June Sarpong on inclusion and diversity
Television presenter, author and guest editor for our Breaking Barriers series June Sarpong knows what it's like to experience inequality in the workplace. As a presenter, she saw her male colleagues earning more than her and receiving different treatment.
June explains some of the issues she sees in diversity and inclusion today and how the world needs to change to truly embrace diversity...
Encouraging diversity in the art world
As part of our Breaking Barriers Spotlight series we asked Jamaican-American artist, Llanakila , to create a series of illustrations depicting the themes we are focusing on throughout the series
As woman of colour in the art world Llanakila has herself come up her own set of barriers, we caught up with her to find out her view on the issue and how diversity and inclusion in the industry could be improved.
As an artist, why is diversity important to you?
Diversity is important to me because when people come from different places and cultures they have contrasting points of views and ways of life. Not one person can have the exact same thoughts and ideas. These all play a major role into making our society- our world so unique. These diverse ideas…
Virgin Orbit completes successful captive carry test flight with 'flying launchpad'
Virgin Orbit ’s Cosmic Girl has taken to the skies with a rocket tucked under its wing for the first time. The specially modified 747-400 carrying a 70-foot-long rocket under its wing soared through the air as part of a successful test flight for Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne
The flawless test flight took place in the cloudless skies over Southern California, with the small satellite launch company proving that its carbon-fiber two-stage rocket works perfectly as a pair with Cosmic Girl, the customised former passenger aircraft that serves as the company’s ‘flying launch pad.’ The successful test puts more air under the wings - and fins - of the company’s plans to reach orbit in early 2019…
Virgin and Brightline form strategic partnership
Brightline, America’s first new major private intercity passenger railroad in over a century, has announced a new strategic partnership and trademark licensing agreement with the Virgin Group. Brightline will be renamed Virgin Trains USA this month and transition to Virgin Trains USA branding in 2019
Image from Brightline
Brightline launched services between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in May 2018 and currently has plans to expand to Orlando and Tampa. Pending approvals, it will begin railway construction next year to connect Las Vegas to Southern California. Virgin Group will make a minority investment in Brightline, which will be managed and operated by Brightline’s executive team and affiliates of Fortress Investment Group
“Our private sector-led…
Breaking down barriers to effective team diversity
What are the barriers to forming an effective team? We know there are barriers to developing cohesive groups. Humans - after all - are wired to be tribal. We seek out those similar to ourselves and find it hard to trust ‘outsiders’
We’ve been investigating the challenges and benefits of breaking barriers down in teams and we’ve learned a lot about what the barriers might be and how best to break them down. Potential barriers include location and competence but three important ones that relate to team diversity include
Demographic barriers where members have different gender, race, age or sexual orientation.
Cognitive barriers caused by differences in the way team members think and behave.
Virgin Media Business is bringing digital transformation for Irish customers
Virgin Media Business in Ireland has announced that it is partnering with Irish company INNOVATE to provide the complete ICT solutions for their business customers to bring them digital transformation
The deal promises to redefine what an enterprise provider offers, and will lead to superfast connection in offices, optimising application performance and reducing network connectivity costs
“We belong to a family of restless entrepreneurs,” Paul Farrell, commercial vice president at Virgin Media Business, said. “We’re not conventional but are driven by a common purpose to change business for good.
“We help businesses and industry alike to build a network and connectivity platform that helps boost performance and supports business growth. Our partnership with INNOVATE provides us…