Leadership Talk with Sarah Bettman: Facing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge

26 February 2024

In today’s business and organizational reality, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are critical factors for success and sustainable growth.

In this context, and within the framework of the Global MBA, Bologna Business School welcomed Sarah Bettman, an expert DEI Leadership Advisor, Coach, and Speaker, for an enlightening Leadership Talk on how to face the diversity, equity, and inclusion challenge in 2024. With her deep expertise in facilitating organizational change through conscious DEI practices, Bettman shared essential strategies and insights for navigating the complexities of a globally diversified working environment.

With a direct and engaging approach, Bettman began her talk by emphasizing the importance of a tangible commitment to diversity and inclusion as fundamental pillars for organizations aiming for excellence in the 21st century. Through practical examples and personal reflections from her extensive experience in the field, she demonstrated how DEI strategies can be effectively integrated into business practices, turning challenges into opportunities for growth and innovation. A key point addressed during the event was moving from a superficial understanding of diversity to a deep and authentic appreciation of individual differences.

Furthermore, Bettman explained that equity is not just about removing barriers but also about creating an environment where every voice can be heard, and individuals can fully realize their potential. She then discussed how to tackle visible and invisible biases and barriers that can hinder inclusion and diversity in the workplace, highlighting the need for policies and practices that concretely support equity, from selection and recruitment to training and professional development, thus laying the foundation for genuinely inclusive organizations.

Finally, she touched on the central theme of inclusive leadership, emphasizing that leaders must promote cultural change within their organizations. Through self-analysis, empathy, and commitment, leaders can guide their teams toward greater awareness and collective action toward inclusion.

The event concluded with a question-and-answer session. Bettman answered sincerely and in-depth, offering practical advice and encouraging further reflection on how individuals and organizations can navigate and thrive in diverse and complex contexts.

Bettman’s approach, rich in empathy and focused on action, offers a model for organizations aspiring to be fair and inclusive workplaces and places of innovation and creativity where diversity is seen as a valuable resource. Her presence at Bologna Business School was a significant moment of learning and inspiration, underscoring the importance of a continuous and conscious commitment to creating a fairer and more inclusive working future.


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