Our distinguished panel featured accomplished leaders from diverse backgrounds. Arvinda Gohil, interim-CEO of The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and non-executive director at The Conduit, moderated the session. Benaifer Bhandari, CEO of Hopscotch Women’s Centre, Joanne Anderson, former Mayor of Liverpool, Shani Newbold, founder and managing director at Cadence, and Susannah La-Touche, a renowned urological surgeon, shared their wealth of expertise.
The panelists delved into the specific pressures and challenges they faced as women of colour in leadership roles. They also highlighted the opportunities they had to serve as role models, demonstrating what success could look like in a truly diverse world.
Arvinda, Benaifer, Susannah, Shani, and Joanne shared personal anecdotes, insights, and strategies for overcoming obstacles. They explored the intersections of race, gender, and leadership, shedding light on the barriers faced by women of colour. They also discussed how they navigated the complex landscape of leadership.
This event provided a valuable opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of women of colour in leadership positions. It fostered a dialogue on creating inclusive and supportive environments, which is crucial for aspiring leaders, advocates for diversity and inclusion, or anyone interested in gaining a broader perspective.
The panel discussion was not only enlightening but also empowering. It underscored the importance of diversity leadership and board appointments, executive recruitment, talent management, and driving positive social change. It also highlighted the role of social enterprises and community engagement policy in promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.