Diversily is offering its Inclusion Ideathon for organisations that want to take action and integrate diversity and inclusion (D&I) into their core. The programme aims to embed D&I into their culture by getting staff talking, generating ideas, and taking action to drive forward positive change. And if your organisation’s New Year’s Resolution is to improve on these practices, now is the perfect time to take part. Diversily is offering a 30% discount on the Inclusion Ideathon for anyone who signs up before the end of the year.

Marissa Ellis, the founder of Diversily, explains more, “The Diversily Inclusion Ideathon opens up important conversations to address the lack of workplace diversity and inclusion. D&I is a critical driver for innovation, wellbeing, customer success, employee experience and business performance. Organisations that don’t start integrating it will soon get left behind. Staff, suppliers, customers and partners are all demanding more, and now is the time to act.”

The Inclusion Ideathon is an action orientated, inspiring, team building event to encourage courageous conversations and co-creation of solutions to increase workplace diversity & inclusion. It aspires to encourage ownership and participation across your organisation, educating employees through active engagement. The vision is to build stronger teams, strengthen relationships, and change mindsets to build D&I into the way people think, not just because it’s the ‘right’ thing to do. The Ideathon can also provide a global view of how people across your company feel and what challenges are faced. 

Keeping diversity and inclusion at the core 

The Ideathon consists of two 2 hour interactive, highly rated workshops. These can be run virtually or face to face. To make the event as accessible as possible, organisations that take part will be provided with everything they need to facilitate this ‘off the shelf’ impactful event. This includes a facilitator guide, workshop plan, slide, participant handout, hundreds of ideas for change as well as two 1:1 coaching sessions. Diversily’s experienced facilitators can also facilitate the event for you. 

When an organisation signs up they can choose exactly when to run the event to suit their schedule. The flexible, format works for 10-100 people to attend, by adjusting the timing and groupings. Multiple events can be run for larger organisations and Diversily will be by your side to help you find the best approach. Participants can expect an engaging, thought provoking, inspiring experience that helps them better understand the experiences of others and invites them to contribute to making their organization a better place to work by increasing diversity and inclusion.

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Nick Dean, Managing Director at ADLIB reflects on their participation in the programme, telling us that, “The Diversily Hackathon was nothing sort of a great success. The format created an environment that encouraged confidence and participation throughout the business and resulted in authentic and valuable proposals that developed our internal awareness of inclusion, whilst enabling a platform to educate our clients through the experience.

“Each proposal brought value and opportunity and having implemented them into the entire business now feels confident in discussing inclusion, internally and with clients, all of which has led to positive change throughout the recruitment process.”

Organisations that are ready to take a proactive and positive step to increase diversity and inclusion within their company and in the wider ecosystem and sector should sign up. Marissa adds, “Typically people with an HR or Diversity, Equality and Inclusion role or a business unit leader or senior executive would sign their company up to run the event. Organisations should only sign up if they are ready to encourage their teams to have bold, honest and open conversations to explore current challenges and co-create solutions for positive change. This is not a ’tick box’ exercise but a means to empower your people to build their understanding, strengthen their relationships and make a difference.”

Marissa continues, explaining how the Ideathon can help companies on their D&I journeys: “The Diversily Inclusion Ideathon works on two levels. It creates a safe space to embrace uncomfortable conversations about differences. This strengthens teams and contributes to creating a more inclusive culture.

“It also encourages ownership and active participation from across your origination which drives active engagement and generation of ideas for driving positive changes, that are right for your organisation. Diversity and inclusion isn’t a job for someone in HR. The Diversily Inclusion Ideathon helps to get everyone involved to play their part. It helps to identify pain points and solutions, unique to your organisation, and then builds momentum by supporting the best ideas to be implemented. The event encourages change proposals across these four areas; Culture & Leadership, Ecosystem & Offerings, Employee Experience and Recruitment.”

You can sign up for your organisation to take part in Diversily’s Inclusion Ideathon today and take initiative in shaping your workplace’s culture for the better.