How Staff Networks Create Value Through Inclusive Collaboration [Interview with Ajay Mistry]

Ajay Mistry is the CoFounder of ICAN and former Chair of the Multicultural Network at AON UK. 

This is the first of a 3 part series around the launch of ICAN, the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network.


Here’s some key messages from this episode:

– Why a single multicultural resource group is necessary

–  How collaboration can lead to intersectional benefits

– How resource groups can be used to develop the talent pipeline

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Here’s some key takeaways from this episode:

Clarity of Purpose 

“Know your value proposition and know why you’re doing it, you always get asked why is this important, if you can’t answer it, you switch that person off immediately” 

Treat Employee Resource Groups Like a Business 

“There needs to be measurable impacts, you need to have outcomes, you need to prove why you’re doing what you’re doing”

Recognition Matters 

“I would encourage anyone who is listening, at all, go for these awards, do these things, because it only helps the end goal and I think it’s every easy, especially with BAME people, not to put themselves forwards ”

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– A challenge for you to consider

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Here’s some resources so you can go deeper:

Ajay’s Linkedin

Ajay’s Twitter

AON Multicultural Network UK


The Network of Networks

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