On the 29th March, myHRcareers will be welcoming Julie Chakraverty to the stage to challenge us on having impact as HR professionals. We caught up with her to find out more about her professional journey in our “2 minutes with” interview… enjoy!
A bit of background…
Julie Chakraverty is the founder of Rungway, the new mentoring app to give and get workplace advice. She also serves as the Senior Independent Director at Aberdeen Asset Management where she is Chairman of the Risk Committee, and former Chairman of the Innovation Committee. Previous non-executive roles include Mitsui Amlin where she chaired the Remuneration Committee, and Spirit Pubs. Julie is also a Trustee for the Girls Day School Trust.
During her executive career Julie was a Board Member of UBS Investment Bank where she held a number of global leadership positions. She chaired the UBS Women’s Network, “All Bar None” and won industry awards for innovation every year between 2001-2009 for her “CreditDelta” technology product.
In 2006 she was named in Management Today’s ‘Top 35 Women Under 35’. In 2013 she was recognized in The Times newspaper as the youngest female director of a FTSE-100 company, aged 41.
2 minutes with Julie…
How did you get to where you are now?
Lots of twists and turns. I could never have predicted my journey but I have enjoyed nearly every step.
What is the best thing about your job?
Supporting innovation and new technology, both in a large global corporation and in my own start up.
What’s the worst/ hardest thing about your role?
You can’t switch off!
What is the biggest challenge facing UK business right now?
Disruption from new entrants, new technologies, and new ways of thinking are really raising the bar on how we approach strategy. Most companies face tough choices in how they respond.
Does HR have a role to play in addressing it?
They are instrumental.
What carer advice would you give your 20 year old self?
Always seek opportunities to figure out how your company really works. The power of mentorship will fast-track your career more than anything else.