Payal Vasudeva is a Managing Director in Strategy based out of Accenture’s London office. She leads it’s Talent and Organisation Practice for UK and Ireland (UKI) and has worked across various industry sectors globally. Her expertise lies in operating model evolution and organisation redesign, embedding behaviour change, strategic talent initiatives and HR transformation. Payal is passionate about the future of HR and the changing workforce in the context of digital, advising senior client leadership teams on the subject. She is also the People Lead responsible for enabling the employee value proposition and talent strategy for Accenture’s own Strategy business, seeking to improve how we all work and live. She has been recognised externally as Top 25 Global Diversity Champion in the inaugural Global Diversity List, supported by the Economist. Payal holds a MSc in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from the London School of Economics.
1- In no more than three sentences, please explain what you do
I am a People practitioner who is passionate about improving the way we all work and live. As a Managing Director at a consulting firm I have the privilege to engage with numerous organisations and their leadership teams around the subject of future of HR and changing workforce in the context of Digital, as well as lead on Talent strategy internally for our own business.
2- Who inspires you?
I find inspiration in a lot of things – people, nature, art….If I need to pick a few famous people, I would say Ai Wei Wei for his use of art as a medium for social change, Maya Angelou for the ability to capture the essence of being, in words, Alexander McQeen for his creative genius, Nelson Mandela for a selfless life lived….but it’s also those who I interact with in the everyday for their faith, resilience and humility in the face of all odds.
3- What is the biggest change you want to see in the world?
All of us striving to be the best versions of ourselves. If we all behaved and responded to each other from that place of higher self, we could change the world for the better. I also feel that education has a big role to play – equal opportunity and easy access to it is a game changer, both at the individual and societal level.
4- What would you like to be remembered for?
She always strived to be the best version of herself
5- What is the most interesting new idea you’ve come across in the past year?
Be My Eyes – allows us to lend our eyes to the blind. Connecting technology with social purpose can facilitate greater meaningful connections for us as human beings across our planet.
6- Finally, how can people engage with your work if they’d like to learn more/help?
I am eternally curious and continuously learning, so if you share my belief that life is precious and it must be lived purposefully then I look forward to seeing you virtually @PayalVasudeva (twitter) and/or Payal Vasudeva (LinkedIn).