Jackie Handy is a leading keynote speaker on diversity and inclusion in business leadership
From selling antiques on her parent’s market stall as a 12-year-old, travelling the world working as a holiday rep in her early 20’s to spending a 15 year career as a recruiter and senior leader, before moving to Learning and Development in 2011, her skills and knowledge are extremely varied!
In 2018, Jackie Handy made the brave decision to share her personal story of bullying and exclusion in her TEDx talk, ‘The exclusive nature of inclusion’. This became the catalyst for her to become a leading authority in diversity, equity and inclusion in business leadership.
The author of ‘The little book of belonging – your weekly guide to inclusive habits’, Jackie now works globally as a learning designer and facilitator, regular keynote and event speaker, and organisational consultant. She’s simply passionate about learning, growth and humanity.
A regular content contributor, Jackie Handy and her work have been featured in Metro, Sunday Telegraph, TalkRadio, Happiful, DIVA and Growing Business Intelligence, and she’s a popular podcast guest on both sides of the Atlantic.
Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland (PSA), Jackie was honoured to be appointed as their first post holder of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director in 2021. She also volunteers as a mentor to young people through the Employability UK Kickstart Mentoring Scheme.
Her training business Runway Global partners with organisations to create blended learning programmes that motivate workforces, inspire action and create sustainable results.
Captivating. Inspiring. Powerful. A challenging and provocative poke in the ribs! All these terms have been used to describe her keynote The Power of Inclusion. A poignant, relevant, positive and practical keynote presentation which can be delivered virtually or in-person and tailored to your specific needs.
Through sharing her personal story, Jackie provides the audience with several core takeaways – including –
- Understanding why exclusion happens
- ‘Busting the myth’ on privilege
- Using inclusive language
- Knowing the true definition of inclusion
Her storytelling capability, coupled with her easy to apply principles mean you will feel engaged from start to finish and be able to make a difference in how you live and work immediately.
I had the delight of working with Jackie on creating our SHINE Programme speaker session with our leadership teams yesterday. she absolutely nailed the brief, balancing the theory and context of diversity, equity and inclusion with practical tools and models, as well as showing how focusing on inclusion helps everybody grow. One of the best virtual presenters I've seen. If you are serious about D,E&I, then get Jackie into your business.
— LEADERSHIP BUSINESS PARTNER
Oh my word! I heard Jackie speak this morning as the keynote. Her empowering, inspiring, humbling story and delivery sent shivers down my spine. So many light bulb moments, especially her definition of privilege, so many take home powerful messages, such an honour to hear her. Jackie has certainly raised the bar for all keynotes in terms of presentation and delivery as well the take home messages for diversity and inclusion that we must take on in order to make this world a better place. Every individual and organisation should hear this. Book her now, you can’t afford not too. Thank you Jackie.
— Dr Lizzy Bernthal
Jackie delivered a brilliant half-day session to our managers, combining robust and thought-provoking content with numerous exercises, tools, questions and models for practical use. Brilliantly engaging with pretty much everyone contributing at some point. Can’t wait to invite her to a face-to-face session when possible.
— Curo Group