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Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace: Anti-Blackness
May 31 @ 13:00 - 15:00
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is imperative for a sustainable, competitive and innovative company and society at large. Diversity also goes beyond the outward perception of a company – it includes how the internal structures work and signal the value systems of an organization’s management or leadership team.
This series is designed by Diversify to centre Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace. We look forward to seeing you!
Our topic for May is Anti-Blackness.
More details to be announced soon!
This event is FREE to attend and will be held digitally. Please register HERE to receive the zoom link.
Chisom Udeze | DEIB Strategist & Founder of Diversify and HerSpace
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.
Ama Afrifa-Tchie| Global DEI Specialist Adviser, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) | Culture & Inclusion | People Experience & Engagement Specialist, The Inclusion Agilist
Ama Afrifa-Tchie is a valiant cultural builder, who’s specialism spans across people experience, workplace culture, diversity & inclusion, mental health and wellbeing and corporate responsibility. She is experienced in leading the design, analysis, and implementation of people-centric products/services, inclusion & wellbeing initiatives.
She works with senior leadership, management teams, and employee engagement to; embed and integrate organisational culture through behaviour, processes and systems, and seeks to promote a positive, inclusive, supportive work environment and company culture by developing and evolving programmes and initiatives that support the organisation’s mission and values.
As Global DEI specialist Adviser for NRC, she is responsible for leading NRC’s work to become an even more inclusive and diverse organisation and is responsible for defining and implementing policies and measures to promote and embed an organisational culture that embraces and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in NRC. This includes designing, creating and implementing plans to promote diversity and inclusion within the organisation and to ensure a common understanding amongst managers and employees about what diversity, equity and inclusion mean throughout NRC’s country and regional offices, representative offices and at the Head Office.
Ama has built her career and expertise (over 15 years ‘experience) within different industries such as – start-ups, tech, professional services, legal, financial services, media & entertainment. She is the founder of The Inclusion Agilist (a culture and inclusion consultancy).
Ama has an LLB in Law and a MA in Public Relations and Public Communications. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce UK.
As well as serving on MAC-UK’s Board of Trustees as vice-chair, she is also a Governor on the Board of The Boxing Academy. Previous Board roles also include former Mentoring Chair of Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WITC UK), and Trustee Board member at Artswork.
Ama’s passions and interests include travelling, fitness, outdoors activities, theatre and movies, animation, and interior decor. She is an avid foodie and loves spending time with her family and socialising with friends.
Find her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ama-afrifa-tchie-frsa-9291864/
Mary Waweru | Founder at Crest Impact, DEI and Social Impact Consultant
Mary moved from Kenya to Finland 18 years ago as a student. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Business Management.
After spending 15 years working in hospitality, Mary entered the advertising space as a Global Project Manager. During this time, she dedicated her free time to meeting organisations, city officials and other immigrants with the aim of creating spaces where uncomfortable topics were allowed to progress society. She also wanted to do something about the difficulties immigrants experienced finding suitable roles in Finland. Mary has always been involved in gender advancement projects and educational non-profit organisations in both Kenya and Finland. Being Kenyan and raised with the spirit and foundation of Umoja and community, she possesses unwavering interest in social and community development and feels comfortable in advisory roles on a multinational level.
At Crest Impact, as the primary consultant, and through partnerships and programmes with local and global organisations, Mary is doing her part in creating better organisations and society. She consistently creates content on LinkedIn on topics such as: Anti-Blackness, Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Social Impact and Decolonisation.