Interview with Jennifer Rebeiro, Former Chief Transformation Officer at Greater Western Water

Topic: “Addressing Diversity & Digital Skills Deficiancy”

This discussion primarily revolves around the importance of diversity in organizations, particularly in technology roles, and how it positively impacts productivity. Jennifer discusses strategies for balancing technical skills with inclusion objectives in recruitment and talent management. The conversation emphasizes the significance of cultural alignment and inclusive behaviors in hiring decisions, even over specific technical expertise. Jennifer touches upon challenges in sourcing tech talent, particularly within government organizations with certain pay constraints, and highlights the importance of training and developing talent internally. Additionally, she briefly discusses the potential impact of AI on talent identification and retention, with an emphasis on maintaining human interaction in the process. The conversation concludes with a hope for continued focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion as a strength rather than just targets to achieve.