Workplace Conversation. Is Your Voice Heard?

Participate in an inquiry into the quality of workplace conversation

This is an opportunity to hear about Debbie Bayntun-Lees’s doctoral action research study – Social Silencing: An inquiry into how women experience being silenced in everyday conversational life.

Debbie is a Faculty member at Ashridge, Hult Research Fellow and Alumni of EDOC.

In the spirit of action research, Debbie is also offering the opportunity for you to experience inquiring into the quality of workplace conversation.

Purpose of the inquiry session:

  1. Offer a safe space to speak about how you experience the quality of your workplace conversation and how you notice your own voice or lack of in that process.

  2. ‘Experience’ the methodology of action research, similar to what our EDOC participants do.

  3. If you are interested, become part of a research project group on this work which Debbie is leading, entitled: Transforming self and organisation through Action Research

An emergent & transformational approach to inclusive workplace conversation

Pre-work If you wish to prepare some thoughts prior to the session, then we would suggest that you think about some conversations which you have recently had that left you with a sense of discomfort – read the guidance here.

Sign up for this event using the form below.

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Event Details


Date: Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Time: 12:30 -14:30 BST/GMT+1

Venue: Zoom Webinar


12:30: An inquiry into the quality of workplace conversation - are all voices being heard?

14:20 - Q&A with Debbie Bayntun-Lees

14:30 - Close



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Meet the speaker

Debbie Bayntun-Lees

Debbie Bayntun-Lees

Debbie is an experienced leadership and Organisational Development consultant.  She specialises in developing organisations ’capacity for change and innovation’, working largely with boards, senior teams, HR practitioners, and often whole system interventions. Employing a range of theoretical perspectives, experiential learning, and 'real time' practical interventions, Debbie works at the intersection of leadership, strategy and cultural change. She has a track record of successfully supporting clients develop collaborative and inclusive leadership, lead strategic and cultural transformation initiatives, and develop high performing teams in large, fast-paced, complex organizations, including the UK National Health Service and local government, and  global corporations. 

Debbie’s approach is informed by her practical business and organisational development experience. Previously she was Managing Director of Connecting for Change Ltd, Education & Business Development Director of (an online virtual learning & networking resource)and has held several senior management positions in the UK National Health Service.

Debbie has recently led cultural change, leadership development and organisational transformation projects, in the UK, Europe, Egypt, and the Middle East. Her recent clients include British Land, Lowell,  BP, Signify, Pearson, Euroclear, Swarovski, The American University in Cairo, Novartis (UAE), Bayer Health Sciences, DB Schenker, Deutchebahn, UK National Health Service.

Debbie has a first class degree in Education from Manchester University,  a Masters in Organisational Change & Consulting and a Doctorate in Organisational change. She has a special interest in the strategic and systemic development of gender balance, diversity and inclusive leadership in organisations, and the cultural change required to realise the benefits these bring. Debbie’s doctoral thesis explores the phenomena of women being “socially silenced” in everyday conversational life. She is passionate about working with forward thinking organisations to achieve cultures where inclusive conversations and ways of working are the norm.