Tune in to the Race Forward Pod with your host, Lydiah Igweh, to be inspired by the world’s most respected D&I leaders, practitioners, and advocates to inform better decision-making and help you create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Episode 31: Gender balance and LGBTQ+ inclusion with Greg Turner
In this episode, Lydiah Igweh talks to Greg Turner who shares insights about Rolls Royce and their efforts to improve gender balance and creating welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ employees.
Greg graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering before achieving an MSc in Engineering Management. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2006, working initially within Civil Aerospace, and in 2015 he was instrumental in launching Prism, the Rolls-Royce LGBTQ+ employee network, which he led until 2021. Following the success of Prism, and combined with his passion for inclusion and belonging, Greg accepted the role of Group Inclusion Lead in 2020, allowing him to support the global Rolls-Royce inclusion strategy. He was shortlisted for Exceptional Inclusion at the 2021 British LGBT Awards and led Rolls-Royce to become a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.
21/06/2022 • 24 minutes 20 seconds
Episode 30: Including apprenticeships into your diversity and inclusion plan with Isa Mutlib
Want to use apprenticeships to make a difference in terms of diversity and inclusion in your organisation, but don't know where to begin?
Join Lydiah Igweh today for episode 30 of the Race Foward Pod: Featuring Isa Mutlib, the CEO of the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance. Isa Mutlib is the CEO of the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance, whose mission is to promote apprenticeship diversity and increase access to high-quality opportunities for underrepresented talent. He has been actively involved in the apprenticeship space for over five years, working with some of the UK's biggest brands and actively engaging with senior stakeholders to increase workforce diversity.
14/06/2022 • 20 minutes 24 seconds
Episode 29: Actionable Allyship and articulating leadership USP with Jessica Rogers
How do we move from being a passive ally to an engaged force for global change?
In this episode, Lydiah Igweh speaks with Jessica Rogers about achieving equity through actionable allyship, defining leadership vision, and how to articulate leadership USP. Jessica is a Certified Leadership and Business Coach who, over the last 13 years has worked with business leaders and entrepreneurs, helping them to find more purpose and joy in their work and in their lives.
She has an Economics BA (Hons) and Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. She started her career in marketing, working for international media and publishing organisations including Dorling Kindersley, Egmont Publishing, and Hasbro toys managing large budgets and diverse teams.
She now combines practical business savvy with deep coaching skills to provide a safe space for her clients to explore possibilities to be bolder, braver, and successful in life.
07/06/2022 • 19 minutes 52 seconds
Episode 28: Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Company Culture with Henrique Zanin
In this episode 28, Henrique Zanin explains how to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that considers individual differences of employees and strives to make all feel welcome and accepted.
Henrique is a Brazilian diversity and inclusion professional, lawyer, and researcher based in Berlin, Germany. Henrique is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager for Europe & Asia at Wayfair and a faculty member in a Postgraduate program in Diversity and Inclusion.
His papers on diversity and inclusion, human rights, and labour law have already been published in over 12 journals and his past endeavours include working with NGOs in Uganda and Canada and founding one in Brazil, DEI consulting firms, and the Brazilian Bar Association Commission of Diversity.
31/05/2022 • 23 minutes 36 seconds
Episode 27: Advancing diversity and inclusion in the Higher education sector with Sanchia Alasia
In this episode, Sanchia Alasia shares her insights about advancing diversity and inclusion in the higher education sector and how to engage staff and students with EDI strategies and initiatives. In this episode, Sanchia shares some insights about advancing diversity and inclusion in the Higher education sector and how to engage staff and students with EDI strategies and initiatives.
Sanchia is a multi-award-winning specialist in equality, diversity, and human
resources and has over 15 years experience working in this field across the public sector. She has worked across the public sector to help move organisations towards being truly inclusive, valuing their staff, and creating a culture where staff feels supported, appreciated, and respected.
She currently works as the Acting Director of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at
London Southbank University. She is a member of the CIPD and a fellow of the
Chartered Management Institute.
24/05/2022 • 18 minutes 48 seconds
Episode 26: Governance, framework, foundation setting for sustainable DE&I with Rachel Billington
In this episode, Lydiah Igweh talks to Rachel Billington, who sheds some light on the importance of walking before you can, setting up governance for EDI and creating an inclusive culture so that when a strategy is developed it can be sustained. Additionally - the participation of white men in the DE&I agenda is imperative for change to take place. Rachel is the Head of ED&I, Europe and India at AECOM
She has developed an ambitious ED&I strategy, delivery plan and governance structure to make sure the region delivers on its aims and vision for change, partnering closely with the Executive and Employee Resource Groups.
She is also a chartered CIPD member and MBTI practitioner. She is also an ILM7 advanced Executive coach and mentor who specialises in mentoring underrepresented groups including maternity and career returnees as well as positive action schemes.
17/05/2022 • 31 minutes 1 second
Episode 25: Increasing diversity and inclusion in the music industry with Ammo Talwar
In the music industry, gender inequality is a prominent topic. It cuts across all sectors, from artists to behind-the-scenes executives, and unites the music industry with other industries around the world suffering the same problem. Lack of inclusion for minority groups is also a problem that stifles the development of talented people.
In this episode, Lydiah Igweh talks to Ammo Talwar, who shares insights about increasing diversity and inclusion in the music industry. Ammo Talwar started life selling vinyl at his specialist record shop, which became a local hub for DJs and artists - His leadership and vision built the company into an award-winning music agency; working internationally and in partnership with leading private and public sector companies to support music and innovation. He received an MBE for contributions to music and young people.
A recipient of the International Cultural leadership award, Ammo’s professional acumen is in demand by organisations facin
10/05/2022 • 27 minutes 44 seconds
Episode 24: Using data to foster inclusion with Melanie Eusebe
In this episode, Lydiah Igweh talks to Melanie Eusebe who shares insights about using data to foster diversity and inclusion.
Melanie Eusebe is the founder of the Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) and a Director of Strategy and Consulting at Accenture. Melanie is also a professor in leadership and management at a leading business school and has her own online financial wellness community.
Alongside her leading role in the BBBAwards, Melanie was Executive Producer for the Women of the World (WoW) Festival, a global gender equality festival involving over two million women from 50 cities on five continents. Given the Queen’s honours for her contributions, Melanie has been profiled as one of the most influential women in business and the creative industries in the UK.
03/05/2022 • 19 minutes 48 seconds
Episode 23: How to measure and build anti-racist cultures with Ivié Itoje
Episode 23 brings a conversation between Lydiah Igweh and Ivié Itoje about achieving racial awareness & diversity and breaking barriers to inclusion and racist behaviours through a measured approach.
Ivié is the Anti-Racism Expert at Flair Impact, a people analytics company that helps organisations measure and build anti-racist cultures, founded on the footrail of the Black Lives Matter campaigns and following the murder of George Floyd.
Ivié started as a student activist, challenging policy, discrimination courses on campus. She went on to study law with great interest in race theory.
Her experience includes working with the Migrant law centre, amplifying the marginalised voices and has been at the frontlines fighting for racial and social justice, focusing on how race and gender interject.
Now she champions intentional inclusion in workplaces, helping organisations use data to build informed and sustainable change towards DE&I goals.
26/10/2021 • 23 minutes 33 seconds
Episode 22: Race Equality Matters with Javed Thomas
In episode 22, Lydiah Igweh speaks to Javed Thomas. Javed is an Executive Director at The Collaboratory & Co-Founder of Race Equality Matters, a UK initiative that aims to create positive change and tackle racial inequality in the workplace.
Javed shares insights on creating collaborations that ensure everyone is represented and heard to create a truly inclusive workplace where everyone feels they belong and thrive regardless of their race.
Within his work experience, Javed has developed several highly effective initiatives addressing DEI and mental wellness in the workplace, including initiatives such as the #ThisisMe and the hugely successful Green Ribbon campaign reaching millions of people and transforming attitudes to mental health.
19/10/2021 • 29 minutes 42 seconds
Episode 21: Tackling Racial Stereotyping with Nzinga Orgill
In this episode, Lydiah Igweh talks to Nzinga Orgill, who shares insights on breaking racial stereotyping and achieving sustainable DEI in the workplace.
Nzinga Orgill is the Founder & CEO of RaCExpert Limited.
She is an anti-racism strategist and diversity, equality & Inclusion consultant. Nzinga is a transformational change leader in the innovation, automation and digitisation spaces. As an advocate of social justice, Nzinga believes in giving everyone the support, sponsorship and opportunity to move forward and progress. In her words, being able to “do what we say, and say what we do” is where progress can be achieved in moving things forward in the DE&I space.
12/10/2021 • 40 minutes 38 seconds
Episode 20: Improving the Black Employee Experience with Richard Odufisan
In this episode, Deloitte's Richard Odufisan shares insights on the importance of celebrating multi-racial and multi-cultural history. Richard shares the innovative initiatives and ways to achieve a cohesive multi-racial workforce. He shares how to "listen" to your employees to learn the challenges they face as a specific race and create allyship in the workplace and community. He delves deeper into how you can collaboratively drive positive change to achieve DEI goals while constantly learning and improving as an organisation. And most importantly, he shares practical insights on how to continually measure organisational progress towards achieving inclusive workplaces for all races, especially for black employees.
For Richard, Black History is about celebrating culture, background and identity and recognising the incredible contributions that black people have made across the world.
Richard is a Manager in the Deloitte Consu
05/10/2021 • 18 minutes 24 seconds
Episode 19: Inclusive Leadership with Jenny Garrett
In this episode, Jenny shares her strategies for inclusive leadership and the importance of equity in creating an organisation that empowers and inspires employees to be their authentic selves, to have a sense of belonging.
She shares her experiences of inequality, especially racism, and how she overcame adversity in her early career, including creating solutions to the challenges she faced.
About Jenny Garrett
Jenny is an award-winning Career Coach, Leadership Trainer, Speaker & Author. Using her unique skills around gender balance, leadership, inclusion and self-improvement Jenny works with individuals and organisations to achieve career and life-changing results.
She has over 4,000 coaching hours under her belt, has designed and delivered leadership programmes to support the advancement of ethnically diverse leaders, and has reached an audience of over 30,000 through her speaking engagements.
Jenny created the first-
28/09/2021 • 23 minutes 49 seconds
Episode 18: The Importance of Inclusion for Effective People Engagement with Tiger de Souza.
In this episode of the Race Forward Pod with Lydiah Igweh and Tiger de Souza, Tiger shares his love for working at the National Trust to create a culture that values difference, includes everyone, and recognises the strength that comes from diversity.
He provides insights into the importance of strategies and initiatives focused on inclusion as a driver for effective employee engagement, and in developing inclusive work environments.
He has had a wide-ranging career in the non-profit sector and worked at the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors, NSPCC and England Netball.
Tiger is a passionate advocate of the power and creativity of youth, after spending five years in his early career being motivated and challenged by a host of brilliant young people at Vinspired.
He has been a trustee of both Volunteering England and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and is currently a Trustee for the Association of Chief Executives
21/09/2021 • 27 minutes 54 seconds
Episode 17: Race, Football and Society with Michael Duberry
Rashford, Sancho, and Saka suffered racist abuse after England lost the penalty shootout against Italy in Euro 2020. Episode 17 features former professional footballer Michael Duberry. Michael talks about tackling racism in football and shares his thoughts on the role of clubs, society and social media platforms in creating an anti-racist culture and a positive experience for all.
Michael had a 20-year playing career when the average football career is only 8 years. He made a staggering 500 appearances for clubs including Chelsea, Leeds United, Stoke City and Reading, to name but a few. After retiring from elite football, Michael set up Made Leaders, his own coaching company, and has forged a new career as an executive coach, facilitator and keynote speaker, specialising in Elite Performance.
14/09/2021 • 31 minutes 28 seconds
Episode 16: Belonging and the Future of Work with Asif Sadiq MBE
Building synergies between internal and external DE&I efforts is a challenge faced by many organisations. In this episode 16, Asif Sadiq MBE, Senior Vice President of E&I International at Warner Media, explains the importance of transformation from DE&I to belonging to create future workplaces.
Asif has a long and rich career in the DE&I space, with previous senior executive roles at Adidas, The Telegraph, and EY Financial Services. He is listed as one of the most Influential Global D&I Leaders by Hive Learning, the CIPD’s Top 20 Power List, and was honoured with an MBE in 2017 by the Queen.
07/09/2021 • 25 minutes 4 seconds
Episode 15: Let’s Talk Money with Selina Flavius.
Most people do not grow up in a household where personal and business finance is spoken about. Still, Selina Flavius of Black Girl Finance is committed to making personal and business finance more accessible. In this episode, Selina shares many positive and uplifting insights into how to take responsibility for your money confidently, even in the face of adversity.
Selina is the British Bank Awards Online Financial Influencer of the Year 2021, the best selling author of Black Girl Finance Let's Talk Money, Speaker and Finance Coach. Today, the Black Girl Finance Brand includes a podcast, an 11k strong social media presence, events, a personal finance book, and personal and corporate financial coaching.
31/08/2021 • 20 minutes 58 seconds
Episode 2: The Power of Belonging with Joanne Conway
Did you know that feeling connected & belonging is key to our survival as human beings?
Have a listen to EY UK & Ireland’s Deputy Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Joanne Conway’s, incredible knowledge on belonging, engaging your employees and making them feel valued.