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As part of her role, Nicole will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of concrete actions to ensure that women of colour are celebrated, valued and that, as we close the gender gap, no woman of colour will be left behind. Nicole Piggott has spent her career promoting inclusive workplaces. Before taking the helm of Women of Colour Thrive, Nicole held leadership positions in Women in Governance, Bombardier Aerospace, RioTinto, La Compagnie minière IOC (IOCC) and FedEx Canada. Nicole has implemented and overseen all aspects of Human Resources, from policies, programs and practices aimed at fostering more inclusive and motivating work environments. She had the privilege of negotiating the first partnership agreements between IOC and various Indigenous communities in Labrador.
“We are thrilled to announce Nicole Piggott as President and Chief Inclusion Officer,” said Fabienne Colas, Founder and President of the Board of WOCThrive. “She is the perfect leader, and her accomplishments speak for themselves. We created WOCThrive (ElleVFDC) because we want to be part of the solution and Nicole’s experience with implementing policy, programs and practices to foster more inclusive and engaged work environments is invaluable to our organization.”
In 2017, Nicole co-led the development of the Gender Parity Certification at Women in Governance; she has since led the expansion into the United States and a historic partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA. This innovative certification assesses the parity at the decision-making level of organizations, as well as the organization’s commitment to putting in place mechanisms that allow women at all levels of its hierarchy to obtain career progression, thus creating a pipeline of female talent.
“I am honoured that Fabienne Colas and the board of directors have placed their trust in me to join them in doing this crucial work. The progress that has been made in diversity in the workplace has largely increased the representation of non-racialized people.” Said Nicole Piggott. “If we are going to truly create and sustain more inclusive work environments, we need to focus on the most under-represented in the workplace and that is women of colour.”
Nicole is a member of the Board of Impact (formerly Partnership Africa Canada) and the Black Academic Scholarship Fund. She is responsible for the McGill University Goodman Cancer Research Center Public Lecture Series. Nicole is also an advisor to Global Affairs Canada and the CN-Paul Tellier chair of the University of Ottawa on gender issues.
About Women of Colour Thrive (WOCThrive)
WOCThrive (ElleVFDC) is an organization led by women of colour who understand their unique challenges and know what needs to be done to achieve positive disruption to the landscape of the workplace. Additionally, WOCThrive is a community of women and men experts who know how to effectively identify gaps, implement solutions, and create opportunities for diverse female talent to thrive, lead and contribute. We know that creating inclusive environments for WOC has collateral benefits for a more engaged, innovative and high-performing workforce overall.
To read more about Nicole Piggott accomplishment and to learn more about the organization, visit: WOCThrive.org