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Simone White

Internal Networks Expert | Inclusion Specialist

Internal Networks Expert | Inclusion Specialist

Simone White is a multi-award-winning specialist, who works to increase the impact of under-represented groups by creating equitable opportunities for visibility and growth.

Having experienced various hurdles on her own career journey, Simone has pushed the boundaries of inclusion, raising awareness that exclusionary practices for some, especially those with multiple intersectionalities, are embedded into corporate practices and are often overlooked in DEI discussions.

With over two decades of administrative experience, Simone founded a global network at the world’s largest asset manager, leading transformative change for 500 administrative professionals, and creating and implementing transparent, equitable career paths and internal mobility opportunities. She is a leading voice advocating for the profession.

Simone focuses on empowering individuals to work together to change their mindsets and environments and works with organisations to create safe spaces for discussion, action and positive inclusion outcomes, all with a desire and belief that impactful change can be started and driven by anyone, at any level.

She is an international keynote speaker, writer, mentor and trainer, a fellow of EPAA and the Institute of Administrative Management, a Diversity lead for the World Administrators Alliance and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for Executive Support Magazine.

  • No More Unicorns!

    The Administrative Profession has long suffered from a perception problem, both from those the profession works alongside and even by some who work within it.

    More and more we see a call for change, but progress has been slow with resistance from organizations and from some in the role who ‘seemingly benefit’ from the current status quo.

    Many organizations have hidden unicorns –  not the mythical creatures with a single horn – but individual administrative professionals who their employers feel are a one-off, rare and unique entity. That view negatively impacts not only the individual but the profession.

    No more unicorns is a unique look at the profession through an individual lens and will highlight the need for the profession to no longer work in silo but collectively move from mythical to professional status.

    Learning Outcomes

    • What is a unicorn?
    • What is the impact of unicorn status – on individuals and the profession?
    • How do we actively change the narrative and achieve parity?


    This session is also available on demand, in our Learning Library

  • The Need for Inclusion

    There has been an increasing focus on DEI over the past few years.  A big push has been made by businesses, schools, universities and those within them to be more inclusive. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is high on the agenda of corporations, governments and society around the globe.  Targets are being set, action is being called for and accountability is increasing.

    Many have now been part of or listened to discussions on gender, race, neurodiversity, and sexuality and we have seen actions being taken.

    These discussions have certainly made a difference for many, yet a large population of professionals have been marginalised and left out of such discussions due to another bias which has negatively impacted them globally. A bias that is so ingrained that it is viewed as acceptable, despite it having major implications for a group who are majority women.

    During this session, Simone will unpack the ongoing impact of this bias and highlight what is needed, why it is needed and how we can influence change to protect the future of the profession.

    Learning Outcomes

    • What it means to be Included
    • How Inclusion can lead to Belonging
    • The Power of a collective
    • Why Inclusion alone is not enough
    • Changing the narrative
  • Inclusion is Not Enough

    Administrative Professionals are the very heart and foundation of many organisations around the globe.  Despite often being told that ‘we could not do without you’ our inclusion and sense of belonging have increasingly diminished over time.

    During this session, Simone White, author of the article ‘The Need for Inclusion’ delves deeper into why our inclusion has been negatively impacted.

    She highlights what action we can all take as individuals and as groups to ensure that our profession, not only survives but thrives.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Administrative space
    • How can we challenge misconceptions held by others and ourselves
    • Why we must work together for impactful change


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