Charlotte Sweeney has recently been named by The Economist as one of the ‘Top 50 Diversity Professionals in the world.’ Her achievements and story are hugely engaging. She left school at 16 but has totally turned her life around and is now Harvard University’s Global Leadership award winner! She’s one of the UK’s most influential women in business and a trailblazer when it comes to diversity in the workplace.
She has many strings to her bow. Not only a small business owner, she has just released her debut book, which is co-authored by Fleur Bothwick OBE, Head of Diversity and Inclusive Leadership for the EMEIA regiona at EY, entitled ‘Inclusive Leadership – The Definitive Guide to Developing and Executing an Impactful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy – Locally and Globally’. Studies show an 80% improvement in business performance among those with high diversity levels. Exemplifying that the most successful organisations are those with the most diverse and engaged workforces.
Charlotte has dedicated much of her life to championing universal social mobility and the benefits of a diverse workforce in business for over 15 years, which led to her being called upon by UK Secretary of State Dr. Vince Cable to conduct an independent review on the Voluntary Code for Executive Search firms in relation to getting more women onto boards, resulting in ‘The Sweeney Report’, which has been widely referenced.
Charlotte Sweeney’s debut book ‘Inclusive Leadership -The Definitive Guide to Developing and Executing an Impactful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy – Locally and Globally’ takes place at London’s Ernst & Young on 30th November 2016, from 6pm to 8.30pm.
Speakers on the panel at the London event are Larry Hearst, Former Chairman of IBM, Maria Miller Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee and entrepreneur Jessica Huie MBE
Published by The Financial Times and now on general release, Charlotte’s book provides a thorough introduction to D&I with practical and pragmatic advice on how to convert words into action and create a truly inclusive culture. ‘Inclusive Leadership’ brings to life a much needed guide for businesses, on how to drive sustainable, corporate culture change.
TopicUK will be reviewing Charlotte’s book in forthcoming issues. “Charlotte is a partner of TopicUK and we are delighted to have her working closely with us,” said TopicUK Group Editor, Gill Laidler.