Stephen Frost

Former Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the London 2012 Olympic Games; Recipient of the Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions; Global Inclusion and Leadership Expert

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Stephen is a globally-recognized inclusion and leadership expert and Principal of Frost Included, Director, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for KPMG, an inclusive leadership and consulting practice. 

From 2007-2012 he served as Chief of Staff » Read Full Bio

Stephen is a globally-recognized inclusion and leadership expert and Principal of Frost Included, Director, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for KPMG, an inclusive leadership and consulting practice. 

From 2007-2012 he served as Chief of Staff and Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.   From 2004-2007, Stephen established and led the workplace team at Stonewall, after starting his career in advertising.  He has worked in consultancy and communications worldwide.   

He was a Hertford College Scholar at Oxford, a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, recipient of the 2010 Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions and voted one of the top 100 influential LGBT people in the UK.  Since 2011 he has been a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.    

He teaches at Harvard University, USA, Sciences Po, France and in organizations worldwide.  He advises the International Paralympic Committee, Novartis, BP and the Governments of the United Kingdom and Singapore on inclusive leadership and diversity best practice and is author of The Inclusion Imperative.

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Real Inclusion, Courage, Creativity and Talent
Many organizations have talented Diversity Officers and operate Diversity 101 programs; however, they may find to get the most out of their program they need to upgrade to inclusion 3.0. Diversity is great, but so is bringing differences together in one team, and often this second imperative is forgotten in the pursuit of the former. Without inclusion, diversity can fail. Stephen offers a powerful, humorous and compelling argument for inclusion, based on empirical evidence from around the world combined with the latest Harvard research. It is a thought provoking, challenging and informative opportunity to refresh the believers and convert the currently unconvinced to Real Inclusion!
Diversity to a Deadline, How We Created Everyone's London 2012 Olympic Games
The 2012 London Games are recognized as the most diverse, inclusive and successful ever. As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd., Stephen Frost was responsible for incorporating diversity and inclusion across the 200,000 person workforce, volunteers and contractors, as well as in the $2 billion procurement program and all aspects of service delivery. Stephen will share how diversity and inclusion were embedded in 57 departments, 134 venues and 8,000 torchbearers and resulted in reduced recruitment costs and contributed to supply chain savings of over $150 million.
Real Leadership, Facing up to Failure
In corporate life, there can be a constant, sometimes overwhelming pressure to demonstrate perfection and be seen as successful. Yet research and empirical case study evidence shows us that we often learn most when we fail. Furthermore, without permission to fail, we may never take the risks essential to allow us to succeed in the future, and consequently inhibit our future development. Real Leadership is about finding the courage to take risks personally and to develop a team environment that encourages strategic risk-taking. Not blind courage. It's about courage coupled with creativity and strategy. This presentation explores the principles of real leadership, principles that any one, at any level, can exercise any day of the week.
Stop Apologizing, Start Leading
As any gay person knows, coming out is one of the hardest things you'll ever do in life. Coming out is not a one-off event, it is a constant process. It is a situation LGBT people face with every new job, every new boss and every new client. Often, this places LGBT people at a disadvantage in the professional environment. How do you navigate a diversity of reactions, including negative reactions from clients? Questions straight people take for granted can cause additional stress, anxiety and effort for LGBT people, and divert effort away from the day job. However, not only can this potential disadvantage be neutralized; it can actually be turned into a net benefit for the individual and for the organization as a whole. Using powerful theory and compelling case studies, Stephen can support, inform and inspire your LGBT staff to step up, lead and make an enhanced contribution to their careers and your organization.


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