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News March 08, 2021

Dept celebrates International Women's Day

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Dept is celebrating International Women’s Day 2021 with a series of events, activities and announcements.

A new generation of leaders is shaking up the worlds of data, tech and digital marketing. Women are shaping transformation within their specific industries and are pivotal to the future of digital. Dept is bringing a panel of influential women together to discuss what’s next for the industry. Join us to watch this insightful discussion with our guests: Nathalie Nijhuis-Lam, Head of Global Sponsorship and Lead Inclusion & Diversity at Philips; Andrea-Sibylle Ebinger, CEO of Hessnatur; Olga Kastelein, European Manager of Digital Marketing at Nikon; and Hari Miller Director of Corporate Communication, St James’s Place Wealth Management.

The session will be streamed live on March 8th starting at 14:00. Sign up to tune in and if you can’t make it on the day, catch-up with the recording to be posted on Dept’s YouTube channel. 

Meanwhile on Instagram, Dept is celebrating smart, cool and fearless female Depsters who are sharing their stories, advice, inspirations and hopes for the future of the digital industry.

The Manchester arm of Dept UK is also celebrating with the announcement that it has welcomed four new female digital experts. Joining just in time for International Women’s Day, these new starters bring a breadth of experience across marketing, project management, design and user experience. Dept’s new hires signify growth and strengthen the agency, deepening its capabilities and reaffirming its commitment to hiring a more diverse workforce. 

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“We’re delighted to welcome this talented group of women to Dept, especially on International Women’s Day. Women are having a massive, positive impact on the future of our industry and we’re seeing that right now, here at Dept,” said Melissa Hermitt, Operations Director at Dept UK. 

“There are so many benefits to building a gender-balanced and diverse workforce,  from greater innovation and faster decision making to improved productivity. In the world of technology, when employees with different backgrounds and perspectives come together, they come up with better solutions. There’s a lot we’re piloting at Dept in our hiring process, such as faceless recruitment, which we’re hoping will continue to be a catalyst to growing a well-represented team.”

Lavinia Alexoiu is Dept’s newest Senior UX Designer, joining after a three-year posting at Accenture Interactive where she worked as Senior Product Designer and a UX Designer. Lavinia is an experienced end-to-end designer, skilled in taking digital products from discovery all the way to launch and beyond. “I’m excited to be joining Dept,” said Alexoiu. “The agency’s approach to redesigning digital experiences for multiple industries made me feel like I want to be part of their journey. Its wide portfolio of projects means that I have the opportunity to apply a wide range of skills and also continuously learn and grow, alongside a brilliant team.”

Ali Marler also joined Dept in March as a Designer. With four years’ experience working in creative agencies, most recently at The Drawing Room in Manchester, her specialist skillset in branding, digital and print design is a great addition to the team. 

Senior Marketing Manager Alexandra Moorhouse worked for Manchester Central, I-COM and most recently MIDAS (Manchester’s inward investment agency) prior to joining Dept. With eight years’ experience in marketing and communications, she is now responsible for delivering Dept’s sector-focused strategies and campaigns with core competencies in content creation and event management. 

Dept has also welcomed Jo Warrilow into the role of Service Delivery Executive within its DOS (Digital Operations Services) team where she coordinates projects, manages resources and ensures the smooth running of day-to-day operations. Warrilow’s seven-year professional track record involves business support and project coordination for Mercer, WYG Group and Breast Cancer Care. 

 

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