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.
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.
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.
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.
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.