Inspiring A New Breed Of Leader

Old styles of leadership such as command and control are no longer effective in today’s ever changing and increasingly diverse 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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People from over 50 organisations have already attended Diversily Leadership Workshops

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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

Join Our Next Open Inclusive Leadership Programme

Join forces with people from different organisations to learn and grow together

Gain the skills, insights and confidence required for authentic and inclusive leadership with our unique approach.

Instead of traditional ‘bias training’ we take a different approach.

Inclusive leadership is what will lead us all to a better future. We are developing inclusive leaders by teaching them how to 'think inclusively'. We can help you to become a better leader through self-reflection, knowing how to bring the best out in others and how to use this to drive team success and business performance.

The Diversily Inclusive Leadership Series

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

We can help you if:

  • You have influence within your organisation and you want to learn how leading more inclusively and authentically can help you build high performing diverse teams and get better results.

  • You recognise the value of taking time away from 'the day job' to reflect upon and develop your own leadership skills. You are prepared to challenge your preconceptions and willing to do the work to put your learnings into practice.

  • You want to help your organisation embed diversity and inclusion into everyday practice, helping to drive organisational performance and make a positive contribution to society.

Our Unique Approach

Unlike traditional 'bias training’ we take a different 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.

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 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 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.

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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