As part of the City & Guilds Foundation Inclusion and diversity events series, offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation. this episode explores the importance of role models and allies in breaking down barriers at work for all ethnic groups.
Having visible role models at all levels of a company and across different roles provides concrete evidence and inspiration for ethnically diverse talent. Ally and advocate role models are vital in creating a business culture where anyone can succeed and see themselves as future leaders. How can you train employees to become allies and role models?
This episodes guest speakers were no other than:
- Frank Douglas, ( @fdoug23 ) CEO of Caerus Executive, City & Guilds Trustee, People Management D&I Power List 2020, In 2019, he was elected a Non-Executive Director/Trustee of City and Guilds Group. Also, in 2019, Frank was inducted into the HR ‘Hall of Fame’ by HR Magazine, for his advocacy of the Human Resources profession and of diversity and inclusion. In September 2018, Frank was named by the HR Most Influential panel as one of the top five ‘movers and shakers’ for his consulting work in culture and inclusion. He has, also been included in the list of the top 30 ‘most Influential HR Directors’ in the UK.
- Sophie Williams, Anti-racism advocate, activist, and author. Sophie Williams is a TED Speaker, leading anti-racism advocate, activist, and the author of two books – Anti Racist Ally (October 2020) and Millennial Black (April 2021), both from Harper Collins.
Sophie is a regular panelist, speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator with a focus on anti-racism, and Diversity and Inclusion. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, Bustle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Refinery29, Elle, and Grazia.