Charlotte Fleming, Senior Analyst in the Systematic Literature Review team, Clarivate, discusses her early-career achievements, her role in developing the Lockdown Cookbook, and how this initiative benefitted a charitable cause while encouraging diversity and inclusivity.
Since January 2020, Charlotte Fleming has been part of the Systematic Literature Review team at Clarivate. Alongside her role in conducting high-quality systematic reviews as part of a multinational team across the United Kingdom, Europe and India, Charlotte set about bringing together Clarivate colleagues’ recipes to create the Lockdown Cookbook during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, Charlotte talks about her experience as an early career professional and the wide-reaching positive impacts that have resulted from the Cookbook’s release.
Being a Clarivate colleague has allowed me to realize my ambition of working in a diverse team while benefitting from the extensive training opportunities that a large organization provides. Although my team is spread across the globe, I still feel a sense of closeness. I am proud my voice is heard, and my contributions valued. Clarivate is committed to developing our colleagues personally and professionally, reflected in the fact that I have been mentored by my team lead, which is a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and understanding about market access for pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers.
“Although my team is spread across the globe, I still feel a sense of closeness. I am proud my voice is heard, and my contributions valued.”
Following the completion of my MSc in 2018, I worked for a smaller consultancy firm before starting at Clarivate last year, and during the last 18 months I’ve already been involved in a range of interesting and important projects, including in immuno-oncology, COVID-19 and hepatology. In fact, three of our systematic reviews in the field of hepatology of which I have been involved in as an author are to be published in a leading journal in 2021, which is a great springboard for developing my personal brand at Clarivate.
The origins of the Lockdown Cookbook
The Lockdown Cookbook is a collection of family favorite recipes from colleagues in my team at Clarivate, and the different recipes are reflective of the cultural diversity of the group. With each member of the team having faced varying difficulties due to lockdowns following the outbreak of COVID-19, I saw this as a great opportunity to bring people together and give them the opportunity to each contribute to it.
The idea originated from conversations I had with my team at our weekly catch-up coffee meetings, where each week a different colleague would share their own recipes for starters, mains and desserts, and other colleagues would then be inspired to replicate them at home. In addition to recipes from our colleagues, some of them have also been handed down from their relatives.
“The Lockdown Cookbook is a collection of family favorite recipes from colleagues in my team at Clarivate, and the different recipes are reflective of the cultural diversity of the group.”
Raising money for a charitable cause
Prior to the creation of the Cookbook, our practice leads looked at initiatives to engage our colleagues during lockdown, and the Cookbook seemed like a fantastic project that my team could pursue. The head of our Value Communications team then devised the idea that we could sell the virtual book internally to Clarivate colleagues to raise money for charity. Aditya P, a Clarivate colleague, then helped me to edit the copy so we could promote it to the wider Clarivate community.
Following conversations with Emily F, a Clarivate intern who spent time working with the Love The One charity in India, our team decided that proceeds from the sale of the book would go to fundraising the fantastic work that the organization is involved with in helping children across the world. Following the book being made available to buy internally by Clarivate colleagues, we raised an impressive £500 in the first two weeks for the charity.
Valuing every voice
This initiative reflects a key value at Clarivate in valuing every voice, whereby the best results come from a diverse, collaborative and inclusive environment where everyone can be confident in sharing their knowledge and ideas. In addition to the Cookbook showcasing the different cultural identities at Clarivate, this initiative came to fruition thanks to the input and teamwork of several key people and senior staff in different roles across the organization. This project has been a great example of our desire to give back and is reflective of our willingness as an organization to truly make a positive change.
“The best results come from a diverse, collaborative and inclusive environment where everyone can be confident in sharing their knowledge and ideas.”
With continued lockdowns across parts of the globe , Clarivate is looking at further initiatives to support our colleagues throughout 2021, as we know that many may be isolated while working from home. It’s more important now than ever for our colleagues to continue to engage with each other as part of the Clarivate community and that they feel they can reach out to others in the organization should they need help.
To discover more about the great charitable work that Love The One is involved in, take a look at its website: http://www.lovetheone.org/donate.
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