Get to know DTCC’s Bianca McElrue the new Co-Chair for WINS Employee Resource Group.
The Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) at DTCC foster an environment that respects and values diversity and inclusion. In addition to providing opportunities for professional development and growth, ERGs play an important role in working with senior leadership to address workforce policies and serve as a resource for innovative solutions that drive positive change.
The mission of WINS is to elevate the voices of women across the organization. WINS encourages women in their professional success promoting a diversity of perspectives and an inclusive environment that attracts and retains talented women. Our programs drive changes to minimize the gender gap and support resilience of or colleagues and in our local communities.
Read on to learn more about Bianca, WINS recently appointed Co-Chair.
DC: Tell us about your role at DTCC.
BE: I’m currently a Learning Manager for DTCC Learning. DTCC Learning sits within Marketing & Communications, and we work closely together to promote the learning resources that are created to support our DTCC clients and ensure they maximize the use of our products/services.
I’ve been with DTCC for 20 years, initially joining Omgeo as a Client Services Representative on our support team, before becoming a trainer and then transitioning into a learning role. Whilst I initially started in the London office, I have worked remotely for over 15 years, and am nestled between Durham and Newcastle Upon Tyne in England.
DC: What do you consider to be your biggest business accomplishment to date?
My biggest business accomplishment is ongoing and one that I don’t imagine will ever end: ensuring that our learning group stay in lockstep with the continually evolving world of learning. Over the years I’ve overseen the transition from onsite training to virtual live instructor-led training, followed by introducing on-demand resources, to now looking at how we can provide a best-in class blended learning experience. It’s vital that DTCC Learning understand the changing needs of our learners and that we can adapt our approach.
DC: Describe your ERG journey.
I joined DTCC not long after finishing university, when I was still unsure which direction I wanted my career to take. During my time at the DTCC, I got married, have raised two boys to teenagerdom (almost!) and have grown and developed both personally and professionally, thanks to the support of DTCC and my involvement with WINS.
Throughout my time with WINS - firstly as a member, then as part of the WINS Leadership team leading our Lean In Circle program and now as Co-Chair - I’ve been able to connect with and learn from a variety of individuals both within and outside DTCC, who have helped me to develop my skills, knowledge and experience to be a better leader.
DC: What are the titles of the last three books you have read? Tell us how you related to one of the characters/story/settings.
The last three books I have read are: The Promise – Damon Galgut, Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro and, The Power of the Dog – Thomas Savage
I’m a big fan of fiction and will nearly always be found with a book or my Kindle close by. The thing I love the most about fiction is its ability to transport you to a story and setting entirely removed from everyday life, and to educate through the power of its words. Every day is a learning day!
DC: Everyone has a good idea for an app. What’s yours?
I’d found an app that notifies me every time one of my sons put their school uniform or an important piece of sports kit in the laundry basket. That would avoid me finding out they need something clean five minutes before they leave the house in the morning.
Obviously, this app will become redundant once they learn how to wash their own clothes but I don’t want to dream too big!
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