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To celebrate the launch of my book Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Systemic Change in Multinational Organizations, I'm delighted to share this monthly interview series of wide ranging conversations with industry leaders about their DEI journeys.

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Peter Brown

Group Vice President, Digital Platforms Agency

Charter Communications, Inc. 

This month, I was pleased to be joined by Peter Brown to discuss how he embedded accessibility for people with disabilities in Charter Communication's product development and in their processes.

 

I hope you gain some interesting insights from this conversation. Let me know your thoughts in our interactive DEI LinkedIn group. Learn more about my book, including pre-order information here. 

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Kristen Anderson

Former Chief Diversity Officer, Barilla 

I was honored to be joined by Kristen Anderson, former Chief Diversity Officer at Barilla for a conversation focused on the 3rd principle of my upcoming book, And its Good Business, Too. This principle demonstrates how convincing cases for social justice can be constructed so that they resonate in different parts of the world while also benefitting the business.

In our conversation, Kristen shares how Barilla embedded DEI in their business model to be both purpose driven and to advance business outcomes. She details how inclusion of people with disabilities (PWD)  in Europe was driven by both the aging population as well as a regional employment quota system for PWD. Integrating these realities with their Good for You, Good for the Planet mission spurred innovative solutions to customer challenges and resulted in a positive impact for the business.

I hope you gain some interesting insights from this conversation. Let me know your thoughts in our interactive DEI LinkedIn group. Learn more about my book, including pre-order information here.

Rishi Gour

CEO of Theobroma

I was thrilled that in August I was joined by Rishi Gour, CEO of Theobroma, a family-owned Indian company with cafés and baked goods.

Rishi was CEO of Sodexo India from September 2015 to December 2019 and raised the percentage of women in the Sodexo India workforce of over 48,000 employees from 15 percent to 20 percent before he left Sodexo at the end of 2019. 

However, Rishi admits that DEI was not on his radar professionally until he stepped into his CEO role at Sodexo India. 

There were two things that laid the foundation for his transformation. Watch this interview with Rishi to find out more about what drove his transformation and enabled him to increase gender diversity so dramatically during his time at Sodexo.

I hope you gain some interesting insights from this conversation. Let me know your thoughts in our interactive DEI LinkedIn group. Learn more about my book, including pre-order information here.

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Alain Morize
Senior Vice President, Energy and Resources for Sodexo US 

I am excited that in July's Learn From Leaders interview, I am joined by Alain Morize, Senior Vice President, Energy and Resources for Sodexo US. Alain was instrumental in localizing a global change strategy pushing for the hiring of women in one of the world’s most conservative cultures – Saudi Arabia.

 

Alain’s approach disrupted the status quo—using his outsider status to push for increased hiring of women— whilst inviting regional leaders, insiders those with local knowledge, even those most resistant, to propose fundamental changes to women’s career opportunities.

 

How did Alain understand and respect the local context and their specific cultural values and simultaneously push for change? What was the reaction of regional leaders to his actions and how did he mitigate resistance at the local level? Find out in this video!

I hope you gain some interesting insights from this conversation. Let me know your thoughts in the newly established DEI LinkedIn group. Learn more about my book, including pre-order information here.

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Mark McLane
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing for M&G

With June celebrating Pride month, I recognised that Barclays has been particularly successful in nuancing their LGBTQ strategy across different regions. In this video I speak with Mark McLane, former Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays PLC, a UK based consumer and investment bank. 

 

Our conversation is focused on LGBTQ addressing questions such as:   

 

  • What advice do you have for those leading LGBTQ inclusion around the world, particularly in countries that are not LGBTQ friendly?

 

  • While Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual focus more on sexual orientation, trans is more encompassing and focused more on gender expression and gender identity. What are your thoughts on grouping these subgroups together, each with very different experiences and journeys? 

 

I hope you gain some interesting insights from this conversation. Let me know your thoughts in the newly established DEI LinkedIn group. Learn more about my book, including pre-order information here.

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