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Ruchika Tulshyan: Inclusive
The Thinkers Series

Ruchika Tulshyan: Inclusive

We asked five of the world’s leading thinkers what one quality they thought was key to a kinder, more equitable, and greener world.

“We’re fundamentally at this precipice where if we don’t prioritise inclusion, we’re all going to lose out.”

It’s now widely accepted that diversity and inclusion is not just the right thing to do, but it’s also good for business and for the world. So why are we so bad at doing it? According to award-winning Inclusion Strategist, Ruchika Tulshyan, it’s complicated; and the answer goes all the way back to our childhoods.

Named to a list of Most Influential D&I leaders in 2019 and 2020 and described by the Financial Times as “the Oscars of management thinking”, Ruchika is highly-esteemed for her intersectional and data-driven approach to diversity, equity and inclusion. Having addressed audiences from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the U.S. Congress, Ruchika is skilled at finding a common language to discuss complex issues, as well as offering tangible solutions. 

Writing regularly for the New York Times and Harvard Business Review, Ruchika has also written two books: ‘The Diversity Advantage’ (2016) and ‘Inclusion on Purpose’ (which will be released in February 2022), Ruchika has unpacked topics from structural bias to psychological safety, presenting a roadmap for how leaders and organisations can meaningfully promote inclusion and diversity. 

In the second episode of The Thinkers Series, we asked her about her own experiences of exclusion, why we find diversity and inclusion so difficult, and what we can all do to be more inclusive.

“Until you can ensure that everyone has a voice, particularly people’s voices that have historically been overlooked and unrepresented, then you’re not really doing your job as a leader.”