It saddens me that we still get questioned on the business case for diversity. But we do so let’s do something positive about it!

On 8th June, at Harvey Nash, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG, we’ll be using serious gaming to help us argue the case for diversity. We’ll be ready at 5.30pm, start at 6pm, finish the formal proceedings at 7.30pm and then have a little more time for networking, so finish 8.30pm.

At this unique and highly interactive event, we’ll use an online serious game for the first 30 minutes as a springboard for a further 60 minute discussion on inclusive workplaces. We’ll focus on unconscious bias and the impact that getting diversity and inclusion right or wrong can have on employees, consumers and the bottom line. Attendees will leave with the tools to create a tailored business case for diversity, why this matters for a 21st century workplace and how it could work in their own organisational culture. As this is a live workshop, attendees can also share examples of the good, bad and the ugly of how they’ve seen these issues handled before in order to understand best practice.

This event will be run by Suzanne Doyle-Morris who is the founder of the InclusIQ Institute, which gives people playful and thought-provoking tools for inclusive leadership and reducing bias for fairer and more innovative workplaces. InclusIQ advises companies on diversity issues and has built several innovative ‘serious games’ workshops on improving gender balance and inclusion in STEM fields.

Suzanne received her Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, where she focused on the experiences of women working in male-dominated fields. She is author of Beyond the Boys’ Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field and Female Breadwinners: How They Make Relationships Work and Why They are the Future of the Modern Workplace. Suzanne is a Fellow of both the Professional Speakers Association and the Saltire Foundation. She is accredited as a PCC by the International Coach Federation and is interviewed regularly by the press for her views on workplace diversity issues. Suzanne will be with us on the 8th June to run an innovative ’serious game’ workshop which uses an online role play game as a springboard for live discussion. The focus of this event will be: ’New Opportunities: Building the Business Case for Diversity’. This game is just one of Dr. Doyle-Morris’ library of serious games workshops she’s created on diversity and inclusion issues.

Contributed by Sharon Moore