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Sharing the Power: Measurable practices to amplify DEIB initiatives.

May 18, 2022 @ 12:00 - 13:30

Blaze Panel

Blaze Inclusion Awards presents:

Sharing the Power: Measurable practices to amplify DEIB initiatives.

Panel Discussion #3


How can we ‘share the power’ to ensure that diverse voices, and particularly voices of people of minority and marginalised groups are heard and amplified? How can DEIB initiatives be measured to ensure lasting, conscious and positive impact? Moreover, how can DEIB initiatives further create an enabling environment that bridges the inequality and inequity gap across intersections?

The previous panel discussion (in March) explored ‘Including diverse voices in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging process’. To build on this discussion, it is important to assess the next steps – how exactly can we include diverse voices? How do we get them in the rooms where decisions are made, and how can we ensure that DEIB initiatives are conscious and inclusive?

During this event, we will speak with five DEIB practitioners who represent each of the participating countries.

More information on the panelists coming soon. 

In the meantime, register your participation below.

The Blaze Inclusion Awards are an initiative by Diversify, and co-produced by HerSpace and The Annual.

The Blaze Inclusion Awards celebrate and illuminate the trailblazers – individuals and organizations – who actively and passionately uplift Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives in their workspaces, communities and society overall. With a focus on the Nordic region, the Blaze Awards highlight the champions in each country and finally give recognition to the outstanding individuals and organisations whose practices within the DEIB agenda shine beyond borders.

We are currently in the nomination phase of the Blaze Inclusion Awards! 

Do you know a company or individual who is doing outstanding work to further DEIB? You can nominate them here. There are six different categories to choose from: The Trailblazer, The Catalyst, The Synergist, The Guardian, The Spark and The Groundbreaker.

Each category seeks to shine a light on a different area, from individual practitioners, to workplaces, to those working with innovation, the media, community engagement and the environment.

Finland: Kamilla Sultanova

Kamilla is a bridge-builder, public speaker and diversity and inclusion expert, mother and mentor based in Helsinki, Finland.

Previously Kamilla has held a successful career in corporate sales in Scandinavian shipping companies including Maersk Line, where she combined her advocacy roles in European women’s lobby and local Danish and Finnish NGO to support access to job market for immigrants and international talents. Combining her business and non-profit expertise from Global Dignity NGO, Kamilla speaks to and trains executives, students and educators on benefits of diverse teams in organizational innovation and growth for small and large, public and private employers.

Kamilla was born in Karshi, Uzbekistan. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Corporate Communication from Aarhus University in Denmark.



Denmark: Jessica Pedraza

Jessica Bridgette Pedraza’s educational and professional background has heavily centred on addressing the inequities facing under-resourced communities and dismantling inequity and prejudice through different mediums such as educational inclusion and strengthen-based research. Recently, she has used her qualitative and quantitative skills have allowed her to help organizations co-create working environments that move diversity, equity, and inclusion forward for employees worldwide.


This event is FREE to attend. Please register HERE to receive the zoom link.




May 18, 2022
12:00 - 13:30
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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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