Change Makers: Caroline Casey and Wayne Hemingway
Joining Michael Hayman this week is campaigner for disability inclusion Caroline Casey. Remote working may be the new norm for many, but in this interview Caroline says that this is the way many people living with disabilities and mobility issues have had to live for decades. She questions why it took businesses so long to catch on, and shares an exciting vision for the future where work practices are built by and for disabled people, not to inhibit their potential.
Caroline Casey is an activist with a global call to action, who says if disability is not on your board agenda, then neither is diversity. With The Valuable 500, she put disability inclusion on the main-stage agenda at the World Economic Forum for the first time, and continues to call on 500 global corporations to recognise the social, economic and business value of the one billion people living with a disability.
It was Barry Manilow who sang that music and fashion were always the passion, and he could well have been talking about today’s guest on Change Makers, Wayne Hemingway. This is a conversation that covers Wayne’s life journey – from dancing at discos and punk rock pogoing, to a life in lockdown with nine members of his family (and two dogs!), and lessons about how to conduct business by following his principles and practicing with purpose.
Wayne Hemingway is the fashion founder who shook up an industry with the socially conscious label Red or Dead. Founded with his wife Gerardine, to this day Wayne continues to drive businesses to be more purposeful with Hemingway Design and The Good Business Festival – set to take place in Liverpool this October. With music, fashion and family at the centre of his journey, it’s a story you don’t want to miss.
Check out Wayne’s lockdown list mentioned in his episode right here.