Stephen Frost

Global Inclusion and Leadership Expert

Stephen Frost is a globally-recognized inclusion and leadership expert and Principal of Frost Included, Director, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for KPMG, an inclusive leadership and consulting practice.  From 2007-2012 he served as Chief of Staff and Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.

From 2004-2007, Stephen established and led the workplace team at Stonewall, after starting his career in advertising.  He has worked in consultancy and communications worldwide.  

He was a Hertford College Scholar at Oxford, a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, recipient of the 2010 Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions and voted one of the top 100 influential LGBT people in the UK.  Since 2011 he has been a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.  

He teaches at Harvard University, USA, Sciences Po, France and in organizations worldwide.  He advises the International Paralympic Committee, Novartis, BP and the Governments of the United Kingdom and Singapore on inclusive leadership and diversity best practice and is author of The Inclusion Imperative. 

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    Diversity, Leadership

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    England

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    $15,000 - $20,000

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Stephen Frost is a globally-recognized inclusion and leadership expert and Principal of Frost Included, Director, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for KPMG, an inclusive leadership and consulting practice.  From 2007-2012 he served as Chief of Staff and Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.

From 2004-2007, Stephen established and led the workplace team at Stonewall, after starting his career in advertising.  He has worked in consultancy and communications worldwide.  

He was a Hertford College Scholar at Oxford, a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, recipient of the 2010 Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions and voted one of the top 100 influential LGBT people in the UK.  Since 2011 he has been a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.  

He teaches at Harvard University, USA, Sciences Po, France and in organizations worldwide.  He advises the International Paralympic Committee, Novartis, BP and the Governments of the United Kingdom and Singapore on inclusive leadership and diversity best practice and is author of The Inclusion Imperative. 

To book Stephen Frost call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Real Inclusion - Courage, Creativity and Talent

Many organizations have talented Diversity Officers and operate Diversity 101 programs; however, they may find to get the most out of their program they need to upgrade to inclusion 3.0. Diversity is great, but so is bringing differences together in one team, and often this second imperative is forgotten in the pursuit of the former. 

Without inclusion, diversity can fail. Stephen offers a powerful, humorous and compelling argument for inclusion, based on empirical evidence from around the world combined with the latest Harvard research. It is a thought provoking, challenging and informative opportunity to refresh the believers and convert the currently unconvinced to Real Inclusion! 

By attending this session, you will learn how to: 

  • Differentiate between diversity and inclusion; 
  • Lead on diversity & inclusion issues as well as empower others to lead the charge too; 
  • Convey fresh insights to currently disengaged colleagues on the exciting potential of inclusion to create engagement; 
  • Deliver a compelling business 

Diversity to a Deadline - How We Created Everyone’s London 2012 Olympic Games

The 2012 London Games are recognized as the most diverse, inclusive and successful ever. As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd., Stephen Frost was responsible for incorporating diversity and inclusion across the 200,000 person workforce, volunteers and contractors, as well as in the $2 billion procurement program and all aspects of service delivery. 

Stephen will share how diversity and inclusion were embedded in 57 departments, 134 venues and 8,000 torchbearers and resulted in reduced recruitment costs and contributed to supply chain savings of over $150 million. 

By attending this session, you will learn how to: 

  • Embed the principles of diversity and inclusion in mass recruitment in order to achieve savings and also unprecedented diversity;
  • Integrate supplier diversity in the procurement process to improve the performance of large organizations and the opportunities for small businesses; 
  • Deliver groundbreaking customer service, inclusive to all; and 
  • Implement a successful systemic change program using deadlines, scrutiny and expectations as drivers for delivery. 

Real Leadership - Facing up to Failure

In corporate life, there can be a constant, sometimes overwhelming pressure to demonstrate perfection and be seen as successful. Yet research and empirical case study evidence shows us that we often learn most when we fail. Furthermore, without permission to fail, we may never take the risks essential to allow us to succeed in the future – and consequently inhibit our future development. 
Real Leadership is about finding the courage to take risks personally and to develop a team environment that encourages strategic risk-taking. Not blind courage. It’s about courage coupled with creativity and strategy. This presentation explores the principles of real leadership – principles that any one, at any level, can exercise any day of the week. 

After attending this session, you will: 

  • Understand and be able to differentiate between leadership and management; 
  • Realize the importance of partnering in order to build allies and support for change; 
  • Learn about the importance of technical versus adaptive leadership work; 
  • Use case studies and best practices as an inspiration for action. 

Stop Apologizing, Start Leading

As any gay person knows, coming out is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do in life. Coming out is not a one-off event, it is a constant process. It is a situation LGBT people face with every new job, every new boss and every new client. 

Often, this places LGBT people at a disadvantage in the professional environment. How do you navigate a diversity of reactions, including negative reactions from clients? Questions straight people take for granted can cause additional stress, anxiety and effort for LGBT people, and divert effort away from the day job. 

However, not only can this potential disadvantage be neutralized; it can actually be turned into a net benefit for the individual and for the organization as a whole. Using powerful theory and compelling case studies, Stephen can support, inform and inspire your LGBT staff to step up, lead and make an enhanced contribution to their careers and your organization. 

By attending this session, you will learn how to: 

  • Understand the professional negatives and positives of coming out and being openly LGBT in the workplace; 
  • Learn the theory of LGBT leadership and how people perform better when they can be themselves; 
  • Develop strategies for managing your boss, colleagues, clients and your own role in the workplace; 
  • Learn how to add value to your own career and the wider organization. 

Vice President, Business Development Diversity Business Network (DBN), Toronto, Canada

“Stephen was the keynote speaker at our recent Canadian Supplier Diversity Conference in Toronto. He added great value to the session with his obvious conviction to diversity/inclusivity, his knowledge of this subject, and his humourous/entertaining presentation style. Thanks so much for sharing your zeal; it's contagious!”

Director, Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Minneapolis, USA

“Steve Frost spoke as a keynote at the March 2012 Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity in Minneapolis, talking about the creation of a diverse and inclusive 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. In about 40 minutes he held the 600 diversity professionals in attendance spellbound as he recounted the opportunities and challenges of the first truly inclusive Olympics. He also challenged them to do the same within their own organizations and left them inspired to rise to Olympic heights. I have a received kudos and high praise for inviting him to speak, but the kudos and praise belong to Steve Frost!”

Director Minority Supplier Development UK Ltd

“I have known Steve since he joined LOCOG and his commitment to diversity and inclusion is unparalleled. His passion and persistence has played an important part in making the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics Games a truly inclusive event.”

Senior Vice President Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

“Stephen Frost brought Diversity & Inclusion to light for Alcon associates in a way that everyone could appreciate and understand. His presentation was compelling and inspiring to our diverse and global workforce.”
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