TORONTO, July 9, 2020 /CNW/ - Miranda McKie, a manager of applied intelligence
and data architecture at Accenture (NYSE: ACN) in Canada, has been recognized as the 2020
Catalyst Honours Emerging Leader Champion for her contributions to
accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion and
Catalyst will celebrate Miranda and five others who were named
2020 Honours Champions earlier today during a virtual conference
from Oct. 6-8. Themed "Progress Won't
Pause," the conference will focus on the urgent need for continued
progress around workplace inclusion despite the unprecedented
disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are proud to celebrate this well-deserved recognition of
Miranda's work in breaking down barriers for women as well as
creating and leading new initiatives to support inclusion and
diversity, both at Accenture and in our community," said
Jeffrey Russell, president of
Accenture in Canada.
Tanya van Biesen, executive
director, Canada, Catalyst, said,
"Never before have equality and inclusion been so important.
Trailblazers like Miranda show us how it's done, using her
expertise in advanced technologies to build more effective
interventions in the fight against systemic bias."
As head of the Accenture Toronto Women's Employee Resource
Group, McKie has built a strong network of female-identifying
employees and has rallied people at all levels of the company with
her passion for equality. She has also used her expertise in data
architecture and advanced analytics to develop inclusion and
diversity initiatives through Accenture's pro bono practice.
For instance, McKie secured funding to promote and empower women
in STEM education using data-driven guidance and unsupervised
machine learning and to uncover mental health insights using
natural language processing. She has also spearheaded internal
projects to identify opportunities for enhanced inclusion and
diversity programs and planning, including one using advanced
analytics capabilities to better understand historical
"Miranda is a true role model for others through her commitment
to ensuring that our workplace is inclusive and fosters a culture
where all our people can thrive as their authentic selves," said
Zahra Jadavji, managing director of
inclusion and diversity at Accenture in Canada.
With inclusion and diversity embedded in its core values,
Accenture pledged to accelerate the advancement of women in the
workplace by signing the Catalyst Accord 2022. The company has also
committed to reaching and sustaining overall gender balance (50%
men and 50% women) and to having women hold at least 40% of
leadership positions by 2025.
Accenture has also been recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 10 consecutive
years and as one of the country's Best Diversity Employers for
eight consecutive years by Mediacorp.
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