Diversity, equality, inclusion. They are hot topics for all types of organisations – and it’s not surprising why. Barely a week goes by without a story of discrimination or harassment hitting the headlines.
Creating a more fair and just society has always been something we care passionately about at Slack Communications. It’s why we love to work with businesses, charities and individuals that are focused on “doing good” and to take on gigs that will create positive change – be that organising conferences that aim to achieve equality for women, implementing large-scale global PR campaigns that raise awareness of rape and gender violence in conflict, or writing reports and special supplements on poverty in the UK.
This time last year, we took on a new project that we hoped would drive our mission for a better world further even more. We supported Baxter Publishing with the launch of a new magazine, website and events programme called LEAD: Leadership for Equality and Diversity.
However, just as things were getting going, the original founder, Sheenagh Baxter of Baxter Publishing, had a change of circumstances and direction, which sadly meant she was no longer able to continue publishing LEAD in its original form. So, we had to stop what we were doing and take stock.
Since then, there has been a fair amount of soul-searching, evaluation and deliberation. What had we got right, what had we got wrong, how can we make this work, is LEAD really what the world needs?
We can’t just sit here and watch all this inequality, discrimination and outright outrageous behaviour (we’re looking at you, Brett Kavanaugh) without doing our own bit to help put things right.
So, we’re back to fight the good fight.
LEAD: Leadership for Equality and Diversity is now to be published by Slack Communications.
Our vision will remain the same – we will still be striving for that better future where people from under-represented groups have the skills, knowledge, power and opportunity to excel as leaders within business, politics and wider society.
Our mission will also still be focused on defining, analysing and showcasing how more diverse workforces can benefit both the bottom line and wider society.
However, for the moment, we’ll be focusing purely on our digital output, filling our website and e-newsletter with practical advice, inspiring stories and shared experiences that will help you and your organisations create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.
So, how can you get involved?
We want to hear from you. We want to know about your experiences, your challenges and your successes. We want to showcase you and your organisations so that we can celebrate your achievements and help others achieve the same.
You can get in touch with us via email, twitter or Facebook. And make sure you sign up to receive our newsletter so that you are the first to receive our latest news, information and best practice articles.
Finally, a message for the people who were with LEAD at the beginning and kindly provided support, advice, encouragement, articles, design, photography and all the many other contributions that you made. Thank you. It hasn’t been forgotten.