Get to Know Our Team of Mentors: Marie Moynihan, Chief Diversity Officer & VP of Talent, Dell

What does it take to make the leap from the management to executive level? Sometimes, it’s just about having a champion point out how ready you really are. Marie Moynihan leads an end-to-end global talent organization of more than 500 team members around the world, spanning Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Diversity & Inclusion. Under Marie’s leadership, the team aims to attract, develop and retain the very best and most diverse talent in the industry.  Additionally, she oversees the HR function for Dell’s Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Marie has been with Dell for more than 13 years. She is a diversity champion, having brought Wise, Dell’s employee resource group for gender diversity, to EMEA more than 8 years ago. Before joining Dell, Marie worked for Intel Corporation, heading up HR in their European manufacturing facility for eight years. She has also spent six years in consulting. In 2008, Marie gained external recognition in Ireland as Image Magazine’s ‘Professional Woman of the Year’. In 2012, she was named one of Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 and decided to pass on her insight to others through WXN’s Top 25 Mentorship Programme. But a mentor is so much more than her resume. Get to know Marie with our Mentor Q&A: Who has been the most influential mentor or role model in your career? My most influential mentor was the GM of a business I supported as he took a personal interest in my career, and challenged my thinking especially when I felt I was not read for a promotional opportunity.  He made me question my own motivations for hanging back, and this led me ultimately to put my hat in the ring for a key promotional role, which was the start of my executive career. How would you describe your ideal protégée? My ideal protégée is someone who knows what they want, who is self aware and wants to get insight and advice on specific things/behaviours that are getting in the way of their progress. Describe a typical workday in 10 words or less. Listening, questioning, taking inputs and making decisions. What is your favourite professional mistake or challenging situation, from which you learned the most? Most challenging situation was managing a major fraud investigation, where the leadership team I supported were under investigation. I learned to really manage my emotions, stay very transparent and grounded in the facts. Name one fun fact that wouldn’t appear on your resume. I love dancing. Sound like someone you’d like to learn from? You could be mentored by Marie or one of our Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Mentors. Sign up for the program and tap into powerful today!

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