRO Bank
From a young age I have been exposed to different cultures and customs. When I moved from Hong Kong to the Netherlands as a child, a sense of belonging had never been so important to me. It has taught me what having a different starting position in life, religion and/or skin colour actually means. I still see this experience as my greatest gift in life. As an adult, a working mum in a senior position and having worked in many countries (Netherlands, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore), my past allows me to focus on the strengths in different cultures.
I’m very happy that Roots Inspire approached me to be a mentor. I believe that my experiences can be of great contribution in coaching others facing (cultural) challenges in different countries, organisations and positions.
Director, Ernst & Young Switzerland
First studying and later working across Europe & North America as an Afro-Surinamese born and raised professional has been a great experience so far. But it came with many challenges. Specifically, in the professional environment I constantly had to strike a balance between maintaining my identity and conforming to “the ideal standard”, which can be key for career progress.
Although D&I is more prominent on corporate agendas, I see huge value in exchanging views with others who successfully navigate through this maze of professional and interpersonal complexity. Through this mentoring platform I can provide my contribution to real D&I progress.
I was born in Suriname to a Curacaoan mother and an Indian-Surinamese father. I moved to the Netherlands at a young age and was raised by a single mom on a secretary salary. The odds were not in favor of a successful 17 year long international banking career.
It took me years to learn how to navigate a predominantly white corporate world and even more years to learn how to merge the two completely different worlds I was operating in. Once I found that balance, my connection with the corporate world improved and I found that having a different cultural background that offers fresh perspectives actually started to work in my favor.
I want to help ethnic minority talent speed up the process I went through, so they can maximise their potential in their careers and in society. I co-founded this platform with that single mission and my dream is that this platform will start to make waves of positive change to our society as a whole.
Supply Chain Leader
I was born in the Netherlands to parents who migrated from Suriname and spent my life in and between the Surinamese and Dutch cultures.
Growing up, there was the Caribbean, Surinamese warmth and laughter of my family around me. But I also took perspective of the Dutch directness in a professional environment. A career spanning more than 12 years in various Supply Chain leadership roles has led me from Amsterdam to London to Singapore and Bangkok. I am passionate about sharing my experiences from living and working in different countries, with young professionals of colour.
Personally, I know how important it is to those with an ethnic diverse background to have at least one foot in each culture, to stay true to yourself and to be able to establish meaningful relations on both ends. This skill helps, if well-used, any professional to adapt & excel, while keeping close to one’s core values. There are many more like us, willing to share and inspire. Let Roots Inspire help you find them.