Imagine a company in which everyone feels they belong, that they are all important and equally valued, regardless of who they are. Imagine a company in which all staff are enthused with a sense of a common purpose and togetherness. Imagine a company in which difference is not just seen as the norm but is understood as a key component to success. Imagine a company that is held up by both industry and society as an exemplar of inclusion; a company where everyone wants to work, who everyone wants to sell to, and who everyone wants to buy from.

The McKinsey 2018 Delivering Through Diversity Report found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams were 21 percent more likely to experience above-average profitability than companies in the fourth quartile. Companies with more culturally and ethnically diverse executive teams were 33% more likely to see better-than-average profits. There is an established connection between inclusion and performance.

Wide Open Voices is an Inclusive Leadership Coaching and Inclusive Culture Research consultancy that offers bespoke leadership coaching, tailored to C-suite executives and senior leadership teams to unlock the knowledge critical for creating truly inclusive business organisations. Wide Open Voices will help you to turn these imaginings into reality. We also offer bespoke training programmes to equip your staff with the knowledge and awareness to be inclusive.

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Wide Open Voices uniquely combines 20 years of front-line and senior management experience  with doctorate level academic rigour and extensive links into the thought  leadership of 21st century academia.

Our Director, Matt Jacobs MSc is currently undertaking PhD research at the University of Bristol on how white British middle-class men reflect their identities in different contexts with a view to better understanding how race, gender and class affect social dynamics. Prior to starting his PhD, Matt completed an MSc with Distinction in Ethnicity and Multiculturalism.

In his professional career, Matt spent 8 years working in the music industry before switching to working on equality and inclusion in both the public and voluntary sectors. Matt has worked in senior management roles in both sectors including the strategic management of multi-million pound social regeneration programmes for Bristol City Council and the strategic management of a 100 strong Community Engagement Department for a secondary school in inner city Bristol. Matt has also worked directly with individuals from a range of different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Over the last 20 years, he has gained critical experience in all facets of inclusion, from the individual through to senior, strategic management.

Associate Consultants and trainers at Wide Open Voices are all educated to Post-graduate level in their specialist field or have extensive experience in delivering training and workshops to companies seeking to be inclusive.

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