Inclusion is the most vital tool at our disposal in the effort to change the face of leadership to be truly representative of our communities. At Ruebik, we believe that it is the improvement of inclusion in our businesses and communities that will lead to a natural increase in diversity at senior leadership levels.
This Inclusion Week the theme is unity, and so we’ve been thinking about what that means to us at Ruebik, both personally and professionally. We found there was a common theme in our definition of unity which was to have a common purpose, and shared goals.
We believe that achieving unity is underpinned by understanding each other, supporting one another, and working towards the same shared purpose, mission or objectives. We discussed the importance of creating a safe space to bring your authentic self into that shared mission, and of having the opportunity for your voice to be heard.
As a business, we spoke of the importance of working together; of teamwork, and of supporting our clients to create inclusive D&I strategies while providing a stand-out experience to our candidates.
This Inclusion Week has been filled with exciting events and opportunities for conversation. We were incredibly excited to host the kick-off event for our amazing BT Mentorship programme, delivered in partnership with the fantastic Akin Thomas at AKD Solutions. The Mentorship programme pairs ethnically diverse talent with ethnically diverse leaders to provide mentoring and support as they accelerate their careers within BT.
The event’s keynote speaker was the inspirational Lutalo Muhammad, British taekwondo athlete and Olympic medallist, in conversation with our CEO Christina Brooks. We cannot thank Lutalo enough for being such an amazing champion for inclusion and for his brilliant insight.
Our CEO, Christina, was invited to spend an afternoon with Amey, a leading UK infrastructure and engineering firm, to discuss the importance of an inclusive culture and how it enables us to bring more of our authentic selves to work, as well as practical steps to take to enable inclusion at every level of the organisation, helping those from underrepresented communities to succeed.
And finally, today, we’re kicking off Black History Month, with an exciting schedule of events planned over the next few weeks, including several interviews with prominent community members and a round table event with exceptional D&I champions across British business.
More details and sign-up links for our live events coming very soon – follow us on LinkedIn to be the first to hear about our upcoming live events!
We’re endlessly grateful for our incredible network of amazing organisations committed to our mission for inclusion for all – thank you all!