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Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith

Combining her expertise in organisational transformation, a PhD in organisational culture and behaviour and passion for inclusion, Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith has set the global benchmark for inclusion and is creating a movement of change through the organisations, governments and institutions. Elizabeth will engage and inspire your guests with a desire to make a difference and contribute to creating a world where everyone is included.

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WOW!! Totally blown away by this morning's event and have walked away feeling emotional but with a stronger wanting to help the inclusion journey we're all on. I felt that the comment of today is that WE need to adapt ourselves not the person with the disability - they've dealt with enough without having to worry about how WE feel and how to make US comfortable!! I'm with Liz and calling BS on that - the time to change has arrived.....

Telstra

 

Thank you for your brilliant though provoking speech at IWD at Accenture Australia

Lynne Storey Naphtali, Managing Director – Accenture

 

I walked away equipped with a level of social awareness that I would’ve otherwise not had access to... A big thank you to Scott and Liz for sharing their personal stories with us.

Sabrina Hossain

 

Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith Travels from NSW
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith's Biography

Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith is on a personal mission to create a world where everyone is included and valued for their difference. It was after indirectly experiencing the exclusion and discrimination of her husband, who is profoundly Deaf, that she committed her career to inclusion. In fact you may even recall her viral wedding video, which has amassed over 300-million views, of her using sign language to sing the song ‘1000 years’ to her husband before walking down the aisle in 2018. Versions have been created by social media pages across the internet in English, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi.

Soon after their wedding the media became interested in their story. This provided an opportunity for Elizabeth to start spreading the message and her vision for a world where everyone is included.

Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith has been described as inspiring, captivating, engaging, passionate, professional, courageous, and a game changer.

As founder and CEO of The Inclusive Organisation Group of companies she combines her 20+ years of expertise in organisational transformation for Asia Pacific’s most notable organisations, a PhD in organisational culture and behaviour, and passion for inclusion. She has set the global benchmark for business-as-usual inclusion. Her innovative, yet pragmatic, approach is creating a global movement of change through the organisations, governments, and institutions we all interact with on a daily basis. This was even recognised at The Stevie Awards in New York City in 2018.

Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith is as much ‘heart’ as she is ‘mind’. While she believes in what is simply the ‘right thing to do’, the behavioural scientist and researcher in her means she can back what she says with evidence-based undeniable facts.

If you really want to know what’s going on in your organisation when it comes to diversity and inclusion, then Dr Elizabeth Shoesmith can uncover the facts for you. And she isn’t just looking at diversity targets or unconscious behaviours. Expect to uncover practical and tangible lead indicators of inclusion from your business strategy, to product and service design, right through to employment and work practices, and the way you engage with your customers. And don’t worry you won’t be left confused with what to do about it…you’ll end up with a very simple plan of attack for improvement.

Combining her expertise in organisational transformation, a PhD in organisational culture and behaviour and passion for inclusion, she has set the global benchmark for inclusion and is creating a movement of change through the organisations, governments and institutions.

As a professional speaker and facilitator, Elizabeth will engage and inspire your guests with a desire to make a difference and contribute to creating a world where everyone is included.

You have unique the opportunity to include Scott Shoesmith with Elizabeth at your next event. Her husband, Scott, who is profoundly Deaf, is available to co-present. Watching them together on stage together is a memorable experience and you are guaranteed an even more inclusive, emotive and captivating event.

Speaking Topics Include

While Elizabeth will create a presentation bespoke to your event theme, objectives, and participants; here are some ideas to get you started…

 

Inclusive Love for an Inclusive World - The funny yet confronting story of her hearing-Deaf relationship with her husband and how overcoming bias and doing things differently is critical to creating an inclusive world

 

Inclusion Starts With Me - Elizabeth moderates a panel discussion with Scott as a panel member plus 2 – 3 other panel members from other diverse groups either from within the client organisation or from the Inclusive Foundation team. Panel members share personal stories of exclusion, while Elizabeth serves as the mirror for the audience on how the exclusion people face is not because of their difference, but because of the barriers we put in their place.

 

Labels are Divisive and Morning Teas Don’t Help - Elizabeth breaks the news to participants that celebrating labels with morning teas won’t get us past acceptance, and to get to true inclusion we need to throw away the labels and focus on a pragmatic approach to creating a world where everyone is included.

 

Exclusion Experienced - Immersive exclusion activity that confronts participants with the challenges others face on a day-to-day basis. A debrief is included with individuals living with that exclusion, followed by an action planning session so something gets done differently.