Advancing careers through an inclusive employee experience with Pratiksha Patel, Chief People Officer at Branch

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Simpplr Podcast Ep 39 with Pratiksha Patel, Chief People Officer at Branch

This episode features an interview with Pratiksha Patel, Chief People Officer at Branch. Pratiksha has more than two decades of experience driving employee engagement in hybrid, office-based, and remote cultures. Prior to Branch, she served as the Senior Vice President of People at CB Insights and as a Talent Expert at McKinsey & Company.

In this episode, Amanda and Pratiksha discuss meeting workers’ expectations, inclusivity, and upskilling employees.

01:53 Pratiksha’s background
03:44 Segment: Story Time
06:20 How Branch is intentional about employee experience
09:24 Segment: Getting Tactical 
18:04 How inclusivity helps with career development 
21:41 How Branch ensures employees have a good work-life blend
26:00 Segment: Asking For a Friend

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Pratiksha Patel

Pratiksha has more than two decades of experience across diverse global industry leaders including L’Oreal and McKinsey & Company as well as high-growth disruptors including CB Insights and Gilt.

Most recently, Patel served as the Senior VP of People at CB Insights, where she counseled leaders on change management, built a data-driven talent acquisition function, and embedded values-driven, equitable, and inclusive practices into People programs. She has also served as a talent expert for McKinsey & Company to transform and improve customer outcomes, organizational velocity, and talent engagement. In addition, Patel serves as an advisor to PeopleTech Partners, an early-stage advisory and investment group that leverages the insights of current People leaders operating in top-tier businesses to accelerate the growth of companies in their portfolio.

Through her diverse experiences, Patel has focused on cultural cohesion, raising the bar, and evolving programs that resonate with progressive ways of working and drivers of employee engagement. Even more uniquely, her experience has included close collaboration with global teams and office-based, hybrid, and distributed models. Patel’s wide-ranging skill set across the People function will be immensely valuable to Branch’s culture-driven, remote-first model.

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