At Above Difference, we’re driven by making things better. We believe diverse, equitable and inclusive teams deliver the best results for everyone and are the key to meeting the demands of today and tomorrow.
Founder and Executive Director
Jennifer Izekor is an Advanced Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Trainer and Facilitator and also a Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team. She is the Founder and Leader of Above Difference Limited a fast-rising new organisation in the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion landscape supporting leaders and managers across the public sector to embrace Culturally Intelligent (CQ) and Inclusive Leadership as a key to delivering Inclusive workspaces where all are valued and diversity is leveraged to produce innovative and inclusive services.
Above Difference Limited counts a number of leading NHS Health Trusts, Local Authorities, Government Bodies and other public sector bodies among its growing client lists. Jennifer brings a wealth of public sector leadership experience as a Senior Civil Servant, Public Appointee, CEO, Trustee, and Public Sector NED to her facilitation and training. This and her lived-in experiences as a BAME Woman Leader provides her with depth, knowledge, and understanding of the challenges for Inclusion and Diversity facing senior leaders of all backgrounds in the public sector.
Jennifer is an exciting, innovative and engaging speaker and facilitator and has been described by Professor David Livermore, President of the Cultural Intelligence Institute USA as ‘one of the best CQ trainers and facilitators on the planet’ and a public sector Leader recently described the Above Difference ‘Leading Inclusively With Cultural Intelligence Leadership Masterclass’ as “the single best training, development, reflection time I have had in over a decade”.
Jennifer has recently been highlighted as one of the leading 125 people to follow on LinkedIn for Diversity and Inclusion.
Jennifer lives in Essex with her daughter and is a mentor and coach as well as a lay minister.
Business Development and Relationship Management
Experienced Director Of Development with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Coaching, Event Management, Social Media, Management, and Marketing. Strong community and social services professional graduated from Sir Roger Manwood's.
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