Thursday 16th February 2017, a day to remember as our next big step in diversity and inclusion, where we launch our new venture called EMpower.
Last night saw the reveal of the EMpower brand, and with it, the opening of nominations for the Top 100 Ethnic Minority Business Leaders and Top 30 Future Leaders.
We celebrated the real strides being made in BAME inclusion, both in and out of the workplace. This is a big step for us, and it was wonderful to see so many people there supporting this initiative, and supporting BAME workplace inclusion. EMpower is building on last year’s UPstanding Executive Power List, and allows us to provide support and content on a range of BAME inclusion issues.
Not only are we launching the lists, we also have a membership offering, which begins with our 10 founding members and what a list of members it is:
- Dentsu Aegis Network
- Slaughter and May
- Virgin Money
As mentioned by Vivian Hunt (Managing Partner of McKinsey), in this day and age “there is simply no excuse for companies to not be looking for the best talent, from all kinds diverse groups”. Last night we heard from so many inspiring figures in the BAME community, with Krishna Omkar (Associate at Slaughter and May) saying “we have to push through the fatigue, or nothing will change.” As Karen Blackett said “talent is everywhere, opportunity is not. We have people of colour in positions of power and we need to celebrate that.” We know that these lists are helping people to be comfortable with being recognised for their differences, and that our Future Leaders specifically can create a landscape that we are proud to be a part of.
You can nominate your leaders using the link below so please like and share this post to spread the word:
As with our other events, it is always great to see our members and role models in attendance and celebrating achievements. With so many of our EMpower founding members represented, I felt truly humbled and privileged by the support. We have an exciting calendar of events coming up, not only will we have the lists in May, but we have some fantastic activity planned.
The experience of BAME people in the workplace is clearly different and we exist to help them develop, be promoted and be included. Yesterday validated our existence even more. I’m so proud of where we’ve started with EMpower and can’t wait to see it grow and unfold for the rest of this year.
“Now more than ever we have to stand up for what we believe in, don’t be afraid to fight.” – Vivian Hunt