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Serpil champions women’s inclusion across Vodafone’s markets as the chair of the global Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee. She is committed to helping to increase the proportion of women in management and leadership roles by helping build a pipeline of talent, specifically through initiatives such as Vodafone’s pioneering ‘Global Maternity Policy’ and ‘ReConnect’, the world’s largest recruitment programme for talented women on career breaks. In March 2019, a new initiative was introduced to support colleagues affected by domestic violence and abuse. Vodafone has built credibility already in this space helping thousands of people via Vodafone Foundation’s TecSOS, Easy Rescue app in Turkey and the UK’s Bright Sky app. Inspired by the work of the Foundation, Serpil’s team has launched a new global HR policy and specialist manager training to support employees affected by domestic abuse. Vodafone Europe has already exceeded their 2020 female leadership target, currently at 31%, and aims to reach 40% by 2025. Externally, Serpil mentors numerous senior women and served as a selected mentor for the ‘Women on Board Association’ (WBAT Turkey). She is also mentoring female undergraduates studying in rural parts of Turkey as part of the ‘A New Leader Association’ initiative. Additionally, Serpil regularly speaks at global events to champion D&I.

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