21st March 2023 – Syndio, the leading workplace equity platform provider, today announces it has appointed Ambassador Suzan (Suzi) LeVine to its Strategic Advisory Board. LeVine – the former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and an accomplished senior executive – brings a wealth of knowledge in developing landmark diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and belonging programs and will be focused on evolving Syndio’s strategy, especially in Europe.
LeVine is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience leading global organisations across government, corporate and non-profit sectors. Suzi has a deep focus and passion for equitable workforce development as well as for ESG, channeling her own career experiences from the start of her career when she didn’t feel she had received equal pay to her time in leadership to embrace and introduce transformational workplace programs and policies to boost retention and improve equity. For example, while serving as an ambassador under the Obama administration, Suzi focused heavily on gender and diversity, networking with influential stakeholders and delivering high-profile presentations, including a tedx Zurich talk on why diversity matters. During her time serving in Washington state as Commissioner for the Employment Security Department, Suzi launched its groundbreaking Paid Family & Medical Leave program, the first of its kind to have been built from scratch in the United States. Since then, that program has been the model for many other states.
“Throughout my career, I have driven various ESG initiatives that have advanced workplace equity both in Europe and the US – but many of those have been broad brush approaches. For me, Syndio is a critical partner for any organisation authentically seeking to create or sustain a truly equitable workplace and to do it with more surgical precision,” comments Suzi LeVine, Advisory Board Director at Syndio. “Workplace equity is a central passion in both my personal and professional life, and we can’t underestimate the value of addressing this issue and opportunity. It brings a societal value in terms of deepening a business’ social compact with its workers and its community, but also an economic value – as it ensures higher worker satisfaction, engagement, and retention. What I really appreciate about Syndio’s technological approach is that they move the conversation on equity in the workplace from the subjective to the objective sphere and accelerate the transparency needed to truly root out inequities.”
Syndio is the only data-science-powered software that enables companies to analyse and address pay equity and opportunity equity. The software empowers organisations with “Pay explainability”, the ability to clearly communicate how organisations determine pay, how they apply it to individual employees, and whether that pay is equitable and consistent. Over 260 organisations, including 10% of the Fortune 200, already rely on Syndio’s platform.
“The last few years have seen a wave of challenges thrown at businesses and public sector organisations alike, but as we start to plan for a more stable macroeconomy, it’s vital we ensure that recovery is an equitable one, and that the ‘S’ of ESG gets the attention it deserves,” comments Maria Colacurcio, CEO at Syndio. “With her cross-sectoral background, her deep expertise in workforce development, and her leadership in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging (DEIAB), Suzi is a huge asset to Syndio and we are immensely grateful to have her join our Advisory board to help us reach even more organisations, across sectors and across borders.”
LeVine’s appointment follows nearly a year on from Syndio’s arrival in Europe, appointing Ritu Mohanka (former VP of Strategy and Business Development at Glint, now LinkedIn) as MD in April 2022. Since then, the organisation has added customers in the UK, Germany, France, Finland and soon in Sweden and The Netherlands to its books. With the new EU Directive on Equal Pay Transparency coming into effect in the coming months, Syndio is primed to support the region’s organisations to achieve compliance and go beyond in implementing more holistic workplace equity solutions.