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Diversity Ally, The Podcast

Diversity Ally, The Podcast

By Gabby Austen Browne & Ashanti Bentil Dhue
Diversity Ally is the trusted partner when it comes to providing robust diversity and inclusion expertise to the global events industry. We work with event agencies, suppliers, venues, associations, publishers, freelance events professionals, education partners, and organisations that deliver exhibitions, trade shows and conferences to become diverse and inclusive in their people culture & image
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031 Part 2: In Conversation with Shannie Mears
Birmingham born, Shannie Mears is Co-founder & Head of Talent at The Elephant Room, alongside iris worldwide's former CEO, Dan Saxby. Formed to directly address advertising's lack of diversity and inclusion, The Elephant room was created with the mission to help build brands that are genuinely inclusive. Shannie consults with top brands on how to find fresh talent and new ways of approaching recruitment, so we were keen to see if their approach is something the events industry could emulate. In Part 2 of our conversation with Shannie, we cover  1. Inclusivity and representation in branding  2. How you can expand your network to include those from different communities 3. Why you should be focussing on DEI in order to future proof your business 4. How to prepare for change  5. 3 tips on how to source diverse talent Be sure to follow Shannie and The Elephant Room on socials: Linkedin: Shanice Mears Instagram and twitter @elephantroomuk and @Shannieloves
27:08
May 13, 2021
031 TRAILER Part 2: In Conversation with Shannie Mears
It's here! Part 2 of our conversation with Shannie Mears, Co-founder & Head of Talent at The Elephant Room. We cover: 1. Inclusivity and representation in branding 2. How you can expand your network to include those from different communities 3. Why you should be focussing on DEI in order to future proof your business 4. How to prepare for change 5. 3 tips on how to source diverse talent
00:57
May 13, 2021
030 TRAILER Part 1: In Conversation with Shannie Mears
Birmingham born, Shannie Mears is Co-founder & Head of Talent at The Elephant Room, alongside iris worldwide's former CEO, Dan Saxby. Formed to directly address advertising's lack of diversity and inclusion, The Elephant room was created with the mission to help build brands that are genuinely inclusive.  Shannie consults with top brands on how to find fresh talent and new ways of approaching recruitment, so we were keen to see if their approach is something the events industry could emulate. In Part 1 we talk about Shannie's journey up to this point, we reflect on the advice we have been given and advice we would give to those looking to make that next step in their careers, plus the importance of passion and purpose. Part 2 will be out on 6th May 2021, SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss it!
00:58
April 29, 2021
030 Part 1: In Conversation with Shannie Mears
Birmingham born, Shannie Mears is Co-founder & Head of Talent at The Elephant Room, alongside iris worldwide's former CEO, Dan Saxby, who asked her to be his co-founder after recognising her ability to build, connect and develop relationships with young people from the wider creative industries. Formed to directly address advertising's lack of diversity and inclusion, The Elephant room was created with the mission to help build brands that are genuinely inclusive. Shannie consults with top brands on how to find fresh talent and new ways of approaching recruitment, so we were keen to see if their approach is something the events industry could emulate.   Shannie also regularly lectures at Kingston University. We originally planned for this podcast to be about inclusivity in branding and how to fix underrepresentation in the events, marketing and advertising industry (don't worry, we still cover this) but the conversation just flowed and ended up being a 50 minute recording! So we have decided to split this episode into 2 parts.  In Part 1 we talk about Shannie's journey up to this point, we reflect on the advice we have been given and advice we would give to those looking to make that next step in their careers, plus the importance of passion and purpose. Shannie has come along way and made a lot of impact in her 27 years, so it was a real delight to have her as a guest on the show. Be sure to follow Shannie and The Elephant Room on socials:  Linkedin: Shanice Mears Instagram and twitter @elephantroomuk and @Shannieloves Part 2 will be out on 13th May 2021, SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss it!
25:30
April 29, 2021
029 Know Your Why: The Key To Inclusive Workplaces
Seattle based Dr Jen O'Ryan designs LGBTQ+ inclusion strategies for organisations. She also provides consulting services, ranging from employee training to managing large-scale organisational changes. Through years of research and advocacy, Jen specialises in making potentially “awkward” topics more accessible.    Leveraging two decades of experience in change management and organisational behaviour, she understands the challenges leaders can face in developing a culture of inclusiveness for employees, clients, and consumers. On this weeks episode, Gabby and Jen discuss Why diversity and inclusion is not politics, it's human rights  Why leaders and employees should be internalising the "why" to create truly inclusive cultures and therefore healthy workplaces How employee feedback can improve inclusivity in the work environment  How to manage and work to eliminate toxic work environments Change management and leading - how to navigate people through organisational change How organisations can introduce effective culture change with little to no budget/resources What you can do today to influence change in your organisation (HINT: don't be a bystander) The 30 day rule: what is the one thing you can do in the next 30 days to bring about positive change?  Jen is the author of Inclusive AF: A Field Guide for Accidental Diversity Experts, designed for anyone thinking about Inclusion and Diversity in their business or organisation. It provides practical advice on safely and effectively leading culture change. Whether you are one person working with zero budget, or have funding and an enthusiastic team. Jen O'Ryan Linkedin  
39:46
April 8, 2021
TRAILER 029 Know Your Why: The Key To Inclusive Workplaces
Special guest Dr Jen O'Ryan and your host Gabby discuss: 1.Why diversity and inclusion is not politics, it's human rights 2.Why leaders and employees should be internalising the "why" to create truly inclusive cultures and therefore healthy workplaces 3.How employee feedback can improve inclusivity in the work environment 4.How to manage and work to eliminate toxic work environments 5.Change management and leading - how to navigate people through organisational change 6.How organisations can introduce effective culture change with little to no budget/resources 7.What you can do today to influence change in your organisation (HINT: don't be a bystander) 8.The 30 day rule: what is the one thing you can do in the next 30 days to bring about positive change?
00:56
April 8, 2021
028 Fight The Fear Or DEI Trying
This weeks episode features Maria Gaillez relationship manager on the hosted buyers programme at IMEX.  Maria heads up IMEXs DEI Squad and is also a member of the Diversity Ally committee. At Diversity Ally, we have had many organisations and associations come to us, saying that their D&I committees are struggling to have impact.  In response to this we decided to record this podcast where we discuss: Why it's important to decide on your scope  How to set DEI aims  Why it's key to create a short and long term strategy  The importance of setting actionable steps and realistic goals Why we need to lose the "fear" and start taking "calculated" D&I risks before its too late Diversity Ally also recently hosted an invite only roundtable discussion on "how to set up a successful diversity committee" with industry leaders from finance, government departments, recruitment firms and associations, which was incredibly enlightening and educational.    We have also created a CPD (continuing professional development) module of the same title, so If you are interested in learning more about all of our CPD modules and/or your company is looking to facilitate conversations or a workshop about diversity, book a call in with us to discuss how we can support you: calendly.com/gabbydiversityally https://www.diversityally.co.uk Follow us: Twitter @DiversityAlly1 IG @DiversityAlly 
26:34
March 18, 2021
028 TRAILER Fight The Fear Or DEI Trying
This weeks episode features Maria Gaillez relationship manager on the hosted buyers programme at IMEX.  Maria heads up IMEXs DEI Squad and is also a member of the Diversity Ally committee and we talk about how and why committees should to set goals, develop strategies to have a real  impact on their organisation. And we also discuss the common challenges that occur when setting up DEI committees. Diversity Ally also recently hosted an invite only roundtable discussion on "how to set up a successful diversity committee" with industry leaders from finance, government departments, recruitment firms and associations, which was incredibly enlightening and educational. We have also created a CPD (continuing professional development) module of the same title, so If you are interested in learning more about all of our CPD modules and/or your company is looking to facilitate conversations or a workshop about diversity, book a call in with us to discuss how we can support you: calendly.com/gabbydiversityally https://www.diversityally.co.uk Follow us: Twitter @DiversityAlly1 IG @DiversityAlly
00:53
March 18, 2021
027 Empowering Women: Rebalancing the events industry
On this weeks episode we are joined by the Fast Forward 15 Ambassadors.  Fast Forward 15 gives 15 women the opportunity to be mentored, encouraged and advised by an industry expert for one year, as well as becoming part of a wider community of successful women supporters.  Ambassadors; Benedicta Asante (Events 101) and your host Gabby Austen Browne (Diversity Ally), a previous mentee, plus mentors for 2021/22 Felicia Asiedu (Cvent) and Priya Narain (EMA and Event First Steps) discuss the strategies they use to engage women of colour in the events and hospitality industry and to encourage them to apply for the FF15 programme.   We also discuss the importance of putting yourself forward for opportunities and engaging in mentorship programs, and training and development initiatives to level up your career.  And we talk about how to take space and show up for yourself and your peers.   We all need someone to look up to, or feel like we can connect with and to see ourselves represented in these kind of programs, roles and positions within companies. In this episode learn more about: The ambassadors event “Shine bright like a diamond” organised to engage and encourage racially diverse women to apply to be mentees or mentors on the FF15 programme And why we are on a mission to rebalance the industry, so that there is less repetition of the type of people who are offered opportunities Plus: Join our LinkedIn Group Ambassadors of Racial Diversity in Events, specifically for Black, Brown and ethnic minority women and men Find out more about Ambassadors here "The Fast Forward 15 programme aims to inspire, encourage and empower women in the events, hospitality and related industry to be the best they can be."
28:37
March 4, 2021
027 TRAILER: Empowering Women: Rebalancing the events industry
On this weeks episode we are joined by the Fast Forward 15 Ambassadors.  Fast Forward 15 gives 15 women the opportunity to be mentored, encouraged and advised by an industry expert for one year, as well as becoming part of a wider community of successful women supporters. Ambassadors; Benedicta Asante (Events 101) and your host Gabby Austen Browne (Diversity Ally), a previous mentee, plus mentors for 2021/22 Felicia Asiedu (Cvent) and Priya Narain (EMA and Event First Steps) discuss the strategies they use to engage women of colour in the events and hospitality industry and to encourage them to apply for the FF15 programme. We also discuss the importance of putting yourself forward for opportunities and engaging in mentorship programs, and training and development initiatives to level up your career.  And we talk about how to take space and show up for yourself and your peers. We all need someone to look up to, or feel like we can connect with and to see ourselves represented in these kind of programs, roles and positions within companies. In this episode learn more about: The ambassadors event “Shine bright like a diamond” organised to engage and encourage racially diverse women to apply to be mentees or mentors on the FF15 programme And why we are on a mission to rebalance the industry, so that there is less repetition of the type of people who are offered opportunities Plus: Join our LinkedIn Group Ambassadors of Racial Diversity in Events, specifically for Black, Brown and ethnic minority women and men Find out more about Ambassadors here "The Fast Forward 15 programme aims to inspire, encourage and empower women in the events, hospitality and related industry to be the best they can be."
00:57
March 4, 2021
026 Black In Events
Keneisha is an event planning professional with nearly 10 years of experience working within and outside of Canada. She has worked in both the corporate and not-for-profit industries managing both small to large-scale events. She is also the co-founder of the Black In Events Network - a globally inclusive initiative creating awareness and opportunity for Black event professionals. She is the owner of the Gene Belvidere agency which is a full-service event agency for live and virtual events. She is also a mentor at the Scarborough Women's Center, enjoys anything personal development and family. Most recently, in honour of Black History month, she launched the 100 Black professionals campaign, highlighting and showcasing Black events professionals from around the globe. This week we discuss why the Black In Events Network is a necessary initiative for the events industry, the power of personal development and the thrilling journey to realising your goals and dreams. We also touch on the magic of women supporting women. And why she is remaining laser focused on racial diversity. The Black in Events Network connects, supports, amplifies and promotes talent in a safe space. With the aim to aid in having diversity thrive in the events industry. So, whether you are looking to employ Black professionals, add them to your supplier diversity list be sure to connect with the Black In Events Network on their socials IG and Twitter: @BlackInEvents Keneisha is passionate about creating spaces and experiences that enrich the human journey. For more information about her please visit her site www.keneisha.co
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February 18, 2021
026 TRAILER Black In Events
Keneisha is an event planning professional with nearly 10 years of experience working within and outside of Canada. She has worked in both the corporate and not-for-profit industries managing both small to large-scale events. She is also the co-founder of the Black In Events Network - a globally inclusive initiative creating awareness and opportunity for Black event professionals. She is the owner of the Gene Belvidere agency which is a full-service event agency for live and virtual events. She is also a mentor at the Scarborough Women's Center, enjoys anything personal development and family. Most recently, in honour of Black History month, she launched the 100 Black professionals campaign, highlighting and showcasing black events professionals from around the globe. This week we discuss why the Black In Events Network is a necessary initiative for the events industry, the power of personal development and the thrilling journey to realising your goals and dreams. We also touch on the magic of women supporting women. And why she is remaining laser focused on racial diversity. The Black In Events network connects, supports, amplifies and promotes talent in a safe space. With the aim to aid in having diversity thrive in the events industry. So, whether you are looking to employ Black professionals, add them to your supplier diversity list be sure to connect with the Black In Events Network on their socials IG and Twitter: @BlackInEvents Keneisha is passionate about creating spaces and experiences that enrich the human journey. For more information about her please visit her site www.keneisha.co
00:51
February 18, 2021
025 TRAILER: Want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together
In this episode, we are joined by Dean Carby and Laura Toogood, the powerhouses behind the Elite Vendors Network, a network of African Caribbean wedding & events vendors. Dean and Laura share the journey of the Elite Vendors Network which started as a WhatsApp group to allow quick messaging and instant communication between its members, to fully a fledged business making inroads to venues and event bookers looking to diversify their supply chains.
00:45
February 4, 2021
025 Want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together
In this episode, we are joined by Dean Carby and Laura Toogood, the powerhouses behind The Elite Vendors Network, a network of African Caribbean wedding & events vendors. Dean and Laura share the journey of The Elite Vendors Network which started as a WhatsApp group to allow quick messaging and instant communication between its members. It has since moved from a WhatsApp group to social media platforms and now to the live website, which has led to more business being shared between members of the network as well as offering business lessons, advice and opportunities for the African and Caribbean community.  This network has to lead to members connecting with new clients and being included on preferred suppliers lists in venues across London. Links to connect with the Elite Vendors Network: https://elitevendorsnetwork.com https://www.instagram.com/elitevendorsnetwork/?hl=en https://twitter.com/elitevendorsnw?lang=en https://www.linkedin.com/company/elite-vendors-network/
36:14
February 4, 2021
024 Accelerating racial equality within the hospitality, food and drink sectors
To kick off season 2, we are joined by another fierce Black woman doing excellent work in the hospitality sector around racial equality. Lorraine Copes, founder of not for profit organisation, Be Inclusive Hospitality, is doing vital work to drive education, amplify black and brown voices and accelerate racial equality to level the playing field for those from underrepresented backgrounds within the hospitality, food and drink sectors. Lorraine has spent two decades working within the hospitality sector successfully leading procurement teams for brands including Shake Shack, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants and Corbin & King helping organisations to improve profitability. This is a juicy episode where we discuss, why Lorraine set up Be Inclusive Hospitality (formally known as BAME In Hospitality), her mission, and why she dropped the term “BAME” from the name.  We speak about the importance of bridging the gap between education and getting into the workplace, as a key strategy to address the broken pipeline.  And how using quantifiable measures is the key to identifying that you're moving towards your D&I goal. We also take a look at the December 2020 report she commissioned into comparing the experiences of hospitality workers from different ethnic backgrounds, in conjunction with the Resolution Foundation.  Discussing the challenges in producing the report and some important findings + More PLUS:  Why Black and Asian people don't talk openly about racism and prejudice with white colleagues. https://www.bihospitality.co.uk Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorraine-copes-mcips-ab614820/
33:27
January 20, 2021
024 TRAILER: Accelerating racial equality within the hospitality, food and drink sectors
To kick off season 2, we are joined by another fierce Black woman doing excellent work in the hospitality sector around racial equality. Lorraine Copes, founder of not for profit organisation, Be Inclusive Hospitality, is doing vital work to drive education, amplify black and brown voices and accelerate racial equality to level the playing field for those from underrepresented backgrounds within the hospitality, food and drink sectors. Lorraine has spent two decades working within the hospitality sector successfully leading procurement teams for brands including Shake Shack, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants and Corbin & King helping organisations to improve profitability. This is a juicy episode where we discuss, why Lorraine set up Be Inclusive Hospitality (formally known as BAME In Hospitality), her mission, and why she dropped the term “BAME” from the name. We speak about the importance of bridging the gap between education and getting into the workplace, as a key strategy to address the broken pipeline.  And how using quantifiable measures is the key to identifying that you're moving towards your D&I goal. We also take a look at the December 2020 report she commissioned into comparing the experiences of hospitality workers from different ethnic backgrounds, in conjunction with the Resolution Foundation.  Discussing the challenges in producing the report and some important findings + More
00:58
January 20, 2021
023 Season 1 Round Up- The year the events industry started talking about diversity and inclusion.
"The year the events industry started talking about diversity and inclusion". As 2020 draws to a close, your hosts Gabby and Ashanti share observations, challenges and highlights since the launch of Diversity Ally, their consultancy, education and events business, just 6 months ago. They close the episode by sharing some exciting plans for 2021. Thank you to all our listeners for tuning in every week and for your continued support.  See you on the other side Gabby & Ashanti.
35:14
December 24, 2020
023 TRAILER Season 1 Round Up
The year the events industry started talking about diversity and inclusion. As 2020 draws to a close, your hosts Gabby and Ashanti share observations, challenges and highlights since the launch of Diversity Ally, their consultancy, education and events business, just 6 months ago.   They close the season by sharing some exciting plans for 2021.
00:54
December 23, 2020
022 Type Casting: Why we need to stop categorising humans if we want a diverse work force
On this week's episode, we have special guest, Esi Hardy – Founder, Owner and Managing Director of Celebrating Disability.   Esi is a trainer, disability inclusion expert, public speaker, podcaster and writer. We draw parallels between Esi’s previous career as an actor and the roles she was often “typecast” into, and how as professionals seeking employment or working in the corporate environment, we are often being typecast or offered roles based on an "identity" we have been given, not taking into account, that human beings can occupy more than one identity.    We also discuss, with the shift to more virtual events, how event organisers need to work harder to ensure their events are accessible.   Whether the event is IRL, Hybrid or Virtual, we can’t be truly inclusive if we are not accessible!  Some brilliant insights and advice in this episode, be sure to listen in full. Find out more about celebrating disability here: https://celebratingdisability.co.uk/
37:42
December 10, 2020
022 TRAILER Type Casting: Why we need to stop categorising humans if we want a diverse work force
On this week's episode we have special guest  Esi Hardy – Founder, Owner and Managing Director of Celebrating Disability.  Esi is a trainer, disability inclusion expert, public speaker podcaster and writer. We cover why we need to stop categorising people if we want a diverse workforce.  And how venues and virtual events need to become more accessible to be truly inclusive + more
00:51
December 9, 2020
021 TRAILER Code Switching
In this week's episode, we catch up with David Ogiste founder of Nobody’s Cafe. A real pick ’n’ mix of an episode, where we discuss everything from Fawlty Towers, to the frustration, felt over the “brown ceiling” and how we often self identify as people of colour, based on how other people see and treat us, rather than how we see ourselves.  We also talk about the common phenomenon of “code-switching” and why people of colour often feel they have to go out on their own, to create opportunities otherwise eluded to them.
00:47
December 3, 2020
021 Code Switching
"Code-switching" is the action of changing our behaviours, speech, dress, and mannerisms to conform to a different cultural norm depending on the context. For example, you don't dress or use the same jargon/phrases with colleagues as you do with your family. In this weeks episode, we catch up with David Ogiste founder of Nobody’s Cafe. David’s love for events began when he started hosting house parties at the age of 16. Nineteen years of experience later, David Ogiste has travelled the world, delivering experiential activations for global clients like PlayStation, PepsiCo, Culture Trip and more. A real pick ’n’ mix of an episode, where we discuss everything from Fawlty Towers, to the frustration, felt over the “brown ceiling” and how we often self identify as people of colour, based on how other people see and treat us, rather than how we see ourselves. We also delve into our experiences of working in the nightlife industry as a reflection of the discrimination felt in the events industry in overall. We talk about the common phenomenon of “code-switching” and why people of colour often have to go out on their own, to create opportunities otherwise eluded to them. David also shares how he missed out on promotion after promotion, even being told by the MD of his first job that “this is the best you're ever going to get paid anywhere you work, for the rest of your life”, eventually driving him to strike out on his own and found Nobody’s Café, with the vision that bringing people together creates unforgettable moments. https://www.nobodyscafe.com
47:22
December 3, 2020
020 - How Events Association's Are Tackling Diversity & Inclusion
Progress Over Perfection!   This week we are joined by Suzanne Neve, CEO of the Florida Festival and Events Association. Suzanne candidly takes us through the association's diversity and inclusion journey and shares what their approach to D&I was pre-BLM and Covid and how this has shifted and adopted a deeper, more targeted focus over recent months.  The FFEA also went through the Diversity Ally assessment and approval process, so if you’re curious about how IT and WE work and what the benefits are, grab a cuppa and have a listen! Our favourite insight from Suzanne was "Progress over perfection". Find out more about the FFEA here: https://www.ffea.com/ Reach out to Suzanne here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-neve-64a5139/ @DiversityAlly W: DiversityAlly.co.uk
19:13
November 27, 2020
020 - TRAILER How Events Association's Are Tackling Diversity & Inclusion
On this week’s episode, we are joined by Suzanne Neve, CEO of the Florida Festival and Events Association. She takes us through the association's diversity and inclusion journey with the help of Diversity Ally.
00:57
November 26, 2020
019 - How Do We Tackle Racial Diversity In The Events Industry?
Do senior level execs really care about Diversity and Inclusion? Or Is it just lip service? On this week's episode, we are joined by the founders of Event First Steps, Priya Narian, Elena Clowes and Caitlin Kobrak to discuss the results of the global survey on tackling racial diversity in the events industry in collaboration with C&IT. We talk about how the events of the summer have been a catalyst and driver for the industry to start moving to a more diverse and inclusive workforce and question why it’s taken so long? We discuss why 75% of agency suppliers and in-house corporate teams feel that there is a lack of diversity in their organisations and why they feel they can’t speak up. How event professionals can make changes and how they can put pressure on their companies to do the same. And how can we use our position and our networks to really make some noise and draw attention to the lack of D&I in a tangible way? https://www.eventfirststeps.com/ Twitter and IG: @EventFirstSteps
40:54
November 20, 2020
018 - TRAILER Why do we forget inclusion when it comes to disability
Diversity and inclusion in the world of disability.
00:58
November 20, 2020
019 - TRAILER How Do We Tackle Racial Diversity In The Events Industry?
This week we are joined by the founders of Event Firsts Steps to discuss the findings of the recent survey conducted in collaboration with C&IT, on racial diversity in the events industry.
01:06
November 20, 2020
018 - Diversity and Inclusion in the World of Disability
What can we learn about diversity and inclusion in the world of disability when it comes to hiring and recruitment? In this weeks episode, we have an enlightening chat with Adil Ghani of The Ability People, where we investigate how the interview, hiring and onboarding process could and should be enhanced to include inclusive practices. We also discuss, why applicants should not have to disclose if they have a disability before or during the interview process. And the simple adjustments, businesses and organisations can implement to enhance processes so that they are a fit for all. The Ability People empowers people with disabilities by helping companies enhance processes and adapt cultures, transforming professional lives and building better brands. Find out more about The Ability People here: https://www.theabilitypeople.com/
45:07
November 12, 2020
017 - Diversity Ally, The Story So Far
In this episode, join co-founders of Diversity Ally, Ashanti and Gabby, as they take us back over the past few months and share their favourite and most impactful episodes so far. They also talk about how the events industry is tackling Diversity and Inclusion during Covid-19, what still needs to be done, as well as the challenges of launching a business as two black women in the middle of a global pandemic. Expect some straight-talking and a few giggles along the way. Thank you for joining us on this journey so far.
59:49
October 29, 2020
016 - The Curtain's Been Pulled Back
How can Motown, Michael Jackson and Nigel Benn inspire your career in the events industry? In this weeks episode, we sit down to have a chat with Wesley Mendy, founder of Prestige Events magazine, COOL Venue Awards and the pioneering 20/20 Club (formerly known as 20/20 Speed Networking).   We reflect on his journey as an events industry entrepreneur who is mixed race, the challenge’s faced, the lessons learned and what advice he would give to newcomers entering and finding their way in the industry today. Prestige Events http://www.prestigeeventsmagazine.com/ @savilerowmasks Luxurious, stylish, face masks. Reusable, washable, produced to the finest British tailoring standards.
42:09
October 22, 2020
015 - The Events Industry Will Be Back! With special guest Fay Sharpe
So what do we do in the meantime? We get 3 A-Type women on a podcast for plenty of real talk and giggles! This weeks episode was a corker. We managed to get through a whole spectrum of topics-enjoy! We talked about: What inspires Fay Her thoughts on the results of her diversity and inclusion report What needs to change in our industry Why are we not attracting diverse groups of people to the industry? How can we work with the younger generation to improve diversity and inclusion and get businesses invested in this long term? PLUS Why you should turn on your screen in zoom meetings The importance of mindset and learning how to adapt Tips on how to cope with change, grow and learn from mistakes Setting up a business Female entrepreneurs Download the research paper on Diversity and Inclusion in the events industry here: FF15 2020 Research Paper Diversity and Inclusion Check out the Fast Forward 15 Mentoring Programme here: https://fastforward15.co.uk IG: @FastForward15
41:10
October 16, 2020
014 - Demystifying Mental Health x The Burden of Being Black
This week we are joined by Ngzoi Weller, Managing Director of Aurora Wellness. With organisations beginning to understand tackling mental health takes more than a couple of well-being strategies such as yoga or a gym membership, what can businesses and organisations do better with regards to supporting their people during times of crisis? In part one we discuss the nuances of mental health in the workplace and how we classify well-being and wellness. In part two we talk about the mental health of black and brown people.  Sharing our lived experiences of the “hidden harms”, the impact of discrimination, the burden of POC needing to “whitewash” themselves to be accepted in the workplace and the realities of hitting the “brown ceiling”. Ngozi, is a management training consultant and productivity and work-life balance coach who helps female entrepreneurs grow profitable businesses without going insane in the process. Aurora Wellness w: www.aurorawellness.uk e: ngozi@aurorawellness.uk
30:54
October 8, 2020
013 - Ways To Create More Inclusive Environments At Your Events
“Ultimately as organisers, we have the power to choose how we fill out agendas.” This week we welcome Felicity Cator,  Head of EventLAB at Hire Space. This year EventLAB goes digital! They will be running a programme across a range of educational themes for events professionals and businesses that run them. This includes the opportunity to interact and engage across Workshops, Talks, Discussions, and Fireside Sessions. On today’s show we chat with Felicity about: how the spotlight on Covid and Diversity and Inclusion has affected the way she has approached organising events how we as business owners and planners can make events more inclusive through content and delivery the need to be more aware of how we approach accessibility and diversity through our speakers, content and communication And how we approach managing diversity and inclusion through the whole event life cycle Register for EventLAB here.
21:30
September 30, 2020
012 - Undervalue Them at Your Peril - The Future Talent of the Events Industry
On this week's episode, we welcome Benedicta Asante and Nyomi Rose. Both ambitious, intelligent and courageous young events professionals, speaking up and taking action around what they want to see and expect from the future of our industry. They both shared some useful nuggets around what they think the current issues are with regards to diversity and inclusion, attracting and retaining young talent, and what we need to do to encourage future generations into the events sector. We Talk About How they used their voices and online platforms to highlight awareness around BLM What the older generation can do, to reach out and attract up and coming talent Why we need more training and development opportunities And the benefits of reverse mentoring Follow Benedicta and Nyomi @whatnyomidoes @themillenialeventmanager
23:24
September 23, 2020
011 - You Can't Be What You Can't See (Role Models, Mentoring & More)
"80% lack confidence to job they are currently in" - Max Fellows "You can't be what you can't see" - Melissa Noakes ELEVATE has been running for 4 years as a free mentorship programme for the events industry, that has been designed with a specific goal in mind – to support and inspire ambitious people within the events industry.  It’s a 6 month programme connecting Mentors and Mentees to make this industry even better.  So far they have helped over 650 people. On this episode, co-founders Mel and Max tell us how and why they created Elevate, the community benefits of being part of their programme and discuss their personal journey towards becoming actively anti-racist and using their platform to become D&I advocates in the events industry. https://www.elevateme.co/ Applications to join the programme open in Dec 2020
34:29
September 16, 2020
010 - Managing Inclusive and Ethical Redundancies
With the event sector currently in limbo and furlough scheme soon coming to an end, We are seeing events professionals being made redundant and businesses needing to restructure. With an eye on diversity and inclusion, how do businesses handle this process in an ethical and inclusive way? Particularly when we know in times of recession and austerity, ethnic minorities and women tend to suffer the most. Today's guest is Robert Kenward, co-founder of You Search and Select. An independent recruitment consultancy working with agencies within the Live Event, Experiential and Integrated Communications sector. In this episode we talk about tackling the redundancy process without discrimination, restructuring without biases and how to protect our current talent pool whilst remaining attractive as individual organisations and as a sector to the talent of the future.
30:54
September 9, 2020
009 - Moving On From the Black Square and Hashtag
It's been 3 months since the death of George Floyd, the summer holiday's are almost over and it will soon be time to get back to work properly. With that in mind, now may be a good time to reflect and remind ourselves what got us so fired up to fight for racial equality and change in the first place? In this episode Gabby, Priya and Ashanti discuss the positive and negative role social media can play when it comes to delivering important messages, particularly around social and humanitarian issues. And acknowledging the difference between what we see and share on social media versus the true impact of consistent action in our work environments and the wider community. Whether you posted a black square or a statement after blackout Tuesday doesn't matter, it's what we are doing behind the scenes in the here and now that counts. Are we continuing with action to remedy racial inequality? Or was it just lip service? How do we move on from the hashtag?
21:58
September 2, 2020
008 - Things To Consider When Setting Up Diversity Working Groups or Committees
In this weeks episode, we share things to consider when setting up diversity working groups or committees. Perhaps you’ve hesitated to post messages or make statements on social media for fear of backlash or criticism? Or maybe you know that there’s much work to be done internally, and have decided to get your ducks in a row before speaking publicly about the matter. Right now companies are under pressure to show their employees and the wider industry that diversity and inclusion are high on their agenda to be addressed. So, some have announced the creation of internal working groups, networks and councils aimed at exploring how diversity and inclusion can be improved. Whilst this choice admirable understandable, its important companies are aware of the pitfalls of setting up these internal groups.
13:53
August 26, 2020
007 - Brand Purpose and Alignment When Tackling Racial Inequality (With Ryan Curtis-Johnson)
"2020 is not all about COVID it's about listening to other peoples voices instead and taking the power to change, in your own hands." In this episode, we speak candidly with Ryan Curtis-Jhonson, Head of PR & Marketing at DRPG, about the importance of brand values and purpose being in alignment with your diversity message. We look at why too much focus on the external comms without addressing things internally could potentially expose some areas of businesses and discuss why this not the time to tiptoe around diversity issues or use Covid-19 as a barrier to starting the work that desperately needs to be done.
33:20
August 19, 2020
006 - The Pay Gap Conundrum
"What gets measured, gets improved." Confused about equal pay and pay gaps? Are women and particularly women of colour really that bad at negotiating a fair salary or do biases come into play? And finally, how do organisations tackle this issue before it becomes a crisis point? In this episode, we discuss with Michelle Gyimah, from Equality Pays, how pay gaps are actually measured and why, unsurprisingly, white males are at the top end of these pay scales across the majority of sectors. Michelle shares why hiring specialists to look at your pay structure and to help map out a framework is key, particularly in such an entrepreneurial sector as the events industry. We discuss the importance of greater transparency in all sectors and why we should be communicating salaries to all staff and potential new hires moving forward if we are to attract and retain the best talent.
23:57
August 12, 2020
005 - Ain't I a Woman too?
On today’s podcast, we discuss intersectionality, in its various forms, and feminism. Taking a closer look at themes and experiences around being a female AND black. We ask; How do we include black voices and voices of people of colour and stop excluding them from the conversation? How do women lift each other up and become true allies?
23:17
August 5, 2020
004 - Myths and Misconceptions
“Black women are angry” “Black men are criminals” SPOILER: Stereotypes and myths about race are not just the domain of overt racists. In this episode, we explore the common misconceptions about black, brown and other minority groups. Have you ever thought or expressed openly that East Asian students are inherently better at maths, black people have natural rhythm, or Jews are good with money? We look at how our unconscious biases affect the way we think, feel and behave around those that are different to us. And how it affects those being judged on those assumptions on a day to day basis, both in their personal and professional lives.
25:43
July 29, 2020
003 - "But You Don't Act Black"
In this episode we discuss microaggressions, what they are, and our experiences with them.
19:19
July 23, 2020
002 - How To Be an Ally
How to be an Ally We discuss the types of allyship that exist and share the different ways you can be an ally either in the work environment or within your social circles. This week Priya Narian from Event First Steps joins Gabby and Ashanti. Event First Steps is a not-for-profit initiative encouraging event newcomers to forge their own career path, within the events industry.
25:37
July 16, 2020
001 - Introducing Diversity Ally, The Podcast
This podcast is all about having frank and open conversations where we share experiences, knowledge, tools and actions for the events/MICE and hospitality Industry, around diversity and inclusion, with a focus on racial inequality in the industry.
22:49
July 10, 2020