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Book Launch: The Art of Active Allyship

September 27, 2023 @ 17:30 - 19:30

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Diversify is proud to host an inspiring evening to celebrate the book launch of “The Art of Active Allyship” by Dr. Poornima Luthra as a part of Oslo Innovation Week.

What can I do?
When it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion, it’s a question that comes up time and time again. How can we be more inclusive in our interactions with colleagues? Where can we find tangible ways to push the pendulum towards inclusion in our workplaces? How can we nurture an environment where everyone feels safe to bring their whole self to work?

In The Art of Active Allyship, Dr. Poornima Luthra identifies and expounds on the 7 behaviours that will set you on the path towards inclusive workplaces. With practical tools and concrete examples, Dr. Luthra paints a picture of everyday active allyship that everyone can use to show up as an active ally not to some, but all.

At the book launch, Dr. Luthra will share her personal journey and delve into key concepts from the book.  We will also engage in a vibrant discussion with industry leaders on allyship. The other speakers joining us will be announced soon.  This is an incredible opportunity to gain firsthand insights from renowned experts in the field of diversity and inclusion, connect with like-minded individuals who are passionate about fostering an inclusive and equitable society and harness the transformative power of allyship.

This event is FREE to attend! The location will be announced soon. Snacks will be included. Follow the LINK to register!

About the author:

Dr. Poornima Luthra is the author of ‘The Art of Active Allyship’ and Diversifying Diversity: Your guide to being an active ally of inclusion in the workplace, and the HBR articles ‘Do your global teams see DEI as an American issue?’ and 7 ways to practice allyship’.

She is the founder and CEO of TalentED Consultancy ApS as well as Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, and has spent the last fifteen years researching and teaching university courses in the field of talent management, with a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Poornima’s work in DEI focuses on expanding the dimensions of diversity we are inclusive to with an emphasis on intersectionality, empowering individuals to be active allies of inclusion and empowering inclusive leadership. Poornima is the recipient of the Professional Women of Colour Denmark 2021 Impact award, and a finalist in the Trailblazer category of the 2022 Nordic Blaze Inclusion Awards. Most recently, Poornima has been recognised as one of the world’s 30 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50.


September 27, 2023
17:30 - 19:30

Chisom Udeze

Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult, HerSpace & The Annual

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders. 

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.

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