Inclusive Business – The IOD Way

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
Paralympian businesswoman Liz Johnson
Open House keynote: Paralympian businesswoman Liz Johnson

The Institute of Directors (IOD) is leading the way on motivating the Boardroom to be more diverse and inclusive.

The recent tour of Open House events is coming to an end. You can read more about the efforts of the IOD in D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) on their website.

Each 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.

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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.

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Inclusive Speakers

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu had delegates on their feet and moving to the beat.
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Paralympian and businesswoman Liz Johnson
Paralympian and businesswoman Liz Johnson spoke passionately about her experiences and mindset.
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Open House keynote: Paralympian businesswoman Liz Johnson
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Bola Tinubu, Founder of The Cece Yara Foundation also brought her insightful thoughts on encouraging other successful businesswomen to the conference.
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Elizabeth Oni-lyiola
Elizabeth Oni-lyiola, Development Director, Inclusive Boards shared her research and findings
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Elizabeth Oni-lyiola shares research stats on the state of inclusive business in the UK
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Santino 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 & CEO of Breathe, Jonathan Richards, and Liz Johnson to discuss Unconscious Bias. Whether it actually exists, and how to tackle it if it does.

Round-table Discussions

To round off the day in-depth discussions were held by experts from a range of sectors. .

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The exceptionally well dressed Thomas Duncan Bell,Managing Director, The Kingsman captivated his group with practical advice.
Simon Juffs, Senior Consultant, Premier
Simon Juffs, Senior Consultant, Premier
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Mandy Fowler, Marketing and Media Expert
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Neil Tomalin, Managing Partner, Saintclair Partnership led a group
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Meanwhile, Yohan McDonald ran a mental health workshop.

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.

Charlotte Valeur, IoD Chair
Charlotte Valeur, IoD Chair

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