Why: Joanne brings her perspective as a female entrepreneur, building a Diversity & Inclusion practise as a transgender woman, having lost most of her previous privileges and sense of inclusion. She is well placed to challenge the norms and provoke some serious discussion in a safe and open space.
Key Learnings: We will discuss the challenges within D&I to create a culture of belonging – share ideas and strategies that work, and that haven’t. Consider long-term, sustainable and intersectional programmes which go beyond ROI and being the latest fad focusing on single issue characteristics. It’s about everyone, it’s about treating all people with dignity and respect. It’s about culture and ethos!
Summary: We talk about being able to bring our whole selves to work, we talk about being asked to dance so we feel included, but what are organisations really doing to celebrate, embrace and make sure that a culture of belonging comes to life as an ethos throughout? Are there champions at all levels?, What initiatives are working?, How do we measure success? and Most importantly are they sustainable? This forum will allow us to share our own ideas and experiences, learning from others to take back some strategies that work.
Bio: Joanne Lockwood is the founder and CEO of SEE Change Happen, an Equality Diversity & Inclusion Practice specialising in providing Transgender Awareness and support to organisations and businesses. Her mantra is Smile, Engage and Educate and she passionately believes that “people are people” and, no matter who they are, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.