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Successful Diversity and Inclusion Round Table for Senior Leaders

On July 7, business leaders joined us for the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Round Table for Senior Leaders. Everyone openly shared challenges they come across in implementing D&I and, were happy to discuss how they were addressing those challenges.
Challenges included:
  • How can we help leaders move from a ‘must do’ to embracing D&I?
  • How can we scale our D&I successes globally?
  • How can we be more attractive to women, especially in construction and engineering roles?
  • How can we make sure that once we have those people from diverse backgrounds they are retained and successful in their role?
  • How to talk about race and ethnicity diversity in a global context?
Valuable insights and approaches were shared, and we agreed to run these roundtables quarterly to keep on learning as we develop together.
The next round table is planned for the 26th of October. Roundtables are Invite Only to maintain an optimal group size, please contact if you or a colleague would like to be added to the list of invitees and we are happy to consider.
Newly Published – Inclusive Events and Meetings Guidance
We are happy to present to you guidance for running inclusive events and meetings. This will help our team of staff and active volunteers, and specifically Local Chapter Leaders to put even more actions in place to be inclusive and ensure all voices are heard and valued at iMasons.
Community and engagement are what we are about, and we know being inclusive helps us bring in fresh, new ideas, and develop a community that continues to grow and thrive.
We introduced a Code of Conduct for meetings earlier this year, which gives us a minimum standard of expected behaviours. This guidance for Running Inclusive Events and Meetings can be used as a checklist and gives us a model to aspire to. It is published in addition to our Playbook for Local Chapter Leaders. 
Curious what an inclusive meeting looks like? Have a look here to evaluate your own meetings.
Upcoming Training For Active Volunteers Running Inclusive Events and Meetings
Are you keen to encourage and foster a welcoming, inclusive environment at your events and meetings?
This is important to us at iMasons as Inclusion is one of our 4 key pillars. When we are inclusive, all voices are heard and valued, and all people feel engaged and part of the community. 
Therefore, we are offering all committee leaders, local chapter leaders and other active volunteers a 1-hour interactive online training on Running Inclusive Events and Meetings. Participation is open to all active volunteers and free of charge.
You will learn:
  • Valuable skills and strategies for fostering respectful interaction
  • How to be more inclusive in your event planning and meeting facilitation
  • Applying these skills and strategies will give better engagement with a wider range of people, bring about more productive meetings and a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all at iMasons.
Register here!
Date: 17 October
Session 1: 
8:00-9:00 London time (BST),
15:00 -16:00 Hong Kong time (HKT)
17:00-18:00 Sydney time (AEST) –
Session 2:
16:00-17:00 London time (BST),
11:00-12:00 New York time (EDT),
8:00-9:00 Los Angeles time (PDT) –
If you’d like to attend but can’t make the time/date please do register and you will receive the recording.
View the Event Here
Join us to:
  •  Learn how to run inclusive events and meetings
  • Meet and share with other active volunteers
  •  Expand your leadership toolkit
  • Build your network of peers
Meet the Author:
Inge Woudstra is the Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager for iMasons. She brings 10+ years of experience working as an independent consultant and trainer in Diversity and Inclusion.
Inge often work with leadership teams to create a strategy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), fostering comprehension and commitment to EDI. Additionally, she works with leaders and teams to drive behavioural transformation, facilitating the development of inclusive habits within every team and individual.
She has a particular interest in addressing systemic bias using process nudges that encourage inclusive behaviours. She is a specialist in inclusive talent management and her team was the Winner of the Tech Talent Charter hackathon with a Best Practice resource on Inclusive
Promotion (2021).
Previously Inge has over 15 years of experience working in executive development, process design and change management in large organisations including Shell, Siemens and Ashridge
Business School.
Inge is originally from The Netherlands and has lived and worked in India, the Middle East, Canada and Belgium. The last 15 years she has been living and working in the UK.

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