Sonali D’silva is the Founder of Equality Consulting – a leadership and diversity & inclusion training, consulting and coaching practice based out of Adelaide, South Australia. Sonali’s is a ‘Certified Professional in Inclusive Leadership’ from Catalyst Inc., and tailors actionable learning and coaching solutions to develop inclusive leaders and team cultures.
She is the author of the “Leading with Inclusion Self-assessment” and the “Psychological Safety Self-assessment” for Leaders’. In addition to numerous online courses.
In her consulting capacity, Sonali delivers projects through her unique 5-stage advisory process, and offers structured, consultative and informed support to organisations.
Sonali is a valued facilitator and coach in navigating the challenges and demands of a modern and diverse workplace. She has been described as an inclusivity expert, a heart-centred leader and engaging storyteller who deeply connects with her clients.
Sonali has widely travelled for work, delivering 500+ workshops across 13 countries, helping bring a wide range of culturally diverse perspectives on leadership.
Over her two decades plus career, Sonali has served in management roles in learning and leadership development in the Information Technology and Healthcare industries, including steering leadership development for Asia Pacific for a Fortune 500 Company.
Sonali is a passionate writer, and her articles are published in reputed management publications. She also volunteers her time as an industry mentor for business schools.
Sonali is a Certified Inclusive Leadership Professional from Catalyst Inc. and has an MBA in Human Resource Management . She is credentialed in ‘Inclusive Leadership & Workplace Diversity’ from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an administrator for Inclusive Behaviours Inventory (IBI) through Aperial Global. Please head over to Sonali’s LinkedIn profile to view her certifications in diversity & inclusion, developing empathetic leaders, leading diverse teams and advancing leadership for women.
Sonali is an astute and experienced coach who helps senior leaders navigate diverse and challenging work environments. Her coaching process helps leaders feel more resourceful through gaining perspectives and expanding their leadership options.
We deliver Masterclasses and longer workshops on inclusive leadership, psychological safety, bias interruption and women at work. We offer a safe learning environment that helps participants challenge assumptions and raise inclusion.
We are a valued advisor and consultant to organisations on D&I and people projects that help shape strategic direction and gain traction. Utilise our unique five-phase framework for consulting projects that delivers tangible and actionable outcomes.
Sonali is an energising and engaging speaker who deeply connects with her audiences. She does this through framing complex ideas as stories and practical insights. Her presentations help raise inclusion, leadership awareness and belonging.
Somewhere in her mid-20s, Sonali found a book by the legendary leadership thinker and writer, Warren Bennis. She had never truly discovered leadership until then. He made a big impact on her mind. She knew, sitting in a hot and towering library in India, that leadership was going to be her thing. Didn’t know how, but it was.
That didn’t mean she became an effective leader. That would take many more years – and the journey continues. What helped was taking on leadership responsibilities at work and teaching leadership as part of her work. That proved the training ground to understand leadership challenges and aspirations. And what leaders thought they needed to get through those challenges. Sonali had found her passion in leadership development.
Two decades ago, Sonali began travelling extensively around the world to US, Europe and Asia, teaching team leaders what she knew of leadership and what could enable them to become better leaders.
Those enlightening first-hand cultural experience started her diversity and inclusion journey! It was’t possible to teach leadership without also talking about who was being led, what they needed from leaders and what could help people experience inclusion at work.
Sonali’s biggest leadership test came when she became a team leader herself! This raised her awareness, challenged hidden assumptions and elevated her understanding of inclusive leadership. It also instilled humility and made her a better facilitator and coach to other leaders.
She stays inspired by the transformational and career-changing impact inclusive and effective leadership can have on teams. Sonali is a firm believer that without leaders working on themselves first, putting pressure on teams to do any better is mostly unproductive. Most leaders are capable of difficult change – if it serves a purpose bigger than hiding from our insecurities and flaws.
The process of unlearning and relearning continues. Sonali is energised about going further along on this path through her dedicated work in leading with inclusion and creating safe, respectful and caring work cultures where people can belong and do their best work.
Sonali makes a daily effort to stay learning agile, be open to new influences and deal with some of the discomfort that comes with it. She can tell you from repeated experience that the discomfort of raising your leadership awareness is temporary, and gives way to renewed leadership fairly quickly.
Through her work in leadership and inclusion for over two decades now, Sonali is on a journey to interrupt biases, challenge assumptions and undo unhelpful conditioning, so we can ask ourselves tough and important questions as leaders. When a small voice inside nudges you to rationalise and move on, she recommends to persist and do what aligns with your chosen leadership values and not your borrowed beliefs from the past.
Sonali is passionate and inspired about helping leaders and businesses navigate the modern workplace, so everyone can benefit and create a more fulfilling, inclusive, safer, equitable and respectful work environment. You may agree, everyone deserves and needs that at work.