Team Talk: Introducing Joyce Osei

Joyce is our resident expert on Client Insights. Having started her career in media sales at The Independent newspaper, she has since worked in client-facing roles for over 10 years and specifically in the Diversity and Inclusion arena for over five years.

Joyce’s career has spanned roles in global publishing companies such as Incisive Media and UBM as well as working with clients across a wide range of industry sectors such as Banking & Financial Services, E-commerce, Technology, Legal, Professional Services, Insurance, etc. Outside work, Joyce is currently writing a series of children’s stories inspired by her Ghanaian and Barbadian heritage, the first of which is due to be published in 2020.

One of her greatest achievements was born out of a trip to Australia in her early twenties. She said, “After travelling around Australia for three months when I was 24, I handed-in my notice after working in a role for more than two years which wasn’t working for me due to the late-night finishes and working at weekends. Although I didn’t know it at the time, that trip helped me to connect with my values and also gave me clarity around what I didn’t want in my future career. I experience the impact of that adventure in my professional and personal life to this day e.g. using the ability to connect with people from different backgrounds and cultures in a very short space of time.”

Joyce is an ambassador for D&I and says that if there was one thing she could change it would be to increase the under-representation of women in senior leadership roles in the workplace.

She believes that, “Existing company cultures are not as inclusive as they could be, which is why being part of the team at Voice At The Table and helping companies to be more inclusive so that women can thrive and feel empowered to progress their careers on their terms is very important to me.“

Aside from her corporate skills, Joyce is a published co-author, having recently contributed her personal story to the Voices of Hope anthology.

She loves cooking and creating new desserts. Her signature dish is plantain and banana crumble which is inspired by her Ghanaian and Barbadian background.