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The Karen de Sousa Pesse Conversation

Karen is a Latin American businesswoman based in Brussels, Belgium, currently working for Microsoft as a Digital Advisor as well as leading a movement called DiversiBe.

 

As a Digital Advisor, Karen advises C-level on company strategy, focused on digital strategy and transformation. She is currently active in the public sector, as well as manufacturing industry.

 

Besides Microsoft, Karen is also devoted to increasing the representation of people with a migration background in top management. Through her work at DiversiBe, she has supported women transitioning to careers in tech, not only in Microsoft, but in other corporate organizations such as Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Bain & Company and others.

 

"I support people with a migration background to transition into such roles because I had to do it myself, and it felt almost impossible. In fact, if you're not at the right spot at the right time, with the right sponsor, it is probably impossible".

 

Since she started her career, she has been working on AI bias awareness, best practices for leadership and tech for good. Her work in technology and NGOs granted her more than 20 honors and awards, including ICT Lady of the Year, Top 50 Digital Transformation and Belgium 40 under 40.

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Recorded in Spring 2022