JDX to Host ‘Diversity in the Workplace’ Event
About this Event
The BLM Movement has reenergised the conversation around diversity, and employees and clients are increasingly encouraging their businesses to tackle difficult questions and realities.
Join our panel discussion to explore:
- What the future of diversity in the workplace looks like
- What is there to be excited about in the future of the workplace?
- What benefits can we expect to see from diversifying our workforce?
- How far have we come?
- What is the difference between corporate responsibility and political responsibility?
MEET OUR PANELLISTS
HOST: AYO AKINWOLERE
- Ayo Akinwolere, who began his 13-year career in television as a presenter on Blue Peter. Having been nominated for the Children’s BAFTA Factual Programme of the year, Presenter of the Year, Programme of the Year and Entertainment programme of the Year, Ayo made the leap from children’s television to current affairs in 2014 as the presenter of Inside Out. He won the Factual RTS (Royal Television Society) Award for his documentary on Extremism and a BBC Ruby Award for Programme of the year. He’s a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Our Home Correspondent, focusing on stories based on identity. Ayo also presents Channel 4’s Rugby coverage, he’s anchored Irelands rugby test matches live from the Aviva Arena in Dublin and, was the co-host of the live Saturday morning rugby magazine show ‘The Big Tackle.’ He can be seen reporting for BBC Sport on the Premier League Show and Football Focus. With football and sport being one of Ayo’s passions, he currently hosts a weekly Football magazine show called Premier League Today for Premier League Productions
- Jordan Awoye is an experienced financial advisor, has focused his practice on assisting individuals, professionals, and business owners achieve their financial goals. Along with his team, Jordan specializes in wealth management and asset protection. He is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, where he earned a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine. While there, Jordan also received accolades for his academic accomplishments such as graduating with Honours and receiving a letter from the New York State Senate for his scholastic performance, all while playing basketball on a full-scholarship. Outside of work, Jordan supports his church by mentoring teens in his community and sits on the board of trustees. Jordan serves as a role model, providing guidance that will prepare them for the next step in life
YASMIN CHINWALA, OBE
- Yasmine Chinwala is a partner at capital markets think tank New Financial, which launched in September 2014, leading the diversity and culture programme. New Financial contributed data to the government-backed Gadhia Review of senior women in UK financial services and works with HM Treasury to monitor the progress of signatories to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter. Yasmine has been a driving force behind the strategic development of the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter since its inception, work for which she was awarded an OBE in 2020. Yasmine is also vice chair of the Women in Finance Charter Industry Board. Yasmine started her career as a financial journalist. She worked for industry weekly Financial News for 10 years, starting out as a reporter before joining the online editing team in London and New York. From 2008-2013 she ran FN’s features desk, in charge of the publication’s flagship FN100 Most Influential, FN100 Women and Rising Stars lists. She has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a keen interest in behavioural economics and organisational psychology.
- Nathan Mairs is a global expansion leader for payment technology start-ups. Currently, Nathan Mairs is the Vice President of Sales for Splitit, a payment app that offers shoppers the ability to use their existing credit card to pay overtime for big purchases, which keeps their payments small, so they keep more of their money for living. Prior, Nathan was the Director of Business Development for Klarna, responsible for the go to market sales strategy and led growth for the UK in 2014 followed by leading the US sales expansion in 2016. During Nathan’s tenure at Klarna, the former start-up has become Europe’s highest valued financial technology company and the leading provider for buy now pay later solutions in the US with over 85 million customers globally.
ANNA DEWAR GULLY
- Anna Dewar Gully is Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Tidal Equality, an equality-focused strategy firm working to transform the way diversity, equity, and inclusion is practiced for greater impact. Anna and her Co-founder, Dr. Kristen Liesch, invented a new, game-changing methodology called the Equity Sequence™, an elegant practice anyone can learn to disrupt bias, discrimination, and inequality in everyday decision-making and design. Introduced to the market in early 2020, Equity Sequence™ is now being scaled by innovative organizations across the UK, the USA, and Canada and by individuals all over the world as a powerful and evidence-based alternative to unconscious bias training. Prior to founding Tidal Equality, Anna spent 15 years leading strategy, transformation, and pro-equity initiatives in large organizations and systems in Canada and the UK. Anna and her team at Tidal Equality are utterly obsessed with building a world in which equality is the new status quo and in which everyone can achieve their full potential.
- Seamus Smith joined JDX Consulting in September 2020 as CEO. Seamus has significant experience in the payments, banking and technology sectors across multiple geographies. Prior to joining JDX, he spent 5 years at UK listed technology and services business Sage Group plc, serving as Executive Vice President Global Payments & Banking and CEO of Sage Pay, a leading payments processor. His appointments prior to Sage include Managing Director at PayPoint plc and Vice President & General Manager Europe, Middle East & Africa for American Express. He also held senior roles at GE Capital. Seamus is a recognised diversity champion and in 2018 was named in the Financial Times Global ‘Top 50 male champions of Women in Business’ listing. He is a non-executive director of Checkaninvoice.com, a leading invoice fraud detection and prevention business which uses Artificial Intelligence applications to support businesses in managing invoices and documents securely. He holds an MBA from Henley Management College.