WHAT do Nicola Sturgeon, Martina Navratilova and Eddie Izzard have in common? They were part a larger group who were speaking at the 5th Annual Aberdeen Standard Investments Diversity Summit at Gleneagles, prior to this year’s Solheim Cup.

Expertly delivered by the various partners, the summit was full to capacity and tickets were difficult to come by. This is a perfect example of how and why a marriage between sport and business can help move the diversity and inclusion agenda along. This event grows in stature every year and tackles the issues surrounding the lack of diversity and inclusion in both sectors.

This year the title was Strength in Diversity, and whilst they had some big names, there was one specific presentation that seemed to resonate very clearly with so many of the attendees.

Tinna Nielsen, who is the founder of Move the Elephant, a project that promotes inclusiveness in business, spoke about its benefits. Her website says she’s an “anthropologist and a behavioural economist by heart and profession”. She also spoke about nudge theory, which nudges “the unconscious mind to behave inclusive”, and explained how we could implement practical steps to ensure that diversity of thought becomes diversity in practice.

She identified three specific areas: Diversity of Thought, discussing the importance of embedding diverse thinking into an organisation and building long-term value; Diversity in Practice, examining how inclusive and diverse cultures encourage innovation; and Diversity Moving Forward, exploring the future of the diversity debate and its potential impact on society.

It will be interesting to see the progress made this time next year, and if those at the forefront of society can lead by example, we might be surprised.

Meanwhile, it’s time again for our annual Scottish Women in Sport Awards, where we recognise and celebrate those who achieve in sport, support women and girls in sport and inspire our younger generation.

Submit your nominations at www.swisawards.co.uk/index.php.