Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) board and committee event as a Student Ambassador for UCB.
It was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to connect with not only like-minded university students from across the world, but I also with CMI managers. Getting the chance to talk to these incredibly influential people was such an amazing opportunity.
Not only did I learn from them, but the managers at this event also got the chance to ask we UCB Student Ambassadors questions in a Q&A session. Discussion of diversity and equality came about and I had to take the chance to speak up for my friends and peers.
The main thing that I noticed at the event was that there were hardly any people of colour and the women in the room were very outnumbered. I found it very odd that a room full of white men were talking about diversity like it was happening… when groups of people were still so underrepresented.
I decided to be brave and speak up to a room of very powerful people. Let me tell you now, that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I got applauded for my comments on the situation and the number of people that came up to me after the meeting to tell me that they completely agreed with what I had to say and that something needed to be done was incredible.
There was almost an uproar after my comments that started conversations about gender, race, sexuality and disability. I am proud to say that I honestly think what I said at the event was taken on board and I strongly believe the reaction to it will lead to change in the workplace.
I would like to thank the CMI for having us ambassadors at the event and I am excited to see changes will be made to help make the workplace a fair and inclusive place.
If anyone has any questions about the organisation I would urge you to look at their website and as always, I am happy to answer any questions in the comments.
Dream big and believe in your abilities.