Driving meaningful culture change for 30 years

We were founded in 1992 by Jane Farrell and Annie Hedge, two teachers living in London.

Jane and Annie had a close understanding of how some pupils came from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Some had learning difficulties. Some experienced racism on the bus to school. And some were being harassed for being different in some other way.

Jane and Annie wanted to bring an inclusive approach to leadership and organizational development, and how the best organizations demonstrate real intent to notice, adapt to and embrace difference at work. Their business came from the idea that organizations would only excel when they fully engaged with diversity in all its forms, from leaders to staff to customers. It’s an ethos that has stayed with us to this day.

Together, Jane and Annie built the company on the principles of a positive and practical approach to workplace equality and diversity — one that would also deliver genuine business benefits.

Trailblazing an intersectional approach to diversity and inclusion

Jane and Annie pioneered our modern-day approach, which looks across all strands of diversity and difference. We call this intersectionality.

From this starting point, we’re able to engage, energize and excite everyone involved in conversations about the power of diversity. Then we use that energy to motivate whole organizations to drive lasting cultural change — change that can be measured and reported on.

Speakers at EW 25th Anniversary Event

Drawing on our experience, looking to the future of workplace diversity

For three decades, we’ve worked to move the dial on diversity, equity and inclusion by equipping individuals and their companies with the skills and understanding to build cultures where everyone can thrive.

We celebrated 25 years in business in 2017 with an anniversary event at London’s City Hall. On the night, we also launched our Inclusive Culture Pledge, offering organizations access to free tools and resources to boost their diversity development.

There’s still much to be done. We acknowledge both the challenges and the amazing possibilities of reimagining the workplaces of today. We’ll continue to work with our clients to forge new ways of working and leading that embrace the wide-ranging perspectives, abilities and experiences of all who work for them — and of the rich diversity of the world around them.

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