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Belinda Parmar

Belinda Parmar

Empathy, cultural transformation & innovation expert, author and corporate activist


England

United Kingdom

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Belinda Parmar OBE works with leaders to transform organisations from within using the power of empathy. We spend on average 50 years of our lives at work yet 1 in 10 people are unhappy in their jobs. Belinda changes cultures to bring more meaning and empowerment to people’s lives. Belinda is leading an empathy revolution at work and has helped changed some of the world’s biggest banks and energy companies in Europe.

Belinda is an expert in nudge theory and works with companies to make hundreds of ‘empathy nudges’ in a company that come the grassroots of an organisation. Belinda’s focus is empathy in language, empathy in leadership and empathy in conflict. Belinda works with her team including a hostage negotiator to deliver empathy in conflict training and how to have honest productive conversations.

Belinda has received an OBE in 2015 for services to women in technology, been voted by Forbes as one of the most innovative women on Twitter and been chosen to be a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. Her new campaign, The Truth About Tech, fights against Tech Addiction and has taken her to Davos in 2019 and had coverage on the front page of the Guardian.

Belinda is currently Empathy-In-Residence at Centrica, one of the world’s biggest utility companies.

Belinda Parmar Speaking-Topics

Belinda Parmar is making waves with her words as a keynote speaker, from highlighting why empathy matters in business in both money and motivational terms, to the contradiction of new technologies and explores what the workforce of tomorrow will look like and the skills we all need in the empathy revolution.

Example Speaking Engagements

-Women’s Empowerment roundtable, Microsoft, Davos
-Empathy in the tech industry, Salesforce, Feb
-The Power of Empathy, Technoport conference, Norway, March
-The Future of Work, Private Event, Berlin, March
-Women and Tech, HR Tech World, London, March
-The Future of Work, EY & The Pool, April
-The Commercials of Empathy, Private Event, London, May
-The Power of Empathy in the 4th Industrial Revolution, Microsoft, Athens, May
-The emotion of experience, Adobe Summit EMEA, June
-Can you really measure empathy? Private Event, London, Sept
-Technology is fueling the empathy deficit, TEDx Bergen, October

Books

Little Miss Geek: Bridging The Gap Between Girls and Technology (2nd Edition 2016 with a foreword from Jimmy Wales/Founder of Wikipedia and Martha Lane Fox/ Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho CBE)
The Empathy Era: Women, Business and The New Pathway to Profit 

  • "Belinda’s talk about empathy in business and technology was such a breath of fresh air for our event. She tied some very important and often overlooked concepts together in a way that was refreshing and inspiring."

    Jodi Wagner Salesforce MVP Founder London Business & Women in Tech User Groups

  • Belinda Parmar "Belinda’s talk about empathy in business and technology was such a breath of fresh air for our event. She tied some very important and often overlooked concepts together in a way that was refreshing and inspiring."
    5 / 5
  • "Every organisation and leader would benefit from the challenging business insight The Empathy Business delivered. It made me realise how desensitised I'd become to the 'norms of communication.' It also took behavioural economics to a new level."

    Sue Hayes, Managing Director | Barclays Premier, Barclays UK

  • Belinda Parmar "Every organisation and leader would benefit from the challenging business insight The Empathy Business delivered. It made me realise how desensitised I'd become to the 'norms of communication.' It also took behavioural economics to a new level."
    5 / 5
  • "Belinda brought her trademark warmth and sharp insight to our discussion.  She is clearly an expert on the subject of empathy and its vital role in how we engage most effectively with customers, partners and employees.  She didn't shy away from some of the more challenging topics and her perspectives provoked thought, debate and constructively challenged the audience to look creatively at solutions and opportunities."

    Lucy Birch, PwC Head of Campaign Management

  • Belinda Parmar "Belinda brought her trademark warmth and sharp insight to our discussion.  She is clearly an expert on the subject of empathy and its vital role in how we engage most effectively with customers, partners and employees.  She didn't shy away from some of the more challenging topics and her perspectives provoked thought, debate and constructively challenged the audience to look creatively at solutions and opportunities."
    5 / 5
  • “In just one session Lady Geek really engaged our staff to think about women and technology.”

    Val Sugru, Head of Risk Validation at Barclays Bank

  • Belinda Parmar “In just one session Lady Geek really engaged our staff to think about women and technology.”
    5 / 5
  • “Rarely an outside company can bring a completely new perspective on business but that is what Lady Geek did.”

    Jacek Balicki, Marketing Director, Samsung Poland

  • Belinda Parmar “Rarely an outside company can bring a completely new perspective on business but that is what Lady Geek did.”
    5 / 5

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