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René Carayol MBE is not just one of the world’s leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500’s top CEO’s and their executive teams, but he has also actually been Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses.

He speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert practitioner who has seen and experienced it all before.

René specialises in delivering unforgettable and unmissable performances that show precisely how contemporary inspired leadership can electrify an audience through a powerful and authentic emotional connection.

René draws much from his own unique experiences on the boards of some of the biggest international organisations; from Marks and Spencer and Pepsi, to IPC Media and the Inland Revenue.

If you are looking for a clever academic who will read out a well-crafted speech on the theory, concept and abstract of ‘thought leadership’ – then stop here.

Whilst being a much-acclaimed Visiting Professor at the distinguished Cass Business School in London, and lecturing on their MSc in Management, René is no academic.

If what you’re after is the most important leadership clarion call to your top people, that will energise them to see the art of the possible and stir the leader inside of each of them – then you must be speaking of René Carayol.

His latest book, SPIKE, is leading the ‘Strengths based Revolution’. SPIKE is not a business self- help book. It is a journey of self-discovery. It will change your views of yourself and as importantly of your teams.

“My experience of working with some of the world’s best leaders of this generation; from Prime Minister David Cameron, Sir Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela, and many others, informs me that none of them are flawless or ‘all-rounders’.

But they all tend to know their 2/3 SPIKES, and have taken the time and focus to fine tune them to near Olympian standards”.

René will share the magic and simplicity of the compelling SPIKE philosophy. In his world of SPIKE, there are no losers anymore – everyone has something they are great at.

The new world order is struggling to deal with constant uncertainty, René provides a compelling approach to the future that is built on ‘managing a little less and leading a little more’.

You will continue to see René on the BBC and Sky News as an expert commentator and you can see his portfolio of TV series for the BBC on his YouTube channel.

René has built his reputation on getting to know the culture of businesses better than they do themselves, and providing answers and solutions no matter how big or small the problems.

His messages are practical, real life experiences delivered with electrifying effect. He both shakes up and inspires his audiences by showing them not only what lies within their grasp, but how true collaboration makes everyone stronger.

Keynote Topic #1

    Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace

    As the world of work faces a period of transformation driven by the increase in racial and social awareness, it is becoming apparent that investment behind Diversity & Inclusion initiatives is now being demanded by clients in all industries.

    Over René’s long-standing Executive and Non-Executive career, Diversity & Inclusion has been a prominent feature of his leadership philosophy. From Google, HSBC and Credit Suisse, René has advised and provided wise, pragmatic counsel to numerous leaders responsible for inclusion within their businesses.

    Since the tragic death of George Floyd, René has seen a significant increase in demand for him to help businesses to address Inclusive Leadership. Dan Glaser, CEO of Marsh McLennan (MMC), decided to create a six-month Black Leadership Programme for their high-achieving Black colleagues. Given René’s experience of navigating the corporate ladder, MMC found René to be the natural role model, speaker and facilitator to ensure the successful delivery of this programme. By being a consistent and independent voice, René’s talks have been able to help them overcome significant barriers and reinforce the importance of developing Inclusion within the business.

    Alongside this, René has been the trusted adviser for Ralph Hauter, CEO of Microsoft EMEA, where he initially facilitated a powerful discussion with their senior leaders on D&I. As this progressed, René has found himself to be their ‘go-to’ confidant. With René’s global experience as a diversity and inclusion speaker, his ability to understand the various cultural nuances involved in the make-up of Ralph’s geographically spread teams has proved to be a valuable asset.

    Every day, we are seeing many well-intentioned leaders who have made public statements of intent to demonstrate their business’ commitment to social inclusion. This is driven by a bolder, younger generation of both employees and clients. Through René’s extensive mentoring and philanthropic efforts, he remains consistently ‘in touch’ with those being the catalyst and drivers of cultural change.

    Diversity and Inclusion for Leadership Development

    Inclusive Leadership is emerging as a unique and critical capability helping organisations adapt to diverse customers, markets, ideas and talent. For those working around a leader, such as a manager, direct report or peer, one of the most important traits for generating a sense of inclusiveness is a leader’s ability to empathize and become aware of their bias.

    But to fully capitalize on their cognizance of bias, leaders also must express both humility and compassion. This document describes organizational practices that can help leaders become more inclusive and enhance the performance of their teams.


        • Build a trusting, high performing and inclusive environment where ALL people flourish and develop
        • Inspire and coach the Leadership Team to lead the cultural transformation
        • Ensure all the Leadership Team acquire a reputation for authentic Inclusive Leadership
        • Better understand and appreciate the needs and benefits of a fully diverse and inclusive environment that provides a feeling of belonging for all colleagues
        • Establish measures that enable the tracking of ethnicity data for continuous improvement
        • The leadership team must live and breathe the vision and purpose of the organisation
        • The leadership team must take ownership and accountability for establishing an inclusive environment

    Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Offering

    Our Bespoke Approach

    Far too many companies have adopted a best practice and universal approach to dealing with their very specific and unique Diversity and Inclusion challenges. In our experience, this rarely works. Every business is both distinct and unique and therefore requires a bespoke solution.

    Including the following:

    Our unique Inclusive Leadership Executive Development Programme will cover leadership, culture and collaboration in an interactive fashion, and as importantly, enable all members of the Leadership team to play an active part in the workshops.

    We will design and build a bespoke programme of interventions and workshops unique to the company, which will provide inspirational insights, shared ‘lived experience’ and compelling case studies that will fuel robust debate.

    This will lift the attendees’ sights and inject them with the passion and spirit to enthuse all they work with. The programme will be suitable for both offline and online circumstances.

    The best teams will need to have diverse personalities and backgrounds that provides balance, challenge and support. There may well be some gaps that will become obvious and require attention.

    The Inclusive Leadership Executive Development Programme is designed to put collaboration at the heart of how the Leadership Team behaves.

    “Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is a choice” – René Carayol, Diversity & Inclusion Keynote Speaker

    The Inclusive Leadership Executive Development Programme is designed to put collaboration at the heart of how the Leadership Team behaves.

    “Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is a choice” – René Carayol, Diversity & Inclusion Keynote Speaker

Keynote Topic #2

    Inclusive Leadership Speaker

    René Carayol has worked with many internationally led blue chip businesses, acquiring a reputation for delivering and inspiring cultural change and transformation where the companies create a more inclusive and high performing environment. As an inclusive leadership speaker, René uses his years of experience to tell memorable stories that win the ‘hearts and minds’ of the audience.


    Business leaders are not only tasked with stabilising their operations during the pandemic, they know that in order to rebuild their company’s culture, it must be with a committed effort towards:

      • Inclusion
      • Diversity
      • Belonging
      • Clarity
      • Certainty
      • Hope

    Doing nothing is not an option. Maybe doing the same thing you have always done may not deliver the future so many deserve. Fortune will favour those brave enough to try things differently. René’s way of working is to start by understanding the environment, challenges and terrain of the organisation. By getting ‘under the skin’ of the leaders (and fully understanding their vision and route map).

    René then usually works with the top team to help deliver the vision, strategy and culture in a cohesive manner. This includes a highly confidential report directly for the CEO to then better understand the progressive steps needed to create an inclusive environment. 

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