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Unfortunately, there is still a stigma around the menopause and how it affects women. And I think because historically it was an issue where women didn't really talk about it. They might have talked about it with their friends, but it wasn't necessarily they'd talk in the workplace or to anyone else.

Natasha Broomfield-ReidDiverse Matters

The process of allyship is people from non-marginalised groups using their privilege, working to support, in partnership with people from marginalised groups, to bring down systems of oppression.

Gerry RobinsonExecutive Headteacher, Haringey Learning Partnership

So, we’re starting to see multi-generational workforces with four or sometimes five generations working under the same roof, and that’s because people are living longer, but it’s also because they’re capable for longer.

Baroness Camilla CavendishJournalist and author of ‘Extra Time: 10 Lessons for Living Longer Better’

Surveys we have done have revealed, for example, that 60% of
black people, 42% of Asian people in the United Kingdom have experienced racism in the
workplace today. Some of that is very overt.

Prof. Binna Kandola OBESenior Partner, Pearn Kandola LLP

- I think society has been given a picture of black people. That picture generally is often times on the wrong side of the law, often not particularly bright, often fairly athletic, often quite dangerous characters. So, that can be, often, in the first instance, what people see of you and what they take away from you. So, it's the old stereotype of getting on the Underground and the nearest woman to you holding her bag very, very tightly.

Tola AyoolaHead of Leadership Engagement, Cabinet Office

There are a real range of stereotypes associated with neurodiversity and neurodevelopmental conditions. Now, the biggest stereotype really is that when people hear the word neurodiversity, they think of autistic people, they think of autism, and they think of classical Rain Man-type individuals. But that's the biggest misconception, if you like, where neurodiversity isn't just about autism.

Dr Punit ShahAssociate Professor of Psychology/Director, GW4 Neurodevelopmental Neurodiversity Network

When we're interacting with people who are different to us, we tend to have less positive interactions, and that comes through very clearly in the micro-messaging. This occurs because of something called homophily, and that's basically a preference for people who are like ourselves.

Dr Nic HammarlingBusiness Psychologist and Head of Diversity, Pearn Kandola LLP

Meetings are a really expensive activity for organisations. If you add up the hours that are in the room and the cost of those hours, you start to see that they have a price. Therefore, we need to get a good return on that investment and that means our meetings need to be productive, they need to lead to something, they need to feel like a good use of people's time as opposed to something that gets in the way of them doing their job.

Sarah LewisFounder and Principal Psychologist of Appreciating Change.

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