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Essenta Insights
Mar 15, 2023
Essenta BOLD Podcast: DE&I and mental well-being: the important relationship
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Join us today by listening to our latest podcast led by Chika Okeke, our Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


In this episode, Chika speaks with Aston Martin’s DE&I lead Laura Ayoade about the interconnectedness of DE&I and mental well-being; a topic that’s often overlooked within the broader DE&I conversation. Chika and Laura discuss trauma within the DE&I subject matter, emotional tax, and how to support employees in an authentic way whilst engaging in storytelling activities which are so common within DE&I. The episode is rounded up by Laura sharing some top tips on how organisations can support well-being through DE&I. 


About Laura

In 2021, Laura joined the well-known luxury British automotive brand Aston Martin as their first equity, diversity, and inclusion lead.  With International experience and a global lens, Laura has worked in the Diversity and Inclusion arena for the past three years professionally, with a decade-long academic background in racial justice-related topics. She has consulted some of the UK’s largest organisations, helping them to embed best practices and thought leadership in diversity and inclusion. 


Enjoy the episode!


About our Essenta BOLD Podcast.

BOLD stands for the ‘Brilliance of Leading with Difference”. Through this podcast, we explore the most pressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) opportunities, and take a fresh look at how to maximize DE&I with a more progressive approach. 


Through sharing lived experiences, delving into research and best practice, and revealing practical tips, our guests will inspire you to unlock the power of diverse teams.


We believe everyone has a role to play in an organisation’s DE&I narrative. Our BOLD podcast is for executives who understand the importance of culture, fostering inclusion, and creating belonging at work.


If you are inspired by anything you hear, please contact our Head of DE&I for further information. 

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