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Diversity | Talent | Leadership

Kay Formanek MBA

Kay Formanek is passionate about how inclusive diversity delivers exceptional performance.

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Specialist Subjects

1. How to Rewire our Brain so as to not be Unconsciously Biased?

Kay explores how Unconscious Bias is deeply seated in the way our brain is hard-wired. Drawing on the developments around Neuroscience Kay explores why we all have a natural empathy for our “in-group” and tend to be naturally hostile to our “out-group”. Kay then shares the manner in which we can re-wire our brain and the steps that we can take in society and/or organisations to be more inclusive to all groups.

2. How to Stamp Out Unconscious Bias from the Workfloor?

Kay explains why we are all Unconsciously Biased and why we unintentionally and unwittingly exclude talent, even when we are desirous to have diversity of talent. In an interactive talk, Kay exposes the source of our unconscious bias and reveals the manner in which we can identify our unconscious bias and mitigate the impacts of our unconscious bias in our team setting and within the greater organization.

3. The Facts and the Myths About Diversity and Organisational Performance

Kay takes a magnifying glass on the term “diversity”. What do we actually mean by diversity of talent? And how has the meaning of the word changed over the last 50 years and how does our definition of diversity impact the way we lead diversity of talent? Kay then reflects on the most important learnings on the leadership of Diversity in the 20th Century and the key challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

4. Conscious Leadership – the Cornerstone of Inclusive Diversity

Kay explains why conscious leaders are so important for realizing inclusive diversity and delivering the benefits of diversity such as improved wellness, engagement, creativity and innovation. Leaders are required to move from the state of being unconsciously unskilled in diversity leadership to the state of

5. Biodiversity – an Inspiration for Diversity within an Organisation.

In this presentation, Kay draws on her research collaboration with Dirk Luyten and specialists in the field, on the topic of “Biodiversity – lessons for Organisational Diversity”.  Kay has collaborated on a book wherein the scientific lens of Biodiversity is applied to evaluate healthy and unhealthy states of diversity in organisations. What can we learn from nature and by applying a scientific lens, when considering the optimum state of talent diversity within our organization? What is the optimum state of diversity in an organization? What factors create a toxic environment for diversity? What factors needs to be present to restitute healthy diversity. In this inspiring talk, Kay leverages nature and science to create a lens through which one can evaluate the diversity of ones organization and be inspired to create a state of healthy diversity in the organization.

6. Turning Diversity from Divided Diversity to United Diversity

Kay shares her research on how many organisations are unintentionally creating divisions and animosity through their diversity approach within their organisations.  By focusing mostly on metrics, quota’s and ring-fencing certain talent, they create a state of “divided diversity”.  Kay shares the five characteristics of organisations practicing “united diversity” and shares the practical actions that leaders can take to stimulate “united diversity” within their organisations.

This speech is drawn from the TEDxTalk “United Diversity” that Kay delivered with Dirk Luyten at INSEAD in 2018.

7. Women in STEM: So much leakage, so much to do

Kay delivers sets out the business case for business and society to plug into the missed talent pool of women in STEM. She sets out with razor sharpness the reason that women either do not enter STEM careers and then highlights the reasons why women also leave STEM Careers. And Kay creates a compelling call to action for leaders to change the dynamics of the talent pool in STEM and sets out what is required to tap into this critical pool of talent.


United Diversity | Dirk Luyten & Kay Formanek | TEDxINSEAD

United Diversity | Dirk Luyten & Kay Formanek | TEDxINSEAD

Lead Your Future | Why do many young women not make it upto lead positions?

Lead Your Future | Why do many young women not make it upto lead positions?

Interview Kay Formanek about career opportunities in digital technology

Interview Kay Formanek about career opportunities in digital technology

Blogs & publications

5 May 2021

United Diversity | Kay Formanek

8 March 2019

Unconscious bias limits diversity

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