DiscoverThe People Impact PodcastInclusion Makes More Room for Everyone, with guest Kelly Cooper
Inclusion Makes More Room for Everyone, with guest Kelly Cooper

Inclusion Makes More Room for Everyone, with guest Kelly Cooper

Update: 2021-04-22
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Imagine you’re trying to bring more diversity and inclusion to the Canadian forestry sector: a sector where the traditional image of diversity used to be a woman in heels holding a saw. 


Kelly Cooper, the founder and CEO of the Centre for Social Intelligence, is excited about the changes she is seeing in Canada. She was able to realise an industry-wide initiative and created the first public-private partnership on diversity and inclusion in the natural resources sector. She built this step by step, got leverage and raised funds to achieve gender equality and the meaningful inclusion of women, Indigenous peoples, and new Canadians at all levels. Kelly explains that D&I makes a difference for the economy, but also for society: when we create greater equality at work, other options and roles for people’s lives, there’s more room for everyone to choose what works for them – for their health (men’s life expectancy) and families (spending time with kids) too. “Have that position of curiosity as your front foot, and go forth with that, and see what happens. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.” Referenced in this episode: Kelly Cooper provides a blueprint on how to set out the vision and framework, and get the c-suite on board, in her book ‘Lead the Change, the Competitive Advantage of Diversity & Inclusion’. https://www.centreforsocialintelligence.ca/ Free to grow in Forestry: “Everyone’s free to grow in their career.” www.freetogrowinforestry.ca 


More about us: 


Lisa Dempsey – https://www.leadershiplabs.eu - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisakdempsey/  


Marjolijn Vlug – https://www.marjolijnvlug.nl/ - https://www.linkedin.com/in/marjolijnvlug/  


Reach us both at HRMatters@gmail.com

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Inclusion Makes More Room for Everyone, with guest Kelly Cooper

Inclusion Makes More Room for Everyone, with guest Kelly Cooper

Lisa Dempsey & Marjolijn Vlug