Effective leadership is shifting from 'Command & Control' to 'Include & Inspire'

Run our Inclusive Leadership programme for your managers to future proof your organisation for success.

Tone is Set From The Top

Diversity and inclusion is not just a concern for HR. It is not about ticking boxes, but driving cultural change, which starts with your leaders.

Diversity and inclusion is no longer a nice to have. It is a core lever for business success. Staff are demanding more. People care about working in an inclusive environment. Momentum is growing and those who don't start to lead inclusively will get left behind. People are your greatest asset, yet so many organisations have issues with attracting top talent, retaining employees, and creating an environment where everyone can thrive. You cannot leverage the business benefits of diversity and inclusion, such as improved performance, innovation, customer experience and wellbeing, without inclusive leadership. It's time for change!

Join Our Collaborative Movement For Change

People from over 100 organisations have already attended Diversily Leadership Workshops

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Success Story

All people managers at Outpost VFX across four global locations participated in the Diversily Inclusive Leadership Programme to inspire inclusive action.​

Inspiring A New Breed Of Leader

Give your leaders the clarity and confidence to lead in our increasingly diverse and complex world.

Diversily is inspiring a new breed of Inclusive Leader, by teaching leaders how to have more impact and get better results by thinking inclusively. Inclusive thinking is an underused superpower that enables leaders to build empathy, lead authentically and get better results for everyone, not just people like them.
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Take A People First Approach

Give your leaders the mindset, skillset and toolset to drive inclusive action

Lack of diversity and inclusion within your teams can cause gaps, poor performance, staff attrition and loss of competitive advantage. Don't get left behind as the industry shifts to embed diversity and inclusion as standard as a critical level for success. Our programme helps people who might be feeling unsure or uncomfortable feel confident, informed and empowered to lead diverse teams, inclusively, so your organisation can reap the associated benefits.

What are people saying about Diversily Inclusive Leadership Workshops?

Our unique approach has received amazing feedback that makes us proud of what we do.

“I had high expectations, but this workshop exceeded them.”

Judy Byrne, Senior Customer Engineer, SWIFT

“I found Diversily's workshops on Privilege and Perspective and Inclusive interactions to be really thought-provoking. The combination of peer conversations and useful, collaborative resources has given me a number of concrete examples and strategies to implement. I even have one of the outputs permanently open in the background on my laptop to refer to! Attending with the majority of my leadership team has also helped generate discussion and a shared language around diversity and inclusion.”

Mark Smith, CEO, Ada. National College for Digital Skills

“A very thought-provoking session - I saw the penny drop for a number of my colleagues.”


“I really liked Marissa's approach and tone. There were some really interesting frameworks to help reflect and structure conversations. The more I learn, the more confident I feel to create change. The Change Canvas will help me to structure my ideas and planning.”

Lyndsay Davies, Boomsatsuma

“Eye-opening !! I think the Diversily leadership workshop should be mandatory for all staff, including the Exco and the lessons put into practice in all divisions. ”

Yann Escarmelle, Head of Small and Medium Business, UKI, SWIFT

“10 out of 10. Very clear! Very informative and relaxed”

Luke Sutton, Director, Crack Magazine

“I'm open-minded and would consider myself as an 'ally' to others, yet I still learned so much about how I can become a more inclusive leader.”

Helen Alexander, Senior Manager, SWIFT

“The tools are accessible and valued. Marissa presents them very well.”

Liz Harkman, Bristol Festivals

“5 out of 5. Clear, well structured and thoughtful balance between insight and action. It encourages you to question yourself and then to structure action so that change is manageable and sustainable. Small thoughful actions, practiced regularly are surely the way to change the world. I really enjoyed it and it has given me things to think about and do. The Change Canvas is a super helpful model to get traction and action.”

Nicola Payne, Managing Director, Noisy Little Monkey Ltd

“I strongly agree with the messages that were presented and I learned a lot about the good things I practice and areas I should be mindful of. I think more leaders should be aware of these messages.”

Jared Casey, Data Analytics Product Owner, SWIFT

The Diversily Inclusive Leadership Series

Learn more about inclusive leadership in this six part blog series.

Our Unique Approach

By helping leaders develop themselves and bring out the best in others, we help them drive team success and boost business performance. We cover topics such as:

  • Why inclusive leadership is becoming such a critical skill in the ever changing industry landscape.

  • Developing your skills as an inclusive thinker and becoming an advocate for change, a role model and an ally.

  • Using The Change Canvas to map out your own personal leadership journey and crafting your authentic leadership narratives.

  • Authenticity – Vulnerability – Self Confidence – Privilege – Identity – Limiting Beliefs - Group Dynamics - Collective Intelligence

  • Traits & behaviours of inclusive leaders and how to take action to leverage diversity and create an inclusive culture of belonging where everyone can thrive.

Get Better Results

Unlike unconscious bias training, which can leave people wondering what to do next, we take a different approach.

Our Inclusive Leadership programme is a chance for people managers to come together to develop their inclusive leadership mindset, skillset and toolset in order to get better results. 

We provide practical tools, insights, accountability, guidance and clear actions participants can take to ensure everyone progresses on their own leadership journey.

We aim to create a transformation in each and every one of our programme participants. We will do this through: 

  • Providing a clear roadmap for participants to understand and progress on their personal inclusive leadership journey. 
  • Interactive small group workshops to support targeted learning and to enable participants to share insights and experiences. 
  • Inspiration for deep self reflection.  
  • Targeted ideas, content and exercises between sessions to embed learning and inspire action.
  • Access to premium Diversily content and frameworks to inspire further insight and action.
  • Accountability buddies to accelerate progress and help development long after the programme finishes. 

We are here to help! 

We can also offer optional, additional 1:1 or group coaching or consultancy sessions. This can be hugely beneficial to help participants or the organisation more broadly apply learning to your unique circumstances and get expert, tailored support.  

Let us help you think differently.

Use our experience to help you become a better leader.

Marissa Ellis

Diversily Founder & CEO

Marissa Ellis is a best selling author, strategist and speaker. She is a well-respected independent strategy and digital innovation consultant and the Founder and CEO of Diversily. She has 20 years of experience across industries including blue-chip giants like Reuters and Barclays and entrepreneurial start-ups like lastminute.com. She has extensive leadership experience including successfully leading teams to develop and launch multi-million pound products and leading complex, multi-million pound digital transformation programmes. Marissa is a thought leader in the field of organisational change and a passionate advocate for building inclusive cultures. She is the creator of a number of business frameworks that are gaining widespread adoption and driving positive change around the world.

Anusha Parshotam

Anusha is an accredited executive coach and leadership and development facilitator, who is commercial, pragmatic and highly focused. She works with Executive Teams, Leaders and Managers to create more inclusive workplaces. Her focus is on behaviour change and looking at how we create self awareness and conscious inclusion through the D&I lens. Her passion for D&I stems from her lived experiences and she shares powerful authentic stories. Anusha has over 15 years of experience working in Senior Human Resources roles, working across different sectors and geographies.

Nina Beresowski

Nina is a qualified Organisational Psychologist, Executive Coach & Facilitator, with over 16 years specialist experience in helping organisations create cultures of healthy high performance. Nina believes that knowing a thing, and doing a thing, are two vastly different things and encourages her clients to apply their insight and learning to enable meaningful change. Whether it is working at the individual, group or organisational level, her work is all about intentional positive change in its many forms. Founder of Avenue B, a business psychology consultancy working with organisations to reimagine their future. Mental health advocate and co-creator of the Kujenga wellbeing model and IDEAL framework.

Don't just take our word for it

Hear what others are saying about us

“This training is really inspiring. It helped us to better understand the complex topic of diversity and inclusion and provided practical tools that every leader should master to make SWIFT a better working place.”

Erica Toso, Account Manager, SWIFT

“The content is excellent as was the instructor and training; It is something that can help all of us become better in all facets of work…. life… and society… ”

Scott Jenkins, People Manager, SWIFT

Get The Whole Team Involved

Looking for a unique and impactful way to engage your whole team, and not just managers, to drive more diversity and inclusion?