The Institute of Directors (IOD) is leading the way on motivating the Boardroom to be more diverse and inclusive. The UK Tour of Inclusive Business arrives in London.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu The recent tour of Institute of Directors' Open House events has coming to an end. Inclusive Business, marked the end of the trio of events intended to kick start the conversation in boardrooms about national issues. You can read more about the efforts of the IOD in D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) on their website.
Inclusive Business Keynote: Paralympian businesswoman Liz JohnsonEach of the three Open House events have toured the UK using a similar format. Headed up by leading lights in business with a particular passion for connection, global reach and inclusion, delegates have been treated to the latest thinking in their area. However, these events have not been theory only. Each event has been full of discussion, workshops and practical advice to fellow business leaders.
You can read more about Global Business and Connected Business (and the local Nottingham version) in their respective blog posts. Once again I was asked to cover the photography for the latest London event at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, St Paul's.
The Venue: Leonardo Royal Hotel
The Leonardo Royal Hotels are some of the very best places to stay for business or pleasure. Excellent service, courteous staff, and fabulous facilities combine to make the St Paul's venue the perfect location for any event.
Amie Willenberg and Laura Jumnoodoo of the IOD put together a slick programme with thought provoking and lively content. Of course the event would not be the same without Sponsors Jaguar, Breathe HR, and Premier.
The main keynote speakers included Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Liz Johnson, Elizabeth Oni-lyiola, Bola Tinubu and Santino Pietrosanti Jr.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu had delegates on their feet and moving to the beat.
Paralympian and businesswoman Liz Johnson spoke passionately about her experiences and mindset.
Bola Tinubu, Founder of The Cece Yara Foundation also brought her insightful thoughts on encouraging other successful businesswomen to the conference.Elizabeth Oni-lyiola, Development Director, Inclusive Boards shared her research and findingsSantino Pietrosanti Jr from Jaguar Land Rover spoke in detail about his companies approach to supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce
The Panel Discussion: Unconscious Bias: Santino Pietrosanti Jr joined Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, business guru Dowshan Humzah, Founder and CEO of Breathe, Jonathan Richards, and Liz Johnson to discuss Unconscious Bias. Whether it actually exists, and how to tackle it where it does.
To round off the day in-depth discussions were held by experts from a range of sectors.
The final note went to Charlotte Valeur, IoD Chair, who gave a characteristically impassioned and inspiring speech about the work of the IOD towards diversity and inclusion.