Labels are Divisive and Morning Teas Don't Help
Building an inclusive organisation isn't just beneficial; it's a major factor of success in the modern business landscape. Organisations that seek, celebrate, and embrace diversity will have several very real advantages over their competitors. In order to benefit from the advantages of diversity, your organisation needs to embrace truly inclusive practices and behaviours as part of business-as-usual operations.
In this workshop, rather than employing traditional approaches that celebrate difference, address individual behaviours, or enforce quotas or track numbers of specific labels within your organisation – we will embrace the specific needs of all people.
Through sharing her personal story in dealing with her own bias and journey of personal transformation, Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith will facilitate a workshop session where we will;
- Throw away the labels of diversity
- Experience exclusion
- Uncover practical principles for inclusion within an organisation
- Identify real actions to create inclusion
At the end of this workshop, you will have a clearer understanding of tangible actions that are empirically proven to create inclusion as part of business-as-usual operations in your organisation.
Lunch will be provided.
Meet Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith
Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith is on a personal mission to create a world where everyone is included and valued for their difference. It was after indirectly experiencing the exclusion and discrimination of her husband, who is profoundly Deaf, that she committed her career to inclusion. In fact, you may even recall her viral wedding video, which has amassed over 300-million views, of her using sign language to sing the song ‘A Thousand Years’ to her husband before walking down the aisle in 2018. Versions have been created by social media pages across the internet in English, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi. Soon after their wedding, the media became interested in their story. This provided an opportunity for Elizabeth to start spreading the message and her vision for a world where everyone is included.
Combining her 20+ years of expertise in organisational transformation for Asia Pacific’s most notable organisations, a PhD in organisational culture and behaviour, and passion for inclusion; she has set the global benchmark for inclusion. Her innovative, yet pragmatic, approach is creating a global movement of change through the organisations, governments, and institutions we all interact with on a daily basis. This was even recognised at The Stevie Awards in New York City in 2018.