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Wed, 06 Mar


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Inclusion unlocked

Exploring the myths, traps and truths of the DEI agenda

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Inclusion unlocked
Inclusion unlocked

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06 Mar 2024, 16:00 – 17:00 GMT

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About the event

This session will cover the content covered in the book, 'Inclusion Unlocked', authored by our three speakers. It will draw on the personal experience and research undertaken by them to kill some myths, explore some traps and unearth some truths around the DEI agenda. 

Dev Modi

Dev, an award-winning Chartered Organisational Psychologist, made waves in 2021 with his groundbreaking book, 'The Inclusive Leader Scorecard,' laying the foundation for 'Inclusion Unlocked'. In 2022, HR Magazine recognized him as one of the top 5 most influential thinkers in HR.

Dev's mastery extends to coaching CEOs and executive teams at the world's premier brands. His compelling keynote speeches, thought-provoking coaching, and dynamic workshops seamlessly fuse science, storytelling, and motivation, igniting his clients' energy and inspiring action.

His expertise spans inclusion, diversity, inclusive leadership, executive coaching, team coaching, and keynote speaking. As a member of industry bodies like The Association of Business Psychology, CIPD, and WiHTL, Dev's contributions are widely acknowledged. His thought leadership stands out in publications such as Executive Grapevine, The Board Agenda, and People Management.

Dev's leadership extends to managing multi-disciplinary teams in talent, leadership, and culture, both domestically and globally. He has collaborated with industry titans like eBay, BiC, PayPal, BP, Tesco, and more to champion DEIB and inclusive leadership.

He is a graduate of The London School of Economics and Political Science with a Bachelors in Management Science and a Masters in Organisational Psychology from City University. Dev is an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of The British Psychological Society—a beacon of excellence in his field.

Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt

Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt is Senior Associate Dean of the Full-time MBA Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of  Business.  She is also the John Forbes Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business and Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Melissa is the former Head of Global Diversity and Belonging at Airbnb where she led the strategy and execution of our global internal diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging programs.and retains an external senior advisor role focused on advancing connection and belonging research.

Immediately prior to her role at Airbnb, Melissa served as Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Professor of Management in the Owen School of Management. There Melissa was responsible for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion across Vanderbilt’s community of staff, students, and faculty.

Before her time at Vanderbilt University, Melissa served as global chief diversity officer and faculty at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business where she led the Women in Leadership executive education program and was the founding academic director of the BRAD lab. She has also held faculty appointments at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, where she was a member of the faculty for nine years, and also taught at Northwestern’s Kellogg School, Washington University’s Olin School of Business and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Before beginning her academic career Melissa was an Account Marketing Representative at IBM.

For 25 years, she has taught MBAs and executives leadership, team dynamics, and negotiations  and conducted research on the factors that unleash, leverage and amplify the contributions made by individuals, particularly women, underrepresented individuals and numerical minorities. Her publications have appeared in Research on Organizational Behavior, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Management Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and Research on Managing Groups and Teams.

Melissa holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Melissa has been actively engaged in nonprofit board service. She currently serves on the board of, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia and Harlem Academy, and as an advisor for

She has been married to Brian K. Hunt for almost thirty years and they have three adultish children.

Marc Woods

A county standard swimmer as a teenager Marc had his left leg amputated because of cancer when he was 17. He competed internationally as a swimmer for 17 years; winning 12 Paralympic medals from 5 Games and a further 21 from either World or European Championships. Since retiring from swimming in 2004 he has worked for both the BBC and CH4 at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, London, Rio and Tokyo.

Marc believes passionately in the power of sport and physical activity. He now Chairs the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. As the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector, CIMSPA is committed to supporting, developing and enabling professionals and organisations to succeed, inspiring the nation to become more active, and creating a vibrant, UK-wide sport and physical activity sector, with the highest standards of service delivery.

Marc co-founded the Leadership Advisory business, Equiida, and now spends his time working with organisations around the world as an executive coach and speaker. He focusses this work around inclusion, transformative change and leadership effectiveness.

Marc has written three books prior to Inclusion Unlocked. Most notably Personal Best, a combination of his inspirational life story and personal development advice, and Beyond the Call which, supported by research from New York University, looks at how to create conditions within an organisation that make discretionary effort more likely.


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