Speaker profile for Shani Dhanda: Speaking at Naidex

Speaker Name: Shani Dhanda

Company Name: Virgin Media & Diversability

Seminar Title: Employability Panel Debate

Is the workplace becoming more inclusive? Are companies doing everything they can to decrease the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people?

Our panellists will explore the advantages, opportunities and challenge the stereotypes of employing disabled people.

About Shani Dhanda

With her passion for creating everyday equality, Shani is a business and culture change agent, social entrepreneur and disability rights advocate.
Shani is the founder of The Diversability Card, the UK’s first official discount card for disabled people, helping to reduce the financial pressure faced due to the extra costs of living with a disability.
As part of her efforts to challenge perceptions and change attitudes around disability, Shani founded the Asian Disability Network to provide support and education to the Asian community on disability matters.
Shani is Virgin Media’s Disability Programme Manager, working to transforming the experience for their disabled employees. Prior to this, Shani was an event manager for over 10 years and has recently founded the UK’s first Asian Woman Festival, smashing stereotypes and stigma to empower and celebrate the female Asian identity.
In addition to being a speaker and columnist on disability and inclusion matters, Shani holds several non-executive roles in regional and international charities and is one of the most influential disabled people in Britain, Shaw Trust Power List 2018.