02 Jul 2020| London

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Ivana Picone
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Thursday 2nd July, 2020 | 09:20-16:00

The business case for D&I grows more compelling each year. Greater workforce diversity leads to increased innovation and stronger reputation, whilst inclusion at work enhances staff productivity and wellbeing

The adaptations required to realise diversity and inclusion are multi-faceted and require decisive action. However, businesses often struggle to identify priorities and determine their strategic approach. 

Our Annual Conference is designed to provide organisations at all stages of their D&I journeys with the actionable advice and guidance needed to adapt current practice and map a path to progress. 

Over the course of the day, receive best practice and valuable insights from seasoned experts who will guide you in examining your current approach to D&I and determining your next steps

View the full agenda here

Why attend? 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the actions and strategies needed to foster D&I in your organisation
  • Bring new, innovative ideas about formulating, advancing and realising your D&I agenda back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put it into practice 
  • Hear about best practice in creating a diverse workplace from leading figures
  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression
  • Network with expert speakers and fellow colleagues who are effecting change in D&I across all sectors
Key speakers:
  • Emma Codd, Global Special Advisor on Inclusion, Deloitte 
  • Jason Ghaboos, Co-Chair, Home Office Gender Equality Network & Head of Sponsorship, Visas & Citizenship Operations, Home Office

  • Rob Neil, Head of Culture Change, Department for Education 
  • Elliott Rae, Founder, Music. Football. Fatherhood 

  • Dan Aherne, Director, Adjust

Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including: employers; D&I practitioners; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups.

Registration

Public Sector rate: 1 Place £295 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £250 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £595 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £245 (+VAT)

Registrations can be made online here
 
Agenda
08.30
Registration opens
09.15
Welcoming Session

Grace McLoughlin, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Dods PLC 

09.20
Chair's welcome and introduction

SPEAKER: Rob Neil, Head of Culture Change, Department for Education

09.30
Dissecting your Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
  • Reframing D&I as a business imperative: exploring the strategic rationale
  • Two sides of the same coin: leveraging inclusion to support diversity
  • Key diversity areas for focus and awareness in the workplace
  • Diagnosing issues and identifying potential solutions
10.15
Breakout session A:
Making a start: creating the fundamentals of a 12-month roadmap
  • Determining your vision, goals and guiding principles
  • Securing buy-in from across the business
  • Communicating D&I effectively
  • Best practice and lessons learned from D&I pioneers
  • Measuring progress and evaluating measures taken
Breakout session B:
Diversifying your workforce: adapting recruitment and progression practice to advance diversity and realise inclusion
  • Shifting the focus of recruitment and recognition from ‘cultural fit’ to potential and ability
  • Why inclusion requires more than quotas
  • Engaging sponsors and champions at senior level
Breakout session C:
Bolstering your D&I Vanguard: supporting middle managers in communicating and implementing change
  • Providing managers with the flexibility and support required to carry out their day-to-day roles, whilst ensuring accountability for changes and results
11.15
Networking Break
11.45
It’s everyone’s business: shifting the narrative to ensure D&I involves everyone
  • No man gets left behind: engaging men as D&I allies and amplifiers
  • ‘I contain multitudes’: appreciating the implications of intersectionality for D&I policy and practice
  • Inclusion means everyone: instilling a sense of responsibility to realise progress at all levels

SPEAKER: Jason Ghaboos, Co-Chair, Home Office Gender Equality Network & Head of Sponsorship, Visas & Citizenship Operations, Home Office

12.20
Breakout session D:
Adjustment to change: simple workplace adjustments to normalise and advance diversity in your workplace
  • Making basic adjustments commonplace and accessible for all staff, to cultivate inclusion and support personal changes and new employees
  • Menopause, disability, ageing and parenting: exploring how straightforward adjustments are relevant and consequential to different diversity areas
  • Appreciating the centrality of intersectionality to any comprehensive diversity and inclusion plan

SPEAKER: Elliott Rae, Founder, Music. Football. Fatherhood 

SPEAKER: Dan Aherne, Director, Adjust

Breakout session E:
Disclosure and confident conversations in the workplace
  • Fostering a culture of disclosure and understanding
  • Understanding legal responsibilities around disclosure and wellbeing
  • Creating safe spaces for open discussion and asking for help
Breakout session F:
Know your organisation: data as a key tool in effecting change
  • Using data to understand current demographics, measure impact and chart progress
  • Understanding the legal parameters around data collection and protection
13.20
Lunch
14.20
Champions in conversation: the challenges and rewards of advocating for diversity and inclusion
  • Diversity champions from across the Civil Service reflect on their roles and D&I journeys
15.20
Closing Address:
Fostering an ecosystem of inclusivity: transforming your workplace and effecting lasting cultural change
  • Incorporating D&I into your company’s structure, strategy and identity
  • Educating staff to shift norms and counter bias and stereotype
  • Facilitating a shift in mindset and values across the business

SPEAKER: Emma Codd, Global Special Advisor on Inclusion, Deloitte 

16.00
Chair's closing remarks, followed by networking drinks