Webinar: Diversity Leads: How can Data on Leadership Drive Change?

February 28, 2017

Diversity leads speakersWhen trying to build a more inclusive and diverse office or organizational culture, the old adage holds true: what gets measured, gets done. So, how can we measure and track diversity to drive change in the workplace? DiversityLeads is a multi-year, cross-sectoral analysis of the representation of women and visible minorities on boards and senior leadership of major public and private sector employers in Toronto and Montreal that has produced practical findings and creative tools to enable organizations to operate effectively and implement sustained change.

Join Diversity Institute founder Dr. Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University (Toronto, CA) in conversation with Shaama Saggar-Malik, DiPA – Diversity in Public Appointments (London, UK), to discuss learnings from the DiversityLeads project and strategies for advancing visible minorities and under-represented groups to senior leadership positions.

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Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor, Information Technology Management and Director, Diversity Institute, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

For almost 30 years, Dr. Wendy Cukier has worked as a multidisciplinary researcher, teacher and leader, committed to advancing innovation and social justice. A Professor in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, she is the coauthor of the bestseller Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park and recognized as an authority of dis-ruptive technologies. She has received many awards for her leadership – a YWCA Woman of Distinction, one of the top 25 Women of Influence, one of 100 Alumni who shaped the Century (at the University of Toronto), recipient of the City of Toronto’s Bob Marley award and most recently, winner of the Black Business Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Award for Diver-sity. She founded the Diversity Institute to develop research-based strategies to promote inclu-sion with a particular focus on the intersection of issues such as gender, race, social economic status, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability and indigeneity. While committed to data driven analysis, she has also explored the lived experience of particular groups including Racialized Women, Somalian-Canadians, LGBTQ Black Youth and Muslim Women.

She has just completed a successful term as Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University, and led the University’s strategy to grow research and to promote innova-tion and commercialization. She has served as the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest AACSB accredited business school. She has written more than 200 papers or reports on enabling technologies and innovation including the recent report called Transformation of Work, which explores the role of mobile technologies in the Canadian workforce. She holds a PhD in management science (York); an MBA and an MA (Toronto) and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.


Shaama Saggar-Malik, Director, DiPA – Diversity in Public Appointments (London, UK)

Shaama Saggar-Malik is the founder and Director of DiPA, Diversity and Inclusion in Public Appointments, London, England, whose focus is to improve the diversity of representation in public, non-executive appointments and help grow future potential for other types of public life and community leadership roles. Saggar-Malik is a highly experienced coach and organization and executive development consultant working with Boards and senior executives to improve strategic and leadership performance and impact. Her national and international clients include an extensive range of public, private and third sector organizations. DIPA was the UK partner in a recent 2 year multi-European Learning Exchange project funded by the European Union, to promote diversity and inclusion in leadership.

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