It’s rare that Wincie Knight can make it through a conversation without mentioning the importance of inclusion in her workplace.
Knight, senior director of global inclusion strategies, has worked at Viacom for a very long time, she says. She began at Nickelodeon, later worked in production, and ultimately received her master’s degree in organizational behavior. That led into her current role in London five years ago, when she joined the Viacom team dedicated to making an inclusive and accepting workplace.
“The OGI is really important to the business, because I believe it gives a real insight into demographics, pockets of people, that may not necessarily be at the top table,” Knight explains.
On Sept. 27, the Viacom UK office wrapped its second Inclusion Week, with a slate of panels and events helping employees feel like they belong. Last year’s events were such a success that the company brought Inclusion Week to its U.S. offices earlier in the month.
“The Office of Global Inclusion came to the UK last year to really help spread the word of inclusion and champion inclusion within the business,” Knight explains. “I think with the great inspiring schedule that we had in the UK last year, it was only right to roll that out over in the U.S., to inspire our colleagues across the pond.”
Here’s Knight on why OGI is an important part of Viacom’s business and an integral part of any organization:
Nicole Bitette: What is the purpose of OGI and why is it important for Viacom?
Wincie Knight: The acronym stands for Office of Global Inclusion, and I believe the OGI is here to champion difference. It's to enrich the mix, it's to make employees feel like they belong. We do this through a range of ways. One of the best ways I can say is through our employee resource groups. It's a way of giving a voice to minority groups which helps make the business smarter.
NB: How do you describe what you do to your friends and family?
WK: I really just say I champion equality for the business, and anyone that knows me the conversation will always steer towards diversity and inclusion. I don't know how I manage to do it, but I always get into a conversation regarding diversity and inclusion. So, I live and breathe my job.