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Diversity and innovation go hand in hand at Knowledge Guild showcase

The Brewery and Speakers Corner welcomed more than 250 event professionals and thought leaders to the Autumn 2018 Knowledge Guild Showcase on 22 October.

The latest instalment in the popular conference series was centred on the theme of diversity, and was titled: “Diversity: Let’s unlock our potential to innovate and achieve the unimaginable”.

The event was compered by the celebrated TV personality and children’s author, Konnie Huq. She was joined by an impressive line-up of speakers who shared their compelling stories, each discussing how diversity can unlock new ways of thinking.

Martine Wright MBE, who lost both her legs in the 7/7 London terrorist bombings and went on to join the London 2012 Paralympic team, was a key speaker. She gave a motivational talk about trauma and mass change, which ended with a standing ovation from the audience.

Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE also gave a talk about maintaining diversity within creative roles, and how diversity encourages the development of technology, AI and innovative products. John Amaechi OBE discussed his personal experiences of systemic and unconscious racial bias, and the ways companies need to actively foster a day-to-day culture of diversity.

Nick Gold, Managing Director at Speakers Corner, comments: “Monday’s Knowledge Guild was another triumph for Speakers Corner, The Brewery and all of our wonderful speakers. Diversity is such a prominent topic across the business spectrum and we were delighted to have already received incredible feedback from our guests on what a great job Konnie, Martine, Anne-Marie and John did in articulating a positive path forward. 

“Diversity is a key driver of innovation, so it’s crucial that we all consider ways in which to unlock the enormous potential a diverse workforce can bring in today’s world”.