DIVERSITY REDEFINED TO INCLUDE THINKING STYLE AND PERSONALITY IN PROGRESSIVE NEW D&I PROGRAMME

LONDON, 13 November 2017 – A progressive new inclusion and diversity (I&D) programme that broadens the scope of traditional corporate thinking- to include thinking style and personality type as well as gender, ethnicity and sexuality – is being launched tomorrow.

Mission INCLUDE, founded by specialist diversity and development experts Moving Ahead and global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, brings CEOs and senior executives together to take action and create truly inclusive behaviours and cultures – by focusing on the individual talent not the ‘label’ they sit under.

Mission INCLUDE embraces and encourages diverse thinking, creating an open, experiential learning journey for all participants through cross-company, cross-industry and cross-diversity strand learning:

•           For individuals from non-dominant groups through 1:1 cross-company mentoring
•           For non-dominant groups using storytelling techniques in cross-company reverse mentoring circles, to openly explore and learn about inclusion and diversity challenges
•           For organisations represented by network leads, L&D leads and Executive sponsors in cross-company organisational learning circles, to explore and consider best practice and how to accelerate change at an organisational level

Ten founding firms will collaborate cross-organisation and cross-industry. Those already signed up pre–launch, include AIG, BNY Mellon, State Street, London Stock Exchange Group, Reed Smith and Santander.

Rupal Kantaria, Strategic Adviser at Oliver Wyman and Mission INCLUDE campaign leader, said: “In today’s increasingly competitive world, we cannot and should not afford to ignore the business benefits that come with allowing and encouraging all behaviours to shine – whether introvert and extrovert, creative and analytical, team player or individual. The best, most innovative solutions are born out of varying, sometimes competing perspectives. We are not yet creating the results we need and that is because we are simply not being diverse enough or pushing ourselves to move beyond the academic debate – to take practical action. Mission INCLUDE will change this.”

At the launch event on 14 November at Google UK HQ, Rupal Kantaria will be joined by Liz Dimmock, CEO and founder, Moving Ahead; Jeff Conway, CEO of EMEA, State Street; Michiel de Jong, President and CEO, Mizuho International and Ronan Harris, Managing Director, Google UK for a candid panel discussion.

Liz Dimmock, CEO and Founder of Moving Ahead said: “Without a truly inclusive culture and leadership, diversity cannot thrive. Taking traditional gender-based mentoring and making it work across the spectrum of diversity is the next step towards creating truly inclusive cultures. Our recent research study proves that good quality mentoring shines a light on privilege, increases retention and creates empathetic leaders and developing two-way learning for the mentor as well as the mentee. This is an exciting new approach which will lead to increased innovation and ultimately better business performance.”

To join Mission Include, contact Liz Dimmock at Moving Ahead on liz@moving-ahead.org.

To access Mission INCLUDE content: www.oliverwyman.com/our-culture/inclusion-diversity/mission-include.html

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Notes to Editors

Media who would like to attend the launch at 4pm tomorrow are welcome to contact Timma Marett on timma@moving-ahead.org

About Moving Ahead

Moving Ahead is a purpose-led, specialist development and diversity organisation. We believe in the power of mentoring programmes, masterclasses, and research to create positive change. The ‘why’ is simple - diversity of thought, experience, and teams leads to increased creativity, innovation, retention and better business performance. Moving Ahead works not just around the world but also across the spectrum of diversity, for more than 150 organisations including BT, Cisco, Google, Warner Music, Deloitte and Ricoh. We have supported more than 4,500 mentors and mentees.

Women Ahead is Moving Ahead’s award-winning social enterprise arm with a focus on gender. It is where our story started – as a mentoring organisation founded with the belief that parity between men and women will benefit individuals, organisations and society as a whole. Our goals have evolved hugely since start-up in 2014. Women Ahead designs and delivers the 30% Club cross-company mentoring scheme – the largest in the UK with a record-breaking 1,550 mentors and mentees from 86 companies this year. Click here for a short video about the 30% cross-company mentoring programme. To see a gallery of people describing their experience of our mentoring programmes, search #inspiredbymentoring on twitter.

About Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 50+ cities across nearly 30 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 4,500 professionals around the world who help clients optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC]. For more information, visit www.oliverwyman.com. Follow Oliver Wyman on Twitter @OliverWyman.