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Embracing women at work and learning from experience

Wednesday 14 Oct 2020

A busy D&I Week event in Hungary looked at how to encourage female career paths and use the valuable know-how of more senior colleagues

Almost 500 UniCredit employees took part in this year’s D&I Week activities in Hungary. The online event was moderated by Gabriella Jakupcsek, a well-known tv presenter in Hungary. Ms Jakupcsek is known as the Hungarian Oprah Winfrey and a devoted supporter of breast cancer initiatives in Hungary.

The session opened with a presentation on UniCredit’s Employee Assistance Program. External expert, Péter Janky, share details of the program and explained how it can help colleagues with legal, health and other personal issues.

The event continued with session on ‘Women at work’ led by Ágnes Széplaki from Gordio Group. She talked about ongoing female career path research within the bank, including both UniCredit Leasing and UniCredit Services. “We are interested in what the male managers will say about importance of female managers,” stated Agnes Széplaki, from Gordio Group.

HR colleagues then presented details of some exciting programs, including the E2E Academy, which is a three months academy for so-called career changers. “We are open to integrate new joiners from other sectors. Especially due to Covid, there are potential candidates from a range of other sectors and we can create new opportunities for them,” said Nóra Molnár-Egervölgyi, HR Project Manager at UniCredit.

Another topic included the so-called ‘Wisdom project’, which will be re-introduced for colleagues over 55 years old. This initiative seeks to use more experienced colleagues to help the younger generation, for example, by helping mothers to return to work after the maternity leave or integrate new hires effectively. The bank also explains its training offer for senior colleagues. “We are focusing on our senior colleagues as well, so we don’t lose their know-how,” emphasized Anikó Kómár, UniCredit HRBP to Risk, Compliance and CFO

After each presentation as well as at the end of the session, colleagues had the chance to ask questions and share their feedback. Ms. Jakupcsek moderated a lively and interactive Q&A session. One colleague asked about Social Impact Banking projects in Hungary and how they can contribute, while another shared his own story of receiving special devices and support from UniCredit due to his deteriorating eyesight.