How do inclusive leaders think and act? Transforming yourself into an inclusive leader

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How do inclusive leaders think and act?

As skills shortages continue to intensify around the globe, employers are facing the ever-increasing challenge of attracting and retaining top talent, which is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage.

At the same time, professionals from both majority and minority groups are favouring employers with inclusive cultures and inclusive leaders. In fact, over 55% of employees we surveyed said they would turn down a job offer if the company values didn’t align with their own.

Within this context, the role of the leader as a culture shaper has become critical. What leaders say and do matters and there is a growing expectation from both majority and minority groups that leaders speak up on diversity and inclusion issues, and role model ethical and inclusive behaviours.

Becoming an inclusive leader has now become a critical factor in future-proofing your business and maintaining a competitive advantage.

Hosted by ED&I expert Dan Robertson, this webinar explored:

  • The business case for inclusive leadership – why it matters
  • How do inclusive leaders think and act?
  • Actionable steps for transforming yourself into an inclusive leader
Dan was joined by special guest speakers Sunaina Kohli, Director of Global Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action at
VF Corporation (owner of brands such as Vans, The North Face and Timberland) and Nicholé McGill-Higgins, CIPD Consultant, Founder & Managing Director at Changez Life, who shared their experiences and insights on how inclusive leadership can transform your organisation.

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Sunaina Kohli

Director of Global Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action
VF Corporation (owner of brands such as Vans, The North Face and Timberland)

Sunaina Kohli is a Director of Global Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) at VF Corporation, home to iconic global apparel and footwear brands such as The North Face, Timberland, Vans and Supreme. She is responsible for driving the development and advancement of VF’s Global IDEA social advocacy strategy.

She was previously with PwC where she oversaw led DEI efforts in the Middle East, pioneering the first D&I strategy in the region which impacted 6,500 people, 100+ nationalities and 5 generations across 12 countries. In doing so, she also pioneered the first wellbeing and mental health strategy in the region.
She is truly a global citizen and diverse by nature, having lived and worked in five countries with a career spanning five industries. Her curiosity and desire to empower others by celebrating their uniqueness is a key aspect of her connection to her work.  She has recently relocated to Switzerland and continues to be an active advocate for mental health and workplace wellbeing.

Nicholé McGill-Higgins

CIPD Consultant
Founder & Managing Director, Changez Life

Nicholé McGill-Higgins is an award-winning campaigner, coach and consultant on race equality and inclusion. Commended for her work tackling oppression, aggression and prejudice in the workplace, Nicholé is a positive disrupter, using coaching and design-led thinking to help organisations drive positive change. She led the CIPD’s internal Race Review project in response to the murder of George Floyd, and oversaw the content produced by the CIPD to support people professionals in tackling racism and racial discrimination in the workplace. She was named ‘Campaigner of the Year 2020’ by The Baton Awards for her outstanding contribution to racial equality and was celebrated as National Mentor of the Year by the National Mentoring Awards in 2019.

Dan Robertson

VERCIDA Consulting

Dan Robertson is the Director of VERCIDA Consulting. Dan has a particular expertise in the science and application of unconscious bias, leadership decision-making and behavioural science. He spends his days supporting global executives to turn diversity theory into meaningful actions. In 2019 and 2020, he was named by Hive Learning as a top 50 D&I leader and is a contributor to the 3rd edition of the Inclusion Nudges Guidebook. (2020)