08 Dec 2020| London

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Tuesday 8th December, 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

Key speakers:
  • Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer, UK Civil Service
  • Asif Sadiq, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Adidas
  • Emma Codd, Global Inclusion Leader, Deloitte 
  • Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind
  • Rukasana Bhaijee, Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Ernst & Young
  • 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 
  • Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS
  • Dan Aherne, Director, Adjust
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 them 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
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.


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

Book with total confidence

In view of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we want you to feel totally confident about booking onto our events. We promise the following:

  • If the Dods D&I team needs to reschedule the event, your place will automatically transfer to the new date.
  • If the Dods D&I team is unable to reschedule the event for a time within the next 12 months, you will be entitled to a full refund.
Registrations can be made online here
Registration opens
Welcoming Session

Grace McLoughlin, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Dods PLC 

Chair's welcome and introduction

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

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

SPEAKER: Rukasana Bhaijee, Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Ernst & Young

SPEAKER: Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer, Civil Service

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

SPEAKER: Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ACAS

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
Networking Break
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

SPEAKER: Asif Sadiq, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Adidas

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

SPEAKER: Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

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
Champions in conversation: the challenges and rewards of advocating for diversity and inclusion
  • Diversity champions from the public and private sectors reflect on their roles and D&I journeys
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 Inclusion Leader, Deloitte 

Chair's closing remarks, followed by networking drinks