19 Oct 2023| Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

Event prices

FDA/Keyskills Members

£195 +VAT

Private Sector

£695 +VAT

Public Sector

£295 +VAT £250* +VAT

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Ethnic Minorities into Leadership

Thursday 19th October 2023
in partnership with the FDA

Now in its thirteenth year, the annual Ethnic Minorities into Leadership conference has established itself as the key event for those interested in enhancing the capabilities & leadership opportunities for Ethnic Minority Civil Servants. The conference & speakers will examine how  Ethnic Minority individuals, at any grade, can continue to overcome barriers, build networks and become the leaders they aspire to be. 

Drawing on the strengths of previous events, this year's conference will centre on driving professional development & change. It will offer hands-on advice, practical steps and coaching on how to adapt to new environments, expand networks, utilise opportunities effectively and further your career in times of change.

Attendees will hear from inspirational speakers of all grades & levels both within and outside the Civil Service. Plus learn valuable strategies on how to manage the challenges of modern leadership and help ensure the Civil Service doesn't lose momentum in recruiting, retaining and rewarding Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic leaders.   

This event is CPD-Certified and will contribute to your professional development.

Why attend?

  • Examine the barriers & enablers affecting your progression
  • Receive hands-on advice & coaching for your professional development 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and competencies required to be a successful leader
  • Hear from senior Ethnic Minority leaders on how to succeed 
  • Network with peers & counterparts from across the public sector also trying to further their careers 
  • Hear from inspirational speakers of all grades and levels from across the public and private sectors





Chair's Welcoming Address


Opening Keynote Address

Inspiring positive change: Creating a culture for greater representation, inclusion and belonging for Ethnic Minority leaders in the Civil Service



Transition to breakouts


Breakout session A

Leadership material: A toolkit for positioning yourself as a leader

SPEAKER: Jasmine Mbye, Trainer & Coach, The Like Me CIC


Breakout session B

Recognising burnout: What to do when you’ve pushed yourself too hard



Breakout session C

Preparing for your next role: Are you ready for a promotion?

SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon, Civil Service Selection Consultant, ex-CS occupational psychologist and Senior Civil Servant


Breakout session D

Speaking so that others listen: Key tools for impactful communication

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant & former Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts


Comfort Break


Morning Plenary Address

Authentic and courageous leadership: Using challenges and triumphs to power success

SPEAKER: Pamela Bobal, Deputy Director Strategic Partnering Programme, Cabinet Office


Transitions to Breakouts


Breakout session E

Quietly visible: Building your brand as an introvert leader

SPEAKER: Carol Stewart, Founding Director, Abounding Solutions


Breakout session F

Holding difficult conversations with confidence



Breakout session G

Writing to impress: An interactive masterclass on selection and promotion

SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon, Civil Service Selection Consultant, ex-CS occupational psychologist and Senior Civil Servant


Breakout session H

Imposter Syndrome: Separating the fears from the facts to own your accomplishments

SPEAKER: Jasmine Mbye, Trainer & Coach, The Like Me CIC




Afternoon Plenary Address

Same but different: Knowing your worth and making your presence felt

SPEAKER: Justin Placide, Head of Net Zero Governance, Briefing and Fiscal Events & Co-Chair of the FAME Network and Chair of the Civil Service Race Forum 


Closing address

Pay it forward: Elevating and empowering others


Chair’s closing remarks followed by Networking Drinks