Diversity List (D-List) Launch – Changing the face of Diversity and Innovation across the region

Hosted by Include Me

What is the D-List?

The D-List is a collection of exceptional entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and business leaders from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life who are innovative and successful in their area of industry.

The D-List exists to showcase regional unique business leaders through sharing their expertise, sector specialism, and dedication in their field. This in turn allows them to act as role models, inspiring current and future generations.

🚀 D-List has lift off 🚀

This event is a celebration of the D-List 100, our first 100 incredible founders and business leaders. This is the start of our journey, we will share our plans on how we are going to scale and expand the List!

What to expect?

The event will offer an opportunity to be inspired, network and enjoy your fill of food and drink.

  • Enjoy the first ever live performance of a song prepared for the D-List by acclaimed rapper and artist Testament accompanied by Agent M!
  • Hear from innovators on the D-Listers
  • Be inspire by guest speakers
  • Learn the details of the new our new role models initiative
  • Get a preview of the new website release and features



📣Mel Ellyard | Founder of Include Me & D-List

📣Richelle Schuster | Head of Innovation | Inclusive Growth | Leeds City Council

📣Moshood Yahaya | Data Scientist and Machine Learning Engineer | Applied Artificial Intelligence Society | University of Bradford

📣Jamaal Brathwaite | Founder & CEO at Jobseekrs® | Innovator | ED&I Advocate | Board Trustee

📣Innovate UK | speaker to be confirmed

📣 Plus a special performance from Testament featuring Agent M, of a rap written especially for the D-List!

Testament is a Hip-Hop MC, writer, theatre maker and world record breaking human beatboxer. Born in North London and growing up Manchester, moving onto to study in West Yorkshire where he now currently resides. As a lyricist his critically acclaimed work together strands of rap, song and spoken word. Testament’s work includes the celebrated Hip-Hop album Homecut: No Freedom Without Sacrifice, as well as several spoken word performances for BBC TV and BBC Radio (1xtra, Radio 4 and 6Music). In 2019 he was Channel 4 Writer in Residence at Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester. As a playwright Testament has written for theatres such as The Royal Court, Leeds Playhouse, The Globe and Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester among others. Testament’s screenwriting includes shows for Netflix, BBC and Channel 4.



  • Welcome with Tom Riordan CBE, CEO Leeds City Council
  • Founder introduction and future plans, Mel Ellyard & Richelle Schuster
  • Spotlight on ethics: Bradley Khan, CEO, Trusic
  • Women in Innovation & Black Founders – A trio of support: Innovate UK KTN, Tech Nation & Barclays Eagle Labs
  • Spotlight on Regional Innovation: Applied Artificial Intelligence Society
  • Spotlight on an entrepreneur’s journey: Jamaal Brathwaite, CEO, Jobseekrs®
  • Thought Boards: Feedback and themes for future impact – food & refreshments
  • Live performance for the D-List: Testament and Agent M! and networking


Community & Society, Diversity and Inclusion, Social & Networking
Diversity List (D-List) Launch – Changing the face of Diversity and Innovation across the region
22nd Sep 2022 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hosted by Include Me
Avenue HQ, 10-12 E Parade, Leeds LS1 2BH

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