JHub are excited to partner with TrustLab for an intimate session on Diversity & Inclusion that will explore the inclusion challenges specific to values-driven organisations and suggest tools to develop new approaches to work through them.

There is unprecedented urgency for organisations to ensure their services are accessible and inclusive to diverse audiences.  Even as those in the social impact sector work hard to lessen inequality, the uncomfortable truth remains that as long as mainstream culture remains unequal and exclusive by its nature, people are excluded all the time – in the work, in leadership, in communities. That is, unless we take proactive steps to change it.

While policies and compliance are crucial to supporting an inclusive culture, they are only part of the story. Like any cultural change, inclusion cannot be decreed from above. Inclusion is behavioural – it is created (or prevented) by the everyday decisions, processes and habits that inform our interactions.

This half-day workshop has been designed to help you to develop your inclusion knowledge and practice. Through expert input, facilitated discussions and reflective practice you will;

  • Learn about key issues, emerging trends, and best practice in the field of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Diagnose the blind spots and barriers preventing your organisation from becoming as inclusive as it can be
  • Practise using new tools to help you reframe the challenges you’re facing around diversity and inclusion, and develop new approaches to working through them
  • Build a network of support amongst peers who are grappling with similar questions


This course is open to all Pears Grantees and aimed at anyone who is interested in exploring the inclusion challenges specific to values-driven organisations. It would particularly suit Charity Directors, Programme or Project Managers and people working in communications.

Participants should come ready to ask these questions – and more:

  • Whose needs are our programmes / projects currently addressing, whose are they not – and why?
  • What are the narratives that are moving us towards inclusion of those with diverse identities and needs? And what societal, organisational, and personal stories are holding us back?
  • As the landscape of Diversity & Inclusion shifts at a rapid pace, how do we identify priority areas and maintain focus?
  • What would it look like to take courageous stands for change that will foster better inclusion in our programmes? And how will we bring others along with us?

If you would like to book a place, please contact Rachel Franklin (RFranklin@pearsfoundation.org.uk)

Trainer Biography


TrustLab holds spaces where issues around inclusion, often seen as too hot to handle, are addressed proactively, adaptively and fearlessly. They take pride in helping leaders move their conversations around inclusion beyond compliance and towards leadership, through a courageous process of discovery, accountability and adaptation.

Founding CEOs of TrustLab, Debbie Danon & Yasmeen Akhtar are expert facilitators and Diversity & Inclusion consultants. They are passionate about helping unlock people’s capacity for learning and leadership, particularly around sensitive or controversial issues.

Debbie Danon – Joint CEO at TrustLab Ltd

Debbie is a facilitator, trainer, and expert designer of leadership and inclusion programmes, and Joint CEO of TrustLab Ltd. She has been developing innovative approaches to inclusive and holistic leadership for almost 15 years, and her experience spans the corporate, public and third sectors. She has a life-long passion for supporting people to embrace authentic leadership, self-driven development, and inclusion. She holds a degree Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Yasmeen Akhtar – Joint CEO at TrustLab Ltd

Yasmeen Akhtar has worked at the intersection of inclusive leadership, social justice, and identity for 10 years. She has successfully led work in the private, public, and charity sectors and has significant experience in bespoke facilitation, particularly in contexts with an undercurrent of tension or contextual complexity. She has led development of work and teams across the UK, in Europe, and the Middle East. Yasmeen read Law at University and is passionate about working across sectors to deliver robust, high impact interventions that shift individual perceptions, and whole systems.



Extra Information

The event will start at 09.00am with registration, tea and coffee and the session will start promptly at 09.30. It will finish at 12.30 and will be followed by a networking lunch

A  vegetarian lunch will be served; if you have any dietary requirements please let us know.

JHub is in Haskell House, 152 West End Lane, London, NW6 1SD. For directions please follow this link.

Please note there is no parking at JHub.