23 Jun 2021| Online

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Wednesday, 23rd June 2021 | Online

From fostering future leaders and providing a forum for staff inputs, to driving innovation, supporting diversity and realising inclusion across the business, there are numerous strategic and social benefits to supporting the development and growth of staff networks and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

On 23rd June, join us for ‘Fostering Staff Networks & ERGs: Engaging Staff and Driving Business Goals’ to learn from expert speakers about ensuring the success of staff networks in your organisation, from inception to maturation. 

You will discover how to maximise the impact and outreach of your networks, ensuring they become valuable contributors to company policy, practice and culture.

On-demand video recordings of each session will be made available to delegates after the event. 

Click here to view the full agenda
Speakers include:
  • Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE, Author, ‘The Incredible Power of Staff Networks'; Consultant and Coach, The Power of Staff Networks

  • Bernadette Thompson, Co-Chair, Race to the Top Grade 6/7 network; Deputy Director, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government

  • David Pearson, Inclusive Leadership Expert, former Director Global Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG

  • Brendan Roach, Director of Strategy and Networkology, PurpleSpace

  • Rob Neil OBE, Director, Krystal Alliance & Former Civil Servant 

  • Karen Harvey-Cooke, Chair of Enfys the LGBT+ staff network, Cardiff University

  • Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity

  • Kate Lalor, Chair, Cross Government Social Mobility Network; Transition Taskforce, Cabinet Office

  • Jag Singh, Vice President, National Sikh Police Association

Why attend? 
  • Learn about the business and individual benefits of staff networks for your organisation
  • Bring new, innovative ideas about how to maximise the success and benefits of staff networks back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear about best practice in creating and developing a staff network from leading figures
  • Receive event recordings and presentations for your reference after the event
  • This event is CPD certified, and contributes to your professional development.
Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in developing a thriving staff network within their organisation, including: employers; staff network leads; motivated employees; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions and representative groups.

Registration

Public Sector rate: 1 Place £195 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £150 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £395 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £145 (+VAT)

Registrations can be made online here

For enquiries or to request a booking form, please contact conference.admin@dodsgroup.com.

Agenda

Please view the event agenda below:

09.00
Welcome from Dods D&I

Kiren Kaur, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Dods D&I

09.05
Chair's Opening Remarks

CHAIR: Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE, Author, ‘The Incredible Power of Staff Networks'; Consultant and Coach, The Power of Staff Networks

09.20
Staff networks: supporting diversity, realising inclusion, and driving business goals
  • Networks and ERGs as strategic business drivers
  • Transforming staff engagement and wellbeing through networks
  • How networks unlock corporate growth whilst fostering a culture of inclusion

SPEAKER: Rob Neil OBE, Director, Krystal Alliance & Former Civil Servant 

10.00
Comfort Break
10.15
Starting up and setting out: determining the vision and structure of your staff network
  • Deciding on the network’s aims, vision and objectives
  • Creating a structure to accommodate aims and allocate responsibilities
  • Aligning the aims of the network with the business’s goals
  • Writing a business plan and developing a service offering

SPEAKER: Brendan Roach, Director of Strategy and Networkology, PurpleSpace

11.15
Comfort Break
11.45
Executive Engagement: acquiring executive support and embedding your network in the wider business culture and structure
  • Making the business case and value proposition of your network
  • Developing a budget and making a funding bid
  • Engaging senior management as sponsors and champions
  • Defining guidelines and operating agreements with senior management

SPEAKER: David Pearson, Inclusive Leadership Expert, former Director Global Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG

12.45
Break for Lunch
13.30
Panel Discussion: 
Broadening your network: making connections and building momentum
  • Creating and evolving your recruitment plan
  • Designing events to engage with new members and the broader community
  • Maximising publicity and capitalising on existing communication channels
  • Networks as a vehicle for educating those of different backgrounds or affinity

SPEAKER: Kate Lalor, Chair, Cross Government Social Mobility Network; Transition Taskforce, Cabinet Office

SPEAKER: Karen Harvey-Cooke, Chair of Enfys the LGBT + staff network, Cardiff University

SPEAKER: Vanessa Vallely OBE, Managing Director, WeAreTheCity

SPEAKER: Jag Singh, Vice President, National Sikh Police Association

14.45
Comfort Break
15.00
Expanding vision and ambition: maintaining growth and cultivating innovation over time
  • Data-driven: measuring outcomes and success to make better-informed decisions
  • Collating feedback and ideas for organisational improvement
  • Sustaining energy, fresh ideas and continued expansion over time
  • Transforming your network into a talent and leadership development pipeline
  • Leveraging relationships with other ERGs within and beyond the business

SPEAKER: Bernadette Thompson, Co-Chair, Race to the Top Grade 6/7 network; Deputy Director, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government

15.45
Chair's Closing Remarks

CHAIR: Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE, Author, ‘The Incredible Power of Staff Networks'; Consultant and Coach, The Power of Staff Networks

16.00
Event Close