Deborah Frances-White is a comedian whose BBC Radio 4 series, Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice, won The Writers' Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy in 2016. Her second series has recently aired. Her comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist has had 18 million downloads in 18 months and has been recorded live in the U.K., Australia, Denmark and the US. She also hosts the diversity based comedy panel show podcast, Global Pillage. Deborah is a screenwriter whose had had commissions from the BBC and Channel 4. Her first feature film, Say My Name, was shot in Wales by Electric Entertainment this summer. She is currently writing Making Babies for Redwave Films. Deborah is writing a Guilty Feminist book for Virago. She co-wrote The Improv Handbook which is a theatre best seller and has just gone into a second edition of Off the Mic which was nominated for a 2017 Chortle Award. Deborah regularly speaks in business about diversity and inclusion and her clients include Facebook, LinkedIn and Microsoft.
We are most ourselves where we feel included, with our best friends or family. We are most included where we feel we are with our "tribe". It is easy to feel excluded or included only tentatively when we are in the minority. This means that if you're in the minority because of gender, sexual orientation or race in the business world it can be easier to stay on the fringes of the action although your instinct, talent and ideas are telling you to get into the middle of the fray. We know we need to "lean in" but how, when and can it be done with flair and charisma? Once you've included yourself, can you include others like a leader? Deborah Frances-White, comedian and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast discusses how better to include ourselves, and include others.