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Throughout this series Leila will be speaking to some of the most successful and inspiring thought leaders of today, unearthing their stories of diversity and inclusion and spreading positive thoughts and ideas she hopes will inspire others to make the world a better place.

Throughout this series Leila will be speaking to some of the most successful and inspiring thought leaders of today, unearthing their stories of diversity and inclusion and spreading positive thoughts and ideas she hopes will inspire others to make the world a better place.

Location:

United Kingdom

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Throughout this series Leila will be speaking to some of the most successful and inspiring thought leaders of today, unearthing their stories of diversity and inclusion and spreading positive thoughts and ideas she hopes will inspire others to make the world a better place.

Language:

English

Contact:

07742780157


Episodes

“Diversity is more about difference. Inclusion is being able to use all of the benefits that diversity can bring”: Michael Hickman - Positive Action Manager and Detective Constable at Surrey Police

2/18/2020
Michael Hickman Leila is joined by Michael Hickman, Positive Action Manager and Detective Constable at Surrey Police. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · The journey that led Mike to his current role in the police force, from his beginnings working in security for a theme park company to then progressing through the ranks at Surrey Police · Mike’s unique cultural and ethnic background as a half-Chinese and half-Japanese individual who was born in Hong Kong and has been living in the...

Duration:00:29:44

“You want to be told when you are younger that these dreams could come to fruition”: Clive Myrie, news journalist and presenter

2/11/2020
Clive Myrie Leila is joined by Clive Myrie, news journalist and presenter. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · What Clive openly acknowledges as a very happy and lucky childhood, during which he attended a grammar school in Bolton after his parents emigrated to the UK from Jamaica · How Clive moved from studying law at university to a career in journalism · The ongoing lack of black front-line TV presenters and correspondents in the UK, and how essential it is to improve this level...

Duration:00:37:14

“Somebody who’s had a mental health challenge is probably a better human being”: Geoff McDonald - Co-Founder at Minds@Work and professional keynote speaker

2/4/2020
Geoff McDonald Leila is joined by Geoff McDonald – Co-Founder at Minds@Work, professional keynote speaker and ex-Global VP HR at Unilever. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · Geoff’s career journey to date, from starting as a teacher in South Africa to rising through the ranks at Unilever · How a panic attack episode led Geoff to become diagnosed with anxiety fueled depression · How the resulting outpouring of love he received kept him motivated through the darker moments of his...

Duration:00:27:27

“There are quite a few corporates now that proactively say we want a diverse board”: Clare Urmston - Chief Financial Officer at Mamas & Papas

1/28/2020
Clare Urmston Leila is joined by Clare Urmston - Chief Financial Officer at Mamas & Papas. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · Clare’s career to date, from her beginnings as an accountant in audit at KPMG to then progressing her career in industry finance through various roles at companies such as Northern Foods, Wilko and Mamas & Papas · How an interest in numbers and problem-solving led her to considering a career in finance more seriously · Clare’s own experiences of the lack of...

Duration:00:21:45

“Listen to the body because the body is a very powerful teacher”: Joseph McGuire - Owner at Clearsight Communications

1/21/2020
Joseph McGuire Leila is joined by Joseph McGuire – Owner at Clearsight Communications. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · What led to Joseph becoming a specialist in face reading (which is based on the ancient Chinese tradition of Mien Shiang) · How he bridged the gap between therapy techniques based on facial reading and behavioural/family influences · What led Joseph to move from doing mostly personal therapy work to applying his approach in more consultative work with businesses...

Duration:00:33:38

“Absolutely never think that you have to give up, there is always another door”: Lianna Brinded - Head Of Yahoo Finance UK

1/14/2020
Lianna Brinded Leila is joined by Lianna Brinded - Head Of Yahoo Finance UK. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · The recent launch of Lianna’s ‘Global Change Agents’ programme, where she has been interviewing leaders of her choosing, from CEOs to Heads of D&I · Lianna’s mixed cultural background (she is half-Malaysian/Chinese on her mother’s side) and the time she spent abroad during her childhood · The importance of not following a set viewprint as a leader and instead taking great...

Duration:00:35:49

“It’s never too late to find your voice”: Madeleine Black - International speaker, TEDx Speaker, author and psychotherapist

1/7/2020
Madeleine Black Leila is joined by Madeleine Black - International speaker, TEDx Speaker, author and psychotherapist. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · How Madeleine has transitioned from being a career psychotherapist to focusing on public speaking · The challenges of Madeleine’s TEDx talk, where Madeleine publicly forgave the men who had gang raped her at the age of 13 · How Madeleine used this TEDx talk to reclaim her power, shatter any lingering shame and the stigma behind...

Duration:00:24:49

"Whatever job I’ve had, I’ve wanted to learn something more about something new”: Leann Hearne - Group CEO at First Ark

12/17/2019
Leann Hearne Leila is joined by Leann Hearne – Group CEO at First Ark. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · How Leann worked her way up from first being a PA to eventually becoming an MD in the manufacturing sector · Leann’s sudden career change, when she was inspired to move over to non-profit housing sector after having held several NED roles in this space · How Leann became not only the youngest person on the board when she made it to MD level, but also the only female · The work...

Duration:00:33:43

"Actively seek out the broadest range of opinions and thoughts, no matter who they come from”: Alice Choi – Chief Operating Officer at McCann Health

12/10/2019
Alice Choi Leila is joined by Alice Choi – Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director – Scientific Council at McCann Health, member of Northern Power Women’s Top 50 Power List and one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in UK Healthcare 2019 Pharmaceutical Market Europe (PME). IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · Alice’s career story so far, from academic beginnings in pharmacology and public health before entering the world of medical communications · Her extracurricular projects outside of...

Duration:00:31:18

"If you’re going to communicate with anybody, make sure you have a good story to tell”: Ewan Pearson – Managing Director at Grant Pearson Brown Consulting Ltd

12/3/2019
Ewan Pearson Leila is joined by Ewan Pearson – Managing Director at Grant Pearson Brown Consulting Ltd and Executive Chairman at Cambridge University Boat Club (CUBC). IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · Ewan’s extremely diverse career story to date, having had numerous professions as a medical doctor, school teacher, investment banker, stockbroker and latterly a professional adviser in communications (both spoken and written) · How Ewan’s longest career path so far has been in...

Duration:00:37:01

"When someone bullies you, it’s because they see something in you that you haven’t seen in yourself”: Janice Lao – Group Director Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

11/26/2019
Janice Lao Leila is joined by Janice Lao – Group Director Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, 2009 Sustainability Leader of the Year award winner. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · How Janice’s upbringing differed from the traditionally conservative and withdrawn nature of Chinese culture · How Janice’s upbringing prepared her for British culture when she was studying here · Janice’s efforts to educate her children on ‘unconscious...

Duration:00:48:59

"I always build things up for others”: Frauke Behrens – Yoga Instructor

11/19/2019
Frauke Behrens Leila is joined by Frauke Behrens – Yoga Instructor. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · How Frauke left her former career behind in order to become a professional yoga teacher in order to do something for herself · Frauke’s recovery from severe illness, which led her to change her approach life completely · Frauke’s use of “servant leadership” to help both her yoga students and her former employees · The importance of chakras, which are the body’s equivalent to...

Duration:00:35:02

"We are all human beings, we have to treat people equally and fairly": Dianne Greyson - Managing Partner at Synergised Solutions and Director at Equilibrium Mediation Consulting

11/12/2019
Dianne Greyson Leila is joined by Dianne Greyson - Managing Partner at Synergised Solutions, Director at Equilibrium Mediation Consulting and author. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · A ‘transformation bias’ product that Dianne has recently co-created, which is designed to tackle inherent bias · The recent release of Dianne’s book, Business Culture Review, where she analyses how companies treat employees, etc. · The importance of engaging with employees as fellow human beings and...

Duration:00:36:21

“It is about understanding other people and not just making those judgments”: Susan Robson - Principal Consultant at National Grid, Chair of Women in National Grid (WING), Financial Times & HERoes #1 Future Leader for Champions of Women in Business 2018

11/5/2019
Susan Robson Leila is joined by Susan Robson - Principal Consultant at National Grid, Chair of Women in National Grid (WING), Financial Times & HERoes #1 Future Leader for Champions of Women in Business 2018. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · Sue’s work as part of Women in National Grid (WING), ranging from face to face training and mentoring for women in the business to supporting the development of an intersectional and more inclusive culture · How “saying yes to things” and being...

Duration:00:32:42

“If you have something to offer to the market that has value, then you already have validation”: Caroline Pugh - CEO/Founder at Oya Partners and Advisor to Chairman of Africa Rising

10/29/2019
Caroline Pugh – CEO/Founder at Oya Partners and Advisor to Chairman of Africa Rising Leila is joined by Caroline Pugh – CEO/Founder at Oya Partners and Advisor to Chairman of Africa Rising. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · Caroline’s career journey so far, from working with Barack Obama to working with the Mandela family to combat the HIV virus in Africa · Growing up as an only child in rural Virginia, and how this shaped her curiosity and desire to set out on her own unique...

Duration:00:35:03

“Weaknesses are what help us connect, perfect is not real”: Kris Macchiarola: President at KMACC Solutions, Author of No Approval Needed, Consultant at Versea Holdings Inc., Tribe Leader at S.H.E. Tampa

10/22/2019
Kris Macchiarola - President at KMACC Solutions Leila is joined by Kris Macchiarola: President at KMACC Solutions, Author of No Approval Needed, Consultant at Versea Holdings Inc. and Tribe Leader at S.H.E. Tampa. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · Kris’ exciting recent book project, for which she interviewed nearly 60 women in their 40s on a confidential basis from all over the world · Kris’ book covers humanist topics, relevant to both men and women, with a number of powerful...

Duration:00:29:34

“Everybody should be accepted for who they are”: Paul Sesay - Founder of Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers (Inclusive Companies), the National Diversity Awards and National Mentors

10/15/2019
Paul Sesay - Founder of Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers (Inclusive Companies), the National Diversity Awards and National Mentors Leila is joined by Paul Sesay: Founder of Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers (Inclusive Companies), the National Diversity Awards and National Mentors. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · How being taken under his role model’s wing led him to relocate to Liverpool when he was younger, and the resulting impact on his career · How Paul’s frustration at a lack of...

Duration:00:33:40

Many of our diversities are invisible: Jennifer Brown - Founder, President & CEO at Jennifer Brown Consulting, award-winning entrepreneur, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker, Consultant & Author.

10/8/2019
Jennifer Brown - Founder, President & CEO at Jennifer Brown Consulting, award-winning entrepreneur, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker, Consultant & Author. Leila is joined by Jennifer Brown: Founder, President & CEO at Jennifer Brown Consulting, award-winning entrepreneur, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker, Consultant & Author. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · How Jennifer helps people move from understanding the ‘why’ (reason for taking action in D&I within an organisation) to taking...

Duration:00:46:03

Beware of your fears, they love to destroy your dreams: Chris Gray: Managing Director at Accenture

9/30/2019
Chris Gray – Managing Director at Accenture Leila is joined by Chris Gray: Managing Director at Accenture, Director of the North West Business Leadership Team, HRH Prince of Wales Ambassador for Responsible Business and Chair of Business in the Community in the North West. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · How Chris focuses on spending time with his own team, both abroad in India and at home in Manchester · Chris’ belief that everyone is diverse in their own way · How much Chris...

Duration:00:38:39

“I always wanted to do something around saving the world”: Sara Neff - Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation.

9/20/2019
Sara Neff - Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation Leila is joined by Sara Neff: Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT · The environmental focus of Sara’s current role – Kilroy have committed to becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2020 · How a strong sustainability strategy can help attract strong, diverse talent: 90% of the job applicants who reach interview stage at Kilroy mention...

Duration:00:25:21