Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Enable Role Model List?

The Enable Role Model List will be putting the focus on 20 amazing Role Models working for inclusion in business within the areas of disability, neurodiversity or mental health. The Role Models selected will represent the diverse range of work and initiatives being undertaken globally around these important areas of inclusion.  

The final Enable Role Model List will be an online feature including interviews with each of the Role Models to profile their personal career journeys, increase awareness around their area of inclusion, and draw attention to what they believe needs to change to truly increase opportunity for all. 

Who will feature on the Enable Role Model List?

Each Role Model on the Enable Role Model List will have personal experience of disability, neurodiversity or a mental health condition and be proactively involved in driving inclusion within business for one or more of these areas either inside or outside of their organization. 

Those featured on the List can be working in any country, for any organization, and in any role.

What is the aim of the Enable Role Model List?

The aim of the Enable Role Model Lists is to use the power of Role Models to open up important conversations around disability, neurodiversity and mental health in the workplace, to put the spotlight on the work and initiatives which are helping to drive progress for inclusion globally, and to inspire others to ‘be what they can see’ or become more effective advocates for inclusion.  

The Enable Role Model List will sit alongside the Empower Role Model Lists, the Heroes Women Role Models Lists and the Outstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists as celebrations of the work Role Models across the world are doing to develop their own careers while progressing inclusion in business. 

Is the Enable Role Model List global?

Yes. We invite nominations and submissions from any country. Submissions must be made in English; however, grammar and spelling will not be taken into account in selecting potential Role Models.

Where will the Enable Role Model List be published?

The Enable Role Model List will be published online on its own minisite alongside INvolves established Empower, Heroes and Outstanding Role Model Lists.

How do I take part in the Enable Role Model List?

If you have received a nomination email, then you can follow the link in the email to complete the submission form. Once the submission form is complete then you can be considered for the Enable Role Model List. 

If you know that someone has nominated you but you have not received the email, it might have gone to Spam or been blocked. You can still submit by going directly to the submission form. 

You do not need to be nominated to put yourself forward as an Enable Role Model. Anybody with personal experience of disability, neurodiversity or a mental health condition can make a submission.

Do I have to give details about my disability, neurodiversity, or mental health condition?

No. Within the submission form we ask potential Role Models to confirm if they have a disability (visible or invisible), neurodiversity or mental health condition to ensure they can be considered as an Enable Role Model. However, we do not ask for any details or evidence to be provided as the selection process is focused on the initiatives Role Models are undertaking to promote inclusion and opportunities for others.

It is therefore up to potential Role Models to choose what, if any, information they share about their identity and personal experiences within their submission.  

However, should someone be selected and featured as an Enable Role Model it is expected that they may attract increased curiosity and questions from colleagues or other individuals regarding their diversity or personal experiences with disability, neurodiversity and/or mental health condition. Therefore, Role Models should be prepared for an increase in their personal and professional profile.

Can advocates (i.e. those without a disability, neurodiversity, or mental health condition) appear on the Enable Role Model List?

Not this year. In our first List for Enable Role Models we will not be including advocates. However, each of INvolve’s other Role Model Lists (Empower, Heroes, and Outstanding) do have a category for advocates and should the Enable Role Model List become an annual initiative, we will then review if advocates can participate in future years.

How is the final Enable Role Model List decided?

Enable Role Models will be selected by an internal panel at INvolve based on the information provided within submissions. The final list of selected Role Models will seek to represent the diverse range of work and initiatives being undertaken globally to progress inclusion for disability, neurodiversity and mental health across business.

What will I have to do as an Enable Role Model?

Just keep being your own fabulous self. The purpose of the Enable Role Model List is to draw attention to the work you are already doing for inclusion, so there are no wider obligations or commitments other than to keep up the behaviours of being a good Role Model for others.  

For the List itself, every Role Model will need to undertake an interview coordinated by INvolve to talk about their career and work for inclusion. This interview may be written, or on video (with your permission). We also ask Role Models to take part in launch activities for the List – such as sharing and posting on social media – to help the List reach the largest audience possible and spark positive conversations. 

Due to their increased profile, Role Models often get requests from different organizations to speak about inclusion and their personal experiences. As an Enable Role Model there is no commitment to accept such opportunities should you not wish to.

Who created the Enable Role Model List?

The Enable Role Model List is the creation of INvolve.

INvolve is a DEI consultancy and global network that enables leaders and change makers to build more successful and empowering organizations where everyone can thrive.

Founded in 2013 by Suki Sandhu OBE, a globally recognized expert in talent, diversity and inclusion, INvolve transforms workplaces and mindsets through the delivery of programs, thought leadership and advisory solutions to help firms drive cultural change. INvolve focuses on creating opportunities, conscious inclusion and developing and inspiring the diverse leaders of the future.

Find out more at www.involvepeople.org.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about the Enable Role Model List?

Please reach out to the INvolve team at info@involvepeople.org.