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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Disability Inclusion

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!

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Disability Inclusion

Thanks to the rise of various social movements in the last few years, the stride for more diversity and inclusion has made progress across diversity parameters such as gender, race, sexual orientation, but one aspect of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) which is often neglected, is disability.

One of the many things that the Covid pandemic has taught us is that work can be redefined and it can be much more flexible than we imagined before. However, a report by the Return on Disability group from the USA shows that  90% of companies claim to prioritize diversity, but only 4% consider disability in those initiatives. This is a huge loss, as the disability market is larger than China, with 1.85 billion people and $1.9 trillion in annual disposable income.

So what can companies and businesses do to incorporate and include persons with disabilities in their workspaces? And even before that, how can employers understand the barriers that discourage people with disabilities from working for them? How to ensure your workplace is accessible and inclusive to retain your diverse employees? These and many more questions will be addressed by our insightful panelists.

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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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