Ashanti Bentil-Dhue & Gabrielle Austen-Browne

Diversity Ally provides robust diversity and inclusion expertise to the global events industry. They help event companies identify their weak spots around diversity and create solutions that create more inclusive cultures.
They are changing the way the events industry tackles diversity and inclusion. Diversity Ally’s primary mission is to be the event industry’s first HR, Training & Search partner dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive culture. With an aim to support organisations in recruiting, engaging, and retaining diverse talent.
Ashanti Bentil-Dhue is an experienced events entrepreneur, diversity expert, researcher, and speaker. She heads up the team at EventMind, a virtual event production company based in London, UK. She’s also a co-founder of the global network, Black In Events. She spearheaded the only research in the UK exclusively focused on how organisations can invest in black millennials and generation Z women within the corporate structure. In June 2020, she co-created the UK’s first nationwide anti-racism and allyship project for white women who want to be allies.
Gabrielle Austen – Browne has been active in the D&I space for over 13 years, starting when she was a dance professional and became interested in how dance can be used as a creative tool to support mental and physical health, for members from marginalised and under -represented communities.
She went on to volunteer at the Chickenshed Theatre Co. where she completed their diversity and inclusion training, going on to win the Jack Petchy leadership award.  Wanting to dive deeper into inclusive dance, she completed a Masters in Community Dance at Trinity Laban.
Currently a diversity committee member for the events apprenticeship programme, in 2020 she was also made an ambassador for the Fast Forward 15 mentorship programme, with the aim to encourage applications from more diverse mentees and mentors, specifically from the BAME community.