Leila McKenzie-Delis is moving the dial on diversity, inclusion and aspirations in business.
A passionate thought leader with multiple business and charitable interests, in 2019, Leila founded DIAL Global, a global community for ‘Diverse Inclusive Aspirational Leaders’.
DIAL Global’s purpose is to foster a more open, diverse and inclusive society by helping organisations to think differently about their working culture, recruitment, attitudes and understanding of diversity in all its forms.
Furthermore, Leila presents a podcast series ‘Diverse Inclusive Leaders’ and also fronts a YouTube channel, featuring exclusive talks with the most inspirational and accomplished thought leaders of today.
She has also created the McKenzie-Delis Foundation – a charity dedicated to furthering the research and insight into diversity, inclusion and belonging. In 2020, they launched the McKenzie-Delis Review; a ground-breaking report on diversity and inclusion in the UK workplace.
Leila’s passion and commitment to diversity and inclusion has been inspired by her upbringing and career to date.
Originally born in Hong Kong, Leila was adopted as a baby by a British couple and grew up in Harrogate, Yorkshire. As one of the relatively few non-white people in her school and the local area, Leila began to think about the nature of identity, race and professional ambition.
Although Leila went on to excel academically, graduating top of her class and with a first a first-class honours degree, she quickly came across difficulties in accessing opportunities to graduate jobs and internships – while her friends and peers around Harrogate did not experience the same barriers.
Committed to creating opportunities for herself, Leila went on to run several businesses and built a successful career in Executive Search.
One day, at a round table event, Leila noticed that she was the only female and only person of colour. From that moment onwards, the idea for DIAL Global was born as a way to create more opportunities for diverse candidates to access top-level careers and leadership roles.
Today, Leila spends her time managing numerous directorships and advisory positions whilst continuing to promote and campaign for the benefits of inclusion and diversity in business and in wider society.
Her mission is to build DIAL Global and The McKenzie-Delis Foundation in order to forge a more diverse and inclusive society.
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
In Leila’s book DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & BELONGING, she explores how D&I today is about more than race, gender, age or sexuality, but extends to how people think via cognitive and neurodiversity, and, crucially, how we make people feel.
Statistical research has long proven that diverse teams equate to better business. Now we also know that combined with diversity, inclusion, purpose and belonging are also paramount to bolster employee engagement, profit, performance and growth, whilst enhancing innovation, brand equity, productivity and enabling talent attraction and retention.
Book Leila to attend your virtual meeting or in-person event to present a Diversity and Inclusion speech.