Big Inclusion 4 – Habee Hamilton

In this edition of the Big Inclusion 4 we had the pleasure of speaking to our very own Habee Hamilton, Diversity and Inclusion Director. Habee spends her time in Mahogany supporting various clients on their DEI or racial equity journey, here’s what Habee shared in response to the 4 key questions.

 

1. In your experience, why do you think diversity, equity and inclusion are important?

 

The world is far too rich and full of unique differences for us to miss out on the wonders and opportunities that come with it. From an individual, societal and organisational perspective, it benefits us, and the research suggests time and time again that truly embracing EVERYONE comes with significant benefits.. 

 

2. What do you see as the biggest opportunities that organisations can take right now and how do you suggest they leverage this?

 

AI is transforming the workplace, presenting organisations with opportunities to innovate and improve efficiency. However, I believe there’s a real opportunity to leverage our inherent human qualities. AI may offer intelligence and automation, but it cannot replicate human soft skills—such as empathy, emotional intelligence, and creativity. Organisations should focus on developing these soft skills within their teams to complement the technological advancements we are seeing in workplaces today. 

 

3. What do you think is the biggest challenge organisations are facing when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion? 

 

The current climate surrounding DEI is extremely challenging, with debates questioning its relevance and impact. This scepticism creates a complex environment for companies striving to promote DEI both internally and externally. My advice is to remain committed to your DEI efforts. My hope is the vilification of DEI we are seeing is a phase. I believe that committing to the well-being and development of your workforce is a strategy that inevitably leads to positive outcomes for your people and your organisation. The question we should be asking ourselves concerning DEI is HOW and not WHY.

 

4. What do you love about what you do? 

 

I love the time that I spend with participants in the various sessions I deliver. I am extremely privileged to be able to support individuals of varying seniority across different functions and in public, private and third-sector organisations. The depth of conversation and learning I am exposed to is unparalleled and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to support individuals and organisations to become inclusive.