Could greater diversity in the workplace have avoided the global financial crisis?


04 / 9 / 2015 9.27am

Speakers at the upcoming Diversity and Inclusion conference: working better for patients, give insight into their sessions in a series of guest blogs. 

The conference, which is taking place on the 23 September, will be chaired by Simon Fanshawe OBE. Simon along with head of diversity and inclusion at NHS Employers, Paul Deemer, keynote speaker Liz Bingham OBE and performance poet and nurse Molly Case, have all been passionately speaking out about why diversity and inclusion is vital for business, society and ultimately patients.

Simon Fanshawe’s blog explains why his passion meant he jumped at the chance to chair the conference. Diverse and inclusive teams are more effective and get the best out of talented individuals, which ultimately provides better care for patients.

Liz Bingham addresses some really interesting topics in her blog. She acknowledges that while diverse teams may seem harder to manage due to the range of differing opinions that inevitably arise, the rewards are well worth it. She hypothesises that had the teams working at the heart of the financial architecture during the global financial crisis been more diverse and inclusive, there may well not have been a crisis at all.

Molly Case, who will perform an original piece at the conference next month, speaks about her experiences working as a nurse in the highly diverse London borough of Lambeth. Her focus is on the importance of each individual’s behaviour in their day to day lives and how this can make a big difference to how inclusive a workplace is for its staff, and a hospital is for its patients.

Paul Deemer and Liz Bingham have also produced short video blogs, explaining what diversity and inclusion means to them. You can watch these short clips on the blog section of the website. 

To hear more from Simon, Liz and Molly and the other experts speaking on the day please visit the event webpage where you can book your place and view the full programme.

All of the blogs mentioned can be read in full here:

The importance of respect by Molly Case

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