Wow, what a year!

😢 I quit my job as Director of People Data and Insights at AVEVA
πŸ˜… … to run Inclusioneering Limited full time
βœ… I joined the trustee board of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
βœ……and the board of directors of ForHumanity, an AI ethics and audit charity
😍 I had the pleasure to work with amazing clients who continually inspire me:
TransFIRe HubMaterials Made Smarter Centre, LucideonVBuddies – Metaverse Tech LtdScott Bradbury, EIT Food
🀝 … on projects spanning strategy development, surveysresearch and data analysis, leading the Foundation Industry EDI working group, learning and development, and digital privacy, safety and equality
🏫 and with top universities including Durham, Leeds, Nottingham, Cambridge, and Sheffield
🎀 30 Public speaking engagements
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§ Expanded my network of outstanding associates who co-deliver Inclusioneering’s work
πŸ“ƒ Inclusioneering Limited was shortlisted for the StartUp Awards Social Enterprise of the Year
πŸ… And winner of SME News Corporate Inclusion Consultancy of the Year
🀩 I met one of my heroes, Dame Stephanie Shirley, for afternoon tea at the Savoy (still in shock this happened! πŸ‘€)
πŸ’Ž And continued to work with another, Professor Sue Black OBE β€οΈ
πŸ‘ Judge for the Most Influentual Woman in UK Tech award
⭐ 4 visits to the Houses of Parliament, on tech, diversity and Ethnicity Pay Gap topics, and joined 1 government roundtable on AI

I owe thanks to very many people for enabling all of this to happen.

That’s the highlights reel. The reality is of course far more mixed, and I want to balance the showcase with some of the challenges that have accompanied it, because life is complex and that needs to be seen too.
⬛ Discovering the rollercoaster of running your own company full time, during a downturn in demand for diversity, equity and inclusion projects
⬛ Cutting my income by over 50%, plus no more pension or benefits
⬛ Multiple family health challenges, many still ongoing
⬛ Subsidence causing progressive damage to my home, 18+ months into an insurance claim with no resolution or end in sight
⬛ The challenge to maintain my own wellbeing from what can be emotionally intensive work, plus all the other stuff above

On balance, it’s all been worth it, and looking forwards to 2024

Jo Stansfield

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