On Monday evening (22 October), The Brewery and Speakers Corner welcomed more than 200 event professionals, thought leaders and entrepreneurs to the autumn 2018 Knowledge Guild showcase. The latest instalment in the popular conference series looked at diversity as an untapped natural resource we are yet to fully conquer.
Titled “Diversity: Let’s unlock our potential to innovate and achieve the unimaginable”, the event was compered by Konnie Huq, a celebrated TV personality and children’s author, who was joined by an impressive line-up of speakers who shared their compelling stories and discussed how diversity can unlock new ways of thinking.
The inspiring Martine Wright MBE told the audience about how the atrocities of 7/7 transformed her life forever and how she ended up embracing these changes to become an elite athlete, author and motivational speaker. Martine shared her “power of 7” – a strategy for coping with trauma and change that has helped her through her toughest challenges.
Next, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE took to the stage to encourage more diversity in the technology industry. She explained that a wider variety of people need to be involved in the development of technology, including AI, in order to continue innovating products and services that are going to open up conversations to wider audiences.
Finally, John Amaechi OBE explored the difference between diversity and inclusivity. He shared his personal experiences of people’s pre-conceptions and emphasised that organisations need to reflect their values surrounding inclusivity in the daily experiences of their employees. He stated that to achieve truly valuable leadership you need to have a group of disparate people who bring different ideas to the table.
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 so it was great to hear from three people who have three very different experiences and ideas around the issue. Diversity is a key driver of innovation, so it’s crucial that we all consider ways in which we can tap into the power a diverse workforce holds in today’s world”.
Masha Boh, Business Development Manager at The Brewery added, “The Knowledge Guild is always a hugely popular evening with event professionals and we were absolutely delighted with the positive feedback we received. This month’s topic is particularly close to our hearts as we, along with our partners at Speakers Corner, pride ourselves on our diverse team and the individuals that make us who we are. We’d like to thank everyone who joined and shared their stories and look forward to welcoming guests back for our next session very soon!”
At the end of all Knowledge Guild events, guests and speakers share stories during a Q&A session. Before and after the panel session, attendees networked in The Brewery’s Queen Charlotte room. Guests also enjoyed a drinks reception and a bowl food menu, designed by The Brewery’s in-house catering team. Dishes included triple fried chips with charred fillet of beef and béarnaise, Hawaiian tuna poke with siracha mayo and crispy shallots and crab doughnuts with lemon aioli. For dessert, guests were treated to chocolate and cream mille feuille and lemon meringue cornetto’s.
The Knowledge Guild is a partnership between The Brewery and Speakers Corner, offering a mixture of world-class speakers and exceptional individuals discussing pertinent topics in a panel discussion.