Diversity & Inclusion Leader / Emerging Leader Part 2

An award to recognise a leader/emerging leader who has leveraged their influence to push forward the diversity and inclusion agenda. Entrants should be considered as someone who is leading an inclusive workforce and serving as an inspiration to others.

Closing date for entries: Friday 20 October, 2023

If you have any queries, please see the FAQ

Or email: nominations@irishcentrefordiversity.ie

Submissions should meet one or more of the following criteria:

Leads positive actions and interventions to enable all team members to achieve their potential and can demonstrate positive outcomes arising from these for individuals and/or the organisation.

Acts as a role model or ally in building an inclusive culture for all and with honesty, integrity, impartiality and objectivity.

Evidence of personal commitment to D&I such as leading an ERG/sharing personal stories/working flexibly.

Please provide an outline of the activity in the entry/nomination form.  Shortlisted entrants will be asked to provide evidence at a later part of the judging process.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Length of Submission

750 words per submission. Entries over 750 words will be cut at the 750 word mark and the remainder deleted before consideration

Support Material(s)

No support material can be accepted with the initial entry. If shortlisted as a finalist, you will be invited to a 30-minute interview with a judge/judges.  You may use a presentation as part of the interview and the judges will accept a copy of the presentation after the interview.


If shortlisted for an interview with a judge/judges, consider which member of your team can best share the story of your D&I initiative.  Plan your interview so all participants are given an opportunity to speak and consider diversity in the interview panel.


The judges are looking for strategies that had/have real impact in the workplace.  Include focus on the transformation that result from the D&I initiatives. Ensure this is referenced from initial application and, if shortlisted,  expanded on in the interview.

Highlight the exceptional

Impress the judges by ensuring the entry focuses on exceptional efforts.

NDIA 2024 Awards Categories

This year's National Diversity & Inclusion Awards cover 11 categories of excellence.

Diversity & Inclusion / Emerging Leader Award

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Advancing Disability Equality Award

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Company of the Year Award

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Outstanding Employee Resource Group Award

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Outstanding Diversity Initiative Award

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Employee of the Year Award

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LGBTQ+ Inclusion Award

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Public Sector Organisation of the Year Award

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Advancing Race/Ethnicity Equality Award

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Advancing Social Inclusion Award

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Advancing Gender Equality Award

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