Founder & CEO, SEE Change Happen
Joanne is a leading authority on Diversity & Inclusion and specialises in promoting Transgender Awareness. She provides support to businesses and organisations throughout the UK, Europe and elsewhere. As an International Keynote Conference speaker, Joanne delivers workshops, seminars, and engages with organisations to develop policy & best practises to be more inclusive for all people. Challenging Biases and helping them to develop a Vision and Strategy for Conscious Inclusion. She is an Advisory Friend of The Institute of Equality & Diversity Professionals, Member of The Rotary Club, Toastmasters International, The Professional Speaking Association, and she sits as an Expert by Experience member for Southampton University. As a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, she believes passionately that “people are people” and, no matter who they are, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Joanne was a contributor and featured in a Channel 4 (UK) documentary called “The Making of Me”, broadcast in February 2019. This documentary was filmed over a 3 year period and detailed her own personal gender transition and its impact on those around her. Joanne lives by the mantra of “Smile, Engage and Educate” in order to promote awareness and understanding to overcome people’s fear of getting it wrong, because the world isn’t only black and white!
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We are at a time where there is a global shortage of great talent and employees stay in their job on average for only 2.4 years> How organisations evolve their culture to allow people to just “be themselves” and feeling belonging is critical to attract and reatain team of top performers.
Organisations spend millions of Euros each year on Unconscious Bias training, yet very little is being acheived to move the needle when it comes to Gender Equality, BAME and LGBT inclusion – people with disability are often overlooked or turned away for being a too challenging for employers. We are well aware that pay gaps exist all over the diversity spectrum.
In this keynote, Joanne gives her thoughts as to why the approach currently taken by organisations is broken. Most of our biases are conscious and it is, therefore, the responsibility of organisations to develop a conscious inclusion culture and vision. Joanne challenges thinking and highlight strategies for a starting point on this journey, the destination is up to you!
Key Take Aways…
Understand the need for a Shared Vision for Inclusion
Why simply hiring diverse talent won’t work if the organisations culture isn't fit for purpose.
How small inclusions nudges can make a big impact to achieving the vision