Joy Burnford

Gender equality trailblazer, Author of bestselling book 'Don't Fix Women', Speaker, Podcast host, CEO of Encompass Equality

Joy Burnford is a recognised gender equality trailblazer, the Founder and CEO of Encompass Equality and author of bestselling book ‘Don’t Fix Women: The practical path to gender equality at work’.

With over 25 years' experience as a business leader, non-exec director, podcast host and speaker, Joy supports organisations with practical solutions to advancing gender equality in the workplace through research and consulting, leadership development programmes, talks and workshops, and one-to-one and group coaching.

Joy also partners with organisations to support the attraction, retention, and progression of women.

As host of ‘The Equality Conversation’ podcast and contributor of over 70 articles on, Joy has interviewed hundreds of senior business leaders, board members, CEOs, authors and experts, and has been cited in national, business and HR press.

She regularly speaks at conferences and industry events and is working with the British Standards Institution to create a new standard for menopause and menstruation in the workplace.

She is a busy wife and mum to two wonderfully different children and a puppy called Ziggy, and so understands the challenges that many women face on a daily basis!  

Joy has spoken at numerous International Women's Day events, and for 2023 is available to speak on the #EmbraceEquity theme in relation to the following topics:
- Key findings and themes from Joy's bestselling book 'Don't Fix Women: The practical path to gender equality at work.'
- Why women don’t need ‘fixing’ – cultural change is needed to progress gender equality.
- How to retain women and close the gender pay gap.
- The importance of inclusive leaders with D and I in their DNA – it all starts from the top.
- The obstacles that women face even before reaching the office door including menopause, maternity, caring responsibilities and confidence.
- Navigating a route to gender equality – and how small shifts today can make big change happen.

Testimonials from Joy's previous International Women's Day speaker appearances:

"A huge thanks to Joy for presenting at our International Women's Day event at Brown Shipley, a Quintet Private Bank. It was insightful, inspiring and informative. Joy is a very engaging presenter and uses her own personal stories which bring the topic to life. It also gave all colleagues lots to think about in the aim of getting to equal and practical tips, the results of which are the actions that will move the dial."

“Thank you Joy for participating in our SouthWestminster BIDs International Women’s Day online event. Joy made a fantastic Chair, involving all the panel and immediately putting them at ease. Joy gave great insight on the topic herself, incorporating her personal experiences and own research into the conversation.”

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