Tuesday Apr 09, 2024

DEI Expert Exposes: The TRUTH Behind Recruitment Bias and Workplace Inclusion | Dawn Morton-Young | Voice #83

In this eye-opening episode, we sit down with Dawn Morton-Young, a changemaker in the realm of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Dawn delves into her personal journey, revealing the motivations that drive her commitment to dismantling systemic barriers in the workplace. From exploring the roots of bias in recruitment to sharing her own experiences of inauthenticity and the struggle to belong, Dawn offers a candid look into the challenges faced by Black professionals in the UK. With her profound insights and heartfelt stories, this episode is not just a conversation; it's a call to action for individuals and organizations alike to foster truly inclusive environments.


What You'll Learn:

[2:22] - The revealing findings of the GEMM Project on discrimination and bias in UK recruitment, spotlighting the hurdles faced by Nigerian and Pakistani applicants.

[4:01] - Dawn's personal motivations rooted in her identity as a second-generation British Caribbean, aiming to shift perceptions and expectations within Black communities.

[8:17] - The reality of inauthenticity in the workplace and its mental toll, underscoring the importance of being able to express oneself authentically.

[15:40] - A critical look at the effectiveness of DEI initiatives within organizations, through Dawn's professional and personal experiences.

[25:48] - The aftermath of the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement: assessing the genuine impact and sustainability of corporate DEI pledges.

[35:20] - The role of blind CVs and the need for a diversified approach in recruitment to combat unconscious bias effectively.

[44:44] - Strategies for Black professionals to navigate workplace discrimination, emphasizing the power of documenting experiences and the importance of self-advocacy.


Dawn Morton-Young, a.k.a The Diverse Leaders Coach, is an Holistic Executive Coach to Underrepresented Leaders; a Diversity, Equity Inclusion and belonging Consultant & Trainer; a speaker, HR Consultant for SME’s; owner of the 1st HR Consultancy for employees – Employee Angels, and a Backing Vocalist and session singer.


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