About the episode
In this episode of Reimagining Company Culture, we’re chatting with Anj Handa, Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers and Creator of Igniting Inspiration Awards. Within her role, Anj places a focus on people dynamics: effective communication, impact, and navigating change.
About the guest
Anj Handa is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, a community of changemakers who stand for fairness and safety for women. Named as one of Grant Thornton’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy in 2018, described by i-news as ‘a bloody brilliant woman’ and winner of the AFSA Positive Action Award, Anj was named in Forbes as one of the 10 Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With. Anj is recognised as an authority on Good Governance and Inclusive Leadership. She places a focus on people dynamics: effective communication, impact, and navigating change. As a professional lobbyist of almost 20 years with in-depth knowledge of UK equality and employment policies and international best practice, she has a wealth of experience social change practices to share. She believes that her authority to speak on diversity within leadership must be reflected by her own example. A Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures, Anj is an independent Governor of Leeds Arts University and Chair of the Board of Freedom Studios – as such, she belongs to only 1% of black and brown women holding such Governance roles in the UK. In her talks, Anj draws on her own experiences when speaking about diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership, covering little-explored themes such as psychological safety, emotional correctness, and healthy boundaries. She teaches the personal and professional lessons gained throughout her career and her experience of leading a high-profile legal and media campaign to inspire others to make a change in themselves, their workplaces and communities, and the wider world. Multilingual, she also brings inter-cultural expertise, having worked both in and with global teams and on diplomatic assignments, advising organizations on how to attract and retain diverse talent and develop highly effective, globally savvy leaders.