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This year has changed the goalposts in terms of how we address inclusion, with companies moving rapidly to put diversity at the top of their agendas – but how can leaders ensure they are taking meaningful, lasting action rather than simply carrying out a tick-box exercise?
Laura Bates, an author and the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project; Dr Pragya Agarwal, author and behavioural scientist; Michelle King, an author, coach and the former director of inclusion at Netflix; and June Sarpong, a broadcaster, author and diversity expert, will exchange ideas on why tackling inequality and harnessing the power of multiple narratives are vital to building a thriving business.
Moderated by Helena Lee, features director at Harper’s Bazaar.
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MEET THE PANEL:
About: JUNE SARPONG
Over the past 20 years, June Sarpong has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television. She began her career at Kiss 100, worked as a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland and subsequently became a household name on Channel 4’s T4, as well as hosting major live events including Nelson Mandela’s 90th-birthday celebrations in 2008. She has interviewed some of the world’s biggest names, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, George Clooney and HRH Prince of Wales, with whom she has worked extensively as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, while campaigning for The One and Produce (RED). Since 2019, she has been the director of creative diversity at the BBC, where she works to increase representation throughout the company and ensure that the broadcaster’s content reflects the public it serves. She is the co‐founder of the WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) Network, is a regular panellist on Sky News’ weekly current-affairs show The Pledge, and has written two award-winning books, Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration and The Power of Women. Sarpong was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, and was later awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Year Honours List.
About: LAURA BATES
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and the bestselling author of five books, including her latest, Men Who Hate Women, a groundbreaking investigation of extremist misogynistic communities. She writes regularly for titles such as The Guardian and The New York Times, and has won a British Press Award for journalism. She works with ministers, schools, businesses and police forces, along with international bodies including the United Nations and the Council of Europe, to tackle gender inequality. Bates has been named a Woman of the Year by Cosmopolitan, Red and The Sunday Times Magazine, and has been awarded a British Empire Medal by the Queen.
About: MICHELLE KING
An expert on gender equality in organisations and the former director of inclusion at Netflix, Michelle King hosts the podcast The Fix and recently released her book The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers that are Holding Women Back at Work. She leads the UN Women’s Integrated Strategy for Innovation and Global Innovation Coalition for Change, and serves as an advisory board member for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s campaign to advance adolescent girls’ rights to equality and leadership opportunities.
About: PRAGYA AGARWAL
A behavioural and data scientist, Dr Pragya Agarwal is the author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias and Wish We Knew What to Say: Talking with Children About Race. With a PhD from the University of Nottingham, Agarwal was a senior academic in British and American universities for more than 12 years, before moving into freelance consultancy and writing. She is the founder of 50 Percent Project, a research think-tank that investigates global social inequities, and of the virtual South Asian Literary Festival. Her writing has appeared in New Scientist, Scientific American, Forbes, Guardian, The Independent, Huffington Post and Prospect; she is a two-time TEDx speaker; and she has been awarded Hay House Publishing’s Diverse Wisdom award. She also has a podcast, Outside the Boxes.
About: HELENA LEE
Helena Lee is the features director of Harper’s Bazaar. She is responsible for the art and culture content, commissioning award-winning writers and artists including Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Shirin Neshat. She also co-edits the annual magazine Bazaar Art and launched Bazaar Art Week in 2018, which was shortlisted for the BSME Best Innovation Award. In February 2020, she founded the platform East Side Voices, to raise the visibility of East and Southeast Asian creative talent. After reading Classics at Oxford University, Helena began her career working for three major creative networks: Ogilvy, Lowe and Saatchi & Saatchi. She retrained in 2010, bringing her expertise in branding and communication to the magazine world.
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