Challenging Orthodoxies

Embracing diversity ensures our people are both happy and fulfilled but also enables us to attract the very best talent. As Moorhouse grows as a firm, we are working to ensure we remain an inclusive place to work.

In 2017, we started the D&I conversation and set up our own dedicated working group.  The group is represented by all levels across our business who are working through an agenda of engagement, communication, participation and training. 
The first year has been busy - we ran a firm wide D&I survey, series of focus groups, unconscious bias training, a speaker event with Claire Harvey (GB Paralympian) and made improvements to our maternity policy. 

The Event: what we did and what was said 

Continuing to build on the momentum, this week the D&I team took over our monthly company-wide team meeting to run a ‘Challenging Orthodoxies’ event. Complemented by a diverse variety of food options, we heard from three guest speakers who each told us about how they had challenged stereotypes both in their careers and hobbies. The speakers included:

  • Caspar Stadlar – once a professional ballet dancer, now an analyst at the Bank of England;
  • Amy Drucquer – the creator of ‘This Fan Girl’-  an online community platform dedicated to female football supporters; and
  • Olly Sawyer – studying to be a speech and language therapist at UCL.

Each speaker outlined their individual story and how they ended up in their career or dedicating their free time to their passion. They also gave their perspectives on how stereotyping has affected them, how it can hurt both individuals and hold organisations back.   

We learned from our speakers some shocking information:

  • 50% of women have directly experienced sexism while at a football game;
  • Just 3% of Speech and Language Therapists in the UK are male and internationally has become a gendered profession;
  • One speaker even had to hide their profession from their friends at school for fear of discrimination.

How we will re-enforce the lessons learned at Moorhouse 

We learnt some important lessons from the session:

  • Organisations committed to diversity will allow their people to flourish and be best able to innovate and drive performance;
  • The need to be aware of our unconscious bias – and to challenge ourselves and our prejudices about people’s chosen career choices;
  • Talent and hard work are an essential combination to succeed.

Consulting has a reputation for being a homogenous industry – and we see it as our role to help to change that.

Diversity comes in many forms and at Moorhouse we’re learning how to embrace it and be truly inclusive. Through events such as this, celebrating International Women’s Day, being transparent about our pay and promotion statistics, and holding unconscious bias training for all staff; we believe we are helping challenge and change the status-quo.

We want this to be fun, thought-provoking and engaging for everyone.  We already have lots of ideas for our next event and calendar of activities for 2018 - watch this space.

If you would like to find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at Moorhouse, please feel free to speak to Alex Goodman (alexgoodman@moorhouseconsulting.com) or Suzanne MacRae (suzannemacrae@moorhouseconsulting.com).

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Alex Goodman Senior Consultant