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The University of Wolverhampton and The West Midlands Combined Authority invite you to the Black Country launch of the Inclusive Leaders’ Pledge.
The Inclusive Leaders’ Pledge is the result of a hard hitting report – Leaders Like You – published last summer by the independent West Midlands Leadership Commission, which focused on the current and future leadership opportunities of black and ethnic minority communities, women, the LGBT community, disabled people and lower social economic groups such as white, working class males.
The Commission warned that the lack of diversity at leadership level risked damaging the region’s economy and wider society and called on leaders to ensure diversity in their workplaces, identify, mentor and coach talent to produce future leaders.

West Midlands Mayor and WMCA chair Andy Street, officially launched the Inclusive Leadership Pledge at the Wesleyan offices in Birmingham in January. Businesses including Blue Sky Solutions, DLA Piper and the Wesleyan made pledges, alongside the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

The WMCA is now aiming to get 1,000 businesses and organisations to sign up to the Pledge over the coming 12 months.

You are invited to this event to find out more about the Pledge.
We welcome the following speakers:
  • Professor Geoff Layer, University of Wolverhampton
  • Professor Jackie Dunne, University of Wolverhampton
  • Andy Street, West Midlands Combined Authority
On the Discsussion Panel will be:
  • Corin Crane, Black Country Camber of Commerce
  • Ninder Johal, Black Country LEP
  • Roger Dix, Wesleyan Assurance Society
Discover how you can get involved and drive change in your own organisation. There is no obligation to sign up on the day, please just come and learn more about what has been happening in the region on this important topic.

We look forward to welcoming you to take part in the Inclusive Leaders’ Pledge and hear the pledges being made from some local Black Country businesses.