ESN is Awesome

Norbert Lieckfeldt | 12.02.2015

The Employers Stammering Network has been selected as one of 40 inaugural Awesome Networks by Inclusive Networks, a new organisation launched in 2014 to bring networks, charities, community groups and inclusive employers of all diversity strands and sectors together, to learn from each other, to share, to collaborate and most importantly, to celebrate the many successes of network groups, the people who make them come alive and the employers and organisations who support them and help them flourish.

Awesome Network logoSpeaking to Inclusive Networks, Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, said:

“It’s clear that network groups can make a very real contribution to the workplace, helping create a culture which values diversity and attracts the best talent. It is of course up to individual firms how they recognise the work that network groups do, both inside and outside of the organisation, but I would certainly encourage any company to reward staff who give something back to the workplace and their communities.

“We know that networks are important – we’ve seen how the ‘old boys’ network’ used to dominate the workplace at senior levels. Luckily, things are now changing and there is much more diversity in the world of work. However, there is still a lot of benefit from both formal and informal networks.”

As the only network of its kind in the world, we support people who stammer in fulfilling their career potential. 

The ESN was created to ensure that the talents of people who stammer are recognised, can be brought to bear within businesses, companies and other employers and the expression of our talents isn't constrained by false assumptions about stammering, and about people who stammer. ESN Co-Chair Iain Wilkie said "The Employers Stammering Network is thrilled to have been chosen as an Awesome Network! Stammering is a serious communication disability affecting 500,000 adults in the UK. Its impact on their employment can be particularly severe. As the only network of its kind in the world, we support people who stammer in fulfilling their career potential. With a strong focus on good communication, this benefits them, their teams and their employers."