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University of East Anglia dinner discussion with Melanie Richard, Vice Chairman, KPMG

16th September 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

What does it mean to be an inclusive leader? And why does it matter in terms of the performance of your organisation? In our view, inclusive leadership matters because it creates the conditions in which people of all backgrounds and talents can flourish, and the effect on the organisation is that there is more innovation, more challenge, and better risk management.

Recent surveys show as few as 25% of employees believe their organisations have the leaders to succeed in the future and only 33% identify their executives as being among the top leadership talent in their industry.

Adnams, Barclays, the University of East Anglia and Tomorrow’s Company hosted a dinner discussion to think about what it means to be an inclusive leader, how it can be developed at all levels of your organisation and why an inclusive leadership style will be essential to deliver future business success given the changing context within which business operates. Through this dialogue we brought to light examples of best practice and explore how inclusive leadership can be developed at all levels of your organisation.

Melanie Richards is Vice Chairman of KPMG UK, a member of their UK Advisory Council, Chair of KPMG’s UK Diversity Leadership Group, a member of The 30% Club Steering Committee and has more than 25 years of banking experience. She is a trustee of The Eve Appeal and Orbis UK, a non-profit humanitarian organization.  Melanie recently received Opportunity Now’s Champion Award, the gender campaign from Business in the Community, for her contribution to advancing, promoting and embedding a diversity culture within the workplace.

This dinner discussion was one in a series of dialogues we held as part of the Tomorrow’s Company Futures Project, a business led inquiry that will develop a positive and practical vision for how companies can be a force for good. Our experience of organising similar discussions in the East Anglia and elsewhere in the past is that they have provided an opportunity to share the leadership experience and stimulate participants to test the emerging ideas and solutions that are coming out in their own organisations.

You can find the discussion summary here.


16th September 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm