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Are Diversity and Inclusion leaders an endangered species?

I recently spoke on a panel at the annual Stonewall conference about taking the LGBT+ agenda global. I was joined by an interesting writer on politics, economics and social trends and a London based lawyer, Harry, who is an incredibly energetic advocate of this topic across his firm globally. It made for a lively and interesting conversation, but sadly I concluded that there are still more challenges than solutions for our work in this area.

17 July, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Making It Real - how hard can it be to take your LGBT+ agenda global?

I recently spoke on a panel at the annual Stonewall conference about taking the LGBT+ agenda global. I was joined by an interesting writer on politics, economics and social trends and a London based lawyer, Harry, who is an incredibly energetic advocate of this topic across his firm globally. It made for a lively and interesting conversation, but sadly I concluded that there are still more challenges than solutions for our work in this area.

17 May, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Will you really accelerate progress with your gender agenda by changing the name of your women’s network?

It seems extraordinary to me that it’s quite recently that I am hearing D&I conversations about the need to engage men as gender champions in our push for gender equality. Almost as though to date we have only worked with women on this agenda and that now this could be the silver bullet for success.

31 March, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Is now the time to move away from trying to impact mindset and behaviours and look more to bias interrupters?

I read a recent article in a UK paper that stated that bonuses for female bosses in London were half the size of those awarded to their male counterparts. One of the commentators said that reward for performance should be gender blind and suggested that one way of achieving this would be to invest in unconscious bias (UB) training.

7 February, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Why aren't there more people Job Sharing?

I was really interested (and in fact heartened) to read towards the end of last year that Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party, will be sharing this role with Jonathan Bartley, who was most recently the Green Party’s spokesman on work and pensions. When you read about their experience to date, they appear to bring a real diversity of thought and perspective to this role and as Mr Bartley is quoted as saying, the Green Party will be "more united with two leaders than other parties are with one".

9 January, 2017
Fleur Bothwick

Why the new gig economy needs more inclusive leaders

I was recently asked to speak at an event about the future of work and my preparation took me down a fascinating journey of discovery. I’ve obviously been reading about robotics, digital disruption and demographic shifts, but what really struck me during my research was that a lot of the ‘future’ we are talking about is not the future - it’s here now and it has implications for D&I.

5 December, 2016
Fleur Bothwick

Mindfulness and Inclusive Leadership

I was recently asked to speak at an event on mindfulness and at first, I have to admit, I was thrown. What had quiet contemplation got to do with the hurly burly of my day to day role?

21 November, 2016
Fleur Bothwick

How important is the terminology we use when talking about ethnicity?

I was recently at the launch of the Parker Review. Sir John Parker was tasked with chairing a committee to look at the ethnic diversity of the FTSE 100 boards. The headline finding was that 53 of the 100 companies did not have any black or minority ethnic Directors.

14 November, 2016
Fleur Bothwick

Engaging men in the gender agenda

I often attend events convened to discuss the issues that women face in the workplace, but when I look round the room, the audience is usually made up of women. Great speakers, compelling dialogue, but preaching to the converted. We appear to have forgotten that gender equality is not just about women, its about men and women.

3 October, 2016
Fleur Bothwick

Accelerating the progression of your high potential minority pool

Many organisations do a poor job of identifying their high potentials and then supporting their progress. To be fair, it is easier said than done and there are a variety of challenges that need to be solved for, but by failing to do this, organisations are diluting what could be an effective and diverse pool of talent.

26 September, 2016
Fleur Bothwick