Dr Emma Jefferies

Hi, I’m Dr. Emma Jefferies.

I’m an organizational designer with a passion for helping others to thrive by embracing empathy.

I have co-authored two books on transforming organizations to become people-centered; worked with a Big 4 management consulting firm; explored how empathy is adding value to organizations across the world; and shared the knowledge I’ve gained through my career experience and PhD research as a keynote speaker.

I’m at my happiest when I see people growing together – and I’ve found that the best way to do this is to co-create work environments that let everyone:

Increase their self awareness

Understand their impact on others

Share their own stories

Be heard, seen, feel valued - and thrive!

I am dyslexic – which I believe has enabled me to keep my creative curiosity, to value everyone’s views of the world, and to have the courage to lead others into new (and sometimes uncomfortable) places of learning. The pleasure I get from enabling people to reinvent processes so they can see the world through the eyes of others, is what keeps me learning and growing.

The legacy I want to leave is a system where no person gets left behind, and everyone can fully realize their strengths.

What people say about my work.

Fay Seivwright
Diversity and Inclusion Business Partner at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

No leader can be effective without being a good empathetic listener. Emma’s passion and enthusiasm for empathy in the workplace has been infectious, and since I’ve met Emma I’ve learnt so much about how empathy is a key skill that I can enhance to show genuine care and motivate others. Emma has shown sincere interest in how we can all work together to become better listeners and help make people feel important and valued.

Gill Kennedy
Digital Inclusion, Standards & Culture Lead, HM Revenue & Customs

I worked alongside Emma and supported her in the development of the ME WE Workplace Empathy programme in HMRC and other government departments. Emma lights up the room when she enters it - her passion, commitment and motivation are just a few of her excellent qualities. Because of Emma’s encouragement and belief in me, my confidence has grown and I’m taking on challenges I never dreamed of.

Alex Kean
Head of Product Management, Department of Work and Pensions

Emma understood that people were feeling more and more isolated, and wanted to feel more connected. Emma leads from curiosity, and her passion to try new things is inspirational for other people to follow. It has been amazing to support her on this journey.

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