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Cognitive Diversity: A True Differentiator

The recent Gearing Up Conference, a collaboration between Eagle and Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business, highlighted the value of disparate thought

Electra Govoni, Strategic Project Manager and Chair of Eagle’s Diversity Council and the Women’s Initiative Network


Much has been written lately about the critical role cognitive diversity plays in the workplace. Defined by Harvard Business Review as ‘differences in perspective or information processing styles,’ cognitive diversity can be a key factor in improving performance and problem solving. In today’s competitive, global market, it’s also critical to ensure solutions are being created and intuitively designed for the widest population of users as possible. At Eagle, for instance, it’s just as important that our software is as accessible to business users as it is for IT and technology professionals.

But while organizations may recognize the value of cognitive diversity, in an industry like financial services – which tends to attract quants both at ease and riveted by mathematical models – it can require more of a concerted effort. It’s an endeavor, however, that is not without payoff, which can translate into increased productivity, new innovations, and even better investment performance, according to some in the industry.

As part of a collaboration between Eagle and Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business, this was a topic that was front and center at the 2017 Gearing Up Conference. One of the biggest takeaways from the event, held on June 16, was the critical role occupied by women – particularly in a male dominated field – to bring a different perspective and skillset to the table. To truly leverage these differences, the value offered by having multiple points of view often rests on whether the culture both empowers women to articulate their views and then listens and acts when they do.

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Meet…Julie Rodriguez

Eagle Investment Systems’ VP of User Experience discusses how advances in consumer technology will impact and shape how business users engage with financial technology

Q: You recently joined Eagle from Sapient, where you served as Creative Director. Can you talk about your past experience and what led you to this position as VP of User Experience?

A: Throughout my career, each role has positioned me to build on the experience I previously gained. I started in consulting designing a variety of platforms—from securities-lending institutions working with the world’s largest broker-dealers, to wealth management institutions integrating various technologies into one experience. I extended a lot of that knowledge into my role at Sapient, where I began to learn about the business side of asset management. There, I had a unique perspective to see what the best firms were doing to improve their user experience while also leveraging process engineering strategies to improve UX for others.

Across the board, the takeaway was that organizations needed to streamline their applications in order for users to do their jobs well. In turn, this informed my research around data visualization to help figure out new and interesting ways to present data. I also co-authored a book on this topic that rethinks conventional standards around performance reporting, accounting practices and presenting information through vehicles such as annual reports. It’s still early days, but I have seen organizations apply some of the concepts from the book, and that has been really rewarding.

All of this really sets me up well for working within the Eagle platform, and provides me with a breadth of knowledge and depth of capabilities that I can bring to bear for Eagle’s clients. Read More…

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