Innovation Breakfast: Boosting innovation through diversity and inclusion

11th June

Date and time

Tuesday 11th June, 2019

8:30 - 11:00


  • Pinsent Masons
  • 30 Crown Pl
  • London
  • EC2A 4ES

Idea Drop’s London Innovation Breakfasts are an innovation-focused series of events bringing together expert keynote speakers and innovation thought leaders to share insight, knowledge and experience on innovation and best practice.

The paradox with innovation is that innovation management processes and systems need to continually evolve and innovative themselves. In our programme of breakfast sessions, our goal is always to identify issues, discuss opportunities and empower every attendee to improve their innovation processes and approach to idea management.

Our innovation breakfasts are delivered with selected partners at exciting locations across London through the year. You’ll be in great company too: senior decision makers and innovation leaders from some of the world’s smartest companies regularly attend including Arriva Trains, Barclays, Metropolitan Police, Virgin, EY, PwC, Hotel Chocolat, Waitrose, Royal Mail, Vodafone, Anglo American, Premier Inn, M&C Saatchi, NatWest Bank and many more.

Boosting innovation through diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is a hot topic at the moment as large organisations are fast evolving and understanding more about the power and value of a more diverse organisation. Another trending topic in these disruptive times is innovation – having the best innovation management processes in place makes it easier to outrun the competition. Both topics are important and deeply interconnected. By fostering a diverse work culture and collecting different skillsets and backgrounds into one place, organisations are directly impacting and influencing their innovation output. Diverse teams are proven to be more effective and more innovative – new ideas rarely arise when everyone always agrees with each other. Diverse perspectives bring new ideas and spark new solutions to problems.

Join us for this Innovation Breakfast session if you are interested to discover more about ways to better foster diversity and inclusion and find out about best practices and real-life examples on how diversity directly impacts innovation.

Key takeaways:

  • How to create and implement diversity strategies that directly impact innovation
  • How to curate teams to create diversity
  • How to foster diversity beyond gender
  • Case studies and best practices on diversity and inclusivity in businesses

Who is it for:

  • C-suite execs including CIOs, CEOs, COOs and Innovation Directors
  • Heads of corporate communications, HR and continuous improvement


08:30 Registration, breakfast & networking

09:00 Opening remarks by Jonny Fisher

09:10 Jenny Hotchin & Stuart Affleck, Pinsent Masons

09:40 Paul Sloan, an author and expert on lateral thinking in business

10:10 Interactive exercise by Pinsent Masons

10:30–11:00 Networking and event close


  • Jenny Hotchin
    Group Innovation Manager
    Pinsent Masons

Jenny has always been fascinated by the interaction between technology and people and the business opportunities technology presents. Having set up a website and search engine optimisation consultancy to fund her legal studies, Jenny qualified as a technology lawyer in 2012. After six years advising on complex technology and data transactions Jenny decided to
focus her attention on how technology is changing the business of law. At Pinsent Masons Jenny is responsible for innovation and legal technology across one of four global practice groups. Jenny is a passionate believer that diversity of thought and a growth mind-set are catalysts for
innovation. Jenny uses her experience as a lawyer to apply user centric problem analysis and design to support the delivery of innovative solutions and deploy technology that creates real value for users both within Pinsent Masons and our clients.

  • Stuart Affleck
    Director of Brook Graham
    Pinsent Masons

Stuart is responsible for the strategic direction, management and growth of Brook Graham who provide strategic consultancy services to organisations across the globe, helping them claim the rewards of achieving diverse and inclusive cultures.

  • Paul Sloane
    Destination Innovation

An author and expert on lateral thinking in business. He has delivered hundreds of talks to executive audiences around the world. His talks are different because they challenge your thinking head-on. He is a skilled facilitator and course leader who helps top level teams achieve breakthrough results in their meetings. He helps companies overcome the problems they have making innovation happen. He can improve creativity and lateral thinking for leaders with leadership and innovation master classes. This results in a more agile culture, more ideas and successful innovation.

  • Jonny Fisher
    Co-founder and Head of Global Enterprise Accounts
    Idea Drop

An experienced strategy and innovation expert, Jonny consults globally with a wide range of fortune 500 organisations across a broad range of sectors, helping them plan, execute and measure transformational innovation programmes. Jonny is a Co-founder and Head of Global Enterprise Accounts at Idea Drop.