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Organisational Diversity – welcoming a new mindset

A dinner discussion hosted by FT | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance

The diversity and inclusion revolution is rising up the business agenda as companies tap a global and rapidly changing customer pool. But diversity involves more than issues of identity or demographic. Although essential to avoid bias based on gender and race, companies must also be aware of discrimination (such as in hiring or promotion decisions) against those who think in unconventional ways.

The session will provide executives with an opportunity to discuss the topic, think about strategies to pursue organisational diversity and drive change.

Michael Skapinker, Contributing Editor and Columnist at Financial times and Executive Editor at FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance will be joined by a leading academic to facilitate the conversation. Questions to be addressed will include:

  • What are the challenges involved in tackling business environments with limited diversity?
  • Could higher levels of cognitive diversity result in less effective decision-making and less positive organisational outcomes?
  • How can companies harness the benefits of a demographic and cognitive diverse environment?
  • What role does inclusive leadership play and which levels of management should be involved in the pursuit of organisational diversity?
  • How can organisations identify employees who can lead diversity initiatives?
  • How can companies ‘rewire’ their culture rather than merely implement a tick-box initiative?
  • How can HR recruit differently, foster a new management style and promote diverse representation at all levels of the organisation?
  • Would an inclusive learning culture allow staff to contribute ideas and learn from peers?


Places at this exclusive event are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

HR Talks gather small groups of senior executives together to debate leadership challenges, approaches and strategies. Hosted by FT Journalists and members of our global educator network, these sessions encourage conversations among selected audiences in private settings.

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