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Speaker profile for Shani Dhanda: Speaking at Naidex

Speaker Name: Shani Dhanda

Disability Specialist & Social Entrepreneur

Company Name: Virgin Media & Diversability Card

Seminar Title: Why Representation Actually Matters

What we see around us whether it''s in media, in our communities, or in the workplace, shapes how we see the world and can impact what we believe is possible for ourselves. With such lack of accurate representation and portrayal of disabled people and their stories, join us as we explore the role of disabled people, media and businesses in changing attitudes towards disability across society.

About Shani Dhanda

Shani Dhanda is a social entrepreneur, disability rights advocate, and business and culture change agent. Listed as one of the UK''s Most Influential Disabled People, Shani is the founder of three initiatives, all united by the common purpose of empowering underrepresented communities:

1. Diversability Card, the UK's first discount card for disabled people aimed at reducing the financial pressures from the unavoidable extra costs of living with a condition or impairment.

2. Asian Woman Festival, the UK''s first-of-its kind event smashing stereotypes to empower and celebrate Asian women.

3. Asian Disability Network, an educational platform and support network for people who experience multiple types of stigma due to their ethnic and cultural identities.

Over the last 2 years Shani has worked with Virgin Media helping to transform experiences for disabled employees and customers, and is now a #WorkWithMe Ambassador supporting businesses who have committed to think and act differently about disability. Shani serves as Leonard Cheshire Disability trustee and an Executive Committee member of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce.

Furthermore, Shani is a member of the Greater London Regional Stakeholder Network bringing the voices of disabled people and their organisations to policy development for the Government's Office for Disability Issues. She is an ambassador at Valuable 500, Parallel London, an advisory board member for UnLtd as well as being an international speaker on disability and inclusion matters.