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Diversity in Leadership

05 Mar 2020

Diversity in Leadership Annual Convention

Diversity on boards and in decision making rooms has been shown to bring wider and more varied perspectives to the room and result in more creative outputs. This is known and accepted and yet we continue to see boards that lack in diversity. On 27th March, panellists from different backgrounds will be sharing their own experiences and inspirational stories.

Keynote speaker, Charlotte Valeur will be sharing her experience as IoD Chair, Director of 7 public companies and founder of  Board Apprentice. This not-for-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change.

“It’s right to celebrate the progress made, showing that focussing the spotlight on diversity can change the behaviour of big companies. However, this is not a case of ‘job done’. There is still a glaring lack of diversity at executive level and among chairs, and firms must continue to strive towards a more inclusive culture or they risk slipping backwards. While female board participation may have increased, we’re still on the journey towards businesses better reflecting their workforce and customers. As the Parker Review made all too clear this week, improvements have been even harder to come by in other areas. The Hampton-Alexander review has shown that companies are capable of change, but the work is just beginning.” - Charlotte Valeur

This half day event will be hosted by IoD Ambassador for Diversity, Carole Harvey and focuses on the importance of leadership, how to be an effective leader and how you can contribute to creating a more inclusive workplace. This is not a problem that can be solved by only a few or by those that are hurt by the lack of inclusivity. This is something that every board member, every chief executive and every manager should be engaged in and using their positions to make a difference. 

The panel for this event will be made up of representatives from businesses, charities, and the uniformed services, ect. who all have their own experience and inspirational stories. 


Key Event Details: 

Friday 27th March 2020

12:00 - 16:00 

Crowne Plaza, Nottingham 

To find out more about this event: Diversity in Leadership Annual Convention

If you have any questions about this event or wish to book on, please email Tommi.duck@iod.com

Contact IoD East Midlands

For more information, please contact

0115 8486 190

East Midlands

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IoD East Midlands
Nottingham Trent University,
Burton Street,
Nottingham,
NG1 4BU