DO YOU NEED SUPPORT TO FOSTER A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE BUSINESS CULTURE OR  UNDERSTAND HOW IMPLICIT BIASES STOP EVERYONE TO BELONG?

 ARE YOU WONDERING? 

  • What systemic privilege means vs systemic injustice?

  • Why fostering a belonging culture is the only way forward?

  • How your business can foster a diverse and inclusive workplace? 

  • How can topics like race and gender be openly discussed?

  • And much more

As a Diversity, Inclusion + Belonging Consultant, my main goal will be to create a safe space for you and your team. Hence, everyone feels included in the conversation and understand why & how you can all actively become a diversity enthusiast and advocate.

 

I WILL PROVIDE:

  • A clear understanding of what diversity, inclusion & belonging is and what it truly means in everyday life & the workplace

  • A better understanding of diversity categories (gender, disability, ethnic, LGBTQ, intergenerational) 

  • Re-wiring your mind to actively seeing the value that each individual brings by overcoming unconscious bias

  • A better level of self-awareness and a renewed sense of energy to become a diversity advocate, take real actions to combat inequality and promote change confidently

Together, we will review where you are now, and I will facilitate great conversations between different members of your team so we can define where you need to be next, and also how to get there.

I will focus on providing an external perspective to you and your team.

 

WITH THIS IN MIND, I WILL BE:

  • your facilitator and consultant

  • your accountability partner so you take consistent action towards achieving your diversity + inclusion goals

  • your sounding board + mentor + cheerleader

 

 

SOME TOP TOPICS:

  • Unconscious bias training

  • Fostering a belonging business culture

  • Ingredients for building a diverse and inclusive business strategy

  • Leading inclusive teams

  • Guide to having inclusive conversations in the workplace

I DELIVER IN MULTIPLE FORMATS

  • Keynote presentation on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging topics

  • 1-2-1 coaching for senior team members

  • Half-day/full-day workshop delivered to you and your team

  • Ongoing bespoke programme over a few months

  • Happy to take part in interviews and podcasts or facilitate discussions/webinars

If you are interested, get in touch!

 I can deliver face to face or remotely.

 TESTIMONIAL 

 'Vanessa was recommended to me by several colleagues when I was planning the first Diversity and Inclusion event for my organisation [UK Retail teams]. I quickly saw why she was so highly regarded as she became my partner in planning the event – offering advice on the agenda, flow and tone of the day; liaising with external guests and calming the fears of internal speakers. On the day she provided warmth, positivity and energy as Emcee and challenged people to confront their unconscious bias during a 45-minute speaking slot. It was the first event of this kind that I had organised, and I couldn’t have done it without Vanessa. The day was so brilliant and the feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. I will definitely look to work with Vanessa again in the future. I can’t recommend her highly enough.'

Ann Smith, LEVI STRAUSS & CO, District Manager UK South West

 TESTIMONIAL 

'It's been a delight to work with [Vanessa and her collaborators] who helped us design, pilot and run a series of inclusion essential training sessions for our staff and trustees. [They] brought a huge amount of intellect, practical expertise, energy and great facilitation skills - particularly for delivery on a remote basis. I wouldn't hesitate to work with them again on future projects'

Head of Influence, COMIC RELIEF

 TESTIMONIAL 

'Vanessa has a unique ability to tackle hard-hitting and ‘uncomfortable’ topics in the most inspiring, motivational and positive way possible. Her matter-of-fact delivery, and deep understanding of our industry, along with insightful context of the current climate in regards to social justice and D&I, enabled our team to reflect and evaluate the role we each play as individuals as well as the working parts in a wider system, and opened up conversations in a way that hadn’t happened previously. We ended the session not only better educated, but empowered and inspired to implement our learnings with concrete tools and strategies to do so. She created a safe space and struck a perfect balance between reflective and practical, with enough time to evaluate our own positions but no time to dwell without taking action! We will certainly be working with her again in the future'

Business Development Manager, BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL

 TESTIMONIAL 

'Vanessa and I worked together on a webinar for the Women’s Network Forum in November 2020. Working with Vanessa was like a breath of fresh air. Vanessa is highly knowledgeable and truly a subject matter expert in what she does. Vanessa spoke on the topic of ‘Active Allyship’ sharing insights, knowledge, and engaged the audience in an upbeat, honest, and highly articulate way. Since the event we have had many positive comments on the webinar including a personal message from HRH The Countess of Wessex who thanked her for her generous contribution on such an important topic. I would happily recommend Vanessa for any company who wants to think differently and tackle these uncomfortable issues in the most thought-provoking yet effective way.'

I wish you every success – if you ever fancy a chat or have any other ideas please do reach out to me.

Co-chair of BT’s Gender Equality Network and Group lead for Inspiring the next generation @Women's Network Forum (WNF), chaired by HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO

 TESTIMONIAL 

'Vanessa is an angel sent down from heaven. She is the definition of a leader who leads by example with integrity, authenticity, humility, compassion and love. I struggle to put into words the impact Vanessa has had on my business and we have only just started our work together. Thanks to Vanessa we now have a framework in place which allows us to be agile, inclusive, resilient and consistent both in our intention and messaging. Vanessa is and will be an asset to any company she works with and I feel so proud that she wants to be a part of ours.'

Lara Sheldrake, founder of FOUND & FLOURISH female founders community 

 TESTIMONIAL 

'Vanessa is incredible! She's warm, knowledgeable, funny and kind and makes everyone feel at ease as soon as they meet her. But don't that fool you into thinking she won't challenge you when needed - she isn't afraid to be radically honest and demand better from the people. She's one of the few people I've met who's able to do this in such a way that doesn't make you want to disengage or become defensive, but to discuss and learn more. We have learned so much from her as a business and could not recommend her enough. We all can't wait to work with her again hopefully soon!'

Elin Roberts, co-founder of BETTER NATURE FOODS, Tempeh - plant-based protein 

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