George-Axelle Broussillon Matschinga
Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion
Headquarters: San Francisco, California
Industry: Prestige Beauty Retail
CEO: Jean-Andre Rougeot
Her Credentials: Master in Public Administration, Harvard University; Master’s degree in Management of people and organizations, ESCP Europe Business School; Master in Human Resources, Communication and Negotiation and Bachelor in Corporate Communications and Advertising, CELSA-Sorbonne University; Bachelor in Sociology and Bachelor in Philosophy, Paris Nanterre University.
Her Philosophy: What gets measured gets done.
In 2020, Sephora debuted its “We Belong to Something Beautiful” campaign—an articulation of Sephora’s values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work became all the more salient, when calls for racial justice took hold, and major companies were called upon to show up and take action.
Leveraging insights from listening sessions with over 400 of our Black/African American employees, we launched a holistic, company-wide Diversity & Inclusion strategy, Sephora D&I Heart Journey. The strategy comprises 11 initiatives with a simple mission: championing all beauty fearlessly and building inclusive environments for our employees, consumers, and communities. We identified six categories and focused our efforts not only on hiring and advancement, but also on working across all parts of the company to create inclusive environments.
Sephora’s focus is on building a more inclusive beauty community and improving the shopper experience, for the benefit of its employees, clients, and the beauty and retail communities at large. In 2021, Sephora will reinforce its goal of being a place where everyone belongs via its workforce, leadership, shopping experience, and product assortment. Existing commitments like the 15 Percent Pledge will be brought to life in 2021 through programs like Sephora’s Accelerate brand incubator.