Diversity and inclusion speakers serve to improve the inclusivity of a workplace environment. Helping businesses strive for better practices in diversity, they speak candidly about their own experiences, as well as discuss the best ways to ensure a workplace that welcomes all employees - regardless of race, gender, sexuality or disability.
Acknowledging that all team members should be treated equally and recognised for the unique contribution they make, top diversity speakers understand the essential role that diversity plays in creating a modern, forward-thinking business.
Diversity in the workplace has come a long way over the past decades, but further progress is required. According to Forbes, diversity and inclusion sits on the backburner compared to other HR initiatives, with 41% of managers claiming they are "too busy" to create diversity initiatives. It is simply not good enough, so diversity speakers are booked to trigger transformative change.
5 Top Diversity & Inclusion Speakers
- Gareth Thomas - The first high-profile British sportsman to come out as gay.
- Kellie Maloney - Lennox Lewis' former boxing promoter who underwent gender re-assignment.
- Elaine Sihera - The first Black woman to own a national magazine.
- Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE - A pioneering Paralympic athlete and inspirational authority on welfare reform in the House of Lords.
- Katie Piper - Burns victim behind the television documentary, My Beautiful Face, who has helped change societal views.
What is a Diversity Initiative?
A diversity initiative or strategy is a proactive approach to diversity in the workplace. It responds to diversity strategically, ensuring all avenues are explored in providing a fairer, more equal workplace. Such initiatives seeks to empower people, showing respect for all, no matter their life experiences or differences.
Experts in the field of inclusion can help businesses draw out processes and policies that promote diversity across a working environment. These resident experts teach business leaders the correct terms to use, the ones to avoid, and the many benefits of a diverse workforce.
A Diverse Team is a Stronger Team. See the Stats:
- Global Human Capital Trends research shows that 78% of respondents now believe diversity and inclusion is a competitive advantage - Deloitte
- 57% of employees want their company to do more to increase diversity - Glassdoor
- Companies that have more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenue due to innovation - Forbes
Despite these statistics, there remains a number of disparities - businesses simply aren't diversifying fast enough.
Workplace Diversity is Changing... But Not Fast Enough!
- Only 8.8% of minorities worked as managers, directors and senior officials compared to 10.7% of White people - Changeboard
- Just 23.7% of FTSE 250 boards are women - Forbes
- Barely 3% of Britain’s most powerful and influential people are from Black and minority ethnic groups
- 70% of discriminatory queries at The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) are regarding disability - Inclusive Companies
Read our comprehensive guide on optimising for inclusion, to discover how to transform your workplace for the better.
Book Keynote Speakers On Diversity in the Workplace
Many of the foremost figures in diversity and inclusion are available to facilitate your business conference, or help inspire change at your event. Whatever you are looking for, we have the ideal keynote diversity and inclusion speaker to help you implement a fairer, more inclusive workplace.
If you would like to book a diversity and inclusion speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by filling in our online contact form or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
You can still get your complimentary tickets to our very own LGBT Diversity & Inclusion Showcase Breakfast at the Gherkin on Thursday 10 May. Check out footage from Justin Osmond at last year's event, to see for yourself just how powerful this showcase is.