A fresh start for LEAD

You may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet around here just lately.

The original founder, Sheenagh Baxter of Baxter Publishing, had a change of circumstances and direction, which sadly meant she was no longer able to continue publishing LEAD in its original form. So, we had to stop what we were doing and take stock.

We have to admit, there has been a fair amount of soul-searching, evaluation and deliberation. What had we got right, what had we got wrong, how can we make this work, is LEAD really what the world needs?

And while we’ve been doing this, there have been more cases of sexual harassment at work, more stories of discrimination, more examples of workplaces that have let their employees down.

We can’t just sit here and watch all this inequality, discrimination and outright outrageous behaviour (we’re looking at you, Brett Kavanaugh) without doing our own bit to help put things right.

So, we’re back to fight the good fight.

LEAD: Leadership for Equality and Diversity is now to be published by Slack Communications.

Our vision will remain the same – we will still be striving for that better future where people from under-represented groups have the skills, knowledge, power and opportunity to excel as leaders within business, politics and wider society.

Our mission will also still be focused on defining, analysing and showcasing how more diverse workforces can benefit both the bottom line and wider society.

However, for the moment, we’ll be focusing purely on our digital output, filling our website and e-newsletter with practical advice, inspiring stories and shared experiences that will help you and your organisations create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

So, how can you get involved?

We want to hear from you. We want to know about your experiences, your challenges and your successes. We want to showcase you and your organisations so that we can celebrate your achievements and help others achieve the same.

You can get in touch with us via email, twitter or Facebook. And make sure you sign up to receive our newsletter so that you are the first to receive our latest news, information and best practice articles.

Finally, a message for the people who were with LEAD at the beginning and kindly provided support, advice, encouragement, articles, design, photography and all the many other contributions that you made. Thank you. It hasn’t been forgotten.

Becky Slack is director of LEAD and managing director of Slack Communications