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Stephen  Frost

Stephen Frost

Leadership, Communications & Inclusion Expert


Stephen Frost is a globally recognized leadership, communications and inclusion expert. From 2007-2012, Frost designed, led and implemented the inclusion programs for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games as Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief of Staff for the London Organizing Committee. Read More >

He was responsible for 22 programs across a 200,000-person workforce, $2 billion procurement spend, and 57 delivery functions. These range from inclusiveness in an 11 million-ticket program to accessible venues at 134 separate sites. His team manages a series of recruitment outreach action plans that have achieved unprecedented workforce inclusion. The LOCOG Business Charter set new standards in supplier diversity and LOCOG became the first organization in the UK to achieve the Diversity Works for London Gold Standard and Advanced Level of the Equality Standard for Sport.

He teaches Inclusive Leadership at Harvard and Sciences Po and advises Novartis, BP, the International Paralympic Committee and the governments of the United Kingdom and Singapore on diversity best practice. His new book, The Inclusion Imperative: How Real Inclusion Creates Better Business and Build Better Societies, is a useful guide for professionals wishing to develop a genuinely diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, but who are frustrated at the inadequacy of guidance currently available to them. From February 2014, Frost holds the position of Director, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, at KPMG.

From 2004-2007, Frost established and led the workplace team at Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBT equality organization. His dedication resulted in establishing and growing the Diversity Champions program to over 300 members, launching the UK’s first lesbian and gay recruitment guide, establishing the LGBT Leadership Program and developing the Workplace Equality Index, which has become a standard across many leading UK and global employers.

Frost started his career in advertising where he worked on disability and age awareness campaigns and was a volunteer teacher in an East London night school. Since then, he has worked in consultancy and communications in the US, Greece, Tanzania, China and Brazil.

He was a Hertford College Scholar at Oxford and a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard. He was elected recipient of the 2010 Peter Robertson Award for Equality and Diversity Champions and in 2011, he was named one of the top 100 influential LGBT people in the UK and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, advises the Football Association and HM Government on diversity best practice and is Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a 2012-2014 Visiting Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a Board Member of MSDUK Supplier Diversity. Frost ran the New York Marathon for Whiz-Kidz charity for disabled children and remains a keen cyclist.

In his keynotes, Stephen Frost teaches organizations how to implement diversity and inclusion in their recruiting strategies while saving on recruitment costs. Read Less ^

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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., speaker 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. Frost 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. Read More >

By attending this session, you will learn how to: Read Less ^

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