Ep 10: Creating Psychologically Safe Workplaces with Isabelle Vu

About the Guest

Isabelle Vu is a staunch intersectional feminist and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advocate focusing on gender equity, cultural diversity, mental health and the prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence. In 2023, Isabelle campaigned to raise over $1600 as part of the UN Women Australia’s 16 Days of Activism Fundraiser, which aims to eliminate violence against women and children. She was also featured in the UN Women Canberra Chapter’s ‘This is Us’ Zine which focused on celebrating the diversity of women and gender diverse individuals as role models, who have overcome barriers such as disability, race, sexuality, colour, cultural and socioeconomic differences to achieve their goals and be where they are today. During her studies at the Australian National University as a psychology student, Isabelle developed an interest in organisational psychology and after graduating in 2020, she began her career in the management consulting industry. She has previously worked at KPMG and is currently a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, specialising in change management and strategic communications.  

Episode Summary

In this episode, Dr. Chloe Lim interviews Isabelle Vu, a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the STEM field. Isabelle shares her journey from a mathematics and science-focused education in the Philippines to pursuing psychology and eventually entering the field of organizational psychology and change management. With a focus on creating psychologically safe spaces for marginalized individuals, Isabelle discusses the challenges she faced as a woman of colour in the consulting industry and provides valuable insights on navigating the STEM landscape.

Isabelle emphasizes the importance of surrounding oneself with the right mentors, being kind to oneself, and embracing opportunities for growth and learning. She shares her experiences of overcoming discrimination based on gender, neurodiversity, and caring responsibilities, highlighting the significance of allyship and representation in the workplace.

Key Takeaways

  • The importance of creating psychologically safe spaces for marginalized individuals in the workplace.
  • The value of mentoring, self-kindness, and adaptability in navigating the STEM industry.
  • The role of allyship and representation in promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Find out more 

  • Connect with Isabelle Vu on LinkedIn

*Season 2 of CALD Voices in STEM was made possible by YWCA Canberra Great Ydeas Small Grants program.*

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