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.
WINS’ mission is to elevate the voices of women across the organization and encourage women in their professional success, as well as promoting a diversity of perspectives and an inclusive environment that attracts and retains talented women.
Read on to find out more about DTCC’s Chelsea Bardhan, WINS’ recently appointed Co-Chair.
DC: Tell us about your role at DTCC.
I’ve worked at DTCC for over three years, based in the Jersey City office. I joined the Organizational Management Team as part of the Business Transformation office, and throughout my tenure, I’ve advanced to my current role as Associate Director, OCM Lead. In my role, I work with our internal clients to help facilitate the adoption of strategic and impactful change.
DC: What do you consider to be your biggest business accomplishment to date?
Most recently, I was awarded the ‘United Way Rising Star’ Award which was nominated by the DTCC team and recognized at the United Way gala luncheon.
The criteria for the United Way Rising Star award is that the person nominated is an influential female leader and community organizer. The nominee should demonstrate resilience and resourcefulness in their field of service, and be actively engaged in volunteering, advocacy, and other philanthropic ventures to improve our local community.
Over the past year I’ve expanded my impact as part of the Engagement Committee for the United Way’s NYC Chapter for Women United. Women United is a growing, global force of 70k+ women coming together to lift-up entire communities. In addition to playing an important role in giving back to the local community, I was also able to share the impressive work that DTCC’s WINS ERG is doing with the other committee members, so that they could take ideas and learnings back to their own organizations.
It was an honor to receive this because my passion is to uplift and support other women, and further drive my aspiration to pave a path for other female leaders. By accepting this award, I hope to inspire other women to get involved, support each other, and impact internal groups like WINS and external partners in our community, like Women United.
In addition, over the last several years, I’ve helped facilitate DTCC’s Enterprise Agile Transformation. One of my first projects was to work with my BTO squad and Client Services to support the people-side of change as employees transitioned to Our Ways of Working.
Even though agile was new to me, I collaborated with my squad and Client Services leadership to successfully implement one of the first Tribes at DTCC, the RDS Client Experience Support Tribe. I consider this one of my first and most significant business accomplishments.
DC: Describe your ERG journey.
As a new employee, I attended many ERG events as opportunities to expand my knowledge of diverse and inclusive topics and meet new people outside of my team. During a WINS’ event, I learned more about the ERG’s mission and goals and felt compelled to support this group. Soon after, I expressed my interest to one of the Co-Chairs, and luckily, I was able to join the open Leadership position as the WINS Jersey City Site Lead.
Being a member of the WINS ERG and Leadership Team has continued to help me build my network and new relationships (both in and outside of DTCC), collaborate with teams I’ve never worked with before, and enhance my strategic thinking skills. Over the past year, I advanced in both my career and my ERG role, and I’m confident that my involvement and experiences on the WINS leadership team contributed to my professional progression.
Learning from others of various backgrounds, cultures, and experiences is an essential way we continue to develop and become better versions of ourselves. By being involved in WINS, I’m constantly learning from other WINS members, from our external speakers and community partners, from our initiatives and experiences…the list goes on and on! In turn, I’m always learning more about myself and how I can grow and improve and, ultimately, help other women do the same.
DC: At which two organizations outside your own do you know the most people and why?
I’m very involved in two external organizations, Women United and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). I’m a member of Women United’s Engagement Committee and previously was the Social Media Chair for SHRM-Long Island Chapter. Through these roles, I’ve made connections, developed new skills, and built my network outside of my daily workplace.
DC: What is you most unusual talent?
I’m the go-to “event planner” for my family and friends! Whether it’s a birthday party, baby shower, or group trip, I’m your girl. Having planned my own weddings in 2020 (yes, we had two weddings during a global pandemic!) I set the bar high, and there’s no challenge I can’t tackle when planning an event!
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