The Official Top 20 Diversity & Inclusion Speakers to Follow in 2023
In an unpredictable world, we are members of one of the most progressive societies in human history. Considering the global conversation around diversity and inclusion, the terms are essential for an equal society, especially in the workplace.
Let us take a look at the most popular diversity and inclusion speakers to follow on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Who Are Our Top 20 Diversity & Inclusion Speakers?
- George the Poet
- Katie Piper
- Nicola Adams
- Harnaam Kaur
- Jake & Hannah Graff
- Derek Redmond
- Haddy Ndure
- Michelle King
- Kelly Brown
- Inga Beale
- Yasmin Benoit
- Asif Sadiq
- Melanie Sykes
- Ade Adepitan
- Ayo Sokale
- Jonathan Lovitz
- JJ Chalmers
- Charlie Martin
- Gina Buckney
- Ellie Simmonds
George The Poet
Starting off our list of icons is socially and politically charged lyricist, George The Poet. Hand-picked as a contributor to the royal wedding coverage of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, George is an awe-inspiring performer and influential speaker.
He is versed in social, economic, and political issues, and provides insightful yet creative spoken word performances, stories and talks – addressing the latest affairs on his podcast, Have You Heard George’s Podcast? With social media helping his poetry thrive even further, George has over 73K followers on his Twitter and 100K on his Instagram, @GeorgeThePoet.
Awarded her OBE for her services to charity and victims of burns and disfigurement injuries, Katie Piper created The Katie Piper Foundation to campaign toward reconnecting victims with their lives and communities.
After sharing her inspirational survival story, Katie is determined to support communities and individuals facing adversity and exclusion. She’s a truly empowering figure, motivating audiences often on BBC Radio 2 and supporting an impressive 1M+ followers on her Instagram page @KatiePiper_ and over 303K on Twitter.
Having struck gold at the London 2012 and the Rio 2016 Games, Nicola Adams is a double Olympic champion. She’s a fearless fighter in the ring as well as out, tackling homophobia and sexism.
Nicola is a vocal advocate for LBGT+ inclusion and diversity, consistently motivating other women to break boundaries and stigmas. She shares her excitement for female success frequently on her Twitter @NicolaAdamsOBE and captures beautiful moments of her success on her Instagram @NicolaAdams.
Since a young age, Harnaam Kaur has lived with hirsutism, the excessive growth of body hair, after being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.
After years of torment for her condition, Harnaam took a stance against bullying and now creates new beauty concepts, against the outdated conventional standards. She is a very popular social activist with over 167K followers on her personal Instagram @HarnaamKaur, and soon to be on her upcoming beauty page @HarnaamKaurBeauty too!
Jake & Hannah Graff
Britain’s very first transgender parents, Jake & Hannah Graf are trans advocates showing the world that anything is possible. The couple use their platforms to share their personal stories and give a voice to the transgender community.
With their pages @HannahW253 and @Jake_Graf5 across all social media platforms, together the couple share a vast following of over 166K on Instagram. Considering Hannah’s MBE for services to the LGBT+ community in the military and Jake’s vast list of acting and directing awards, the pair are boundless.
Derek Redmond is a guiding light in times of hardship, supporting athletes and businesses by reflecting on his experiences in sports.
With a successful career in the Olympics, Derek has faced many hurdles and is familiar with high-pressure environments. He is driven to overcome obstacles and educate people on racism with his knowledge of diverse leadership. Sharing the joys of life to his 15.7K+ followers of @TheRealDerekRedmond on Instagram, Derek is a relatable as well as motivational figure.
As a leading voice among British African youth, Haddy Ndure is a proud representative of culture, diversity, and female empowerment.
With her extensive portfolio of internships with the BBC, Haddy is well-known in the media for breaking stereotypes and ensuring young Africans are given equal opportunities at the Audacity Education Programme, co-founded by herself. To keep up to date with Haddy’s career, connect with her on LinkedIn!
A visionary leader, Michelle King is a global expert on inclusion, determined to overcome the difficulties women and minorities face in the workplace.
As a UN Advisor with five academic degrees, Michelle is on a mission to help businesses implement intersectional thinking and inspire females to advance their careers regardless of boundaries. Motivating women and business owners online, Michelle is active across all platforms, with over 15K Instagram, 15K Facebook followers, and 32K LinkedIn followers.
Encouraging a non-judgemental and inclusive environment, former Scottish international rugby player, Kelly Brown is a speaker on neurodiversity and adversity.
Sharing his inspirational story of overcoming the stigma attached to having a stammer, Kelly encourages people to overcome difficulties, persevere and understand the psychology behind a great team. A part-time singer and full-time family man, Kelly shares aspects of his life off the field, as well as his career to his 22K+ followers on Twitter @KellyDrBrown.
Lloyd’s of London’s first female CEO, Inga Beale is a businesswoman devoted to inclusion, and standing up for acceptance.
As an experienced CEO, she was the first woman and bisexual person to be named in the top 10 of the 2015 OUTstanding & FT Leading LGBT Executive Power List. Inga is implementing key changes in the business sector and updating the industry on her progression on Instagram, at @ingabeale.
One of Britain’s most popular Black models, Yasmin Benoit, is on a mission to diversify the fashion and modelling industries.
Coming out as asexual in 2017, Yasmin has fought for social change and awareness of asexuality. Since, she has launched the #ThisIsWhatAsexualLooksLike movement, which has been popular among her 58.7K+ followers on Instagram @theyasminbenoit. Yasmin has provided a voice for those who identify and educated others across her social media.
Formerly Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact at Adidas, Asif Sadiq is now the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for Warner Bros. Discovery.
With a well-established career of over 15 years, Asif is an expert in the field. He is a proactive innovator, aspiring to value all talents no matter their differences. He frequently shares advice and posts on his Twitter, @AsifSadiq, that are useful and informative to many.
At the age of 51, TV presenter, Melanie Sykes, was diagnosed with autism. Opening up about her “life-changing” experience, Melanie has a passion for health, wellbeing and education.
With her warm personality, she’s loved by all audiences and inspires others in Frank Magazine, her lifestyle magazine. She also is active on Instagram with her 304K+ familial followers @MsMelanieSykes.
Ade Adepitan is a notable television presenter and Paralympic basketball player. With his determination and drive, Ade has never allowed his disability to stop him from achieving success.
Awarded an MBE in 2006 for his services to disability sport and previously hosting the Winter Paralympic Games in 2014, Ade is a representative and supporter of disability and race inclusion. A popular Twitter user, Ade speaks on the changes and resources necessary for disabled people and shares his family life on Instagram, @AdeAdepitan.
Nominated one of The Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35, Ayo Sokale is an influential member of society. She’s a leader in civil engineering, directing her path in a male-dominated vocation.
With her career as her passion, Ayo demonstrates how to succeed as a Black woman in professional spaces with gender and race bias. On her Instagram, @officialayosokale, she also posts about living life like it’s golden!
LGBT+ advocate, Jonathan Lovitz is devoted to increasing inclusion and diversity in business and politics. As Senior Vice President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Jonathan is a spokesman for economic opportunities, business experience, leadership and advancements in the LGBT+ community.
Jonathan is one of Business Equality Magazine’s 40 LGBT Leaders Under 40, accredited for making a difference in society. As a lover of politics, Star Trek and musicals, Jonathan is on Twitter talking about the things he loves to over 18K followers on @JDLovitz.
Former Royal Marine, now TV Presenter, JJ Chalmers is a champion of mental resilience and determination. After undergoing nearly 30 operations following severe injuries from an improvised explosive device, Chalmers faced the loss of two fingers, leg wounds, facial deformity, and destruction of his right elbow.
Never allowing his trauma or adversity to disrupt his progress, Chalmers won the Invictus Games in 2014. Living the dream on his socials, Chalmers shares his energy and positive outlook on life to beyond 24K followers on his Twitter @JJChalmersRM.
Making LGBT+ history, Charlie Martin is the first transgender motorsports racer. Motivating people to achieve their goals, Charlie is eager to eradicate discrimination and share her story as a woman among many male pro race drivers. She speaks to audiences about being your authentic self and transgender awareness.
Across all platforms, Charlie is consistently engaging, reaching out and connecting with people, her Instagram, @GoCharlieM, is a great display of community for her grand 15.8K+ following.
Gina Buckney is an empowering female in business as a Corporate Wellbeing Transformation Expert. Inspired to create change in a male-dominated sector, Gina is the creator of Your People Are Your Power, striving for success for all, especially females.
To more than 12.6K followers on Instagram @GinaBuckney, Gina shares posts on wellbeing, her notes to self and life as a dog mum!
Ellie Simmonds is a swimming sensation, breaking world records and winning four Gold medals. Reigning as the youngest recipient of an MBE aged just 14 years old, Ellie is a remarkable woman, never hindered by her disability. She is a patron for Dwarf Sports Association UK and an inspirational speaker for young disabled people across the UK.
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