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Engaging Leadership To Improve Diversity, Equity & Inclusion With Sheree Atcheson

In this episode, Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, speaks with Sheree Atcheson, author of Demanding More. Sheree and Melinda dive into strategies for how to effectively help leaders succeed in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), even when we may not be in a position of power ourselves.

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At the beginning when you start to move people into that majority, you will have to help them with what it means to do X, whether it is what it means to be an intersectional ally, what does it mean to be inclusive in your team, running inclusive meetings, and language…. Assume everybody knows nothing, and start from scratch and moving people into that majority space where they start to get confident, and feel comfortable, and providing them some avenues to start to take that ownership themselves.
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Guest Speaker

Sheree Atcheson

Author of “Demanding More”

Listed as one of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech & an international multi-award winner for her services to Diversity & Inclusion in industry, Sheree (@nirushika) is the Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Peakon; Advisory Board Member, Women Who Code; Contributor, Forbes. She is the Author of “”Demanding More”” (with Kogan Page Publishing) – a book which aims to teach readers about how deliberate exclusion has been in systems and society, so we can be purposefully and deliberately inclusive moving forward. Preorder now!

Sheree is a Global Diversity & Inclusion Senior Exec (ex. Deloitte and Monzo), having worked in many regions developing tailored, data-driven DE&I strategies, with clear goals and lines of accountability to embed success and inclusion that scales.
As a passionate advocate for gaining/retaining women in the industry, in 2013, she launched & led the award-winning U.K. expansion of Women Who Code (womenwhocode.com) the world’s largest non-profit globally dedicated to women in tech, where she now sits as an Advisory Board Member.

As an industry leader, she has spoken at many global events, conferences and leadership sessions and is regularly profiled for her work, having been featured in many publications, such as Forbes, Business Insider, BBC, FastCompany, Evening Standard, HuffPost, Business Post, Marie Claire, Wired, ComputerWeekly, The Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Newsletter & many more.

The aim of her career is ensuring people are aware of the fantastic opportunities the industry has to offer & make certain that all humans are able to benefit from these & reach their full career potential.

Learn more about the host and creator of Leading With Empathy & Allyship, Melinda Briana Epler.