Diversity, particularly at the board level, drives innovation in organisations. Sandra explains why.
Sandra explains why leaders and board members need to take some first steps to create D&I policies and strategies.
If employees are resistant to embracing D&I, this says a lot about the culture of the organisation.
Most organisations overestimate what they can achieve in the short term and underestimate what they can achieve in the long term.
Organisations are now able to measure D&I success or failure. For smaller organisations, it is essential to focus on inclusion first, as diversity will follow.
When people at work feel excluded, their brains react to that exclusion in the same way they would react to a physical pain.
People who are privileged to be included need to do more to ensure those who feel left out and marginalised.
Younger people are much more inclusive and accepting of diversity because it is the world they have grown up in which will impact the workplace in years to come. It will also affect how they chose the firms where they want to work.
In this guide to diversity and inclusion, Sandra Healy – founder & CEO of inclusio, examines how boards, CEOs, and senior management can go beyond acknowledging diversity and inclusion to implementing real change that will benefit their employees and firms.
Sandra is the CEO and founder of inclusio. Sandra’s career spanned 20 years in the global telecoms industry and five years at Dublin City University. In 2018 she established the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion. In 2020 Sandra spun out inclusio. Four years in R&D, inclusio is a first of its kind software delivering a scientific, evidence-based approach to culture, diversity and inclusion at work, linked to business KPIs.
Sandra is an organisational psychologist and NLP master practitioner; over the past 15 years, she has championed and driven diversity and inclusion practice across industry and is considered one of the country’s leading experts. In 2014, she provided critical diversity expertise and sectoral knowledge establishing the EU Diversity Charter Ireland.
Sandra joined the expert advisory group for Ireland’s Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality in 2020 and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council for An Garda Síochána.