A Guide To Celebrating National Inclusion Week & Which Guest Speakers You Can Hire For The Occasion
National Inclusion Week is the annual celebration of togetherness, recognising inclusion in all of its forms. It highlights the importance of inclusive practices, especially within the workplace, to educate business leaders on their role in the quest for equality.
In combination with diversity, an inclusive workplace will benefit from a 60% improvement in decision-making and a 19% increase in revenue compared to their competitors, reflecting the power of united teams. Our inclusion speakers teach businesses how to develop an equal workplace, and benefit from such statistics.
This National Inclusion Week, pledge to transform your business into a place for all employees to thrive, with our guide to honouring such an important event.
What is National Inclusion Week & When is it Celebrated?
Celebrated annually, National Inclusion Week promotes the power of acceptance in the face of discrimination. The annual event centres around a specific theme, with past themes including Each One, Reach One, to encourage people to connect with their peers. For nearly a decade, the event has been at the forefront of the inclusion revolution, ensuring a culture of belonging.
National Inclusion Week 2021 is taking place from the 27th of September to the 3rd of October. To book a speaker for that period, contact a booking agent today.
Top Ways to Celebrate National Inclusion Week 2021 in the Workplace
Discover our top pick of events and activities to celebrate inclusion in the workplace.
Volunteer for an Inclusion Charity
By volunteering for an organisation, like the disability charity Scope, you will set a precedent for your workplace. Leading the march for equality, such activities will reflect the progressiveness of your business, and you as its leader.
Most importantly, volunteering is a powerful way to give back to your community. It allows important organisations to continue supporting people most at risk, and pioneer inclusivity within society. Your workplace will be empowered by volunteering, as the highly rewarding activity unites your employees under a common goal.
To encourage your employees to take part, consider offering paid volunteering days.
Hire an Inclusion Expert
One of the best ways to recognise National Inclusion Week 2021 is by hiring an expert to host a workshop or speak at your event. Our speakers have dedicated their lives to improving inclusivity in business, through tailored speaking engagements that target a company’s specific areas for improvement.
Top Diversity & Inclusion Speakers
Watch our exclusive interview with the first female CEO of Lloyd’s of London, Inga Beale, in the video above.
Whether you require an LGBT+, racial equality or disability awareness speaker, here at The Diversity & Inclusion Speakers Agency we have a whole host of thought leaders on the topic of inclusion. Discover just some of our most popular orators, below:
- Piers Linney – Named in 2018’s Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business
- Inga Beale – First Bisexual Person Named in the OUTstanding List
- Tanni Grey-Thompson – 11-Time Paralympic Gold Medallist
- Charlie Martin – First Transgender Driver at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring
- Frank Bruno – Founder of The Frank Bruno Foundation, a Mental Health Organisation
- Asif Sadiq – Senior VP for Equality & Inclusion at WarnerMedia
Create an Inclusive Annual Calendar
Your workplace may celebrate Christmas and Easter, but what about Diwali and Hanukkah? Do you recognise International Women’s Day, LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Black History Month? Each of these celebrations is equally important and should be recognised in your business.
The best way to include annual events from all cultures and religions is to create an inclusive calendar. This will allow your team to easily identify any upcoming dates that you should acknowledge both publicly and within your company, to ensure all employees feel a sense of belonging.
Lead By Example
A business is only as progressive as its senior figures, so if you do not pioneer inclusivity, neither will your company. The first step to becoming an inclusive business leader is to reflect on your own stance, including how you have managed reports of discriminatory bullying in the past and your diversity policies.
Diversity and inclusion consultants are on hand to help you with this process, allowing you to see the world from a different perspective. Such experts as Perrine Farque regularly correspond with businesses through targeted training sessions and bespoke consultancy, to improve their inclusivity outlook.
Establish a Safe Space
With so many different religions, cultures and identities working within a single office, it can be difficult to cater to all of your employees. A designated safe space will allow for prayer sessions, confidential discussions and a quiet zone for neurodivergent employees to feel comfortable.
It is important to recognise that your staff each require different environments to succeed, so while some thrive in a busy open office, others would benefit from a calmer room where they can focus. A secluded, welcoming room will make your workplace an inclusive place for all employees to belong.