John is the Executive Sponsor of LinkedIn’s Embrace program, which aims to empower LinkedIn to fully welcome and represent all cultures, ethnicities and nationalities. A key element is to overcome unconscious bias and foster inclusion by embracing cultural, nationality and ethnic diversity at every level of the organization. This is approached by promoting professional development and growth of ethnic minorities collaboratively across the EMEA and LATAM regions. This has led to the development of a retention program, regular networking roundtables with members and allies and close partnerships with external organizations to inspire the next generation of diverse tech talent, such as LinkedIn’s support of the Black Girls Teach Summit in London.
Andrew is a founding member of, and UK lead for LinkedIn’s Embrace employee resource group, which focuses on ethnic minority diversity and inclusion. He has worked closely with leadership on the UK strategy for racial diversity and inclusion, including listening sessions with BAME employees and non-BAME leadership to identify key areas for the business to empower allies to better nurture BAME talent. Andrew mentors globally within LinkedIn, with mentees in the UK as well as Black and Latino mentees in the US as part of the Mentor’s Circle program. He is also a regular speaker on inclusion, including appearing on an INvolve panel exploring media portrayals of ethnic minorities, The Telegraph’s Diversity and Inclusion conference and a Bloom UK event and podcast about fighting fear of failure.
As ERG lead for ethnic minorities at LinkedIn, Andrew has focused on encouraging and empowering other BAME employees to have the confidence to act as role models themselves. He has spearheaded numerous initiatives, including listening sessions with BAME employees to make LinkedIn more inclusive; a Black History Month programme, educating employees and the wider industry about the value of building a more racially inclusive workplace; and mentoring BAME employees. Externally, Andrew regularly undertakes speaking engagements, including being a panellist at INvolve’s ‘How do media portrayals of ethnic minorities impact on workplace dynamics?’, and at the Telegraph’s D&I Conference (Bridging the Diversity Gap). He has written articles on the importance of D&I, acknowledging bias and media representation. In addition, Andrew works with schools and young people to inspire the next generation of BAME leaders, participating in EMpower’s Emerging Leaders Programme, to teach high potential BAME students/young professionals the soft skills required for making the transition into senior roles. Andrew has received numerous awards and recognition from LinkedIn’s EMEA VP of Sales as well as LinkedIn’s CMO for delivering stellar results for LinkedIn’s EMEA business, and has been voted Top 5 Global People Manager twice.
Recognising the importance of diversity, inclusion and belonging led me to Gary being one of the founding members of LinkedIn’s newest global Employee Resource Group ‘Embrace’ – an ERG that aspires to overcome unconscious bias and develop a sense of belonging for all cultures, nationalities and ethnic minorities. Prior to Embrace there was no initiative in the EMEA region that aimed to work towards cultural and ethnic inclusion in the workplace. After realising that he was the only Black British graduate globally on the 300+ member wide Business Leadership Programme, Gary lead unconscious bias training for all new graduate hires in the EMEA region to ensure that early-into-careers professionals can work towards overcoming their bias’s at the beginning of their career and feel comfortable bringing their authentic-self to work. Outside of work, Gary is a long-time member of the Aleto Foundation, and has been involved in various activities with the charity to promote diversity and inclusion for BAME students.
In February of 2018, Andrew led the re-launch of LinkedIn’s Ethnic Minority ERG, EMBRACE, which was focused on challenging LinkedIn’s leaders and employees to think about why talking about race is still relevant in the workplace and about what role they have to play in making a change. He was also the panel moderator at EMpower’s Leadership without Affinity event at Lloyds of London in October 2017. The event was centred around how middle managers from ethnic minorities learn from BAME leaders who have made it to the top without having BAME role models in their organisation. In addition to volunteering as an EMpower mentor, where he is paired with a BAME professional from another organisation, Andrew writes about his experiences through the lens of race and unconscious bias. Most recently Andrew published an article on LinkedIn called ‘Why being conscious of your bias is the first step’ where he shared his own personal story about his own bias and how he tries to overcome it. As well as all of this, last year Andrew received awards and recognition from LinkedIn’s EMEA VP of Sales as well as LinkedIn’s CMO for delivering stellar results to LinkedIn’s EMEA business.
Wendy set up the first Employee Resource Group at LinkedIn Globally focussed on the ethnic minority population, called Embrace. She was a driving influence behind LinkedIn’s founding membership of EMpower, as a prime example of her commitment to inclusion. Externally, Wendy mentors a number of high potential ethnic minority individuals, providing support and sponsorship. She is also an active supporter of a number of LinkedIn’s partnerships, helping raise awareness of ethnic minority inclusion in business, and support activities within LinkedIn’s local markets in the UK and Ireland. Additionally, Wendy was key to the development of a self-ID diversity survey across 10 countries in EMEA, to encourage discussion at the most senior levels in the organisation around support and understanding of their ethnic minority workforce.
As part of an internal task force “Better Together” Sue drives awareness of the importance of bias training for all employees in the London office. She makes a conscious effort to carry LinkedIn’s values around relationships, by connecting with all BAME individuals upon their employment, to ensure they feel welcome and inform them of networks and opportunities. As a public speaker for Your Future, Your Ambition, she inspires young BAME adults to study STEM subjects, and has held several talks around the importance of personal branding. As a volunteer, she works with Future Frontiers, the Power List Foundation, and The Girls Network, and is paired up with a young girl to whom she is a role model and mentor. Many of these activities include direct engagement with young people in the BAME community, including site visits and presentations at the LinkedIn offices.
Andrew leads a field and product marketing team for LinkedIn’s Sales & Marketing Solutions business in EMEA. He is also a core member of the LinkedIn Geo Ethnic Minority (GEMs) team, whose mission is to attract, motivate and retain a diverse workforce in EMEA. The GEMs team aim to better understand obstacles facing top ethnic minority talent, helping the business to review how they hire top ethnic talent, and recruiting colleagues to join the GEM team. Andrew also mentors BAME talent, believing there is a delicate balance between being comfortable in yourself and being professional – and that the right workplace will allow you to do both. Andrew provides advisory support for BAME small business owners, such as matchmaking service “Sitting in a Tree” and children’s sports camp, Harrow Games. Helping migrants to integrate and build new lives for themselves in the UK is very important to Andrew due to his own experiences of arriving in the UK from Nigeria as a boy and navigating a new society. To support this cause, Andrew volunteered at the Migrants Resource Centre, where he was Company Secretary and Trustee for two years.