02 Mar Representation Matters…Gary Rayneau
Gary Rayneau is the co-founder of Project 23. After 15 years of experience in the media and advertising industry at Dennis Publishing, Gary grouped together with work colleague Elaine Dela Cruz to form Project 23. This was as a result of the progression towards a more diverse and inclusive workplace in the media industry.
Gary is passionate about the power culture has to affect business performance and increase staff happiness. He believes culture by definition only works if it’s genuinely inclusive, however in today’s workplace that is not always as easy as it sounds. Pace of change, unconscious biases and ‘the way we used to do things’ are issues that we all face that can hinder as well as help.
He also believes that with right the intent and a data-led strategy guiding the way, a high performing inclusive culture will soon be the expected norm for all. Our host Max caught up with Gary to get his thoughts on how Project 23 is impacting business culture for good.
1 ) How the social drinking culture within the media industry still excludes people
2 ) Why adapting a role around a person rather than working a person around a role allows an employee to be happier
3 ) How to make unconscious bias training work properly in your organisation and the common mistakes that are made here
4 ) How data can be more effectively used to better understand and pinpoint equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues
5 ) The importance of finding a ‘business advocate’ to focus on EDI, and tips for getting your case across
6 ) How the business landscape is changing as the supply chain makes more demands to only work with companies who are showing evidence of EDI
7 ) What the future holds for Project 23 – more events, new sector launches etc
Host: Max Rushton
Guest: Gary Rayneau
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