EDI - Moving from talk to action: podcast episode details
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Psychological Safety, Code of Respect, Intersectionality.
In this podcast episode, I had an insightful discussion with consultant and coach Ngozi Lyn Cole about enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in organizations. We explored the critical elements that make an organisation more inclusive and diverse, with Ngozi explaining why equity goes beyond treating everyone the same and how it is crucial for an organization to have a diverse representation at every level.
We started our conversation by discussing the importance of inclusion and why it’s essential to treat equity and diversity as separate but interconnected aspects. We then moved on to discuss a practical framework for transitioning towards inclusivity, which involves recognizing the importance of inclusion, setting clear commitments and strategies, and evaluating the impact.
We also discussed the importance of creating a safe environment for conversations around these pivotal topics and the need for an organisational audit to identify strengths and weaknesses.
This episode provides a wealth of actionable insights and resources for fostering an inclusive environment in any organisation.
You can access the transcript for this episode here. It is AI generated and not 100% perfect but I think it is good enough to follow the conversation. Unfortunately, we don’t have the resource to manually make the corrections.
Ngozi Lyn Cole believes that everyone has the passion and potential to achieve their ambition and sees her ‘why’ as supporting individuals and organisations to do just that.
A self-employed executive coach and leadership catalyst, Ngozi holds non-executive posts including Chair of the North East Justice Together Initiative and Board Vice Chair at the South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. She spent 18 years at the National Lottery Community Fund holding several roles, including England Director until February 2017. In that role, she was responsible for all grant programmes, overseeing over 500 employees and an annual budget of £450m to £1bn depending on Lottery rollovers! Prior to this, she worked in community development, education, urban regeneration, and housing. She has significant experience of leadership and executive coaching; running action learning; developing and implementing strategy; organisational and leadership development; change management; collaboration and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
More recently she has worked with funders such as the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Millfield House Foundation and Virgin Money Foundation; Children Investment Fund Foundation and several senior leadership teams and charities on their leadership, DEI and racial equity journeys. Her deeply personal ambition on DEI is to leave the world a better place for our future generations.
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