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Jackie Handy


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.


Diversity & Inclusion


We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.