Mikahla Chapman

I am passionate about using psychology to understand and benefit the modern workplace.

In 2017 I was 1 of 4 individuals to land a place on Accenture’s HR Talent Accelerator Programme, a leadership development programme aimed at accelerating high potential talent. Since joining I have rotated around the company to fill my backpack with experiences across a variety of positions in HR Supply Chain, Recruitment, Inclusion & Diversity, and Technology Consulting.

During my placement on the Inclusion & Diversity team, I primarily worked on driving the mental health agenda. Under my administration, the Mental Health Allies network grew by nearly 500 people. Through a range of culture change initiatives such as Time to Talk Day, World Mental Health Day, Mental Health Awareness Week and educational webcasts, my contribution helped gain the programme company wide recognition for its success at raising awareness and understanding around mental health in the workplace. As a result, the UK Mental Health Programme won the particularly competitive category of ‘Best People Programme’ in Accenture’s global recognition awards, as voted for by the company’s 450K employees.

After leaving I&D I have continued to co-represent the UK in the Global Mental Health Network which is aimed at supporting other Accenture countries in the development of their own local mental health programmes. Since 2017, the global network has grown from 3 countries to 17 with more in the pipeline to launch this year. It has also been my honour to speak about the programme internally and externally at events such as The Lord Mayor Appeal’s Power of Diversity panel on ‘Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces’.

On Early Talent Recruitment, I worked on attracting and hiring a target of 50%+ females and 38% BAME candidates into our entry level programmes. I further solidified my interest in diversifying the future generation of talent by supporting the design and implementation of Accenture’s first HR Apprenticeship; a programme aimed at supporting individuals with unique backgrounds through an unconventional route into the company.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, I fell in love with the UK while completing a MA(Hons) in Philosophy & Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. I then moved to London to complete a MSc in Occupational Psychology from London Metropolitan University.

I am grateful to work in an empowering environment and hope to continue to make a positive impact through my work in Human Resources!