Our Story

At Boardwalk Leadership we’re serious about creating inclusive cultures where diverse and talented people thrive.

In 2011 we set out with a mission to help talented women reach their full leadership potential. Since then we’ve widened our remit to work with individuals, organisations and governments across the globe to promote diversity and inclusivity for all.

Along with our mission, our team has grown over the years to include a brilliant group of industry experts with an excellent breadth of skills and experience. We walk the talk and  have seen,  first-hand, the benefits of building a diverse and inclusive team. Our culture and workplace wellbeing are enviable (seriously)!

Thanks to the collective work of our global team, we now offer a range of diversity, inclusion and wellness training, sector specific research and practical resources to help organisations hire, develop, promote and retain the best people.

Today we are dedicated to helping our client partners implement dynamic, innovative and measurable positive change. We hope you’ll experience the benefits of our work for yourself soon.

What People Are Saying

“Shaheena and Kitty are thought leaders in their field and we have benefited from their experience and expertise across the organisation. We are making solid progress and I consider Boardwalk to be a valuable and essential extension of our in-house team.”

Lisa Wheatcroft, Head of Talent and Development, Heathrow Airport

“Boardwalk have a vast network and access to deep and relevant research to help understand the barriers women are facing in the workplace and to support organisations on the journey to uncover biases and reach 30% women in leadership roles and beyond.”

Karina Govindji, Group Head of Diversity and inclusion, Vodafone

“Boardwalk are energetic and consistently tireless in their advocacy across all aspects of diversity and inclusion. Their business-oriented, fact-based, can-do approach grounded in deep expertise is gently persistent, rather than insistent and based on real-life situations.”

Susanne Thorning-Lund, Partner – Board Practice, Odgers Berndtson

“The leadership programme put together by Boardwalk was inspirational and pushed me beyond anything any other course has ever achieved. The team got right to the core of what I really wanted and gave me the confidence to make some significant changes in my career.”

Sarah Tookey, Senior Director, Marketing, Oracle

Our Values


We believe in embracing difference and the potential for greatness


We’re open, we practice what we teach and we don’t make stuff up


We give people the tools to achieve great things in everyday life

Key Moments

As well as partnering with our clients to create inclusive cultures, we’ve been working hard to ensure that change happens from the inside out and outside in.


Boardwalk Leadership is born. Co-founded by Kitty Chisholm, Dr. Shaheena Janjuha Jivraj and Dr. Diana Theodores.

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In conjunction with Women in Public Policy and the House of Lords, we research what stops women going for leadership roles.



We land our first global client, a technology giant – working together to provide leadership training for the 1st gender balanced cohort in EMEA.



We work with the Commonwealth Secretariat and Business Council to benchmark the number of women in leadership roles in the Commonwealth countries. It’s quite impressive so we’re asked to present it at the Women’s Ministerial Meeting in Dhaka.

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Our recommendations to address gender balance at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka are accepted.



We partner with a major transport hub to start their diversity and inclusion journey by supporting the development of employee network groups.





Our women in leadership policy recommendations are accepted at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta.



We roll out our inclusive leadership model to 55,000 employees at a top ranking global engineering firm.

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Kitty and Shaheena co-author and publish Championing Women Leaders.

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Kitty co-authors Neuroscience for Leadership, Harnessing the Brain Gain Advantage (which proudly wins a CMI Award in 2016)

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Kitty gives her first TEDx talk on focused attention


We work with a global chemical giant to roll out a global women’s high-potential leadership programme across 4 continents.


Our Gender Diversity Index and report highlights top organisations for women in leadership in 83 countries.

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We create a Diversity DNA toolkit to help organisations audit diversity and inclusion plans, identify gaps and measure progress. It is being rolled out as we speak.

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Our clients ask us to create a more dynamic offering for bias training. They love it (thankfully).

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We are proud to deliver one of our brand-new workplace wellbeing workshops to a government organisation. Happy days.

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How we can help

We work with individuals, organisations and governments to promote inclusivity


Championing Leaders

Empower your high potential people to become change makers.

Inclusive Leadership

Elevate your team performance by building more inclusive cultures.

Unconscious Bias

Increase your employees' understanding of how unconscious biases impact decisions.

Workplace Wellbeing

Attract and retain healthier, happier colleagues who can face challenges head on.

Research & Consultancy

Research and Trends

Access to insights and new knowledge shaping the diversity and inclusion landscape.

Diversity DNA Toolkit

Identify strengths, weakness and gaps in diversity and inclusion plans.


Embedding thought leaders into your team, helping to empower from the inside.