Roopa Badrinath, HR veteran and ex-Chief Talent Officer of Wunderman Thompson South Asia, who launched her Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Consultancy – Turmeric Consulting in August, has curated a programme ‘Pathways to Inclusive Leadership’.
The programme looks at the merits of a diverse workforce that is resilient and recognises and harnesses the potential of everyone under inclusive leaders. While giving pointers to interrupt biases, the programme shines a light on the importance of acknowledging privilege and power, and deploying it for the good of under-represented people. Badrinath will curate a series of programmes for the advertising and marketing industry.
The programme sheds light on the role of biases, identity, intersectionality, identity-based stereotyping, privilege, and power in pursuing inclusive leadership.
Roopa Badrinath, Founder and Principal Consultant, Turmeric Consulting, said, “Just having a diverse workforce without embedding inclusion into the DNA of the organisation is like putting the cart before the horse. The dividends of having a diverse workforce can be reaped only with an inclusive culture. Creating an inclusive culture requires the ongoing commitment of employees at all levels more so the leaders to drive a cultural shift.”
‘Pathways to Inclusive Leadership’ aspires to rouse the collective conscience of all people leaders in creating an inclusive culture where diversity and equity thrive, and create a sense of belonging.
“While the industry has been conscientiously working on improving representation across levels, it might be missing out on a critical aspect to make diversity thrive. And that is inclusion. Inclusion fosters an environment of mutual respect where differences are valued and welcomed. On the other hand, equity ensures that all individuals have access to the same opportunities while being treated fairly,” she added.
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