Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Identity Work & Employee Resource Groups

Today, I want to talk about one an interesting concept that is at the heart of why individuals both seek out and avoid employee resource groups. I want to talk about identity work. Once we go through it, you’re going to realise that it’s something that everyone does but in this episode it will become clear that some people have …

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: The Core Functions of An Employee Resource Group

Today, I want to talk about one of the most common questions that I get asked about employee resource groups. I want to talk about the core functions of an employee resource group and why understanding this simple but elegant concept can change the way you experience and manage employee resource groups in your organisation. So in todays show I’m …

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Diversity, Inclusion & The Bottom of the Pyramid

Today, I want to talk about Diversity, Inclusion and people. Here on this podcast, our strong belief is that people are the most important part of any organisation and the truth about Diversity & Inclusion is that when it’s done properly we should expect it to have a direct impact on the work-based experiences of people who aren’t able to …

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Why Diversity Matters: A Review of “The McKinsey Report”

Today, I want to talk about the McKinsey Report:  Why Diversity Matters In my opinion, this is one of the most cited sources that is used to justify the business case for diversity in organisations, when I say that I mean people generally use this report as evidence to support their argument when claiming that diversity is good for business, …

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Organisational Culture, Amazon and You

Today, I want to talk about cultural change and inclusion. I’ve been getting a lot of requests about organisational culture and the difficulty in changing the culture of an organisation. This is relevant because my research has consistently shown that changing organisational culture is one of the 3 biggest problems that organisations experience when they try to become more inclusive. …

Jennifer Brown: Inclusion, Allies & The Will to Change

Today I’m speaking with Jennifer Brown. Jennifer is the founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, she is one of the worlds leading experts on employee resource groups and has written several influential white papers that have been important to the development of knowledge and research regarding employee resource groups. Jennifer is also the author of Inclusion: Diversity, The New …

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: What Got Us Here Won’t Take Us There

This episode is a response to a number of requests that I’ve received from listeners to the show. As you can imagine I’m often having conversations Diversity & Inclusion and I’ve found myself repeating a number of messages to different audiences. And so I’ve been asked to share some of my thoughts and opinions about Diversity & Inclusion as an …

Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE: The Incredible Power of Staff Networks

Today I’m speaking with Cherron Inko Tariah MBE. Cherron is one of the UK’s leading expert on staff networks, she is the author of The Incredible Power of Staff Networks and the creator of the National Day of Staff Networks. Cherron is one of the few people I’ve encountered in the UK who is focused exclusively on employee resource groups …

Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey: Are Employee Resource Groups Passé?

This is a special episode of the podcast because I want to explore the views of people who don’t agree with employee resource groups. Specifically I want to discuss the recent decision by professional services firm Deloitte to phase out their employee resource groups as part of their efforts to become more inclusive. I normally avoid discussing news stories in …

Roianne Nedd: The Trusted Black Girl

In this episode I’m speaking with Roianne Nedd. Roianne is the Head of Programmes & Research at OUTstanding & EMpower, an Amplifier of women’s voices and the author of The Cracked Cocoon. I met Roianne at the annual event for EMpower’s List of the 100 most influential Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Leaders. We spoke about so many things that …